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(04-23-2021, 12:43 PM)Bada Wrote: [ -> ]Crucial runs from Kamunhukamwe Big Grin
His first name Tinashe who scored 34.

25-APR-2021, 02:30 PM
3rd T20I, Harare, Apr 25 2021,

Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe


Pakistan under pressure as Zimbabwe chase history in series decider

After their first T20I win against Pakistan, the hosts now chase their first-ever bilateral series win in the format

Zimbabwe have never won a bilateral T20I series

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It was about time the chickens would come home to roost on Pakistan's middle order, but the manner of that reckoning was so grave even those predicting it were taken aback. A first-ever T20I loss to Zimbabwe, and the fourth-lowest total defended against a Full Member saw Pakistan bowled out for 99 in a chase of 119, losing their last seven wickets for just 21 runs. The confidence shot it gives Zimbabwe cannot be overstated as, against all odds, they go into the third and final T20I with a real chance of springing upon Pakistan a chastening series defeat.

There is, of course, room for improvement for both sides, especially with the bat. Zimbabwe restricted Pakistan thanks to a combination of a near-flawless performance with the ball, in the field and the total capitulation of the visitors. While stand-in captain Brendan Taylor will want a repeat performance in that respect from his side, Pakistan are unlikely to be that listless two games in a row. To counter that, Zimbabwe could work on the way they paced their own innings with the bat, putting little pressure on Pakistan, almost content to canter along to a sub-120 total.

With Craig Ervine ruled out of the series and Sean Williams nursing a hand issue in for the last game, Zimbabwe lost plenty of experience, so the return of the latter might not be a surprise. Taylor did mention after the match that his side might have to approach the powerplay with a touch more positivity, setting the tempo for the remainder of the innings. The pitches here in Harare appear to have plenty in them for bowlers, with both captains agreeing totals around 140-150 were challenging. With Zimbabwe having felt they left runs out there, they go into the decider on equal terms.

Pakistan, meanwhile, appear to be on that precipice from which they could lurch either to brilliance or chaos, with no way of predicting which it will be. They were given a nudge towards the latter after the second T20I with Shoaib Malik taking to Twitter to lambast "unacquainted decision makers". What should have been a series to try out new players and fine-tune certain aspects of their game for the T20 World Cup has instead thrown up a decider of extreme pressure, giving this series a higher profile than most would have accorded it a few days ago.

Form guide

Zimbabwe WLLLL(last five completed T20Is, most recent first)
Pakistan LWWWL

In the spotlight

Wesley Madhevere was by far the brightest spark of Zimbabwe's tour of Pakistan a few months ago, but he hasn't quite lit up this series just yet, particularly with the bat. There have been glimpses of his ability in these two games, but justice to his talent is yet to be done. His dismissal in the previous game was especially disappointing when he attempted a low-percentage reverse sweep and gave away his wicket while Zimbabwe desperately needed him to bat deep. His contribution with the ball, though, has been surprisingly impactful, conceding just 27 runs in five overs and taking two wickets across the two games.

Mohammad Hafeez was believed to be a panacea of sorts for the middle order; unlike the rest, he was in excellent form in the lead up to Pakistan's tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe. He missed South Africa's T20I series in Pakistan because he was playing the T10 League in the UAE, where he excelled, and went on to distinguish himself with his performances in the PSL. However, that form has not turned into output at the international level in a beleaguered middle order, further amplifying Pakistan's woes. He had a phenomenally successful 2020, barging his way back into Pakistan's T20 World Cup plans, but if this barren run continues, he could find himself frozen out in double-quick time.

Team news

If Williams returns, he will add experience to the batting line-up, but it's unlikely Zimbabwe will wish to make too many changes to the side that helped them win the second T20I.

Zimbabwe (probable): 1 Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, 2 Brendan Taylor (capt & wk), 3 Tadiwanashe Marumani, 4 Wesley Madhevere, 5 Regis Chakabva, 6 Ryan Burl, 7 Tarisai Musakanda, 8 Luke Jongwe, 9 Wellington Masakadza, 10 Blessing Muzarabani, 11 Richard Ngarava

Pakistan rested Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali for the last two games, but with the series on the line, it would not be a surprise to see them make an appearance.

Pakistan (probable): 1 Babar Azam (capt), 2 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 3 Fakhar Zaman 4 Sharjeel Khan/Asif Ali 5 Danish Aziz 6 Mohammad Hafeez 7 Faheem Ashraf 8 Hasan Ali 9 Mohammad Hasnain/Haris Rauf 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi 11 Usman Qadir

Pitch and conditions

The weather is clear again, and with the boundaries as big as they are, a target around 150 should put the side batting first in a decent position. Both sides have fielded first upon winning the toss, but have ended up failing to chase down targets.

Stats and trivia

Zimbabwe have never won a bilateral T20I series (they did win a one-off T20I against West Indies in 2010).

Williams is 64 away from 1000 runs in T20Is. Taylor is 86 short of the same milestone. For Zimbabwe, only Hamilton Masakadza (1662) has more T20I runs.
Pitches in this series have been so bad, players can't time the ball at all.
Hasan Ali


Tinashe who scored 34 in 2nd T20i for zim, Not playing today but Williams is back

Pakistan won toss opted Batting
Pakistan beat Zimbabwe
Credit to zimbabwe koz at one stage Zim were 100/1 chasing 166 but Hasan Ali's 4/0/18/4
Hurts Zimbabwe

Cong pakistan for 2/1.

