RESULT
4th match, Harare, July 04, 2018, ZIM T20 Tri Series
(19.1/20 ov, T:163) 163/3

Pakistan won by 7 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
94 (63) & 1/15
solomon-mire
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Zimbabwe 162/4(20 overs)
Pakistan 163/3(19.1 overs)

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.

19.1
4
Mpofu to Sarfaraz, 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
Shoaib Malik12 (6)
Sarfaraz Ahmed34 (20)
Blessing Muzarabani 4-0-31-0
Chris Mpofu 3-0-27-1
18.6
Muzarabani to 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 Sarfaraz, 1 run

makes room and eases this length delivery into the cover region

18.4
4
Muzarabani to Sarfaraz, 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 Sarfaraz, 2 runs

full and straight on middle from wide of the crease, squeezed to long-on

18.2
2
Muzarabani to Sarfaraz, 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 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
Shoaib Malik11 (4)
Sarfaraz Ahmed25 (16)
Chris Mpofu 3-0-27-1
Blessing Muzarabani 3-0-21-0
17.6
1
Mpofu to Malik, 1 run

backs away and steers this to point for a quick single

17.5
4
Mpofu to 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 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 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 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 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 Talat, 1 wide

full and wide outside off, left alone. This time, it's the correct call.

17.1
1
Mpofu to Sarfaraz, 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
Hussain Talat44 (34)
Sarfaraz Ahmed24 (15)
Blessing Muzarabani 3-0-21-0
Tendai Chisoro 4-0-38-0
16.6
Muzarabani to 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 Talat, 2 runs

slices this slog down to square third man, on the bounce to Mire

16.4
1
Muzarabani to Sarfaraz, 1 run

gets across and pulls this short ball all along to deep midwicket

16.3
Muzarabani to Sarfaraz, no run

short, there to be hit, he does but gets an inside edge onto the pad. Played too early

16.2
Muzarabani to Sarfaraz, no run

looks to get inside the line and help this along, fails to get bat on it

Best performances - batters
SF Mire
SF Mire ZIM
94 runs (63)
6 fours6 sixes
Control
58%
Productive shot
pull
29 runs
1 four3 sixes
101761152921
Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman PAK
47 runs (38)
4 fours1 six
Control
74%
Productive shot
square drive
9 runs
2 fours0 six
007138829
Best performances - bowlers
Faheem Ashraf
Faheem Ashraf PAK
O
4
M
0
R
24
W
1
ECO
6
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir PAK
O
4
M
0
R
25
W
1
ECO
6.25
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Harare Sports Club
TossPakistan, elected to field first
Series
Season2018
Player Of The Match
Zimbabwe
Solomon Mire
Match numberT20I no. 685
Match days04 July 2018 - day (20-over match)
Umpires
Zimbabwe
Iknow Chabi
Zimbabwe
Langton Rusere
TV Umpire
Zimbabwe
Russell Tiffin
Reserve Umpire
Zimbabwe
Jeremiah Matibiri
Match Referee
New Zealand
Jeff Crowe
PointsPakistan 4, Zimbabwe 0