Pakistan Seal Tour Whitewash With Narrow Win in 2nd T20

Zimbabwe had a wonderful chance of breaking Pakistan’s winning run by gaining a victory in the final match of the tour. Good bowling and some superb fielding saw them unexpectedly restrict Pakistan to 141 runs in their 20 overs, but their batsmen choked at the target, managing only 136, despite a final gallant effort by Tatenda Taibu, who finished unbeaten on 37. Their bogey man was once again Mohammad Hafeez, a man who seems to strike terror into Zimbabwean players' hearts, as shown by his 51 runs and three wickets in this match.

On another warm sunny day Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat, after their success going in first in their previous match. The pitch was ideal, good for batting but with some life and bounce for the bowlers. The start was not auspicious for the home side. The first ball of the innings was misfielded by Brendan Taylor in the covers, a single resulting, and ten runs came off that rather poor over from Prosper Utseya, a surprise choice to open the bowling.

After that, however, it was Zimbabwe almost all the way throughout the innings. Pakistan hit the ball in the air, only to find the Zimbabwe fielding vastly improved on their previous matches. The catches were taken and three batsmen were out for 34 in the sixth over. However, Hafeez was still there, and despite lack of support at the other end he ran to another 50 off 37 balls. He then skied a ball from Price to long-on and departed for 51. Umar Akmal, who had been his best partner, ran himself out for 28, and the innings eventually closed at 141 for seven. Kyle Jarvis had been the best of the bowlers, with a remarkable three for 14 in his four overs. Zimbabwe now found themselves in with a good chance of victory.

Vusi Sibanda drove the first ball of the Zimbabwe reply straight back down the ground for four. He and Chamu Chibhabha proceeded to play with a confidence that suggested that Zimbabwe believed in themselves and were on course for victory. After four overs the score was 28 without loss, but then both were dismissed in quick succession and the wheels came off with a vengeance. Cephas Zhuwao looked out of his depth; the experienced Hamilton Masakadza and Taylor lost their wickets to soft shots, and Zimbabwe were 72 for six after 13 overs. The team seems to have a deep-set fear of Hafeez, whether he is batting or bowling, as he took three of the wickets.

With Tatenda Taibu and Elton Chigumbura together, Zimbabwe still had a chance, though 53 were still needed off the last five overs with four wickets left. Taibu did not look at ease at first, but Chigumbura played enough good shots to give hope to his team, until he holed out at long-on for 24. Utseya faced five balls without scoring, leaving 29 needed off the final two overs, and 20 off the last. Taibu made a gallant effort and managed to get it down to six needed off the final ball – only for the bowler to put a yorker outside the off stump that Taibu left in expectation of it being called a wide. It was adjudged just legal, justifiably, but it was a disappointing anticlimax and Zimbabwe had lost again. Full scorecard below the cut.
Pakistan 141/7 (20 overs; Mohammad Hafeez 51, Jarvis 3/15), Zimbabwe 136/7 (20 overs; Taibu 37*, Mohammad Hafeez 3/11). Pakistan win by 5 runs.

Pakistan innings (20 overs maximum) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
Mohammad Hafeez c Chigumbura b Price 	        51 	53 	38 	5 	1 	134.21
Asad Shafiq 	c Chigumbura b Chibhabha 	9 	9 	10 	1 	0 	90.00
Rameez Raja  	c Price b Jarvis 	        1 	2 	2 	0 	0 	50.00
Shoaib Malik 	c †Taibu b Chigumbura 	        11 	10 	12 	2 	0 	91.66
Umar Akmal† 	run out (†Taibu/Chigumbura) 	28 	39 	32 	0 	0 	87.50
Misbah-ul-Haq* 	c †Taibu b Jarvis 	        15 	24 	13 	1 	0 	115.38
Sohail Tanvir 	b Jarvis 	                7 	5 	5 	1 	0 	140.00
Yasir Shah 	not out 	                11 	11 	7 	1 	0 	157.14
Saeed Ajmal 	not out 	                1 	3 	1 	0 	0 	100.00
	Extras 	(w 7) 	                        7 					
	Total 	(7 wickets; 20 overs; 82 mins) 	141 	(7.05 runs per over)

Did not bat: Sohail Khan, Junaid Khan

Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Asad Shafiq, 2.5 ov), 2-20 (Rameez Raja, 3.1 ov), 
3-34 (Shoaib Malik, 5.5 ov), 4-93 (Mohammad Hafeez, 14.2 ov), 5-109 (Umar Akmal, 16.2 ov), 
6-118 (Sohail Tanvir, 17.3 ov), 7-136 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 19.2 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
P Utseya 	4 	0 	33 	0 	8.25 		
KM Jarvis 	4 	0 	15 	3 	3.75 		
CJ Chibhabha 	4 	0 	38 	1 	9.50 	(1w) 	
RW Price 	4 	0 	27 	1 	6.75 		
E Chigumbura 	4 	0 	28 	1 	7.00 	(2w) 	


Zimbabwe innings (target: 142 runs from 20 overs) 	
                                                        R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
V Sibanda 	c Mohammad Hafeez b Junaid Khan 	15 	33 	24 	1 	1 	62.50
CJ Chibhabha 	c Yasir Shah b Saeed Ajmal 	        10 	21 	10 	2 	0 	100.00
C Zhuwao 	b Mohammad Hafeez 	                12 	16 	13 	2 	0 	92.30
BRM Taylor* 	c Misbah-ul-Haq b Mohammad Hafeez 	10 	17 	11 	1 	0 	90.90
H Masakadza 	c & b Mohammad Hafeez 	                3 	7 	5 	0 	0 	60.00
T Taibu† 	not out 	                        37 	42 	28 	3 	1 	132.14
CK Coventry 	b Junaid Khan 	                        9 	4 	4 	2 	0 	225.00
E Chigumbura 	c Asad Shafiq b Sohail Tanvir 	        24 	17 	18 	3 	1 	133.33
P Utseya 	not out 	                        2 	14 	7 	0 	0 	28.57
	Extras 	(lb 6, w 8) 	                        14 					
	Total 	(7 wickets; 20 overs; 89 mins) 	        136 	(6.80 runs per over)

Did not bat: KM Jarvis, RW Price

Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Chibhabha, 4.1 ov), 2-37 (Sibanda, 6.4 ov), 3-42 (Zhuwao, 7.5 ov), 
4-52 (Masakadza, 9.6 ov), 5-61 (Taylor, 11.4 ov), 6-71 (Coventry, 12.3 ov), 
7-109 (Chigumbura, 16.5 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
Sohail Tanvir 	4 	0 	36 	1 	9.00 	(1w) 	
Sohail Khan 	4 	0 	31 	0 	7.75 	(1w) 	
Saeed Ajmal 	4 	1 	21 	1 	5.25 	(2w) 	
Junaid Khan 	4 	0 	23 	2 	5.75 		
Mohammad Hafeez 	3 	0 	11 	3 	3.66 		
Yasir Shah 	1 	0 	8 	0 	8.00 		


Match details
Toss: Pakistan, who chose to bat
Series: Pakistan won the 2-match series 2-0
Player of the match: Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)