Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd T20, Harare

Shehzad's record 98* sets up 2-0 sweep

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

August 24, 2013

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Pakistan 179 for 1 (Shehzad 98*, Hafeez 54*) beat Zimbabwe 160 for 6 (H Masakadza 41, Hafeez 3-30, Babar 2-21) by 19 runs
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Ahmed Shehzad sets up to hit the ball over the top, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Harare, August 24, 2013
Ahmed Shehzad made the highest Twenty20 score by a Pakistan batsman © AFP
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Ahmed Shehzad established several records on way to plundering Zimbabwe for an unbeaten 98, which sealed a 2-0 sweep of the Twenty20 series for Pakistan. Shehzad bettered his best T20 international innings of 70, achieved in the previous game, to make the highest score in the format by a Pakistan batsman, going past Misbah-ul-Haq's 87* against Bangladesh in Karachi in 2008. Heaving the ball repeatedly over the leg-side boundary to become the first from his country to hit six sixes in a T20 innings, Shehzad added 143 for the second wicket with Mohammad Hafeez, making it the highest T20 partnership by a Pakistan pair. The previous best was 142 for the first wicket between Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt against Bangladesh at Gros Islet in the 2010 World Twenty20.

Shehzad's innings was yet another example of how much damage top-order batsmen can cause in T20s, if they take a bit of time instead of throwing their bats at everything from the first ball. The first five that Shehzad played were all dots, from the offspinner Prosper Utseya. To the sixth, Shehzad charged out and lofted over long-on for six. This ability to come up with the big hit would define Shehzad's innings. More than a third of the 64 deliveries he faced were dots, and he was on 11 off 18 at one stage, but the heave over midwicket was always around the corner.

After Brendan Taylor again decided to chase, it was Nasir Jamshed who got Pakistan going with 23 off 17. He was put down at slip on 7 but soon mishit Shingi Masakadza for mid-off to take a running catch in the sixth over. That was to be it for Zimbabwe for the innings. Barring a couple of leading edges off Hafeez that did not carry, they didn't really come close to taking another wicket. In Zimbabwe's defence, whenever Shehzad and Hafeez mishit the ball, it never came close to carrying to the deep fielders.And their fast bowlers never got the yorkers right, sending down length deliveries and full tosses instead, which Pakistan put away with ease.

Shehzad favoured the leg side overwhelmingly, 73 of his 98 coming in that region, including 10 of his 12 boundaries. Considering most of them were full-blooded swings across the line, the timing and placement he managed on the shots was commendable.

Shehzad needed just 22 deliveries after reaching his fifty to come within two runs of a century. Three of those were dots off Brian Vitori in the 16th over. The other three were swung for boundaries down the ground. He entered the last over on 86 and powered Vitori over long-on first ball. The hundred within sight, a determined but tiring Shehzad laboured back for successive twos next. He wanted two off the fourth ball as well, but Hafeez was in no mood for gifting a run-out chance to Zimbabwe. Sensitive to his opener's palpable desire, Hafeez pushed a single off the penultimate ball, but for once, Shehzad failed to pick a gap off the final one, trotting a single to deep midwicket.

With Shehzad in such flow, Hafeez didn't have to do much more than turn the strike over for most of the partnership, before finding the boundary a few times at the death. The Pakistan captain would have a much larger role with the ball, after resting first-choice bowlers Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Irfan. Anwar Ali was taken for three fours in his first over, and Zimbabwe were keeping up with the asking-rate at 44 for 0 after the first five. Then came the spinners, and Zimbabwe, again, had no answers.

Zulfiqar Babar began with a maiden, and Hafeez with a wicket-maiden, as Vusi Sibanda holed out after successive slow starts. In his next over, Hafeez had Taylor gloving an attempted reverse-sweep. Hamilton Masakadza fought to make 41, but Hafeez had him pulling to deep midwicket in the 14th. Babar's double-strike in the next over sent Zimbabwe plummeting further to 109 for 5. Elton Chigumbura and Malcolm Waller tried, but Shehzad had pulled so far in front that even an inexperienced attack wasn't really pushed.

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Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

Pakistan should not be that weak to celebrate the win over Zimbabwe that much. The should be targeting big teams..

Posted by Zohair.ul.hasan on (August 26, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

Shehzad needed just 22 deliveries after reaching his fifty to come within two runs of a century. Three of those were dots off Brian Vitori in the 16th over. The other three were swung for boundaries down the ground. He entered the last over on 86 and powered Vitori over long-on first ball. The hundred within sight, a determined but tiring Shehzad laboured back for successive twos next. He wanted two off the fourth ball as well, but Hafeez was in no mood for gifting a run-out chance to Zimbabwe. Sensitive to his opener's palpable desire, Hafeez pushed a single off the penultimate ball, but for once, Shehzad failed to pick a gap off the final one, trotting a single to deep midwicket.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

not a bad effort by the Zimbabweans, hopefully they can build on these encouraging performances for the odis and tests, however, does anyone have any explanation as to why both tests are being held through the week? surely more attendances would be achieved on the weekend?

