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Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 24th Match, Group 2 at Perth, T20 WC, Oct 27 2022 - Match Result

RESULT
24th Match, Group 2 (N), Perth, October 27, 2022, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(20 ov, T:131) 129/8

Zimbabwe won by 1 run

Player Of The Match
3/25
sikandar-raza
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Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe 130/8(20 overs)
19 (15)
3/23 (4)
Pakistan 129/8(20 overs)
44 (38)
3/25 (4)
2/25 (4)
end of over 209 runs • 2 wickets
PAK: 129/8CRR: 6.45 
Mohammad Wasim12 (13b 2x4)
Brad Evans 4-0-25-2
Richard Ngarava 4-0-24-0

10.38 pm Raza tackles Evans with a hug that brings them both to the turf. Zimbabwe goes bonkers on the field and there's wild cheers from a strong Zimbabwean contingent in the stands. The Zimbabwean squad does a mini-lap of honor high-fiving the healthy contingent of fans who have come out to support them.

Player of the Match is Sikandar Raza: "I think I'm lost for words. My throat's dry, probably because of all the emotions. I can't tell you how proud I am of this bunch of boys. The way our seamers started at the top as well is just unbelievable and the way we backed it up in the field and the way we kept believing, I don't think there's any words I can share right now. [On wrist tapping signal to Craig Ervine] When we were coming to Australia, I said to my captain, 'If you become Man of the Match, pick any watch from the catalogue and I'll buy you. But if I win Man of the Match, then you're gonna buy me one. So I'm just reminding him that you now owe me three watches now actually. One more thing I thought. There was a small clip sent to me this morning of Ricky Ponting having a small word. I was excited, I was nervous, I was thrilled about today. The motivation was always there but if I needed a little push, I thought that clip did a wonder so thanks very much to Ricky as well."

So Raza takes 3 wickets and also is center stage with the final ball runout relay to secure a famous Zimbabwe win, very deserved winner of the Player of the Match award.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam: "Very disappointing performance in my team. We were not up to the mark in the batting. We had a bad first six overs, but Shadab and Shan built a partnership but unfortunately Shadab out and then back to back wickets and pressure built on the batting. First six overs we are not using the new ball good. Later on we finished well. We'll sit together and learn from our mistakes and come back hard next match."

Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine: "It's so special. Especially for the work that we did to get into the Super 12s and we didn't want our tournament to end there. We wanted to come in and play some really good cricket against some top teams and I thought we did that exceptionally well today. I thought after our batting performance, we thought that we were maybe 20 or 25 short. But our seamers hit their straps early on and there was just a little bit more in the wicket compared to when we started off. Raza came to the party as he always does and picked up a few crucial wickets in the middle there. [On the promise about the watches to Raza] I think he's got three Man of the Matches so I'm gonna be broke by the time we get home. I just want to say thanks to the Zim support that came out today to support us. You guys really lift our spirits wherever we go so a special thanks."

Well, Pakistan's semi-final hopes are now hanging on by a thread. Zimbabwe meanwhile are suddenly in a promising position with three points from two matches and three left to play against Netherlands, Bangladesh and India. You never know...

That'll do it for our live coverage from today's tripleheader. On behalf of my commentary partner Andrew Miller, I'm Peter Della Penna. Take care!

19.6
1W
Evans to Shaheen Shah Afridi, 1 run, OUT

Chakabva fumbles the relay but still recovers in time to get the bails off at the striker's end to deny the game-tying run! Zimbabwe win by one run! Full on fifth stump, driven to long-on. The fielder is Raza who was standing 10 yards in to begin with to deny a second and the ploy works. Raza charges in and collects on the edge of the 30-yard circle fires a one-bounce throw to the striker's end - Wasim took an enormous head start at the non-striker's end so throwing to the bowler was futile - Chakabva fumbles in nervous fashion initially but recovers to pick the ball up and get the bails off with Shaheen's dive a yard short.

Shaheen Shah Afridi run out (Sikandar Raza/†Chakabva) 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 3m) SR: 100

Shaheen to face it.

Pakistan's win percentage was 98% before that delivery but still stands at 60% according to the ESPNcricinfo win predictor heading into the final ball now with 3 off 1 needed. Super over is on the cards as a possibility too.

19.5
W
Evans to Nawaz, OUT

length ball on fifth stump, Nawaz tries to muscles this over mid-off but skews it to the fielder on the ring! Basic catch reaching up at head height.

Mohammad Nawaz c Ervine b Evans 22 (18b 1x4 1x6 36m) SR: 122.22
19.4
Evans to Nawaz, no run

length ball on fourth stump, Nawaz backs away to cut and misses.

19.3
1
Evans to Mohammad Wasim, 1 run

slower ball again lands back of a length this time on fifth stump, flat-batted over Evans with a leaping effort and it's stopped with a sliding effort at mid-off to keep it to one.

19.2
4
Evans to Mohammad Wasim, FOUR runs

back of the hand slower ball doesn't fool Wasim one bit! Lands in the slot on off stump and Wasim pulverizes it flat over mid-off to the rope.

Pakistan win % has gone from 52 to 89% after that 3 on the first ball on the ESPNcricinfo win predictor.

19.1
3
Evans to Nawaz, 3 runs

half-volley on fifth stump, shovels a drive high and wide of mid-off and extra cover. It teases the fielders to the rope before being slapped back by Ervine. Evans went for yorker and got the length fractionally wrong, cost him significantly.

end of over 1911 runs
PAK: 120/6CRR: 6.31 RRR: 11.00 • Need 11 from 6b
Mohammad Wasim7 (11b 1x4)
Mohammad Nawaz19 (15b 1x4 1x6)
Richard Ngarava 4-0-24-0
Blessing Muzarabani 4-0-18-1

Pakistan currently with a 52% win probability according to the ESPNcricinfo win predictor heading into the final over needing 11 to win and Brad Evans taking the ball in hand coming around the wicket.

