Player of the Match
Player of the Match

That ends our coverage of the first T20. There's one more to go, and that's the very last chance for Zimbabwe to salvage something from this series. On behalf of the gang here, cheers and goodbye from Nitin Sundar. Bye!

Presentation time:

Hafeez is Man of the Match. Shock. Horror. "I was just doing the basics right, and it worked for me. I had a very good series in New Zealand in tough conditions. That confidence helped me."

Misbah: "Everyone is taking up their responsibility. Especially Hafeez, the way he's gone. Asad Shafiq too played very well. We just wanted the top order to play normal cricketing shot, and that's just what they did. The credit for the fielding goes to both coaches. Everyone understands how important this aspect of the game is these days, and the boys have worked hard to get to this level."

Pommie Mbangwa doesn't call upon Brendan Taylor for his quotes. Wonder if the captain even turned up for the presentation. Unfortunately, his team did not turn up for this match.

85 run win for Pakistan. In T20 parlance, this is a mauling. Zimbabwe will look back at their decision to play just three bowlers, but really they were just utterly shabby in the middle today. Pakistan were just the opposite, and this emphatic result, in the most unpredictable format of the game, shows how much behind the eight-ball Zimbabwe really are.

Mohammad Hafeez to Price, OUT, Hafeez has four wickets to go with his 71. He is Man of the Match, and just give him the Nobel Prize now. Sharp, flat, straight, you-miss-I-hit stuff. Price slogs across the line and misses, the middle stump falls back. Hafeez follows up his career-best batting effort with his best figures in this format.

RW Price b Mohammad Hafeez 3 (11m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

Mohammad Hafeez to Price, no run, Hafeez keeps it full on leg stump, Price swings it away without making good contact to the leg side.

15 | 4 Runs | ZIM: 113/9 (86 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.53, RRR: 17.20)

  • Ray Price3 (8b)
  • Chris Mpofu4 (4b)
  • Saeed Ajmal2-0-10-1
  • Aizaz Cheema3-0-21-1

"Waqar must be sad leaving this pakistani side now that it seems they are doing so well and united." Hamza, but Waqar has been long enough to know just how misleading these signs of a settled side have been in the past ...

Saeed Ajmal to Price, 1 run, he finally gets the reverse sweep right, past short third man for a single.
Saeed Ajmal to Mpofu, 1 run, gets behind the line this time and plays it back to the bowler.
Saeed Ajmal to Price, 1 leg bye, fired in on the pads, Price is late on the shot and it dribbles away off the pads to the leg side.
Saeed Ajmal to Price, no run,
Saeed Ajmal to Price, no run, Hilarious! Umar Akmal appeals for a catch behind as Price reverse sweeps and misses. An impatient Ajmal turns umpire, says not out and gestures for the ball!
Saeed Ajmal to Mpofu, 1 run, flat on the pads, whipped through square leg for one.

14 | 5 Runs 2 Wkts | ZIM: 109/9 (90 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.78, RRR: 15.00)

  • Chris Mpofu2 (2b)
  • Ray Price2 (4b)
  • Aizaz Cheema3-0-21-1
  • Saeed Ajmal1-0-7-1
Aizaz Cheema to Mpofu, 1 run, full ball on off stump to end the over, driven down the ground for a single.
Aizaz Cheema to Price, 1 run, on the pads, worked through square leg for a single.

"The Hussey dig at Ajmal was totally uncalled for.... Day ruined!" Apologies Aizaz! A bit like Miandad and Chetan Sharma. These will never die away.

Aizaz Cheema to Mpofu, 1 run, over-pitched on off stump, driven through mid-off for a single.
Aizaz Cheema to Price, 2 wides, Cheema pushes this one too far down the leg side for a wide.
Aizaz Cheema to Jarvis, OUT, I don't think I have ever seen Pakistan field this well. Yasir Shah has taken a dream catch running in from long on. Jarvis tried to nail this length ball from Cheema down the ground but looped it up in the air. Yasir bolted in, dived forward and was at full stretch, and almost on the roll as he took that catch inches above the grass. He seemed to have dived too early and was on the descent when he reached the ball, with his hands under him rather than in front. What a take!

KM Jarvis c Yasir Shah b Aizaz Cheema 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Aizaz Cheema to Jarvis, no run, full-pitched on off and middle, pushed straight down the ground for one.
Aizaz Cheema to Price, OUT, Zim have tried their best to give a wicket to a run out today. They have ultimately succeeded, and it is that man, Prof. Hafeez, once again. Price dabs listlessly in front of point and takes off equally listlessly. Taibu never had a chance. Hafeez charged in, picked up and swung down the stumps from point-blank range.

T Taibu run out (Mohammad Hafeez) 6 (13m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

13 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | ZIM: 104/7 (95 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 13.57)

  • Ray Price1 (2b)
  • Tatenda Taibu6 (7b)
  • Saeed Ajmal1-0-7-1
  • Yasir Shah3-0-31-0
Saeed Ajmal to Price, 1 run, looks to sweep and plays it onto the boot. It goes to the off side and they get the single.
Saeed Ajmal to Price, no run, Price hangs back in the crease in an attempt to read the doosra and blocks to the off side.
Saeed Ajmal to Taibu, 1 run, turning into the sweep for Taibu to sweep for a single.
Saeed Ajmal to Coventry, OUT, ah, the honeymoon's over. Ajmal's wiles, as always (except when the batsman is Hussey), come to the fore. Fastish, loopy, speared on the stumps, Coventry top-edges the slog heave and it pops up between the keeper running back and short third man. They run into each other, but one of them has completed the catch by then.

CK Coventry c †Umar Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 30 (14m 13b 4x4 1x6) SR: 230.76

Saeed Ajmal to Coventry, FOUR runs, Can Conventry be stopped? Just good clean hitting here. Ajmal tosses this up outside off, slow and drifty, looking for the mis-hit, but Coventry waits and slams it over midwicket for four.
Saeed Ajmal to Taibu, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, Taibu quietly takes the straight single and turns it over.

Ajmal finally comes on.

12 | 13 Runs | ZIM: 97/6 (102 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.08, RRR: 12.75)

  • Charles Coventry26 (11b)
  • Tatenda Taibu4 (5b)
  • Yasir Shah3-0-31-0
  • Mohammad Hafeez2-0-10-3
Yasir Shah to Coventry, FOUR runs, Coventry holds the key here. He lines up a tossed up ball on off stump and thumps it straight down the ground for four more. Some uppity in that shot.
Yasir Shah to Taibu, 1 run, googly from Yasir, it is too short though and allows Taibu to rock back and pull.
Yasir Shah to Coventry, 1 run, full-pitched on middle and leg, swept away through square leg for one.

Zimbabwe 2nd innings Partnerships

1st12V SibandaCJ Chibhabha
2nd1CJ ChibhabhaC Zhuwao
3rd24BRM TaylorCJ Chibhabha
4th27H MasakadzaCJ Chibhabha
5th0E ChigumburaCJ Chibhabha
6th13CK CoventryE Chigumbura
7th25T TaibuCK Coventry
8th2RW PriceT Taibu
9th0RW PriceKM Jarvis
10th9RW PriceCB Mpofu