The 2nd T20 between Pakistan and Zimbabwe is scheduled in Harare on 24th of August. It’s going to be the last game of the T20 series and Zimbabwe will have to win it at any cost if they want to end this series in a draw after already losing the first T20.
Pakistan have got off to a flier and will be looking to wrap this series off with a 2-0 series win. The mixture of youngsters and experienced campaigners in the Pakistani lineup turned out to be an ideal choice for the Pakistanis as they managed a 25 runs win over the hosts. After getting a steady start, Pakistan managed to take the total to 161 for 5.
Ahmad Shahzad anchored the Pakistani innings with his well-played 70 of just 50 balls. Once again Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez failed to deliver. But in the middle order there were some good contributions by youngsters Umar Amin and Sohaib Maqsood.
In the end the innings was boosted by Shahid Afridi who played a little cameo towards the end of the innings scoring 26 off just 16 balls. Pakistan is expected to go with the same lineup, more or less, in the 2nd T20 and will look to get over the hosts once again maintaining their unbeaten run at Harare Sports Club. Considering the fact that the Zimbabwean bowlers usually bowl a channel, Pakistani youngsters will have to be a lot careful in terms of their shot selection.
The experience of Hafeez and Jamshed should also reflect in the top order considering that they are playing a considerably weaker opponent. The bowlers did their job pretty well and will be looking to repeat it in the 2nd game. But the captain will certainly expect the pacers to put in some extra effort and pick early wickets.
Zimbabwe had a start to the series as expected. But they played really well in parts. Especially when they started to bowl and when they came out to chase. The bowlers made life harder for the Pakistani batsmen in the starting overs and made them to fight hard for their runs. Chatara and Utseya opened the bowling for Zimbabwe and both were impressive with the ball.
Chatara took 2 for 30 whereas Utseya took 1 for 15 which is considerably wonderful figures as far as the T20 cricket is concerned. When Zimbabwe started to chase a big target of 162 runs, things looked well under control till the time when seamers were operating. But as soon as the spinners were introduced, runs were hard to get by for the Zimbabweans.
The captain Brendan Taylor looked somewhat rusty and couldn’t play his natural game for which he is known around the world. He came at the crease in the 8thover and stayed till the end but could only score 32 runs on 30 balls. If Zimbabwe have to make an impact on the visitors in the 2nd T20, then something special has to come from this guy.
The middle and the lower middle order will also have to put in some contribution to see their side home in the 2nd T20 and to level the series 1-1. If some of their key players click in the next game, then it can be an interesting affair for sure.