Pakistan Thump Zimbabwe By A Humbling 6 Wickets In First T20I
7 November 2020

Paul Nyathi

Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan (2L) and teammate Khushdil Shah (5R) meet with Zimbabwe’s players after winning the first Twenty20 cricket match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.

Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by six wickets in the first T20 International at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-game series.

Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat but was left to rue that decision as Pakistan racked up regular wickets.

The visitors managed to post 156-6 after 20 overs with Wesley Madhevere managing 70 off 48 balls. The 20-year-old’s maiden T20I half-century saw him hit seven boundaries off 35 deliveries.

However, Babar Azam scored 82 off 55 deliveries as Pakistan easily chased down the target of 157 with seven balls to spare.

Zimbabwe will look to improve in the second T20I as they were guilty of some sloppy play including a number of loose deliveries and drops from what were a handful of fairly simple catches.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Cricket announced earlier on Saturday that former captain Elton Chigumbura will retire from international cricket after the conclusion of the tour of Pakistan.

The 34-year-old veteran Zimbabwe all-rounder made his international debut in 2004 and over the course of 16 years played in 14 Tests, 213 ODIs and 54 T20I matches, prior to his farewell series.