In-form opener Mohammad Rizwan blazed an unbeaten half-century as Pakistan defeated host Zimbabwe by 11 runs within the first Twenty20 Worldwide on the Harare Sports activities Membership on Wednesday.
Rizwan performed a lone hand for his crew with 82 not out because it posted 149/7 in its 20 overs.
The host, which has not certified for the T20 World Cup in India later this 12 months, was all the time simply behind the speed and will solely handle 138/7 in reply.
After being requested to bat, the Pakistan innings was dominated by Rizwan, who’s unbeaten 82 got here from 61 balls.
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Off-spinner Wesley Madhevere was the decide of the house bowling assault with 2-11 from two overs. Craig Ervine prime scored within the Zimbabwe reply with 34, however he was out to leg-spinner Usman Qadir (3-29), who additionally claimed the important thing wicket of dwelling captain Sean Williams (9).
Zimbabwe was with out its most skilled batsman Brendan Taylor, who pulled out of the sport with a abdomen bug.
The second match within the three-game collection will likely be performed on the similar venue on Friday.