Pakistan 165/4
Babar 52,Rizwan 91*

Zim 141/7
Madhevere 56 odd
Hasan A 4 for 18, Rauf 2

Hasan man of match
Rizwan player of the series
5 Un-Capped players in Zimbabwe Test team vs Pakistan

Jongwe, Ngarava among five uncapped players for Pakistan Tests

April 26 2021

Brendan Taylor has returned to Zimbabwe's Test side

Luke Jongwe, Richard Ngarava, Roy Kaia, Milton Shumba and Tanaka Chivanga are the five uncapped players named in Zimbabwe's 16-man Test squad for the two-match series against Pakistan.

The squad also marks the return of Tendai Chisoro, who last played a Test way back in 2017. Brendan Taylor, who missed Zimbabwe's last Test series against Afghanistan in the UAE due to health issues, makes a comeback whereas Craig Ervine misses out due to a calf injury.

Sikandar Raza continues to recover from a bone marrow infection and wasn't available for selection.

Squad: Williams Sean (captain), Chakabva Regis, Chisoro Tendai, Chivanga Tanaka, Jongwe Luke, Kaia Roy, Kasuza Kevin, Masakadza Wellington, Masvaure Prince, Musakanda Tarisai, Muzarabani Blessing, Ngarava Richard, Nyauchi Victor, Shumba Milton, Taylor Brendan, Tiripano Donald

Four players - Ryan Burl, Wessly Madhevere, Richmond Mutumbami and Brandon Mavuta - who were a part of the recently concluded series against Afghanistan, couldn't make the cut this time.

Joylord Gumbie and Takudzwanashe Kaitano have been placed on standby for the series which will be held behind closed doors in Harare. The first Test starts on April 29.
Favourites Pakistan face Zimbabwe challenge

April 28 2021

Sean Williams will need to sustain his good form if his team are to emerge victorious
Sean Williams-led Zimbabwe had a bittersweet time in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March, where they took on Afghanistan in a two-match Test series. They began on the right note, with a thumping 10-wicket win in the opening Test. However, despite Williams's gritty hundred in the second innings of the second Test, Zimbabwe's batsmen succumbed to Rashid Khan's persistence and the series was tied 1-1.

The African nation would now look to learn from the mistakes during their tour of the UAE when they take on Pakistan in the Harare Test, starting on April 29. One of the problems for Zimbabwe in the second Test versus Afghanistan was when confronted with a flat deck, both the seamers and spinners were unable to make an impact. Only Victor Nyauchi, Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burl were successful in picking up a scalp each. The batting unit too failed to capitalise the good conditions for batting in the first innings, getting bowled out for a score of less than 300.

The Zimbabwe camp would hope for Luke Jongwe to put on a good show. The seamer impressed in the recently-concluded T20I series against Pakistan, bagging nine wickets. The tall and much improved, Blessing Muzarabani is the main paceman in the attack. On the batting front, Zimbabwe would welcome Brendan Taylor back into the Test set-up. Unfortunately, they would miss the services of Sikandar Raza, who is down with a bone marrow infection.

Meanwhile, Pakistan, their opponent, would look to continue on their fine show against South Africa at home. Fawad Alam, who has composed gritty centuries versus South Africa and New Zealand in his last three Tests, will again be one of the mainstays. Babar Azam, the skipper, and Mohammad Rizwan, the gutsy wicketkeeper-batsman, are also expected to shore up the batting order. Faheem Ashraf's useful contributions with the bat versus South Africa also augurs well for the camp. On the other hand, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi are set to spearhead the pace attack.

When: April 29-May 3, at 9.30 AM Local Time

Where: Harare Sports Club

What to expect: In the past, Harare was known to offer assistance for pace bowlers upfront. However, in the recently played T20I series between the two sides, the wickets were quite sluggish. So we could see another track that is on the slower side. Barring the occasional shower predicted for Saturday, the weather forecast for the Test looks promising.

Team news

Zimbabwe: Luke Jongwe, Richard Ngarava, Roy Kaia, Milton Shumba and Tanaka Chivanga are the five uncapped players named in Zimbabwe's 16-man Test squad. Among them, Jongwe could make his Test debut. Meanwhile, the experienced Taylor is expected to slot back into the middle.

Likely XI: Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza, Tarisai Musakanda, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams ©, Milton Shumba, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chisoro, Donald Tiripano, Blessing Muzrabani, Luke Jongwe

Pakistan: In the absence of the injured Yasir Shah (knee problem), Nauman Ali is set to lead the spin department, with the experienced Sajid Khan likely to make his Test debut. After a fine start to his Test career, Abid Ali has been struggling of late. However, he could still keep his place in the squad ahead of the inexperienced batsman Abdullah Shafique.

Likely XI: Imran Butt, Abid, Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam ©, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Nauman Ali, Hasan Ali, Sajid Khan, Shaheen Afridi

What they said: "Our confidence level is good after winning the home series against South Africa so we hope to carry that good performance," Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan coach, told AFP.
1 pm IST game starts
Good luck both Pak & Zim
Zimbabwe already in trouble at 34/4 (19) having chosen to bat first in the first test against Pakistan.
Fawad Alam 3 hundreds in the last 5 Tests. This is some comeback. It was weird when they dropped him when he was young.
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