SL v SA(1)
IND in ENG(1)
IRE v ZIM(1)
WI-W v SA-W(1)
TITANS v NAM(1)
Pakistan won by 11 runs
player of the match
Right, so thats all from our coverage of the first T20I. Thank you so much for sticking around with Peter and me, and well see you again in two days time.
Babar Azam isnt exactly overjoyed. Wasnt a convincing win, he says. The batsmen arent performing, but we will try and come back in the second game. When you come to these wickets after bouncy wickets, you need to adjust. If someone hung around with Rizwan, we could have put on a bigger total.
Mohammad Rizwans unbeaten 82 gets him the Player of the match award, not surprisingly. Carried his bat once more. They won the toss and used the pitch well. The wickets here are different, the pitch keeps low. But Babar and I have this plan where if one fails the other tries to go deep. Its working for now. In Zimbabwe, the ball doesnt quite come on to the bat, but once Hafeez fell, my aim was to get us to 150.
Sean Williams says its inexcusable the number of catches Zimbabwe dropped, especially against a side like Pakistan. Says he wanted to keep Pakistan to 130, and felt that was the par total. I feel that second partnership to accompany that third wicket partnership was missing, he says. The wicket played into our favour and winning the toss was crucial. Inexcusable to lose a game like that
This games the kind Zimbabwe lose a bit too frequently, unfortunately. They fail to put struggling teams away, and Pakistan were there for putting away several times in that first innings. At the end, the 12 wides bowled, and the sloppiness in the field came back to cost them, and the frenetic nature of the chase when it should have been a cakewalk didnt quite work in the end.
Talha Nawaz: Pakistan has defended total of under 150 thrice against ZIM and ZIM made 137, 137 and 138 this time too close
Shariq : Strange obsession of Masakadzas to new Zealand, hamilton and Wellington Never really thought about that but yeah. I hear there are 14 brothers, so they could have covered all of New Zealand pretty decently if theyd been so inclined
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