Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 1st Twenty20, Harare September 16, 2011

All-round Hafeez sets up big win

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Pakistan 198 for 4 (Hafeez 71, Shafiq 38) beat Zimbabwe 113 (Coventry 30, Hafeez 4-10) by 85 runs
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Pakistan continued their winning streak in Zimbabwe with a crushing victory in the first Twenty20 international. Their batsmen treated the opposition attack with utter disdain and smashed Zimbabwe for the highest total they have ever conceded in a Twenty20. Pakistan bowled with precision, fielded with energy and commitment, and skittled Zimbabwe out in the 16th over to register a comprehensive win. Mohammad Hafeez stole the headlines in both departments, scoring 71 with the bat and taking four wickets.

By contrast, Zimbabwe slumped into a greater state of haplessness, first with their lacklustre display with the ball and then with an uninspiring chase. Their three frontline bowlers were wayward and unconvincing, and their fielding sub-standard which left them with too much to do with the bat.

Pakistan's smash-and-grab innings started when Asad Shafiq tore into Zimbabwe's senior fast bowler Chris Mpofu, who made every mistake in the book, mostly by bowling too short. Shafiq scored four boundaries off his second over and brought up the first six of the innings, with a pull off Elton Chigumbura. Hafeez was happy to take a back seat in the early stages of the innings but took over when Shafiq was run out by a sharp piece of groundwork from Charles Coventry at short fine leg.

Hafeez took a special liking to Hamilton Masakadza's medium pacers, and showed off the lap sweep in extravagant style, getting to his half-century in 34 balls. Zimbabwe could have prevented him from reaching the landmark when Hafeez pulled to deep midwicket on 45, but Mpofu parried the ball over the boundary for six instead of catching it.

Zimbabwe's fielding was not up to standard again and they let go of too many chances. Jarvis mistimed a catch off Rameez Raja at mid-on and Vusi Sibanda did the same thing in the next over, giving Hafeez another lifeline. Coventry was the only one with a solid pair of hands and he held on to a cross-batted shot from Hafeez that just did not have enough on it to go all the way.

Rameez Raja did not live up to the hype. His 23 runs came mostly in singles and he struggled to time his shots. He was out lbw to Ray Price in the 17th over, allowing Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik the opportunity to finish strongly.

Both were dropped, Umar by Tatenda Taibu behind the stumps and Malik by Mpofu in his followthrough. Mpofu's day only got worse when Umar slapped him for 15 runs in his penultimate over. Malik made little impact but Sohail Tanvir was destructive at the end. He was almost caught in the deep, but Sibanda had to abandon the catch when he was pushed over the boundary by his momentum. The mistake cost Zimbabwe 18 runs in the last over.

With a massive task looming over them, Zimbabwe were overwhelmed but showed signs of greater intent than they have done previously in the series. Vusi Sibanda started with a stunning drive but his second aggressive stroke, off a length ball, saw him caught magnificently by Misbah-ul-Haq at mid-on. Misbah ran backwards and took the catch over his shoulder, with both hands. Sohail Khan could not take the credit for that wicket but he deserved the next one, which came two balls later when newcomer Cephas Zhuwao hung his bat out and got an edge through to Umar.

Brendan Taylor, Chamu Chibhabha and Hamilton Masakadza tried to build momentum but Taylor and Masakadza fell trying to play big shots and Chibhabha became the second of Hafeez's victims when he was trapped lbw. Charles Coventry was the only Zimbabwe batsmen who was able to get more than a start. He thumped four fours and a six before top-edging off Saeed Ajmal.

Hafeez, fittingly, finished things off when he bowled Price with a flat, straight delivery, extending Price's poor day. Price had sent down six wides while bowling and strayed too far down the leg side. Hafeez, however, was bang on target and finished with his best figures in T20s to continue his golden run in Zimbabwe.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • POSTED BY Umms on | September 17, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Hafeez is a blessing these days. If Pakistan manages couple of solid batsman in test and ODI with consistency, then will be a force to reckon with. @Tell the truth, what we can say about your comments...

  • POSTED BY gazaam23 on | September 17, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Tellthetruth: Its so sad to see India get exposed soon after the World cup they bought from the World. A team which cannot defend 300, how can they be World Champs. It shows on all Indian players, the shame of winning the WC that way. Good to see India back on track of 80s and 70s, when one win in one year meant a lot to the nation. Dhony is bringing that back to India. Hope India gets better to show some fight and don't let Pak walk all over them in coming series. In my opinion, No1 spot should be fixed for pak. Rest of the teams should fight for 2nd onwards.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | September 17, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    In the midst of all this, let's not forget to say Thank you Waqar. Great job. We will miss you dearly.

