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Pakistan captain Babar Azam. File photograph
  • Babar Azam praises Mohammad Rizwan, Usman Qadir and Mohammad Hasnain for enjoying key function in first win.
  • Mohammad Rizwan says circumstances in Zimbabwe are are tough.
  • The second and third match may even be performed in Harare on Friday and Sunday.

HARARE: After narrowly successful the opening match of the T20I sequence, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam on Wednesday mentioned that the workforce needed to work onerous for the victory in opposition to Zimbabwe.

Speaking to the media after the match, the Pakistan captain acknowledged Mohammad Rizwan, Usman Qadir and Mohammad Hasnain, who carried out effectively and helped the workforce win the primary T20 in tough.

“Had somebody stayed a bit longer with Mohammad Rizwan, we would have set a greater goal for the opponents,” mentioned Azam.

Match report

Earlier, Rizwan hit a combating 82 whereas leg-spinner Qadir grabbed three wickets as Pakistan edged out Zimbabwe by 11 runs on the Harare Sports activities Membership.

Pakistan managed 149-7 of their 20 overs with their in-form wicketkeeper-batsman Rizwan anchoring the innings after they have been despatched in to bat.

Zimbabwe appeared threatening at 77-2 within the tenth over however Qadir (3-29) and pacer Hasnain (2-27) stored them to 138-7 within the allotted 20 overs.

Zimbabwe wanted 20 off the final over however quick bowler Haris Rauf stored tight size to concede simply eight to drag off a hard-earned win, serving to Pakistan to 1-0 lead within the three-match sequence.

The second and third match may even be performed in Harare on Friday and Sunday.

Luke Jongwe top-scored with a 23-ball 30 not out which included three boundaries and a six whereas opener Tinashe Kamunhukamwe scored 29.

Pakistan began the innings on the fallacious foot when their world-famous batsman Babar Azam fell within the second over, taking part in an off-the-cuff shot into the palms of a canopy fielder for simply two.

Rizwan added two strong stands of 34 every with Fakhar Zaman (13) and debutant Danish Aziz (15) however senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez (5) and Haider Ali (5) failed.

Zimbabwe may have had extra wickets had they not dropped 4 catches, the costliest was of Rizwan when on simply 13.

Rizwan, who cracked ten boundaries and a six off 61 balls, smashed 20 off the ultimate Richard Ngarava over to take Pakistan to a combating whole.

Half-tim spinner Wesley Madhevere (2-11) and seamer Jongwe (2-24) have been Zimbabwe´s profitable bowlers.

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