Another fiery innings by Ahmed Shehzad and an all-round innings by captain Mohammad Hafeez guided Pakistan to a 19-run victory in the second Twenty20 against Zimbabwe. The win helped the tourists clinch the series 2-0. Unfortunately, Shehzad failed to become the first Pakistan’s batsman to score a century in the T20s. He managed to score only one run on the last ball of the innings when he required three runs to achieve the milestone. However, he still has named the national record of the biggest T20 innings.

[caption id="attachment_2234" align="alignright" width="207"]Shehzad scored record 98* for Pakistan, including six towering sixes (Photo: AFP) Shehzad scored record 98* for Pakistan, including six towering sixes (Photo: AFP)[/caption]

Pakistan’s top-order played brilliantly in today’s match as compared to the tour opener. The team lost just one batsman – Nasir Jamshed – during the whole 20 overs, after which a record partnership of 143 runs between Shehzad and Hafeez continued till the end.  Shehzad scored 98 off 64. He hit six 6s – most by any Pakistani batsman in the format – and six 4s during his riveting knock. Hafeez amassed 54 off 40, hitting three 4s and two 6s.

Zimbabwe tried seven bowlers but all failed to lived up to expectations. Shingi Masakadza, the bowler who claimed the only wicket of the innings, gave 42 runs in his four overs.

Chasing a 180-run target, Zimbabwe’s openers Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza provided a good start of 50 runs. But as Pakistan’s spinners came into action, the remaining innings gave a sense of déjà vu to the hosts. Hafeez put the opponents on the backfoot, dismissing Sibanda, captain Brendan Taylor and H Masakadza in his consecutive three overs.

H Masakadza remained the top-scorer for the team with 41 runs, whereas Elton Chigumbura scored an unbeaten 35 off 19.

Hafeez took three wickets, Zulfiqar Babar took two while Anwar Ali took one wicket.

The three wickets in the match helped Hafeez become the first player to score half-century and take three or more wickets in a match four times. The player most close to Hafeez in this regard is Australia’s Shane Watson who has achieved this all-round performance thrice.

Ahmed Shehzad once again received the player-of-the-match award, along with the player-of-the-series award.

Now both teams will play a three-match ODI series and all matches will be played in Harare. A few changes in the team are apparent and the reins of captaincy will be in the hands of Misbah-ul-Haq.

Zimbabwe vs Pakistan

2nd Twenty20 International

August 24, 2013

Venue: Harare Sports Club

Result: Pakistan won by 19 runs

Player of the match: Ahmed Shehzad

Player of the series: Ahmed Shehzad

Ahmed Shehzadnot out986466
Nasir Jamshedc Chigumbura b SW Masakadza231731
Mohammad Hafeeznot out544032
Extras(w 3, nb 1)4
Total(1 wicket; 20 overs; 91 mins)179


Zimbabwe (bowling)OversMaidenRunsWickets
Prosper Utseya40350
Brian Vitori40410
Tinashe Panyangara40290
Shingi Masakadza40421
Sean Williams20150
Elton Chigumbura10130
Malcolm Waller1040


زمبابوےTarget: 180 runsRunsBalls4s6s
Vusi Sibandac Sohail Tanvir b Mohammad Hafeez233330
Hamilton Masakadzac Umar Amin b Mohammad Hafeez413241
Brendan Taylorc Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Hafeez3400
Sean Williamsst Sarfraz Ahmed b Zulfiqar Babar251621
Elton Chigumburanot out351922
Timycen Marumac Mohammad Hafeez b Zulfiqar Babar0200
Malcolm Wallerc Shahid Afridi b Anwar Ali201421
Shingi Masakadzanot out0100
Extras(lb 7, w 5, nb 1)13
Total(6 wickets; 20 overs; 87 mins)160


Pakistan (bowling)OversMaidenRunsWickets
Sohail Tanvir40280
Asad Ali30260
Anwar Ali20241
Zulfiqar Babar41212
Shahid Afridi30240
Mohammad Hafeez41303
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