18.6
Ngarava to Mohammad Wasim, no run

wide yorker on the wide guidelines, Wasim was anticipating it and shuffles way outside off to play at this with a helicopter whip but misses.

18.5
1
Ngarava to Nawaz, 1 run

yorker on leg stump this time is directed properly and gets flicked to deep midwicket for one.

Zimbabwe has gone from 71% win probability to 34% after that six.

18.4
6
Ngarava to Nawaz, SIX runs

momentum-shifting six! Misfires the yorker and it becomes a full toss on the hips. Nawaz punishes this flicking it high and deep off the facade of the mezzanine level at deep fine leg.

Ketan: "Love how Cricinfo keep adding awesome features time to time. Earlier loved this dark mode and just noticed the win probability chart :)" Zimbabwe is currently at 71%.

18.3
2
Ngarava to Nawaz, 2 runs

full on off, miscues a heave towards long-on and lands well short of the boundary rider. The batting pair hares for a second and the relay to Ngarava at the bowler's end is a fraction late before he can get the bails off. A direct hit had Wasim out.

18.2
Ngarava to Nawaz, no run

bouncer on fourth stump, Nawaz goes to uppercut this and misses.

18.1
2
Ngarava to Nawaz, 2 runs

attempted yorker on middle, flicked to deep square leg and sharp running by the pair turns this into a sharp two after a weak relay from Shumba.

end of over 187 runs
PAK: 109/6CRR: 6.05 RRR: 11.00 • Need 22 from 12b
Mohammad Wasim7 (10b 1x4)
Mohammad Nawaz8 (10b 1x4)
Blessing Muzarabani 4-0-18-1
Richard Ngarava 3-0-13-0

Karthik V: "Cricket is beautiful!!" Life is beautiful. So says my Italian brother from another mother Roberto Benigni.

17.6
Muzarabani to Mohammad Wasim, no run

slower ball lands on a good length on fourth stump, swings wildly at this while backing away from leg stump and misses.

17.5
1
Muzarabani to Nawaz, 1 run

slower ball lands on a good length on fifth stump, tapped behind point for one.

Tushar Srivasta: "Come on Zimbabwe, you got this. No loose balls plz!!!!" Never thought I'd see a Jayson Williams book reference in a cricket comment...

17.4
Muzarabani to Nawaz, no run

slower ball lands back of a length on middle, pushes at this and is way out in front before it passes for a dot.

17.3
1
Muzarabani to Mohammad Wasim, 1 run

slower ball handcuffs Wasim after landing full on middle, checks his shot and the ball up off the bat into vacant square leg for a nervy single.

17.2
4
Muzarabani to Mohammad Wasim, FOUR runs

bouncer on middle, goes to pull and a thick top edge sails over the keeper Chakabva to the rope.

17.1
1
Muzarabani to Nawaz, 1 run

good length ball on the stumps, tapped gently square for one.

end of over 173 runs
PAK: 102/6CRR: 6.00 RRR: 9.66 • Need 29 from 18b
Mohammad Wasim2 (7b)
Mohammad Nawaz6 (7b 1x4)
Richard Ngarava 3-0-13-0
Sikandar Raza 4-0-25-3

Mojo Jojom: "Nawaz to be the hero today! You heard it first here." That would be something of a death overs juxtaposition after the events of last match.

16.6
Ngarava to Mohammad Wasim, no run

length ball on seventh stump, wild heave by Wasim sends nothing but a stiff breeze toward long-on.

geerthiraman: "Whether it's ODI or T20I - Low scoring matches are always the best. Can't take my eyes of this. Just WOW.."

16.5
1lb
Ngarava to Nawaz, 1 leg bye

yorker on leg stump, misses a flick and the ball caroms behind square leg for an extra.

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
Shan Masood
44 runs (38)
3 fours0 six
Productive shot
cut shot
12 runs
0 four0 six
Control
82%
SC Williams
31 runs (28)
3 fours0 six
Productive shot
pull
7 runs
1 four0 six
Control
61%
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammad Wasim
O
4
M
0
R
24
W
4
ECO
6
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Shadab Khan
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
3
ECO
5.75
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
2W
Match details
Perth Stadium
TossZimbabwe, elected to bat first
Series
Season2022/23
Player Of The Match
Match numberT20I no. 1849
Match days27 October 2022 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsZimbabwe 2, Pakistan 0
Language
English
Win Probability
ZIM 100%
ZIMPAK
100%50%100%ZIM InningsPAK Innings

Over 20 • PAK 129/8

Mohammad Nawaz c Ervine b Evans 22 (18b 1x4 1x6 36m) SR: 122.22
W
Shaheen Shah Afridi run out (Sikandar Raza/†Chakabva) 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 3m) SR: 100
W
Zimbabwe won by 1 run
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ICC Men's T20 World Cup

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TEAMMWLPTNRR
SL32140.667
NED3214-0.162
NAM31220.730
UAE3122-1.235
First Round Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
ZIM32140.200
IRE32140.105
SCOT31220.304
WI3122-0.563
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TEAMMWLPTNRR
NZ53172.113
ENG53170.473
AUS5317-0.173
SL5234-0.422
IRE5133-1.615
AFG5032-0.571
Group 2
TEAMMWLPTNRR
IND54181.319
PAK53261.028
SA52250.874
NED5234-0.849
BAN5234-1.176
ZIM5133-1.138