Mohammad Rizwan blazed an unbeaten half-century as Pakistan defeated hosts Zimbabwe by 11 runs in the first Twenty20 International at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.

Pakistan opener Mohammad Rizwan. (@TheRealPCB Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pakistan edged out Zimbabwe by 11 runs in the first T20 international in Harare
  • Mohammad Rizwan hit a fighting 82 while leg-spinner Usman Qadir grabbed three wickets
  • The second and third match will also be played in Harare on Friday and Sunday

Mohammad Rizwan played a fighting knock of 82 runs while leg-spinner Usman Qadir took three wickets as Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by 11 runs in the first T20 international to take a 1-0 lead in 3-match series in Harare on Wednesday.

Rizwan played a lone hand for his team with 82 not out to help Pakistan posted 149 for the loss of seven wickets in their 20 overs. Zimbabwe, who have not qualified for the T20 World Cup in India later this year, tried hard but could manage only 138 for seven in reply.

Zimbabwe needed 20 off the last over but fast bowler Haris Rauf kept tight length to concede just eight to pull off a hard-earned win, helping Pakistan to a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Craig Ervine top-scored in Zimbabwe reply with 34, but he was out to leg-spinner Usman Qadir (3-29), who also claimed the key wicket of home captain Sean Williams (9). Usman is the son of former Pakistan great Abdul Qadir and made his debut in the recent series in South Africa.

“It wasn’t a convincing win. The conditions were different and the wicket was two-paced and the batsmen couldn’t adjust to it. Hopefully, we’ll come back well. When you come from bouncy to low bounce wickets you need to adjust, and we need to work on it. Had there been a partnership with Rizwan, the total could have been better,” Pakistan captain Babar Azam said after the match.

The second and third matches will also be played in Harare on Friday and Sunday. The limited-overs fixtures will be followed by two Tests.





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