Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
20 | 11 Runs | ZIM: 160/6 (20 runs required, RR: 8.00)

  • SW Masakadza0 (1b)
  • E Chigumbura35 (19b)
  • Sohail Tanvir4-0-28-0
  • Anwar Ali2-0-24-1

Presentation:

Man of the Match and the Series is Ahmed Shehzad. He's loaded tonight with cheques: "Important to be consistent and I have been trying hard at it. Myself and Hafeez wanted to bat out at least 15 overs. The ball was skidding onto the bat. They bowled well too, but they didn't have the pace to bowl the quick yorkers."

Taylor: "I think they got 20 too much, our bowlers missed the mark too many times. Quite a few starts and we can improve on the partnerships. Good to see some of our batters spending time there. Guys' confidence is a lot higher than when India was here. We have to regroup."

Hafeez: "The commitment and confidence was good. Nice to see Shehzad hold the innings in both innings, today he tried to spend more time on the pitch. We were expecting 150-160 on this pitch. We all knew that we had to work hard even defending 180, on this pitch. It was good of Ajmal to give his place to Babar, good for Pakistan cricket."

So that's it from us here today. The 1st ODI begins on Tuesday. On behalf of Alagappan, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!

End of match: Mazher Arshad excitedly gives us this stat: "This is Pakistan's 13th bilateral Twenty20 series win, the most by any team. Next is South Africa with 12 wins."

Twice in as many days Brendan Taylor won the toss and chose to bowl first, reasoning that Zimbabwe were better off chasing. He might want to revisit that theory next time. Both occasions, Zimbabwe fell short, and not by narrow margins - 25 and 19 show how comprehensive the wins were. Two maiden overs of spin really bit them in the end. They got off to a good start and despite Ajmal's absence, the batsmen couldn't get on top of the spinners.

Farhan: "I think Zimbabwe didn't play that bad in both T20s. You can only do so much, when you run into an inform team fresh from wins. Zim just needs to consolidate more, they'll get better."

Syed Masroor: "Despite Hafeez's performance with the ball and bat, Ahmed Shehzad should get the MotM award. Just because he's getting the MotS award it shouldn't handicap him."

We will find out at the presentation shortly.

19.6
0
Sohail Tanvir to SW Masakadza, no run, makes room to smash it over the off side and he misses it completely, game over
19.5
1
Sohail Tanvir to Chigumbura, 1 run, you can't put that away for six, yorker on middle and off and he can only jam it out
19.4
4
Sohail Tanvir to Chigumbura, FOUR, shorter delivery and Chigumbura pulls it to deep square leg, this won't do for Zimbabwe
19.3
0
Sohail Tanvir to Chigumbura, no run, swings it towards the body and he tries to force it to the leg side but the ball hits him on the body
19.2
0
Sohail Tanvir to Chigumbura, no run, swing and a miss, he made room swung too early
19.1
6
Sohail Tanvir to Chigumbura, SIX, Zimbabwe need four more of those! Slower ball from round the wicket, picked off a good length and swung over deep midwicket

END OF OVER:
19 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | ZIM: 149/6 (31 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.84, RRR: 31.00)

  • E Chigumbura24 (14b)
  • SW Masakadza0 (0b)
  • Anwar Ali2-0-24-1
  • Sohail Tanvir3-0-17-0

Anwar's struggled with his length today

KP: "This game is in zimbabwe's favor if they didn't play out two maidens! How valuable those 12 wasted deliveries seem now."

