Hello everyone and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the second and final Twenty20 International between Zimbabwe and Pakistan at the Harare, Sports Club, Harare. I am Nikhil Popat and I will be bringing the updates for you from the game. The first encounter between the two sides saw Pakistan win by 13 runs after mustering just 136 runs on a slow and two-paced deck. Zimbabwe bowlers had done their job but their batsmen for the umpteenth time failed to get the team past the finishing line. It has been an issue with them and the hosts will want to get over it and win the final game to level the series. Shahid Afridi, on the other hand will hope that his bowlers and fielders continue from where they left in the first game and the batsmen to step up and seal the series. Who will win the game? Catch live cricket scorecard and ball-by-ball updates of Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 2nd T20I at Harare

Umar Akmal is the Man of the Match, while Imad Wasim got the Man of the Series award. A superb series for Pakistan as they take the series 2-0. They will now play three One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Join us for those. Goodbye!

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 121/7 | Overs 20 | Target 137 |  Batting: Graeme Cremer 0(0), Sean Williams 40(36) | Mohammad Irfan comes back on for his final bowl and he delivers the final blow as Elton is caught at long on for a 8-ball 17. Williams tries his best to take the game close. With 21 runs needed in the last over, it was Imran Khan again who was entrusted with the responsibility of bowling the final over and he did a great job to ensure Pakistan won the game by 15 runs and sealed  the series 2-0!
OUT! Elton Chigumbura c Malik b Irfan 17(8) OUT! Luck Jongwe c & b Imran Khan Jnr 8(7)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 99/5 | Overs 17 | Target 137 |  Batting: Elton Chigumbura 15(5), Sean Williams 29(28) | Tanvir bowls a couple of slower balls at the start of the 16th over as Zimbabwe are struggling to keep up with the run rate. Imran Khan bowling the 17th over, strikes as he bowls Raza all ends up for a run-a-ball 36. Ahmed Shehzad then drops a tough chance at long on of Chigumbura. Elton makes it count with another six.  OUT! Sikhandar Raza b Imran Khan Jnr 36(36)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 78/4 | Overs 15 | Target 137|  Batting: Sikandar Raza 31(32), Sean Williams 28(25) | Imran Khan comes into the attack for Pakistan. Raza looked to go big and Wasim almost plucked out a stunner at deep mid-wicket. Raza survived though. The hosts though will know they will have to get the big hits going in the last five overs of the game. They need 59 runs in 30 balls.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 49/4 | Overs 11 | Target 137|  Batting: Sikandar Raza 13(17), Sean Williams 17(16) | Both Williams and Raza have looked positive and ensured that the hosts do not fall behind in the chase. The required run rate though is rising and the hosts will want to keep it in control. Wasim and Afridi are bowling in tandem here.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 26/4 | Overs 7 | Target 137|  Batting: Sikandar Raza 1(4), Sean Williams 6(5) |Imad Wasim is the new bowler for Pakistan. Things go from bad to worse for Zimbabwe as they lose the wicket of Craig Ervine who is caught in a mix-up with R Mutumbami and Ervine has to go. Zimbabwe are in tatters now. Wasim then goes through the defense of Mutumbami. OUT! Craig Ervine run-out Maqsood/Wasim 1(3) OUT! R Mutumbami b Wasim 3(9)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 15/2 | Overs 4 | Target 137|  Batting: R Mutumbami 0(0) Craig Ervine 1(3) | First blood for Pakistan as Chamu Chibhabha is trapped in front of the stumps but the replays show that it was not out as it pitched way outside leg. Chibhabha will feel hard done by. Pakistan will not complain though. Hamilton brings up 1,000 Twenty20 International (T20I) runs after hitting a clean maximum off the bowling of M Irfan but the bowler has the last laugh as he has him caught at third man. OUT! Chamu Chibhabha lbw S Tanvir 3(7) OUT! H Masakadza c b Irfan 9(14)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 6/0 | Overs 2 | Target 137|  Batting: Hamilton Masakadza 1(7), Chamu Chibhabha 3(5)| The two openers are out for Zimbabwe, Hamilton and Chamu. Both will look to take the attack to the Pakistan bowlers early on. Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Irfan start the proceedings for Pakistan.

This is a good effort from Zimbabwe, on a slow pitch, the hosts have kept Pakistan to a reasonable total— chasing exactly the same score in the 1st T20I. They will for once hope that their batsmen step up and win this game to level the series 1-1.

