The T20 Tri-series is here and Zimbabwe opened the series with a loss, being dismissed for 108 by a fiery Pakistan. Pakistan won the match by 74 runs.
Getting into the series without players such as Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor and Sikandar Raza, the focus was on new captain Hamilton Masakadza to show what he has in store in leading the Zimbabwean side.
The likes of Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman and Asif Ali inflicted some heavy damage on the Zimbabwean bowling department, confirming all the fears that Zimbos might have had on how the match would turn out. They powered Pakistan to 182-4, with Zimbabwe’s response being weak as wickets fell at regular intervals.
There was some good showing from debutant Tarisai Musakanda, whose innings were marked by 43 runs. Zimbabwe’s bowling start had seemed promising, especially when Pakistan were 78-3, Kyle Jarvis leading the attack. But things got bad, Pakistan picked up, and later in the match Jarvis misjudged a ball while attempting to catch it and broke his thumb, and he was out of the contest.
Zimbabwe’s batting was uninspiring, although some aesthetic batting from Tarisai Musakanda, who some expected to take over the captaincy, provided the fans with something to cheer for.
Hamilton Masakadza, Zimbabwe’s captain had this to say at the end of the match, “Only bright point was winning the toss. They had a good Powerplay and put us under pressure. Yeah, I thought we have them 20 runs extra. They guys filled in okay but we lost our way a bit the middle period.”
Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain for Pakistan said, “First of all thanks to almighty Allah. The way Zaman, Asif, and Malik did the job for us…It looked like a good batting pitch. The ball did not come on in the first innings, but in the second it came on nicely. Credit goes to the bowlers, especially Usman and Nawaz. Plenty of cricket to be played in the series. Hopefully, we will do well.”
Asif Ali was the Player of the Match.