Hamilton Masakadza hasn't scored as many runs as Zimbabwe need from him this year, but there's power in those mountainous shoulders yet and Masakadza unfurled the most brutal stroke of the day to clear the longest boundary at Harare Sports Club. Masakadza predicted Mohammad Irfan's splice-jarring length to club a massive six into the Tobacco Stand beyond midwicket. The shot also took Masakadza past 1000 runs in T20I cricket - the first Zimbabwean to reach the mark.
Wicketkeepers are traditionally chatter-boxes, but Zimbabwe gloveman Richmond Mutumbami doesn't seem an overly loquacious type. It's possible that his calling while batting is also a little too muted, and confused communication with Craig Ervine led directly to the left-hander's run-out in the fifth over. Shortly afterwards Sean Williams animatedly remonstrated with Mutumbami when more miscommunication almost resulted in another run-out.
Imad Wasim was exemplary with the ball once again today, conceding just 14 runs in his four overs, but his fielding didn't reap quite the same results. It wasn't for lack of trying, but in the 13th over he dropped a tough chance off Imran Khan. Sikandar Raza hacked a short ball out to deep midwicket, where Wasim sprinted, dived full length and got one hand around the ball, only for it to bobble out when he hit the ground. But Raza couldn't make the chance count, and Zimbabwe still fell well short.
What was thought to be an increasingly rare and endangered creature in this country has apparently been rediscovered by Zimbabwe's bowlers. The home side have often been hamstrung by their death bowling, allowing the opposition to get ahead of them when the charge is on. But the penultimate over, bowled by Tinashe Panyangara, contained no less than five yorker-length deliveries, as well as the wicket of Shahid Afridi. His final two deliveries, pinpoint and wide of the crease, were the best of the lot.
Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town