Chasing a modest 131, Pakistan lost openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan cheaply in the PowerPlay. After six overs, Pakistan was 28 for two, with Iftikhar Ahmed and Shan Masood at the crease. The two men added 52 off 36 balls for the fourth wicket and threatened to take the match away from Zimbabwe.
But Luke Jongwe broke the stand in the eighth over when he had Iftikhar caught behind. Pakistan then slipped from 36 for three to 94 for six in its run-chase, with off-spinner Sikandar Raza striking twice in the 14th over, getting rid of Haider Ali and Shadab Khan.
Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi had the arduous task of getting three off the last ball. Shaheen hit it back down the ground. The fielder collected the ball cleanly and threw the ball towards wicketkeeper Chakabva, who fumbled before getting it back in his gloves and taking the bails off in time for Zimbabwe to register a famous win.
Here is how the social media reacted to the win by Zimbabwe:
A proud night for Zimbabwe. One that will be etched in history.
Harsha Bhogle hails the spirit of the Zimbabwe team.
That winning feeling.
Pommy Mbangwa is a happy man today.
Zimbabwe’s effort today draws praise from the President of the country.
Mohammad Hafeez is every Pakistan cricket fan right now.
Iceland Cricket makes a valid point about Pakistan’s build up to the World Cup.
Praise for Zimbabwe from England cricketer Sam Billings.
A win for the ages by Zimbabwe.
Sikandar Raza was the hero for Zimbabwe with bowling figures of 3/25.
Shoaib Akhtar questions the mindset of the Pakistan team.
Pakistan legend Wasim Akram is still not able to believe the result.
Mohammad Amir with a strong statement after the loss to Zimbabwe.
Former West Indies cricketer heaps praise on Zimbabwe.