Zimbabwe vs Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan, Usman Qadir shine as guests win first T20I by 11 runs

Zimbabwe vs Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan, Usman Qadir shine as guests win first T20I by 11 runs

Harare: Mohammad Rizwan hit a combating 82 whereas leg-spinner Usman Qadir grabbed three wickets as Pakistan edged out Zimbabwe by 11 runs within the first Twenty20 worldwide in Harare on Wednesday.

Pakistan managed 149-7 of their 20 overs with their in-form wicketkeeper batsman Rizwan anchoring the innings after they had been despatched in to bat.

Zimbabwe seemed threatening at 77-2 within the tenth over however Qadir (3-29) and pacer Mohammad Hasnain (2-27) saved them to 138-7 within the allotted 20 overs.

Zimbabwe wanted 20 off the final over however quick bowler Haris Rauf saved tight size to concede simply eight to drag off a hard-earned win, serving to Pakistan to 1-0 lead within the three-match sequence.

Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan celebrates after scoring a half-century. AFP

Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan celebrates after scoring a half-century. AFP

The second and third match can even be performed in Harare on Friday and Sunday.

Luke Jongwe top-scored with a 23-ball 30 not out which included three boundaries and a six whereas opener Tinashe Kamunhukamwe scored 29.

Pakistan began the innings on the mistaken foot when their world well-known batsman Babar Azam fell within the second over, taking part in an off-the-cuff shot into the fingers of canopy fielder for simply two.

Rizwan added two stable stands of 34 every with Fakhar Zaman (13) and debutant Danish Aziz (15) however senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez (5) and Haider Ali (5) failed.

Zimbabwe may have had extra wickets had they not dropped 4 catches, the costliest was of Rizwan when on simply 13.

Rizwan, who cracked ten boundaries and a six off 61 balls, smashed 20 off the ultimate Richard Ngarava over to take Pakistan to a combating complete.

Half-tim spinner Wesley Madhevere (2-11) and seamer Jongwe (2-24) had been Zimbabwe’s profitable bowlers.

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