Akmal helps Pakistan to T20 win over Zimbabwe
Akmal scored 38 not out from 28 balls and added 24 runs with Imad Wasim in the last two overs of Pakistan’s innings to boost the tourists’ total to 136 for six, which proved beyond Zimbabwe despite Sean Williams’s fighting 40 not out.
Williams shared a 60-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Sikandar Raza Butt — the only half-century stand in the series — but was always playing catch-up after the hosts had slumped to 24 for four at the start of their chase.
Zimbabwe finished on 121 for seven, as left-arm spinner Wasim once again proved the pick of the Pakistani bowlers with figures of 1 for 14 from four overs.
Pakistan XI: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Imran Khan and Mohammad Irfan.
Zimbabwe XI: Hamilton Masakadza, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Elton Chigumbura, Richmond Mutumbami, Luke Jongwe, Graeme Cremer, Prosper Utseya and Tanashe Panyangara.
Over 20: Zimbabwe 121/7
Over 19: Zimbabwe 116/6
Over 18: Zimbabwe 106/6
Chigumbura fails to do much and gets catch out on Irfan’s ball.
Over 17: Zimbabwe 99/5
Imran Khan with his magnificent delivery bowled Sikandar Raza out. Chigumbura hits two sixes.
Over 16: Zimbabwe 84/4
Over 15: Zimbabwe 78/4
Over 14: Zimbabwe 69/4
Over 13: Zimbabwe 62/4
Over 12: Zimbabwe 56/4
Over 11: Zimbabwe 49/4
Over 10: Zimbabwe 44/4
Another four by Williams takes Zimbabwe to 44/4.
Over 9: Zimbabwe 37/4
Sikander Raza this time hits the ball beautifully and scores four.
Over 8: Zimbabwe 31/4
Over 7: Zimbabwe 26/4
Wasim shows Mutumbami the way to pavilion by bowling a beautiful delivery and the ball, sneaking through bat and pad, hits the stumps.
Over 6: Zimbabwe 24/3
Williams this time hits a boundary full and wide, scoring a four.
Over 5: Zimbabwe 16/3
Ervine gets run out as Afridi makes excellent diving stop prompting the other field to throw to Imad Wasim for bailing out the batsman.
Over 4: Zimbabwe 15/2
Masakadza smashes it brilliantly scoring hitting first six of the innings. However, the last delivery of the over didn’t prove to be favorable for him and Masakadza returned to pavilion after being caught by Imran Khan.
Over 3: Zimbabwe 7/1
Chibhabha got lbw on fourth delivery by Sohail Tanvir.
Over 2: Zimbabwe 6/0
Pakistan fielded well restricting Zimbabwe to six runs in second over.
Over 1: Zimbabwe 3/0
Over 20: Pakistan 136/6
With Umar Akmal hitting first six of the innings, Pakistan set 137 runs target for Zimbabwe.
Over 19: Pakistan 122/6
Imad Wasim this time smashed the much needed boundary scoring four runs on second ball of the over.
Over 18: Pakistan 112/6
Williams took catch as Afridi hit the ball towards the boundary.
Over 17: Pakistan 109/5
Muhammad Rizwan caught out on fourth ball of the over, in bid to hit boundary.
Over 16: Pakistan 104/4
Over 15: Pakistan 98/4
The batsmen scored low in this over, playing cautiously.
Over 14: Pakistan 93/4
Pakistani batsmen keep on rotating the strike and ticking the scoreboard.
Over 13: Pakistan 86/4
Nothing but singles from the over, with Pakistani batsmen rotating the strike.
Over 12: Pakistan 82/4
Sohaib Maqsood is dismissed by Utseya in the over. Umar Akmal walks onto the pitch and makes an aggressive start to his innings
Over 11: Pakistan 71/3
Cremer takes a key wicket of Shoiab Malik in the 11th over. But the new batsman Muhammad Rizwan looked strong to take on the bowlers. He scored boundary off a very first ball.
Over 10: Pakistan 63/2
Fine over for Pakistan with nine runs coming off it. Another boundary in the over.
Over 9: Pakistan 54/2
Cremer bowled a fine over and conceding a boundary off Shoaib.
Over 8: Pakistan 46/2
Maqsood scored a boundary in the over, while two singles were also conceded.
Over 7: Pakistan 39/2
Luke Jongwe gets his first international T20 wicket as he gets dangerous looking Mohammad Hafeez out.
WICKET: Mohammad Hafeez c Utseya b Jongwe 17 (18b 3×4 0x6). Pakistan 34/2 in 6.2 overs.
Over 6: Pakistan 33/1
Leg spinner Sean Williams gives seven runs in his first over .
Over 5: Pakistan 26/1
Luke Jongwe introduced into the attack who concedes just two in his first over.
Over 4: Pakistan 24/1
Panyangara gets the crucial breakthrough for Pakistan.
WICKET: Ahmed Shehzad c Cremer b Panyangara 7 (9b 1×4 0x6). Pakistan 24/1 in 3.5 overs.
Over 3: Pakistan 19/0
Mohammad Hafeez looking in form today. He has hit all three boundaries so far in the innings.
Over 2: Pakistan 11/0
Tanashe Panyangara concedes five runs in his first over.
Over 1: Pakistan 6/0
Chamu Chibhabha bowled the first over for Zimbabwe and nearly gets Ahmed Shehzad out on the third ball of the match. Mohammad Hafeez scores the first boundary of the match as well.