Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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"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.

19.1
4
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:
19 | 10 Runs | PAK: 159/3 (4 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.36, RRR: 4.00)

  • Shoaib Malik12 (6b)
  • Sarfaraz Ahmed34 (20b)
  • Blessing Muzarabani4-0-31-0
  • Chris Mpofu3-0-27-1
18.6
0
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
18.5
1
Muzarabani to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run, makes room and eases this length delivery into the cover region
18.4
4
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.
18.3
2
Muzarabani to Sarfraz Ahmed, 2 runs, full and straight on middle from wide of the crease, squeezed to long-on
18.2
2
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
18.1
1
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:
18 | 14 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 149/3 (14 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.27, RRR: 7.00)

  • Shoaib Malik11 (4b)
  • Sarfaraz Ahmed25 (16b)
  • Chris Mpofu3-0-27-1
  • Blessing Muzarabani3-0-21-0
17.6
1
Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, backs away and steers this to point for a quick single
17.5
4
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.
17.4
2
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
17.3
4
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.
17.2
W
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

17.2
1w
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."

17.2
1w
Mpofu to Hussain Talat, 1 wide, full and wide outside off, left alone. This time, it's the correct call.
17.1
1
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:
17 | 4 Runs | PAK: 135/2 (28 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.94, RRR: 9.33)

  • Hussain Talat44 (34b)
  • Sarfaraz Ahmed24 (15b)
  • Blessing Muzarabani3-0-21-0
  • Tendai Chisoro4-0-38-0
16.6
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.
16.5
2
Muzarabani to Hussain Talat, 2 runs, slices this slog down to square third man, on the bounce to Mire
16.4
1
Muzarabani to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run, gets across and pulls this short ball all along to deep midwicket
16.3
0
Muzarabani to Sarfraz Ahmed, no run, short, there to be hit, he does but gets an inside edge onto the pad. Played too early
16.2
0
Muzarabani to Sarfraz Ahmed, no run, looks to get inside the line and help this along, fails to get bat on it
16.1
1
Muzarabani to Hussain Talat, 1 run, full and angling away, steered down to square third man

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st58Haris SohailFakhar Zaman
2nd37Fakhar ZamanHussain Talat
3rd43Sarfraz AhmedHussain Talat
4th25Shoaib MalikSarfraz Ahmed