Posted by mzamost on (August 26, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

honestly guys pkstn is ranked 2nd and zim 12th if not mistaken i think zim played superbl.Go Zimmmmmmmmmmmm

Posted by MuhammadAbdullah on (August 26, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

i have the best seam attack for pakistan in t 20 s junaid khan , sohail tanvir and umar gul (who is recovering from injury) irfan is no good in t 20 keep him for ODI because he bowls short of alenght and when batsmen are attacking mhe gets punoshed

Posted by   on (August 26, 2013, 2:02 GMT)

shehzad only against minows...to jutify he needs to perform against big teams

Posted by   on (August 25, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

shazad wandar full game i like it

Posted by   on (August 25, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

It is just because of prayers and knowledge of the Pakistanis that they have won this match. I hope so that they continue in the same way future wards

Posted by   on (August 25, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

shahzad i like you and iam your fan

Posted by   on (August 25, 2013, 10:11 GMT)

congrats to team pakistan. shezad played a sensational innings. i m lolking forward to some gud performance from jamshed.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

ahmed played really well. and looking in good form. he was also good at the end of WI series. Nasir jamshed is somehow not up to mark after that india series. Not much in SA , & not much afterwards in CT, & WI apart from 1 or 2 50s. he has to perform .

hafeez scored some runs which may help him in odis. Maqsood looks good. he should be included in odi. Afridi is also chipping in more regularly which is always good.

They should play haris sohail in odis. they are missing a medium pace batting allrounder. Anwar ali didnt get chance to bat longer so not sure what he has got.

Zim played well in both games. i am not sure why they opted to bowl 1st in both games. they should have been batting 1st considering pakistan's difficulties chasing. but overall they played well and were in game most of the time

Posted by   on (August 25, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

pakistan may finally have an opener batsmen. just make shezad watch his attitude and learn and work as a team. thats all that os needed

Posted by   on (August 25, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

Just one sentence, "Well done Zimbabwe".

Posted by   on (August 25, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

brilliant innings by shehzad

Posted by Julian_Vella on (August 25, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

selection policy in Zimbabwe is flawed surely it's obvious to all Maruma, Vitori and Vusi Sibanda are not suited to t20 cricket where players such as Muzanhge, Raza, Mpofu and Zhuwao are t20 specialists Also not learning from the 1st match Vusi batting slow opening the innings and leaving the explosive duo of Waller and Chigumbura too far down the order

Posted by _king13_ on (August 25, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

well.i think jamshed needs a big score to get back to his best.at the moment he does not look very confident and he needs to play attacking shots all over the ground.he favours the leg side mostly..pakistan's seam bowlers were to be honest quite pathetic,but fans should not mind their inclusion in the team because this is the format where we can try our youngsters..overall pak is one of the best sides in t20s and they have a pretty good chance in the next t20 wc,considering their spin attack(which now includes babar as well) and hopefully umar gul and umar akmal would be back to further strengthen this pakistani line up.

Posted by Desihungama on (August 25, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

Considering Pakistan's strength in the format Zimbabwe played really well. They should look to build on that. Also great to see all sub continent top sides playing Zimbabwe.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (August 25, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

Chigumbura is a genuinely world class batsman I say this every time i see Zim play and I have no idea why he bats so low even in T20. He should be a fixture in all T20 leagues around world he is a serious batsman and always gives his all deserves shot in IPL CPL Big Bash or FPT20 guarantee he will deliver.

Posted by vigneshmurali on (August 25, 2013, 3:48 GMT)

poor zimbabwe man they gotta stop losin like this or they r gonna stop playin for sure

Posted by vigneshmurali on (August 25, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

poor zimbabwe man they gotta stop losin like this or they r gonna stop playin for sure

Posted by   on (August 24, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

Pakistan has wonderful players...it was such a joy having Shehzad, Hafeez, Misbah, Akmal,Mahmood in the inaugural CPL - Caribbean Premier League...

BTW the grand final is on tonight between Chris Gayle's TALLAWAHS featuring Gayle , Sangakarra , Russel


Ramnaresh Sarwan's Amazon Warriors featuring Sarwan, Narine, Dilshan, Malinga, Franklin

Lights! Action! Music! Dance! Celebration

Posted by t20cric on (August 24, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

Congratulations to Pak for this win and to Ahmed Shehzad for his almost century. Pakistan's fast bowlers don't seem up to par but then again fast bowlers weren't that good in the WI t20 series as well. If Ahmed Shehzad can transfer his good form to the ODIs and if Nasir Jamshed can have some form as well then Pakistan will have some good opening stands and they will have a few big wins.

Posted by grahaam on (August 24, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

Chigumbura batted well but only repaid his woeful bowling, Zimbabwe have no bowling now , no pack leader and looked all at sea in that department, Sibanda again wasted at least 12 balls, this is 10% of the balls allocated and his position must be reviewed. Overall Pakistan were comfortable while experimenting. Starting Tuesday Zimbabwe will be required to bat and bowl for 50 overs. I am certain they cannot do either. And then the fielding!!!!!

