Pakistan Cruise to 1st T20 Win

Zimbabwe put Pakistan in to bat, the usual policy, and it did at least treat a comparatively small crowd of a few hundred to a brilliant display of hitting by the visiting batsmen. All the bowlers suffered, most of all Chris Mpofu, whose four overs went for 59 runs.

The first wicket fell in the seventh over, when Asad Shafiq slipped and was run out – but by then the total was already 74. Mohammad Hafeez once again was Zimbabwe's main destroyer, making 71 off 48 balls (6 fours, 3 sixes) before being caught on the midwicket boundary, a stroke Pakistan probably thought was safe after three difficult chances had gone down in the deep. Zimbabwe's fielding was again found wanting.

Pakistan looked on course for a score of 200, but Zimbabwe did slow the rate with two more wickets. Sohail Tanvir came in to score 17 off five balls in the final over, from Mpofu, and the final total was 198 for four wickets. The Zimbabwe bowlers and fielders were shaken by such superb batting; Chamu Chibhabha, with one wicket for 17 runs off three overs, did as well as anybody and would probably have been a better choice than Mpofu for the final over.

Zimbabwe from the start had a mammoth task and had no alternative but to slog and the the scoreboard ticking. The Pakistanis knew where and how to bowl, and they did so skilfully, helped by some brilliant catching in the outfield. Their troubles began in the second over when, as a sign of things to come, Vusi Sibanda miscued a drive and Misbah-ul-Haq raced back from mid-off to take the first of several excellent catches by his team.

Chibhabha batted well for a while to make 26 off 28 balls, but it was Charles Coventry, restored to the team for this format of the game, who alone caused the bowlers some consternation. He hammered 30 off 13 balls, including four fours and a six, before inevitably skying a catch in the end, like so many of his team-mates, who had no alternative.

When Taibu was run out by a poor call from Price, it was only a matter of time, and in the end Zimbabwe subsided for 113, with almost five overs in hand. Almost inevitably, Hafeez was in the forefront of the bowling, and he took four wickets for 10 runs – and was again named Player of the Match. Full scorecard below the cut.
Pakistan 198/4 (20 overs; Mohammad Hafeez 71, Chibhabha 1/17), Zimbabwe 113 (15.2 overs; Coventry 30, Mohammad Hafeez 4/10). Pakistan win by 85 runs.

Pakistan innings (20 overs maximum) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
Mohammad Hafeez c Coventry b Chibhabha 	        71 	68 	48 	6 	3 	147.91
Asad Shafiq 	run out (Coventry/†Taibu) 	38 	32 	23 	6 	1 	165.21
Rameez Raja     lbw b Price 	                23 	45 	27 	2 	0 	85.18
Umar Akmal† 	not out 	                22 	21 	11 	4 	0 	200.00
Shoaib Malik 	c Masakadza b Jarvis 	        7 	10 	7 	0 	0 	100.00
Sohail Tanvir 	not out 	                17 	4 	5 	0 	2 	340.00
	Extras 	(lb 4, w 15, nb 1) 	        20 					
	Total 	(4 wickets; 20 overs; 90 mins) 	198 	(9.90 runs per over)

Did not bat: Misbah-ul-Haq*, Sohail Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Yasir Shah, Saeed Ajmal

Fall of wickets:1-74 (Asad Shafiq, 6.5 ov), 2-147 (Mohammad Hafeez, 14.6 ov), 
3-154 (Rameez Raja, 16.4 ov), 4-180 (Shoaib Malik, 18.6 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
CB Mpofu 	4 	0 	59 	0 	14.75 		
KM Jarvis 	4 	0 	30 	1 	7.50 	(1w) 	
RW Price 	4 	0 	35 	1 	8.75 	(6w) 	
E Chigumbura 	3 	0 	31 	0 	10.33 	(1w) 	
H Masakadza 	2 	0 	22 	0 	11.00 		
CJ Chibhabha 	3 	0 	17 	1 	5.66 	(1nb) 	


Zimbabwe innings (target: 199 runs from 20 overs) 	
                                                        R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
V Sibanda 	c Misbah-ul-Haq b Sohail Khan 	        7 	9 	6 	1 	0 	116.66
CJ Chibhabha 	lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 	                28 	44 	26 	2 	0 	107.69
C Zhuwao 	c †Umar Akmal b Sohail Khan 	        0 	2 	1 	0 	0 	0.00
BRM Taylor* 	c Yasir Shah b Sohail Tanvir 	        10 	12 	7 	0 	1 	142.85
H Masakadza 	c Yasir Shah b Mohammad Hafeez 	        12 	16 	13 	1 	0 	92.30
E Chigumbura 	c Sohail Tanvir b Mohammad Hafeez 	1 	8 	3 	0 	0 	33.33
CK Coventry 	c †Umar Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 	        30 	14 	13 	4 	1 	230.76
T Taibu† 	run out (Mohammad Hafeez) 	        6 	13 	7 	0 	0 	85.71
RW Price 	b Mohammad Hafeez 	                3 	11 	10 	0 	0 	30.00
KM Jarvis 	c Yasir Shah b Aizaz Cheema 	        0 	1 	2 	0 	0 	0.00
CB Mpofu 	not out 	                        4 	6 	4 	0 	0 	100.00
	Extras 	(lb 4, w 8) 	                        12
	Total 	(all out; 15.2 overs; 70 mins) 	        113 	(7.36 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Sibanda, 1.4 ov), 2-13 (Zhuwao, 1.6 ov), 3-37 (Taylor, 4.5 ov), 4-64 (Masakadza, 8.4 ov), 5-64 (Chibhabha, 8.5 ov), 6-77 (Chigumbura, 10.3 ov), 7-102 (Coventry, 12.3 ov), 8-104 (Taibu, 13.1 ov), 9-104 (Jarvis, 13.3 ov), 10-113 (Price, 15.2 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
Sohail Tanvir 	3 	0 	24 	1 	8.00 	(3w) 	
Sohail Khan 	2 	0 	13 	2 	6.50 	(1w) 	
Aizaz Cheema 	3 	0 	21 	1 	7.00 	(3w) 	
Yasir Shah 	3 	0 	31 	0 	10.33 		
Mohammad Hafeez 2.2 	0 	10 	4 	4.28 		
Saeed Ajmal 	2 	0 	10 	1 	5.00 		


Match details
Toss: Zimbabwe, who chose to field
Series: Pakistan led the 2-match series 1-0
T20I debuts: Aizaz Cheema, Rameez Raja (2) and Yasir Shah (Pakistan); KM Jarvis (Zimbabwe)
Twenty20 debut: KM Jarvis (Zimbabwe)
Player of the match: Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)