- This would be the first sequence performed in Zimbabwe by any males’s worldwide workforce since begin of coronavirus pandemic.
- Head coach Misbah Ul Haq says his workforce might be cautious in opposition to the Zimbabwe aspect which he believed has nothing to lose.
- Zimbabwe captain Sean Williams is hoping to restrict Pakistan’s top-order which is in pink scorching type, particularly opener Fakhar Zaman.
HARARE: Pakistan and Zimbabwe will play the primary T20I a part of the three-match sequence in the present day on the Harare Sports activities Membership.
This would be the first sequence performed in Zimbabwe by any males’s worldwide workforce within the nation because the begin of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pakistan might be hoping to win the sequence and carry ahead the momentum they acquired in South Africa.
Head coach MIsbah-ul-Haq has mentioned his workforce might be cautious in opposition to the Zimbabwe aspect which he believed had nothing to lose.
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“Pakistan will be carrying the favourites tag especially after their back-to-back series wins in South Africa. On the other hand, Zimbabwe would be under no pressure as they know that they have nothing to lose. Zimbabwe have nothing at stake and would surely be waiting for the Pakistan’s weaknesses and complacency turning the tide in their favour,” said Misbah in a virtual media talk from Zimbabwe, a day ahead of the start of series.
The former skipper added that Pakistan will have to be on its toes throughout the series, trying to make it difficult for the hosts to get a sniff of a weak link.
The match is an important one for Pakistan captain Babar Azam as he is on the cusp of getting 2,000 T20I runs.
If the Pakistani skipper achieves the feat in the upcoming series against Zimbabwe, he become the 11th player to score 2,000 T20I runs and the fastest man to do so.
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“Babar, who last week was named the number-one ranked player in the ICC ODI Rankings, needs 60 more runs to break India’s Virat Kohli’s record of fastest to 2000 T20I runs, which the Indian captain achieved in 56 innings,” said the PCB in a statement.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe captain Sean Williams is hoping to limit Pakistan’s top-order which is in red hot form, especially opener Fakhar Zaman.
“We know that he is coming out of an exceptional series against South Africa. He was more fluent with the bat than anyone else. We know well how to halt his progress and how to restrict him from scoring fluently despite the fact that he had scored two double hundreds during Pakistan’s last visit here,” mentioned Sean about his workforce’s plans in opposition to Fakhar.
Face to face
On the face to face chart, Pakistan have received all 5 bilateral T20I sequence in opposition to Zimbabwe.
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They’ve received all 14 T20I matches. Pakistan final visited Zimbabwe in July 2018, to function in a tri-nation match involving Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Australia.
Pakistan beat Australia by six wickets on the Harare Sports activities Membership to win the match.