On Thursday at the T20 World Cup in Perth, Zimbabwe edged Pakistan by a single run. Earlier, Pakistan limited Zimbabwe to 130-8 because of the efforts of Mohammad Wasim and Shadab Khan, who combined for seven wickets. Zimbabwe beat Pakistan by 1 run is news of the day!
Zimbabwe beat Pakistan by 1 run
Pakistan will be confident in their ability to collect the 131 runs they need to overcome Sunday’s devastating opening loss to India. Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat. Wesley Madhevere and captain Craig Ervine put up a 42-run opening stand with the help of a series of boundaries off the fast bowling of Pakistan.
Although Zimbabwe’s first Super 12 encounter in Hobart was washed out, fast bowler Wasim’s 4-24. And Shadab’s 3-23 with his wrist spin limited them to a disappointing total. Ervine’s fours off Naseem Shah were beautiful, but he was out for 19 after being caught pulling off Haris Rauf.
Wasim proved why he should have started the game in place of Asif Ali by sending back Madhevere caught lbw for 17. The umpires first ruled that Madhevere was not out. But Pakistan won the review. The ball from pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi was dropped by Iftikhar Ahmed at mid-wicket. Thus Sean Williams got a reprieve on nine.
Williams, batting left-handed, attempted to assault Pakistan by hitting a couple of boundaries before being bowled by Shadab for 31. On the next ball, Shadab struck again, dismissing Regis Chakabva with a stunning one-handed catch by Babar Azam, the captain. Sikandar Raza was dismissed for nine by Wasim.
They need one more wicket to complete his hat trick before allowing two wides. It is a single to Brad Evans, drastically reducing Zimbabwe’s chances of victory. Williams, Chakabva, Raza, and Luke Jongwe all fell for 95 before Evans pushed Zimbabwe past the 120-run barrier. In the penultimate over. Evans became Wasim’s fourth wicket when he was dismissed for 19.
Zimbabwe: Wessly Madhevere, Craig Ervine (capt), Milton Shumba, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Brad Evans, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt.), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Haider Ali, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah.