Pakistani thrashed Zimbabwe by 74 runs in the first T20 tri-series opener.
Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman who scored 61, along with contributions from Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali lead the team to glory by scoring 182 for 4.
Zimbabwe’s debutant Tarisai Musakanda who scored a decent 43 was the star of the team.
Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza put Pakistan at the toss, in order to take advantage of the wicket flattening out later in the match.
Asif smashed four sixes and thereby scoring 41 runs in 21-balls, and helped Pakistan add 61 runs in five overs.
In the first six overs of batting, Zimbabwe was meek in their approach and they suffered a loss of Chamu Chibhabha in the first over to Mohammad Nawaz. The only chance Zimbabwe had of coming close to a challenging the Powerplay.
But at the end of six overs, Zimbabwe were 27 for 2 – partly, because of Pakistan’s impressive bowling line up.
The match after six overs became irrelevant as no good target was being expected from the African batting line up.
Solomon Mire and Musakanda played some good shots too but only for a shorter period of time.
Chigumbura came in and smashed a couple of boundaries but was taken out by Pakistan’s Hasan Ali, with an impeccable off-cutter.
The last four wickets fell down while Zimbabwe could only muster up six runs against it.