Player of the Match
Player of the Match

20 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | ZIM: 123/9 (14 runs required, RR: 6.15)

  • Tinashe Panyangara1 (3b)
  • Prosper Utseya12 (11b)
  • Imran Khan4-0-29-0
  • Sohail Tanvir4-0-24-1

4.45pm So, that wraps up proceedings from this first T20. We will be back on Tuesday to see how Zimbabwe respond. Until then, see ya.

4.30pm Pakistan successfully defend 136 and in the process, record their eight T20 win against Zimbabwe in eight attempts. But, Zimbabwe should be proud of their performance. They were exceptional for large chunks of the game but lost the important moments. Pakistan can be very grateful to Imad Wasim's all-round performance and the youngsters have come through for Pakistan. Some iffy shots from the batsmen in the chase and in hindsight, were the turning points of the game.

Imad Wasim is the Man of the Match. 'Everything I touched, turned into gold today. Some days it doesn't pay off, but today it did. I tried to bowl wicket-wicket and the basics paid off. I have to play for the team and whenever I am sent in, i will look to do the job given to me.'

Elton Chigumbura: 'It was a good score to chase down. We just lost too many wickets at the end. Disappointing to lose a game like this. The wicket was a bit slow and difficult, but requiring 6 runs an over, it was good to bat on. We have come close on many occasions but are just losing.'

Shahid Afridi: 'We didn't play according to the plan. Credit goes to the bowlers. it was a 160-170 pitch but we just did not bat well. The bowlers used the pitch, and I am very happy with the bowlers, especially Imran Khan in that last over. The batsmen need to take up their repsonsibility.'

Imran Khan to Panyangara, no run, another slower delivery outside off, Panyangara is quick through the shot and misses the ball altogether and that will be it. Pakistan go 1-0 up in the two-match series. Zimbabwe fall 13 runs short
Imran Khan to Utseya, 1 run, full toss on leg, Utseya hits the ball uppishly towards midwicket.
Imran Khan to Utseya, no run, dipping slow full toss, Utseya is beaten all ends up. And that should be the end of the match

Saim Polani: "Best pair (Rizwan & Imran) in domestic t20 and they are proiving out to be best pair in International cricket too!!"

Imran Khan to Panyangara, 1 run, low full toss, driven down the ground to long-off for one.
Imran Khan to Panyangara, no run, very slow ball outside off, hardly bounces too. Another heave is missed and there is no bye either

Great tussle from zimbabwe, but without a boundary soon, it will all be in vain

Imran Khan to Utseya, OUT, oh, what an anti-climax. Chigumbura is run-out. Utseya misses the heave into the leg side, Chigumbura calls for the single though. Rizwan throws the stumps down at the strikers end to find Chigumbura well short. The wicket Pakistan needed at just the right time, too.

E Chigumbura run out (†Mohammad Rizwan) 31 (48m 28b 2x4 1x6) SR: 110.71

16 needed off 6. Imran Khan has been given the ball. But Utseya is on strike.

19 | 10 Runs | ZIM: 121/8 (16 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.36, RRR: 16.00)

  • Prosper Utseya11 (8b)
  • Elton Chigumbura31 (28b)
  • Sohail Tanvir4-0-24-1
  • Wahab Riaz4-0-27-1
Sohail Tanvir to Utseya, 1 run, they won't quite get it! Low full toss on middle, Utseya can only hit the ball to cover for one

Boundary needed

Sohail Tanvir to Utseya, 2 runs, heaved away into the leg side, slower ball again outside off, Utseya creams the ball towards midwicket, but Shehzad keeps the ball in, two more
Sohail Tanvir to Utseya, FOUR runs, Utseya finds the boundary, just what Zimbabwe needed too. Slower delivery on middle, Utseya just helps the ball along its way past short fine leg for four.
Sohail Tanvir to Chigumbura, 1 run, great delivery. Speared into the blockhole. Chigumbura manages to keep the ball out and drive to cover
Sohail Tanvir to Utseya, 1 run, low full toss on off stump, Utseya looks to muscle the ball down the ground, gets a single to long-on
Sohail Tanvir to Chigumbura, 1 run, back of a length on middle, Chigumbura taps the ball to point and calls for one. Not a bad option, keeping Zim in the match for as long as possible and try to find the boundary towards the end of the over

Some fantastic batting from Elton Chigumbura. Some great finishing skills. But can he do more and get Zimbabwe through with the tail? Will be a remarkable effort. The experienced Sohail Tanvir will bowl though.

Shahid: "Zim needs just 2 big shots to make the game interesting. It will be a good finish if Zim don't lose these two wickets till end. wishing for a good finish. "

18 | 12 Runs | ZIM: 111/8 (26 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.16, RRR: 13.00)

  • Elton Chigumbura29 (26b)
  • Prosper Utseya3 (4b)
  • Wahab Riaz4-0-27-1
  • Imran Khan3-0-27-0
Wahab Riaz to Chigumbura, 1 run, full toss again on middle, EC chips the ball to midwicket and hares to the other end to keep strike.
Wahab Riaz to Chigumbura, 2 runs, two more. Great running. Fuller length outside off, Chigumbura knows exactly what he is doing as he guides the ball wide off point, scampers back for two.
Wahab Riaz to Chigumbura, 1 wide, ooh, wide now. Very full and wide. Chigumbura can't get bat on that but the umpire does well to call that a wide under pressure.
Wahab Riaz to Chigumbura, FOUR runs, and he gets it, wow. Low full toss again with a hint of tail. Chigs gets a thick outside edge down to the third man boundary. That makes things interesting.

A boundary here would be good for the match

Wahab Riaz to Utseya, 1 run, full and wide, in fact was a low full toss, Utseya creams the ball to the sweeper cover
Wahab Riaz to Chigumbura, 1 run, excellent yorker on middle. Nothing can be done about that, Chigumbura does well to dig out a single to cover
Wahab Riaz to Chigumbura, 2 runs, full and wide, good ball. But Chigs squirts the ball down to third man off the outside edge. Good fielding at the boundary but they get two

17 | 9 Runs | ZIM: 99/8 (38 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.82, RRR: 12.66)

  • Elton Chigumbura19 (21b)
  • Prosper Utseya2 (3b)
  • Imran Khan3-0-27-0
  • Wahab Riaz3-0-15-1
Imran Khan to Chigumbura, 1 run, slower again on leg, Chigumbura is happy with the single as he just calmly turns the ball into the leg side
Imran Khan to Chigumbura, FOUR runs, Chigumbura finds the boundary. Good shot too. Comes down the track and smashes the full delivery down the ground for four. Important strike
Imran Khan to Utseya, 1 run, defensively played in to the leg side with soft hands for one, bat on ball stuff from Utseya
Imran Khan to Chigumbura, 1 run, very full again, not quite a yorker but very close to that. Drilled down to long-off

Zimbabwe 2nd innings Partnerships

1st1H MasakadzaCJ Chibhabha
2nd26H MasakadzaCR Ervine
3rd22H MasakadzaSikandar Raza
4th11H MasakadzaSC Williams
5th6E ChigumburaSC Williams
6th11E ChigumburaR Mutumbami
7th13E ChigumburaLM Jongwe
8th0E ChigumburaAG Cremer
9th31E ChigumburaP Utseya
10th2P UtseyaT Panyangara