4th match, Harare, Jul 4 2018, Zimbabwe Twenty20 Tri-Series
(19.1/20 ov, target 163)
Pakistan won by 7 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
PAK Innings
Full commentary

Thanks for joining us today. I'll be back to keep you company for Pakistan-Australia. Hope to see you then. Cheers

"Bowling not upto the mark," says Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed. "They have to work hard."

Solomon Mire is the Player of the Match for his 63-ball 94

On Tuesday, Solomon Mire was most vocal about the pain of seeing Zimbabwean fans turn against their own side and cheer for Australia, who hammered them by 100 runs. On Wednesday, he batted like a man desperate to woo them back in a heroic performance. He smashed 94 off 63 balls - Zimbabwe's highest individual T20I score - but it wasn't enough to see his side to victory. This meant Zimbabwe were also knocked out of the tri-series with one game to play.

As it so often happens, Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, kept his composure to make an unbeaten 38 as Pakistan walked what seemed a potentially difficult chase at one point with five balls to spare and seven wickets in hand. Sarfraz put together 43 with Talat Ali,, who made 44 from No. 3, to do a bulk of the work as the No. 1 side set up a finale with Australia.

Mpofu to Sarfraz Ahmed, FOUR runs
it's all over. Game, set and match. Just a hint of width outside off, Sarfraz uses the pace to steer this to the third man boundary. Zimbabwe knocked out, Pakistan to meet Australia in the final. But before that, we will have two dead rubber league games to finish.
end of over 1910 runs
PAK: 159/3CRR: 8.36 • RRR: 4.00 • Need 4 runs from 6b
Shoaib Malik12 (6)
Sarfaraz Ahmed34 (20)
Blessing Muzarabani4-0-31-0
Chris Mpofu3-0-27-1
Muzarabani to Shoaib Malik, no run
swing and a miss. Length outside off, he tried to wallop this to glory, not to be. Could only connect the hazy winter air
Muzarabani to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run
makes room and eases this length delivery into the cover region
Muzarabani to Sarfraz Ahmed, FOUR runs
belts this full toss to the sweeper cover fence. Too easy, this is just the delivery you don't want to be bowling at this time.
Muzarabani to Sarfraz Ahmed, 2 runs
full and straight on middle from wide of the crease, squeezed to long-on
Muzarabani to Sarfraz Ahmed, 2 runs
right into the blockhole, squeezed across the line towards midwicket, no more than inside the 30 yard ring but they still steal two. Poor from Zimbabwe, got to be more agile than that
Muzarabani to Shoaib Malik, 1 run
full toss, he walks across the stumps and works it to square leg where there's a misfield

Much simpler from 25 off 16. This should be a walk in the park from here. Unless Muzarabani takes two in an over. Can he be the hero?

end of over 1814 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 149/3CRR: 8.27 • RRR: 7.00 • Need 14 runs from 12b
Shoaib Malik11 (4)
Sarfaraz Ahmed25 (16)
Chris Mpofu3-0-27-1
Blessing Muzarabani3-0-21-0
Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 1 run
backs away and steers this to point for a quick single
Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, FOUR runs
steps out and hoicks this up and over, one bounce to the deep midwicket boundary. Took a step close to the pitch of the ball and swung with all his might, was hitting it with the breeze.
Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs
slower and fuller on the stumps, he bunts this down to long-on and steals two. The man in the deep was caught napping, Mpofu is furious
Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, FOUR runs
short and wide outside off, Malik will put those away even when he's 80 years old. Makes room, and uses the pace to steer this over point, no chance for third man.
Mpofu to Hussain Talat, OUT
slices this straight to backward point. Again full and wide, this time he reached out to go over the infield but just couldn't get enough bat on it. Is there life in the game yet?
Hussain Talat c Zhuwao b Mpofu 44 (35b 0x4 1x6) SR: 125.71
Mpofu to Hussain Talat, 1 wide
another wide. Attempts a wide yorker, ends up spearing this outside the wide line in the process.

Pramod Verma: "Zimbabwe needed 180. They have put a good fight and should be proud of their efforts."

Mpofu to Hussain Talat, 1 wide
full and wide outside off, left alone. This time, it's the correct call.
Mpofu to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run
backs away and slaps this short of length delivery over the infield, on the bounce to sweeper cover
end of over 174 runs
PAK: 135/2CRR: 7.94 • RRR: 9.33 • Need 28 runs from 18b
Hussain Talat44 (34)
Sarfaraz Ahmed24 (15)
Blessing Muzarabani3-0-21-0
Tendai Chisoro4-0-38-0
Muzarabani to Hussain Talat, no run
swing and a miss. Big appeal, Moor thought there was an edge but there's no way he'd know till he checks out the highlights later at night.
Muzarabani to Hussain Talat, 2 runs
slices this slog down to square third man, on the bounce to Mire
Muzarabani to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run
gets across and pulls this short ball all along to deep midwicket
Muzarabani to Sarfraz Ahmed, no run
short, there to be hit, he does but gets an inside edge onto the pad. Played too early
Muzarabani to Sarfraz Ahmed, no run
looks to get inside the line and help this along, fails to get bat on it
Muzarabani to Hussain Talat, 1 run
full and angling away, steered down to square third man