Babar Azam (Gallo Footage)
Skipper Babar Azam smashed a sturdy half-century to steer Pakistan’s six-wicket rout of Zimbabwe inside the primary Twenty20 worldwide in Rawalpindi on Saturday.
Azam proved nonetheless as quickly as further why he is little question one among many extreme batsmen in white-ball cricket with a unbelievable 55-ball 82 to anchor Pakistan’s chase of a modest 157-run function in 18.5 overs.
The win presents Pakistan a 1-Zero lead contained all via the three-match sequence and a 12th straight win over Zimbabwe in all Twenty20 worldwide cricket.
Wesley Madhevere struck a maiden half-century to steer Zimbabwe to 156-6 after they acquired the toss and batted.
Azam, decided to regain his place as Twenty20’s extreme batsman — which he misplaced to England’s Dawid Malan two months beforehand — punched 9 boundaries and a six all through his 80-run stand for the third wicket with Mohammad Hafeez, who made 36.
Azam was lastly caught contained all via the 17th over, as was Hafeez contained all via the 19th, nonetheless the intention was not at all earlier Pakistan.
Paceman Blessing Muzarabani achieved with 2-26.
Azam talked about his victorious aspect nonetheless had room for enchancment.
“Regardless of is my recreation I attempt to execute that and luxuriate in my batting,” talked about Azam, whose 50 was his 15th in T20Is. “We executed the plan in bowling nonetheless nonetheless want work on our fielding.”
Zimbabwe skipper Chamu Chibhabha admitted his workforce was quick on runs.
“Now we now have now been 20 runs quick,” talked about Chibhabha, who was dismissed for a second-ball duck. “Madhevere batted very appropriately nonetheless we misplaced our methodology inside the center overs which was disappointing, nonetheless we’ll attempt to delay inside the next recreation.”
Zimbabwe, who upset Pakistan contained all via the third one-day worldwide on the tip of their 2-1 loss inside the sooner sequence, have been not at all capable of cease Azam’s free-flowing stroke play no matter dismissing Fakhar Zaman (19) and Haider Ali (seven) by the eighth over.
Earlier, Zimbabwe added 46 contained all via the closing 5 overs with Madhevere contained all via the lead.
Madhevere, the 20-year-old right-hander, struck a 48-ball 70 not out with 9 boundaries and a six to assist Zimbabwe publish an beautiful full.
Madhevere, who had solely 4 runs in his earlier two Twenty20 appearances, added 34 runs for the sixth wicket with Elton Chigumbura, who made a 13-ball 21 with a six and two boundaries.
Sean Williams (25) and Brendan Taylor (20) have been the choice contributors.
For Pakistan, pacemen Haris Rauf and Wahab Riaz took two wickets apiece.
Pakistan gave a Twenty20 worldwide debut to 27-year-old spinner Usman Qadir, son of the great Abdul Qadir, who died closing yr.
The groups will meet as quickly as further on the equal venue on Sunday and Tuesday.