Ahmad Shehzad stole the show again with another sumptuous innings as Pakistan won the second T20 against Zimbabwe in Harare by 19 runs, and with it took the series by a 2-0 whitewash.
Asad Ali and Zulfiqar Babar were given a chance for Pakistan, replacing Mohammad Irfan and Saeed Ajmal, while Tinashe Panyangara came in for the hosts at the expense of Tendai Chatara.
Shehzad followed up his 70 in the first game with an unbeaten 98 from 64 balls, ably assisted by the 54 not out from captain Mohammad Hafeez as Pakistan set an authoritative 179-1 from their 20 overs.
In response, Zimbabwe once again fought valiantly but despite a steady 50 partnership for the opening stand they were always behind the required run rate and ultimately subsided to defeat.
Here are the innings details and scorecard from the match.
Pakistan innings: 179-1 (20 overs - Shehzad 98*, Hafeez 54*)
Ahmad Shehzad led from the front as Pakistan were put in to bat by their hosts.
The opener thumped six fours and as many sixes in his innings, only runnng out of balls with his century two runs away.
It had been a sedate start, however, with the tourists actually just 69 for one at the halfway stage, having lost Nasir Jamshed for 23 when he was caught well in the deep off the bowling of Elton Chigumbura.
But Mohammad Hafeez proved the perfect foil for Shehzad, and the pair launched 110 runs in the last 10 overs.
Zimbabwe had no answers--search though they did for some. Seven bowlers were deployed, but between them could prise out just one wicketm and having failed to get close to a similar target in the first match, their hopes of doing so in the second T20 appeared slim.
Zimbabwe innings: 160-6 (20 overs)
Zimbabwe put in a spirited chase against Pakistan, but never tamed a demanding nine per over required run rate, and fell 19 runs short.
Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza raised a half-century stand for the first wicket, as they did in the opening T20, but it took them 48 balls to get there, and the target kept rising.
Masakadza top-scored with 41 before becoming one of Hafeez's three victims, and despite some cameos from the likes of Sean Williams (25 from 16 balls) and Elton Chigumbura (35 from 19), the hosts came up short.
The two sides next clash in a three-match ODI series, beginning on Tuesday.
Here's the match scorecard, courtesy of the BBC:
Pakistan Innings 179 for 1 (20.0 overs)
|Jamshed||c Chigumbura||b S Masakadza||23||24||17||3||1|
|Extras||1nb 3w 0b 0lb||4|
|Total||for 1||179||(20.0 ovs)|
|Fall of Wicket|
Zimbabwe Innings 160 for 6 (20.0 overs)
|Sibanda||c Tanvir||b Hafeez||23||32||33||3||0|
|H Masakadza||c Amin||b Hafeez||41||52||32||4||1|
|Taylor||c Sarfraz Ahmed||b Hafeez||3||7||4||0||0|
|Williams||st Sarfraz Ahmed||b Zulfiqar Babar||25||20||16||2||1|
|Maruma||c Hafeez||b Zulfiqar Babar||0||2||0||0|
|Waller||c Shahid Afridi||b Anwar Ali||20||16||14||2||1|
|S Masakadza||not out||0||4||1||0||0|
|Extras||1nb 5w 0b 7lb||13|
|Total||for 6||160||(20.0 ovs)|
|Fall of Wicket|