Zimbabwe defeated Pakistan by scoring 20–19 in Thursday’s T20 World cup 2022 match in Perth. In the first innings, Pakistan kept Zimbabwe to 130-8 thanks to the seven wickets taken by Mohammad Wasim and Shadab Khan. There was a shocking victory for Zimbabwe over Pakistan, by the slim margin of just one run.
T20 World cup 2022 | Zimbabwe triumphed over Pakistan by one run
There is no doubt in Pakistan’s mind that they can put together the 131 runs they need to beat India in their opening match. After winning the toss, Zimbabwe elected to bat first. Wesley Madhevere and captain Craig Ervine scored the opening stand of 42 runs off of the quick bowling of Pakistan.
Zimbabwe’s first Super 12 match in Hobart was rained out, but fast bowler Wasim still managed to take 4-24. As a result of Shadab’s wrist spin (3-23), they were restricted to a low score. Beautiful fours from Ervine off Naseem Shah, but he was caught pulling off Haris Rauf and bowled for 19.
Wasim’s return of Madhevere caught lbw for 17 showed why he should have been the starter instead of Asif Ali. Officials first determined that Madhevere was safe. However, Pakistan was able to appeal successfully. Iftikhar Ahmed, at mid-wicket, dropped the ball hit by pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi. So, on the count of nine, Sean Williams was given a break.
Williams, batting left-handed, made an effort to attack Pakistan by hitting a few boundaries before Shadab bowled him for 31. Babar Azam, the captain, made a spectacular one-handed catch off the next ball from Shadab to remove Regis Chakabva from the game. With a score of 9, Wasim eliminated Sikandar Raza.
One more wicket will give him a hat trick, and then they’ll have to give up two wides. After Brad Evans hits a single, the odds of success for Zimbabwe plummet. After losing Williams, Chakabva, Raza, and Luke Jongwe for a combined 95 runs, Zimbabwe needed Evans to get them over the 120-run mark. It’s the second-to-last over. The dismissal of Evans for 19 made him Wasim’s fourth wicket.
Zimbabwe: Wessely Madhevere, Craig Ervine (captain), Milton Shumba, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Brad Evans, Richard Ngarava, and Blessing Muzarabani.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Haider Ali, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah for Pakistan.