Hafeez tosses up another offbreak, starts outside off and breaks back in. Muzarabani aims for a mighty leg-side swipe but the bowler sneaks through his defences and hits the top of middle stump
1.14pm That is that. Pakistan, the No.1 T20I side, have brushed off the depleted hosts. Kyle Jarvis, who had injured his bowling hand in the first innings, will not bat. The injury occured in the 14th over of the innings, when Fakhar Zaman hoicked a delivery from Ryan Burl into the leg side. Sprinting around the boundary from wide long-on, Jarvis dived to his right attempting to hold onto a low catch. The difficult chance was spilled, and it was immediately apparent that Jarvis had suffered an injury when he collapsed in pain and signalled to the team physio, who rushed onto the field. Jarvis was taken to hospital and X-rayed for a suspected broken bone in his right thumb. Mind you, Zimbabwe are already without five frontline players, including Cremer and Raza.
Musakanda, the debutant, provided the lone source of resistance for Zimbabwe in the chase with an eye-catching 43. The inexperienced batting line-up has plenty of work to do if they are to even compete in this tri-series against Pakistan and Australia. All the Pakistan bowlers had a good workout under the Harare sun. Do stick around for the presentations
Hamilton Masakadza, Zimbabwe captain: Only bright point was winning the toss. They had a good Powerplay and put us under pressure. Yeah, I thought we have them 20 runs extra. They guys filled in okay but we lost our way a bit the middle period.
Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain: First of all thanks to almighty Allah. The way Zaman, Asif, and Malik did the job for us...It looked like a good batting pitch. The ball did not come on in the first innings, but in the second it came on nicely. Credit goes to the bowlers, especially Usman and Nawaz. Plenty of cricket to be played in the series. Hopefully, we will do well.
Asif Ali is the Player of the Match
Outkast: "Poor Zimbabwe! Well done Pakistan! I agree with you @Thabani. Zimbabwe really don't have much of a choice now but to blood in the youngsters. Mire, Hami and Chigumbura are seniors, but together they simply have to contribute at least 5 overs with the ball: Murray(wk), Kamunhukamwe, Chari, Hami(c), Musakanda, Chigumbura, Mire, Chisoro, Jarvis, Magarira, Muzarabani"
That's a wrap of this game. Many thanks for your warm company and comments. Looking forward to your company tomorrow as well. Until then, this is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Thilak Ram. Cheers
clipped with the turn to deep square leg
flighted and outside off, dragged to short midwicket
Hafeez tosses an offbreak up on off stump, Burl shapes for a reverse-sweep but the extra bounce Hafeez generates means the top edge is found. Lobbed to short third man, where Malik takes it with ease
Jeremy Braund: "RE Hanif: "Par score is 200" Is it? What I love about PSL is the lack of 200+ scores you get in IPL, BBL etc. Over the past 2 or 3 years Pakistani bowlers have become used to regularly defending totals of under 150 - which international batsmen get to chase, of course! Even if international par scores have gone up a little, it's nothing Pakistan can't manage!"
tossed on middle, Burl moves away outside leg and lofts it inside out to the right of long-off
off-stump yorker from round the wicket, jammed out to leg side
Muhammad Arslan: "@Hanif: Despite everything you say that Pakistan needs to cope up with the best teams in the world, remember that Pakistan is No.1 Team and they beat all these best teams to be the best. If you can do that, who cares you need 200+ every game. All you need is the winning formula which definitely Pakistan have at the moment !"
Usman has Chisoro nicking off. No celebration at all from the bowler. Fuller than a good length, angling in from wide of the crease, then straightening away in the channel. Chisoro, who is rooted to the crease, stabs at the moving ball and hands a catch to Sarfraz
full and outside off, belted to the long-on fielder off the front foot
off-stump yorker, swings in late, dug out
full and wide outside off, Burl, having nipped down the track, slices over backward point
Chisoro joins Burl
Usman bowls a heavy ball on off stump. Musakanda looks to ping it over the leg-side infield. Instead, he skews a catch to Shadab at mid-off. It's all going pear-shaped for Zimbabwe
Usman Khan returns.
Hanif: "Yes Pakistan are number 1 in T20Is, but par score is 200 now in T20s. They cope up through their versatile bowling attack, but they would be found wanting against daunting batting lineups like SA, Ind and Eng. They just Cannot rely on Malik alone to bail them out each and every time."
length ball on off, he has another swipe and drags it to deep midwicket off the inside half
full on off, swiped away between deep midwicket and wide long-on
Hamid Khan: "I hope the team management gives Sahibzada Farhan at least 2 games if not more. Hafeez has done well for Pakistan cricket but I think it's the time we move forward and think for the future"
Musakanda makes room outside leg, the bowler drags a slower short ball away from his reach. Beaten outside off
back of a length and running away outside off with the angle, Burl has a leg-side now and under-edges it but it does not carry to Sarfraz
just short of a good length and outside off, pulled away with the wrists to deep backward square leg
back of a length on top of off, leans back, opens the face and punches it away to third man
Ashraf, over the stumps
very full and outside off, slugs a sweep to deep midwicket
flat dart, slides on off stump, punched away past the right of Shadab
Outkast: "Huge wicket! Elton Chigumbura pasted Pakistan in Paskistan? They seem to have found a way to deal with him in Zimbabwe? Or...is it just a failure to remain focused apply the basics - watch the ball or single to get off strike?"
dragged down on leg stump, pulled to square leg off the back foot