Riding on Ahmed Shehzad’s 50-ball 70 Pakistan reached 161 for five in their 20 overs against Zimbabwe at Harare on Friday.
Zimbabwe got off to a good start after winning the toss and electing to field as pacer Tendai Chatara scalped the wickets of opener Nasir Jamshed and skipper Mohammad Hafeez in his first two overs.
However, the visitors took control from thereon and in company of the young Umar Amin, Shehzad put on a steady partnership of 30 runs for the third wicket. But, trying to sweep a flat delivery, Amin top-edged Prosper Utseya as skipper Brendan Taylor ran backwards to take a good catch. Halfway down the innings, Pakistan were 57 for three.
It was at the end of the 11th over that Pakistan looked to up the ante as Shoaib Maqsood and Shezad slammed 17 runs off Elton Chigumbura’s first over.
Maqsood struck two sixes and a boundary while Shezad’s innings included six hits to the fence and one out of the ground.
Nonetheless, Zimbabwe’s miseries didn’t end with the fall of Shehzad. Shahid Afridi hit some lusty blows to take Pakistan past 150.
For Zimbabwe, Prosper Utseya was the most effective bowler as he gave away just 15 runs in his four overs including the prized scalp of Amin.
Pakistan 161 for 5 in 20 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 70, Shoaib Maqsood 26, Shahid Afridi 23*; Tendai Chatara 2 for 30) vs Zimbabwe