Live cricket score Pakistan 136/6 | Overs 20 | Batting: Umar Akmal 38(28), Imad Wasim 12(8)| Shahid Afridi looks to go big and gets out second ball getting caught at long on for another low score. Pakistan are in trouble here. Imad Wasim joins Akmal who has been doing all the scoring for Pakistan. Akmal gets a couple of balls in the last over and Akmal first slaps one over the fence at long on to end with a fighting total. OUT! Shahid Afridi c Williams b Panyangara 2(2)

Live cricket score Pakistan 109/5 | Overs 17 | Batting: Umar Akmal 25(20), Shahid Afridi 2(1)| Umar Akmal has been very positive and both he and Rizwan have run hard between the wickets. The hosts are fielding really well and will be wanting to keep the runs down. Rizwan tries to play the big shot but ends up holing out to long on. Shahid Afridi has come out to bat for Pakistan, can he get them the score he wished for at the toss? OUT! Mohammad Rizwan c Williams b Jongwe 16(16)

Live cricket score Pakistan 98/4 | Overs 15 | Batting: Umar Akmal 21(15), Mohammd Rizwan 10(9)| The wicket is slowing down as we see batsmen struggle to time the ball on this deck. Both Akmal and Rizwan are doing well in terms of rotating the strike and keeping the scoreboard ticking. The game is following similar pattern to the first one and Zimbabwe will hope to keep the runs down in the last five overs.

Live cricket score Pakistan 82/4 | Overs 12 | Batting: Umar Akmal 10(4), Mohammd Rizwan 6(3)The pressure tells on Shoaib Malik who comes down to have a go but mistimes it straight to the fielder at long on off the bowling of Cremer. Mohammad Rizwan comes in and is almost a goner as he edges one just wide of Hamilton Masakadza at first slip. Wickets keep coming for Zimbabwe and now Sohaib Maqsood falsl trying to go over the to but finds Elton Chigumbura. Umar Akmal comes in and gets off the mark with a superb cut shot to the point fence. OUT! Shoaib Malik c Raza b Cremer 15(13) OUT! Sohaib Maqsood c Chigumbura b Utseya 26(25)

Live cricket score Pakistan 63/2 | Overs 10 | Batting: Sohaib Maqsood 23(22), Shoaib Malik 15(11) | The ball is holding up and assiting the spinners. Zimbabwe will know that they will have to bowl well to keep the runs down since Imad Wasim and Shahid Afridi are sure to test their batsmen. G Cremer into the attack now. Prosper Utseya is brought onto bowl now as Pakistan struggle to get any momentum into their innings.

Live cricket score Pakistan 40/2 | Overs 7 | Batting: Sohaib Maqsood 14(13), Shoaib Malik 1(2) |Luke Jongwe into the attack from the other end. Maqsood cuts one to the point fence to put pressure on the bowler. Williams though almost has the better of Hafeez who comes down the wicket to have a go but inside edges it onto his pads. Hafeez then departs as he flicks one straight to Utseya at mid-wicket. That is a big wicket for Zimbabwe. OUT! Mohammad Hafeez c Utseya b Jongwe 17(18)

Live cricket score Pakistan 24/1 | Overs 4 | Batting: Mohammad Hafeez 16(14), Sohaib Maqsood 0(1)| Tinahse Panyangara is the bowler from the other end and he beats Shehzad first ball outside off with the one that bounces a bit more than expected. Hafeez though is looking in good touch as he collects his second boundary, this time through the point region. Hafeez then puts a shorter one from Chibhabha to the backward square leg fence. Shehzad then hits one over mid-wicket but the second ball, he slices one straight to Cremer at backward point. OUT! Ahmed Shehzad c Cremer b Panyangara 7(9)

Live cricket score Pakistan 6/0 | Overs 1 | Batting: Mohammad Hafeez 5(3), Ahmed Shehzad 1(3)| The two openers for Pakistan are Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad. Chamu Chibhabha has the new ball in his hand, he was successful in the first game with three wickets. Chamu almost strikes as he pushes hard at one but the falls short of the fielder diving at short cover. Shehzad gets off the mark with a clip through mid-wicket. Hafeez ends the first over with a smashing pull to the deep square leg fence.

Pitch report: The conditions are a bit overcast. The pitch is the same as the one used for the first game. There might be a bit of help for the pacers but teams winning the toss will want to bat first since that has been the general norm here.

Toss: Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat. A couple of changes for Pakistan, Mukhtar Ahmed and Wahab Riaz go out for Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Hafeez. Zimbabwe are unchanged from the previous game.


Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Imad Wasim, Shahid Afridi(c), Sohail Tanvir, Imran Khan Jnr, Mohammad Irfan.

Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Elton Chigumbura(c), Richmond Mutumbami(wk), Luke Jongwe, Graeme Cremer, Prosper Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara.


Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (c), Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Hamilton Masakadza, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, Graeme Cremer, Tinashe Panyangara, Neville Madziva, Chris Mpofu, Taurai Muzarabani, John Nyumbu, Prosper Utseya, Luke Jongwe.

Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mukhtar Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan jr, Mohammad Irfan, Sohaib Maqsood, Bilal Asif, Imad Wasim, Aamer Yamin.

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