Zimbabwe 144 for 2 in 18 overs …
Zimbabwe have 118 for 2 in 15 overs. Big five overs for them from here on. This period could well make or break the game for them.
100 up for Zimbabwe in the 13th over.
TWO DOWN – Masakadza falls now. Shadab floats a googly to tempt the batsman into a drive. He doesn’t connect and gets bowled. First wicket in the game for the legspinner.
Zimbabwe 83 for 2.
FIFTY – Mire has picked up pace after the first wicket. Gets to his half-century off 32 balls with a six. Four hits to the fence and four over it so far from him.
Zimbabwe 82 for 1
WICKET – Zhuwao falls. Tries to slog and doesn’t connect. The ball crashes into the leg stump. Faheem Ashraf gets the wicket.
Zimbabwe 49 for 1.
END OF POWERPLAY – ZIMBABWE 46 for no loss
Promising start this from the hosts after being put in. Cephas Zhuwao has played the aggressor early on while Mire is playing second fiddle. It’ll be crucial these two carry on and not give Pakistan an opening.
Pakistan struggling to pick up wickets with the Zimbabwean openers able to score at a healthy rate so far… it's 38/0 after 5 overs #ZIMvPAK
— PakPassion.net (@PakPassion) July 4, 2018
Alrighty then, Cephas Zhuwao has given Zimbabwe a fast start. He scores 12 in the first over by Malik. Mire to face some music from Amir now.
TOSS – Pakistan opt to bowl; Amir back in the playing XI
Pakistan win the toss & bowling first,two changes,Amir comes in along with Haris Sohail,Hafeez & Shinwari sit out. #ZIMvsPAK
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) July 4, 2018
Zimbabwe: Solomon Mire, Cephas Zhuwao, Hamilton Masakadza(c), Tarisai Musakanda, Peter Moor(w), Elton Chigumbura, Malcolm Waller, Tendai Chisoro, Chris Mpofu, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir
ICYMI – Finch smashed 172 – the highest score in T20I and the second highest in T20s – against Zimbabwe yesterday. It’ll be interesting to see how they bounce back from that.
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the fourth match of the tri-series between Zimbabwe and Pakistan. The tri-series has reached its midpoint. The teams involved played two games each, and are left with two each to stake a claim for the final on Sunday. Both Pakistan and Zimbabwe were wrestled into submission by Australia, who now perch pretty at the top of the points table after successive wins.
Hosts Zimbabwe haven’t helped themselves with back-to-back losses and now find themselves in a must-win game against Pakistan on Wednesday (July 4). A loss, in all likelihood, could mean curtains for Zimbabwe and the last opposition they – or any other team – would want to face in such a situation would be a number-one ranked side. It’s the last chance saloon for the home side, a daunting one at that.
The promise Zimbabwe showed in the tri-series opener now seems a long time ago. Winning the toss, incidentally, was the only thing that worked in their favour, but that said, chasing totals haven’t helped their cause after losing games in a meek-surrender resulting in a huge dent in their net run rate (-4.350) while at it. So to speak, the home team should not only win their remaining games but have to win big to stand any chance of making it to the weekend.
Pakistan, albeit, would be better off facing Zimbabwe after being blown away by Billy Stanlake’s hostile spell, on Monday, which saw them stoop to their biggest loss in the format (in terms of balls remaining). The Asian side, however, will also know that their hopes of making it to the final will firmly rest on the outcome of the Wednesday clash and could come prepared for the contest with an ‘all guns blazing’ intent.
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