  • POSTED BY reality_check on | September 17, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    @TellTheTruth. Looks like you are really hurting for some reason to take this cheap swipe at Pakistan and it's cricket team. Could it be the recently concluded winless England tour? India did discover one thing on this tour... Praveen Kumar is a much better test batsman than Tendulkar. Atleast there is some hope.

  • POSTED BY Ammdex-tro on | September 17, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Why dont Indians worry about their team instead of telling Pakistan fans not to be euphoric? In England, India were thrashed, smashed, mauled, humiliated... whatever you call it. Even Zimbabwe or Bangladesh would have probably managed better.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair: I always love your comments dude...they are really awesome.. Infact I search your name in almost every cricinfo article...keep it up buddy...!! :) ;)

  • POSTED BY wc1992 on | September 17, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Tellthetruth ... you can not have this name if you are indian ....you are back stabber and traitor .. proven by recent and old history ........this win is very sweet .....better then the MAN MIANDAD hitting SIX in shraja ...cuz England deny a taste of victory to YOU YOU ....your comments show as indian life is sad .

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Tellthetruth: That is something only time will tell. In the meantime its best if you refrain from slighting my country and its politics on a cricketing forum! Not to mention insulting Zimbabwe's team

  • POSTED BY cric.info. on | September 17, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS PAKISTAN.............. waiting anxiously for return of amir.. :)

  • POSTED BY davidatlas90 on | September 17, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    what a team this is.pakistan rock evry where they play.hafeez and asad oooh i saw the new opening in t20.good asad is a good player he can do this for long time.keep goning pakistan we r with u.

  • POSTED BY Umms on | September 17, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Hafeez is a blessing these days. If Pakistan manages couple of solid batsman in test and ODI with consistency, then will be a force to reckon with. @Tell the truth, what we can say about your comments...

  • POSTED BY gazaam23 on | September 17, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Tellthetruth: Its so sad to see India get exposed soon after the World cup they bought from the World. A team which cannot defend 300, how can they be World Champs. It shows on all Indian players, the shame of winning the WC that way. Good to see India back on track of 80s and 70s, when one win in one year meant a lot to the nation. Dhony is bringing that back to India. Hope India gets better to show some fight and don't let Pak walk all over them in coming series. In my opinion, No1 spot should be fixed for pak. Rest of the teams should fight for 2nd onwards.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | September 17, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    In the midst of all this, let's not forget to say Thank you Waqar. Great job. We will miss you dearly.

  • POSTED BY reality_check on | September 17, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    @TellTheTruth. Looks like you are really hurting for some reason to take this cheap swipe at Pakistan and it's cricket team. Could it be the recently concluded winless England tour? India did discover one thing on this tour... Praveen Kumar is a much better test batsman than Tendulkar. Atleast there is some hope.

  • POSTED BY Ammdex-tro on | September 17, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Why dont Indians worry about their team instead of telling Pakistan fans not to be euphoric? In England, India were thrashed, smashed, mauled, humiliated... whatever you call it. Even Zimbabwe or Bangladesh would have probably managed better.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair: I always love your comments dude...they are really awesome.. Infact I search your name in almost every cricinfo article...keep it up buddy...!! :) ;)

  • POSTED BY wc1992 on | September 17, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Tellthetruth ... you can not have this name if you are indian ....you are back stabber and traitor .. proven by recent and old history ........this win is very sweet .....better then the MAN MIANDAD hitting SIX in shraja ...cuz England deny a taste of victory to YOU YOU ....your comments show as indian life is sad .

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Tellthetruth: That is something only time will tell. In the meantime its best if you refrain from slighting my country and its politics on a cricketing forum! Not to mention insulting Zimbabwe's team

  • POSTED BY cric.info. on | September 17, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS PAKISTAN.............. waiting anxiously for return of amir.. :)

  • POSTED BY davidatlas90 on | September 17, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    what a team this is.pakistan rock evry where they play.hafeez and asad oooh i saw the new opening in t20.good asad is a good player he can do this for long time.keep goning pakistan we r with u.

