Pakistan win second T20

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first, but their batsmen again had a poor run. Umar Akmal’s aggressive innings proved to be crucial as he scored 38 not out from 28 balls and added 24 runs with Imad Wasim in the last two overs of Pakistan’s innings to boost the tourists’ total to 136 for six.

Mohammad Irfan was the pick of the Pakistani bowlers.   -  AP

Lanky fast bowler Mohammad Irfan picked up two wickets for 25 runs as Pakistan restricted Zimbabwe to 121 for seven, chasing 137 to win, to secure a 15-run win in the second T20 international at the Harare Sports Club. The win guaranteed Pakistan the series and they jumped to the No. 2 spot in the ICC T20 team rankings.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first, but their batsmen again had a poor run. Umar Akmal’s aggressive innings proved to be crucial as he scored 38 not out from 28 balls and added 24 runs with Imad Wasim in the last two overs of Pakistan’s innings to boost the tourists’ total to 136 for six. The target proved beyond Zimbabwe despite Sean Williams’ fighting 40 not out.

Williams shared a 60-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Sikandar Raza –the only half-century stand in the series – but was always playing catch-up after the hosts had slumped to 24 for four at the start of their chase.

Zimbabwe finished on 121 for seven, as left-arm spinner Imad Wasim once again proved the pick of the Pakistani bowlers with figures of one for 14 from four overs. He was adjudged the man of the series award for his brilliant all-round performance.

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