Sports Desk: Zimbabwe beat Pakistan by 1 run in the Super Twelve of the T20 World Cup in Australia. Batting first, Zimbabwe got a modest collection of 130 runs for 8 wickets. In response, Pakistan was forced to stop at 129 after losing 8 wickets.
Zimbabwe captain Shaun Williams won the toss and decided to bat in Perth on Thursday (October 27). Zimbabwe set a target of 131 runs to Pakistan in their second match. Zimbabwe won the toss and batted against Pakistan. Craig Irvine’s team gets capital of 130 runs.
However, chasing the target of 131 runs for victory, Pakistan suffered a shock at the beginning. Pakra lost the wickets of Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Iftekhar Ahmed, the three most important batsmen of the team for 36 runs. After that, Babars tried to return to the match with the bat of Shan Masood and Shadab Khan, but they were not saved in the end. At the end of the innings, the efforts of Mohammad Nawaz and Wasim Jr. went in vain for Pakistan. Pakistan’s innings stopped at 129 runs due to effective bowling by the Zimbabwean bowlers.
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Two openers Craig Ervine and Wesley Medvere got off to a flying start for Zimbabwe after losing the toss to bat at the start of the day. These two openers added 31 on the score board in the first 3 overs. Both of them scored 42 runs in the opening pair. Haris Rauf gave Pakistan their first success with 42 runs. Craig Ervine was dismissed for 19 runs off 19 balls.
Wesley Medvere got out soon afterwards. Mohammad Wasim gave Pakistan a break through. He was trapped lbw after scoring 17 runs off 13 balls. Then Shaun Williams and Milton Shumbha tried to repair the innings. However, in the tenth over, the team’s 64 runs again saw the fall of Zimbabwe’s wicket. Shumbha was dismissed by spinner Shadab Khan for only 10 runs. Inform batsman Sikandar Raja came to the crease after his departure.
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Shaun Williams and Raja combined for 31 runs. But then Zimbabwe’s batting collapsed. Zimbabwe lost four more batters for the team’s 95 runs. The collapse started with captain Shaun Williams scoring 31 runs off 28 balls after being bowled by Shadab Khan. Then Regis Chakava scored 0 from 1 ball, Sikandar Raja scored 9 runs from 16 balls and Luc Jangui scored 0 runs from 1 ball. Zimbabwe lost 7 wickets after scoring 98 runs in 15 overs.
Then Ryan Barle and Brad Evans scored 28 runs for Zimbabwe for 120 runs. Brad Evans got out with 19 runs off 15 balls for the team’s 126 runs. In the end, Zimbabwe collected 130 runs after losing 8 wickets in the scheduled 20 overs. Mohammad Wasim and Shadab Khan took 3 wickets each for Pakistan.
Sikandar Raja won the man of the match award for his excellent performance with bat and ball.