Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 24 runs in final T20I

ZIMBABWE: Pakistan on Sunday beat Zimbabwe by 24 runs in the final fixture of the three-match T20I series at Harare Sports Club, taking the series 2-1.

Pakistan set a target of 166 runs for Zimbabwe won the toss against Zimbabwe and restricted them to 141 runs by the end of the match. Zimbabwe’s fifth wicket against Pakistan fell off at 133 runs.

The visitors got into the third T20I against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club nervous and under pressure, after they were handed a shocking defeat by the hosts in the last match. 

At the time, Pakistan’s middle order was yet again exposed when Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali and Mohammad Hafeez put up dismal performances, resulting in a batting collapse for the team. 

Chasing Zimbabwe’s 119-run target, the green shirts were dismissed for 99 runs.  Luke Jongwe starred with the ball to help Zimbabwe level the series with his impressive returns of 4/18.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has urged his middle order to step up. “The T20 World Cup is coming and we need to resolve these issues,” he said ahead of the final T20I. “Hopefully, we make a comeback. We will look to play with our best combination,” he added, hinting at some important changes.

The pitches here in Harare appear to have plenty in them for bowlers, with both captains agreeing totals around 140-150 were challenging.