Rizwan shines for Pakistan in T20 victory over Zimbabwe

Published April 21, 2021
Mohammad Rizwan (L) runs between the wickets as Zimbabwe's wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva (R) fields during the first Twenty20 international between Zimbabwe and Pakistan at the Harare Sports Club in Harare on April 21. — AFP
Mohammad Rizwan (L) runs between the wickets as Zimbabwe's wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva (R) fields during the first Twenty20 international between Zimbabwe and Pakistan at the Harare Sports Club in Harare on April 21. — AFP

In-form opener Mohammad Rizwan blazed an unbeaten half-century as Pakistan defeated hosts Zimbabwe by 11 runs in the first Twenty20 International at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.

Player of the Match Rizwan played a lone hand for his team with 82 not out as they posted 149 for seven in their 20 overs.

The home side, who have not qualified for the T20 World Cup in India later this year, were always just behind the rate and could only manage 138 for seven in reply.

After being sent in to bat, the Pakistan innings was dominated by Rizwan, whose unbeaten 82 came from 61 balls. No one else scored more than 15, with off-spinner Wesley Madhevere the pick of the home bowling attack with 2-11 from two overs.

Craig Ervine top-scored in the Zimbabwe reply with 34, but he was out to leg-spinner Usman Qadir (3-29), who also claimed the key wicket of home captain Sean Williams (9). Usman is the son of former Pakistan great Abdul Qadir and made his debut in the recent series in South Africa.

Zimbabwe were without their most experienced batsman Brendan Taylor, who pulled out of the game with a stomach bug.

The second match in the three-game series will be played at the same venue on Friday. The limited-overs fixtures will be followed by two Tests.

Teams

Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf

Zimbabwe: Sean Williams (capt), Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Craig Ervine, Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava

Umpires: Iknow Chabi (ZIM) and Langton Rusere (ZIM); TV umpire: Christopher Phiri (ZIM); Match Referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)

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