HARARE, APR 21 – Outstanding performance from wicketkeeper-batsman Rizwan and leg-spinner Usman Qadir helped Pakistan in secured a -run win in the first T20I of the three-match series against Zimbabwe.
While defending a modest total of 150 in Harare on Wednesday, the Men-in-Green produced a more than decent bowling performance and restrict the opposition to just 138 runs in their 20 overs at the expense of seven wickets.
Leg-spinner was the star of the show with the ball in hand as he claimed three wickets and gave away 29 runs in his quota of four overs.
For the home team, veteran left-hander Craig Ervine finished the innings with the top score of 34 off 23 balls with the help of three fours and one six.
Earlier, after being asked to bat first, Pakistan managed to post a competitive total of 149 for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
The star of the show was wicketkeeper Rizwan who scored a brilliant 82 not out off 61 balls with the help of 10 fours and one six.
Other than him, only Fakhar Zaman (13 off 14) and debutant Danish Aziz (15 off 11) have managed to score in double figures.
For the home team, Wesley Madhevere and Luke Jongwe were the pick of the bowlers as they claimed two wickets each.
So that’s it. A comprehensive victory for the visitors despite some good performances from the home team.