Zimbabwe vs. Pakistan: Scorecard, Recap and More from the First T20 in Harare

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterAugust 23, 2013

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 03:   Ahmed Shehzad of Pakistan during the 2nd T20 match between South Africa and Pakistan at SuperSport Park on March 03, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa.  (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Pakistan's tour of Zimbabwe began with a T20 in Harare, and they won emphatically after batting first and defending a target of 161 by 25 runs.

Zimbabwe, who went winless when they hosted India earlier in the month, were competitive, but ultimately a clear second.

The star of the show for Pakistan was Ahmed Shehzad, who hit the only half-century of the match and ensured Pakistan had a sizeable total to defend.

Here's the breakdown of the match and the scorecard.


Pakistan innings: 161-5 (20 overs, Shehzad 70 from 50)

Ahmed Shehzad's 50-ball 70 helped Pakistan post a decent score in their 20 overs after a shaky start.

Shehzad, opening for the tourists, held the innings together as his top-order partners disappeared cheaply.

Zimbabwe lost to Pakistan by 25 runs - their 18th T20I loss in their last 19 games since May 2010 #ZimvPak #T20I

— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 23, 2013

Nasir Jamshed (2) and skipper Mohammad Hafeez (3) were both victims of opening bowler Tendai Chatara, while Umar Amin then laboured to an 18-ball 14 before his exit to the supremely economical Prosper Utseya (4-0-15-1).

Shehzad was unspectacular at first, mustering just 26 from as many balls by the halfway point of the innings. 

He opened up soon after, though, aided by a feisty cameo from Sohaib Maqsood, ended on 26 from 16 balls when Vusi Sibanda took a superb running catch in the deep.

Shehzad perished in the same region later, standing his ground in vain as Malcolm Waller took a smart catch of his own on the rope, but Shahid Afridi's unbeaten 23 saw Pakistan home to a defendable total.


Zimbabwe innings: 136-5 (20 overs)

Zimbabwe made a solid start to the chase. Their opening partnership of Sibanda (31) and Hamilton Masakadza (18) added 53 runs before Masakadza was caught plumb in front by Anwar Ali.

Brendan Taylor laid the foundations for another partnership, but by the mid-point of the innings, the scoring had slowed and the required run rate had crept up to 9.8 an over.

When Afridi and Hafeez came on, they strangled the run rate further, taking a wicket each to leave the hosts toiling.

Taylor was stranded on an unbeaten 32 as the total receded further and further from sight, and by the final over, the target of 32 runs was well out of reach.

The two sides meet again in the second T20 on Saturday.

Here's the scorecard, courtesy of the BBC:

Pakistan Innings 161 for 5 (20.0 overs)

Shehzadc Wallerb S Masakadza70725061
Jamshedc Vitorib Chatara26500
Hafeezc Taylorb Chatara36800
Aminc Taylorb Utseya14241810
Maqsoodc Sibandab Chigumbura26211612
Shahid Afridinot out 23211611
Anwar Alinot out 107710
Extras0nb 8w 0b 5lb13 
Totalfor 5161(20.0 ovs)
S Masakadza4.00371
Fall of Wicket 

Zimbabwe Innings 136 for 5 (20.0 overs)

H Masakadzalbwb Anwar Ali18291630
Sibanda b Shahid Afridi31504230
Taylornot out 32483030
Williamslbwb Hafeez9 710
Marumast Sarfraz Ahmedb Shahid Afridi10141310
Chigumbura b Shahid Afridi62510
Wallernot out 146711
Extras0nb 9w 5b 2lb16 
Totalfor 5136(20.0 ovs)
Anwar Ali3.00211
Shahid Afridi4.00253
Fall of Wicket 
53H Masakadza