  • POSTED BY Aura123 on | September 17, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Love u "AndyZaltzmannsHair"

  • POSTED BY Sohailh on | September 17, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    We, Pakistani, are one of the most Resilient nation of the world. Any win outside home country is a Big achievement even if it comes against ZIM. And we have been playing cricket everywhere except Pakistan. Somehow we lost some of our Key players for time being. Despite of all the turmoil, floods, dirty politics back home, we still managed to be one of the Top ranked team of the world and giving tough fights to each and every team. Critics are welcome but critics will only made us more stronger and more tougher. Pakistan Zindabad!

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    I think it was a great one sided match, but sometimes I saw Zimz players struggling well to overcome butttt alas they could get victory.

  • POSTED BY azmaftab on | September 17, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    @Tellthetruth sour grapes mate? I won't fret too much over your comment but I will say this, 10-0 to England, thank you very much now you can cry :) Welldone Pakistan!!! We are proud of you boys!! Keep up the good work, tough series ahead now with Sri-Lanka and England. We will definitely need to notch up the standard against these two teams as they are playing world class cricket!! But I am very excited about the future!! Congrats to Pakistan and it's supporters all over the globe!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair - Appreciated!!!

  • POSTED BY shakkw on | September 16, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    @Tellthetruth: For time being you need to worry about your own team who had an horror show in ENG and gave one of the worst performances in the living memory. Despite all the turmoil lately, Pakistan still among the top teams and will remain top trier team because amount of talent we have...

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    @tellthetruth to refresh ur memory india has toured zimbabwe to take part in tri series and has been thrashed by this zimbabwe side ;) just as today they have been thrashed by England again lol ...

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair I so Love you for this comment of yours:)

  • POSTED BY FaisalAsghar on | September 16, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    PCB needs to be proactive and think abt the future, I think the Pakistan team needs to find a good combination, they have tried a number of players who provide great options. they have the likes of Ajmal, Afridi, Hafeez, Abdur Rehman, Shoaib Malik, Young Yasir forming a very capable spin department. Then theres Gul, Wahab, Junaid, Cheema, Anwer Ali, Hammad Azam and many more not to mention the return of Amir? the batting has always been a problem and this Zim tour was an opportunity wasted in finding any good opening batsmen; who could pair up with Hafeez and act as backup. Shehzad should be groomed and i feel it was unfair to give Rameez Jr no ODI. On top of that no hard hitting batsmen are left in the team. Asad, Azhar, younger batsmen should be given ample opportunities. Younis and Misbah wont be around forever. Im not picking favourites or forming a team. I could have missed many names but what im hoping for is a more planned move into the future.

  • POSTED BY FaisalAsghar on | September 16, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    @Tellthetruth i don't think 'break into pieces' fits well with the Pakistan team, rather the Indian tour of England could be defined as such :D shredded into non existence lol

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    I don't think Pakistan need Afridi OR Razzak. Terrific talents both of them but Razzak is too inconsistent and its time to blood some youngsters. Afridi is too much drama and fails with the bat more often that not.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | September 16, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Aizaz is a big find for pakistan. I hope he learns more of outswing as it was more of incoming deliveries which we saw from him. Waqar Younis, a thorough gentleman should be praised for his efforts and thanked for his coaching periode. Pakistan is obviously in trouble in death overs as all the big hitters like Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razaq and Afridi are gone. Adnan Akmal is not fit for batting in dieing overs. We need Kamran Akmal back for limited overs games. Razaq and Afridi are kings of T20 and should be brought back too before T20WC.

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    @andy i LOVE u for that comment :)

  • POSTED BY a_rahat on | September 16, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Credit must go to Waqar Younis for the success of this Pak team and his stepping down will be a great loss for the growing of the Pakistan team, that's for sure!

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Keep banging those sixes and crack those

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | September 16, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Hey PCB, you need to watch how a professional board sends off their Greats. Just look at the way BCCI is sending farewell to their Great Men who serviced the team for that long. And what did PCB do to Afridi, Yousaf, Younis to some extent. Look how they farewell-ed them. Utter disgusting.Good job Rahul, we will miss seeing you.

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | September 16, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    @Tellthetruth: Indians talking about "dirty politics"... HAHA. And for the record Pak managed to draw against Aus in Eng, with a youth side, last year. And drew against SA in the UAE. They also managed to put up a far better fight than your Indian boys against Eng. And to finish with your quote, "and break into pieces".... Wasn't this supposed to happen to Pakistan over the past 5 years, and yet lo and behold here they are, still competitive, still a top team, managing to win away from home, and producing talent many other nations could only dream of. Carry on wishing.

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    Pakistan Congratulations to you on this superb victory ... U r the tigers of T 20 and World Champion too ... Well done Green Shirts ...

