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Pakistan has the tendency of coming up with unexpected results . In one day their brilliance can blow away any top team but they are equally capable of producing some astonishingly poor cricket as it happened against Zimbabwe in the 2nd T20I , allowing the African nation to get their 1st ever T20 win against them
In the 2nd T20I , it was a low scoring affair with Zimbabwe scoring only 118 in 20 overs with a top score from Kamunhukamwe (34) on a sluggish pitch where stroke-making was very difficult.
In reply, despite the early loss of Rizwan (13), Pakistan was cruising till Babar (45) was at the crease However ,from 78/3 they astonishingly collapsed with 7 wickets going down for just 21 runs in the last 4 overs . None of the batters could play strokes on a slow pitch and the Zimbabwean bowlers were bowling great lines , taking pace off and made strokeplay difficult. Apart from a couple of big hits, the Pakistani batters could not get much headway and lost by 19 runs .
For Zimbabwe , medium-fast-bowler Jongwe took 4/18 to wreak the visitors and claim the man of the match award.
Ist T20I recap :
In the 1st T20I too , Zimbabwe challenged Pakistan strongly in their chase before losing narrowly by 11 runs
Pakistan batted 1st and scored 149 almost entirely due to Rizwan’s brilliant singlehanded knock of 82 . The 2nd highest score was below 20.
In reply,Zimbabwe chased hard but kept losing regular wickets with Usman Qadir taking 3/29. For Zimbabwe , Ervin top scored with 34 . However the Pakistan bowlers held their own and the home side lost by 11 runs.
Pakistan 149 for 7 (Rizwan 82*, Madhevere 2-11, Jonwe 2-24) beat Zimbabwe 138 for 7 (Ervine 34, Qadir 3-29, Hasnain 2-27) by 11 runs
Zimbabwe 118 for 9 (Kamunhukamwe 34, Hasnain 2-19) beat Pakistan 99 (Babar 41, Jongwe 4-18, Burl 2-21) by 19 runs