18.6
1
Anwar Ali to Chigumbura, 1 run, low full toss again and he swings it towards long-on
18.5
2
Anwar Ali to Chigumbura, 2 runs, low full toss and he scoops it over the bowler, Shehzad does really well to run to his right from long-on and slide and save a boundary, hurt his shoulder too
18.4
W
Anwar Ali to Waller, OUT, can't get it past Afridi at long-on! Looked like the slower ball, fuller on middle and leg, Waller tried the same shot that fetched him a six earlier in the over, didn't get the distance, Afridi hangs on well in front of the rope

MN Waller c Shahid Afridi b Anwar Ali 20 (16m 14b 2x4 1x6) SR: 142.85

18.3
2
Anwar Ali to Waller, 2 runs, slower ball and Waller makes room and scoops it over cover, the sweeper picks it up
18.2
6
Anwar Ali to Waller, SIX, connects this time! This was a length ball, Waller made room and swung his bat, lands on the grass banks over wide long-on
18.1
0
Anwar Ali to Waller, no run, waller makes room and tries to smash it over the off side, misses it completely

42 needed off the last two overs. Would take a miracle here for Zimbabwe. Anwar to bowl

END OF OVER:
18 | 8 Runs | ZIM: 138/5 (42 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.66, RRR: 21.00)

  • MN Waller12 (10b)
  • E Chigumbura21 (12b)
  • Sohail Tanvir3-0-17-0
  • Zulfiqar Babar4-1-21-2

ZCFOutkast: "Isaam, there's nothing mysterious about Ray&Prosper. For a long time Cremer was our lead attacking spinner. The way he's been thumped playing for us shows just how much misguided self-belief he gave them."

17.6
1
Sohail Tanvir to Waller, 1 run, makes room and works it away down to long-on
17.5
1
Sohail Tanvir to Chigumbura, 1 run, drifting on the body and he works it towards long-on
17.4
1
Sohail Tanvir to Waller, 1 run, this was a bouncer and Waller gets a top edge as he looks to pull, lands safely at mid-off, umpire signals the one bouncer for the over
17.3
1
Sohail Tanvir to Chigumbura, 1 run, down the leg side and he tries to pull it fine but the ball clips his body but rolls away
17.2
2
Sohail Tanvir to Chigumbura, 2 runs, he makes room and scoops it over point for a couple
17.1
2
Sohail Tanvir to Chigumbura, 2 runs, Tanvir comes round the wicket, short and pulled to deep midwicket, the message is to throw to the keeper's end but the fielder fires it to the bowler instead

50 to get off three overs. They need a big over now

END OF OVER:
17 | 11 Runs | ZIM: 130/5 (50 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.64, RRR: 16.66)

  • E Chigumbura15 (8b)
  • MN Waller10 (8b)
  • Zulfiqar Babar4-1-21-2
  • Asad Ali3-0-26-0

Awais Sohrab: "Harare has been a sad venue for Zimbabwe. Have played 7 T20S at this venue, and did win a single match. Can they break the shackles today ?"

16.6
1
Zulfiqar Babar to Chigumbura, 1 run, goes back and he punches him down to cover
16.5
1lb
Zulfiqar Babar to Waller, 1 leg bye, flatter one and drifting down leg, tries to pull but the ball clips the pad and rolls way, a stifled appeal
16.4
0
Zulfiqar Babar to Waller, no run, tries to sweep and the ball clips the pad and rolls away
16.3
2
Zulfiqar Babar to Waller, 2 runs, good running! He pushes it through the big gap at cover, takes the first one hard and he puts pressure on the fielder
16.2
1
Zulfiqar Babar to Chigumbura, 1 run, tossed up outside off and he makes room and chips it towards point

Game on here

16.1
6
Zulfiqar Babar to Chigumbura, SIX, wrong length! Dropped it too short, Chigumbura rocked back and clubbed it several rows over deep midwicket, they've lost the ball and they need a replacement

END OF OVER:
16 | 10 Runs | ZIM: 119/5 (61 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.43, RRR: 15.25)

  • MN Waller8 (5b)
  • E Chigumbura7 (5b)
  • Asad Ali3-0-26-0
  • Zulfiqar Babar3-1-11-2

AndrewM: "Maruma is not up to international standard. Not even by Zim standards. Sad but true... Who's next on your list Mr Selectors?"

15.6
4
Asad Ali to Waller, FOUR, these boundaries should pep up Zimbabwe, full and wide outside off and driven hard through the covers, finds the gap at deep cover