Posted by ozone8237 on (August 24, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

Great Performance by Zim in chasing against the Top notch T-20 teams. Keeping in view the tours of Lankans and the S. Africans in UAE Pakistan's approach in this current tour that initially started as match practice series for high profile contest, with the stronger sides, is turning into some thoughtful planning by Team Pak management. The impressive and competitive Zim batting performances can be the result of Batting friendly pitches since the pace attack on both sides was not that dangerous vs the spin or it could be a tide of "wanna-prove-their-worth" within Team Zim after their humiliation in the previous series. Though Pakistan has an edge at every level of the three formats against Zim but if they remained consistent and repeated the same performance against Pak in ODI's and Tests then this series will become more interesting and will test the new Paki Player's temperament and skills to be used in upcoming series. So far Zim is holding the ground and have impressed.

Posted by bohurupi on (August 24, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

The encouraging thing is that at least half of this Pakistani team are composed of relatively new and budding players. The pace department, however, lacks the edge. Batting wise, they are improving, still a long way to go tho. Shehzad has found his form after a rather lack luster performance in the Caribbean islands.It may the pitches,the weather or simply overtime. Hafiz also showed some resilience. All in all, looks better. At the same time, have to take into considerations that Pakistan is playing against one of the weakest team in the world!

Posted by Jda123 on (August 24, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

What a shame Shezad didn't get his centure, he deserved it.

Pakistan bowling attack is poor... I always thought Pakistan bowling attack was overrated with there top players but even with the sub player it's horrendous and likely Asad Ali/Anwar Ali/Tanvir will be retained for the ODI.

Pakistan needs some new seam attack players.

I think Jamshed has shown that he cant play on these pitches and only play on the sub continent

Zimbabwe did well also, looking forward to the ODI.

Posted by Fineline on (August 24, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Our bowlers bowled very poorly in this match especially Asad Ali and Anwar Ali.I can't figure out the reason of dropping Junaid Khan for both matches but the decision specifically proved to be poor.One experienced fast bowler was required in the match who can ball economically and take wickets in the beginning of the match which didn't happen in both matches.I hope Misbah will not take these type of decisions in ODIS and Tests.

Posted by Fineline on (August 24, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

I am delighted to see him taking full advantage of this Zimbabwe tour and on the other hand Jamshed is wasting this opportunity which is disappointing.

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (August 24, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

Another great effort by Zim up against arguably the best T20 side in the world. Even without Ajmal, Pakistan simply have too much quality. Hami our record breaking Twenty20 batsman came close to what's expected of him. Vusi helped him lay the foundation as best he could.

Captain Taylor had another one of his fast increasing brain freezes. Pleasant surprise watching Williams do something in this format. Under pressure Maruma lacked Misbah resolve, played to the crowd's urges&perished before getting in. He shouldn't be playing in this format ahead of Matsikenyeri or even Chibhabha&Raza.

Once again the coach's terminally poor tactics have to be questioned early in the series before he leads the team to another whitewash. Elton came in too late but excelled. Panyangara is too good to have stayed out longer but not at Chatara's expense. Surely one of Shingi&Vitori should have made way. Why do Malcolm&Williams bowl ahead of Maruma? Thought&hoped Malcolm would lead us home. Wasn't to be!

Posted by   on (August 24, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Taylor is the weak link in the team and Sibanda was not accelerating the pace of scoring.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (August 24, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

This is Zimbabwe's 8th straight International loss all at HOME. Can you imagine if they were playing away? their last 2 away series to West Indies and New Zealand who aren't strong teams either were still heavily one-sided. Zimbabwe batting is really poor.

Posted by squashed4life on (August 24, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

Its so obvious that we need some good seamers, The only one"standing tall" is Irfan and not just because of his height. Junaid is the second best option but everyone else we have introduced have not been impressive at all. Spinners have been bailing us out from humiliation from last few years now. We are in desperate need of some quality fast bowlers.

Posted by   on (August 24, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

Well done Ahmed shehzad

Posted by   on (August 24, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

as pak fans we dont care about Zimbabwes record in last 12 months ,what matters is how Pakistan play

Posted by SaadRocx on (August 24, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

Well Done Shehzad :))) 100 next time !!

Posted by   on (August 24, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

well played shazad n hafeez unlucky nt t get maiden century ,but good total for bowlers t defend

Posted by   on (August 24, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

well played shagetzad on ur 98 n out ,unlucky not t get his maiden 2020 century,good total though enough for the bowlers t defend

Posted by   on (August 24, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

May Allah bless all of you... Pakistan zindabad.

Posted by   on (August 24, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

Awesome bro...!!! Luv yu guys. May yu live long n always win.

Posted by SaadRocx on (August 24, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Well done Shehzad!! 100 next time :)

Posted by natural.honey on (August 24, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

nice performance by ahmed shahzad

Posted by keshabraj on (August 24, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Name a test country who didn't beat Zimbabwe in last 12 Months?? or Name a test team Zimbabwe beat in last 12 months?

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