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | September 16, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    I wish Pakistan carry this form to the matches against Sri Lanka and England. Zimbabwe played badly and made it look easy for Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Rakim on | September 16, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Pakistan are outstanding in T20Is. Although I'd like to see some players in IPL

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    great work Hafeez.. Pakistan zinda baad :)

  • POSTED BY USAPakCricFollower on | September 16, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Great job Pakistan. Congrats to Misbah and team. Credit should also go to Waqar for helping witht he current setup. Thanks also to Boom Boom (former) for retiring, at least he knows when his performance is lacking to be in the team, much less a captain.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | September 16, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    What the heck was that 37 yr old thinking?!?!

    Why didn't he play Junaid!

    The guy is second best at yorkers (behind Gul) in Pak.

  • POSTED BY Tellthetruth on | September 16, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Pakistan need not be euphoric. They should realize that they are winning against the worst fielding side in the world. Remember Pakistan is infested with dirty politics in all spheres and aspects of their existence. It is only a matter of time when they will be exposed as soon as they are pitched against better teams such as England India Australia or SriLanka. They can win against Zimbabve and chuckle. Wait till they face the real test ...... and break into pieces.

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    i have to say well done Pakistan , and i agree Firdose that Ramiz Raja jr did not live up to the hype, but then u have to give him the benefit of this being his first game and since he wasnt gven a chance in ODIs he may have been overly cautious to not get out in single digits trying to hit big shots!

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan Cricket Team.......

  • POSTED BY EmjayKhan104 on | September 16, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Pakistan are a complete outfit and I think no-one can beat them in the shorter format. Pakistan have the best record in 20/20 GO PAKISTAN GO U r the best in the world

  • POSTED BY mhk21 on | September 16, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    haafeez could end up as on one of the greatest all rounders if he playes like this for 7 or 8 more years ....he still look fit though ....one could appreciate that all these performances are making him a great contender for the captaincy .....but i personally wont like hafeez to be captain as there are no of instances that has caused the career of the person to be ruined when they have been given captaincy ....like younis almost ....afridi ...yousuf ....malik .....etc

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Haafeez well done again.. superb all rounder performance...

  • POSTED BY EmjayKhan104 on | September 16, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Pakistan are too good and they will beat any team on the 20/20 circuit. BRING IT ON, IF YOU THINK YOU ARE BAD ENOUGH

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  • POSTED BY EmjayKhan104 on | September 16, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Pakistan are too good and they will beat any team on the 20/20 circuit. BRING IT ON, IF YOU THINK YOU ARE BAD ENOUGH

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Haafeez well done again.. superb all rounder performance...

  • POSTED BY mhk21 on | September 16, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    haafeez could end up as on one of the greatest all rounders if he playes like this for 7 or 8 more years ....he still look fit though ....one could appreciate that all these performances are making him a great contender for the captaincy .....but i personally wont like hafeez to be captain as there are no of instances that has caused the career of the person to be ruined when they have been given captaincy ....like younis almost ....afridi ...yousuf ....malik .....etc

  • POSTED BY EmjayKhan104 on | September 16, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Pakistan are a complete outfit and I think no-one can beat them in the shorter format. Pakistan have the best record in 20/20 GO PAKISTAN GO U r the best in the world

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan Cricket Team.......

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    i have to say well done Pakistan , and i agree Firdose that Ramiz Raja jr did not live up to the hype, but then u have to give him the benefit of this being his first game and since he wasnt gven a chance in ODIs he may have been overly cautious to not get out in single digits trying to hit big shots!

  • POSTED BY Tellthetruth on | September 16, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Pakistan need not be euphoric. They should realize that they are winning against the worst fielding side in the world. Remember Pakistan is infested with dirty politics in all spheres and aspects of their existence. It is only a matter of time when they will be exposed as soon as they are pitched against better teams such as England India Australia or SriLanka. They can win against Zimbabve and chuckle. Wait till they face the real test ...... and break into pieces.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | September 16, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    What the heck was that 37 yr old thinking?!?!

    Why didn't he play Junaid!

    The guy is second best at yorkers (behind Gul) in Pak.

  • POSTED BY USAPakCricFollower on | September 16, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Great job Pakistan. Congrats to Misbah and team. Credit should also go to Waqar for helping witht he current setup. Thanks also to Boom Boom (former) for retiring, at least he knows when his performance is lacking to be in the team, much less a captain.

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    great work Hafeez.. Pakistan zinda baad :)