Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik take Pakistan to 182/4

Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik take Pakistan to 182/4

Pakistan finished off their inning strongly courtesy of Asif Ali’s quickfire 41 runs off 21 deliveries and Shoaib Malik’s cameo of 37 runs off 24 balls at the end of the inning, which took Pakistan to 182/4.

The home side, Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bowl first. Pakistan opened with their regular opener Fakhar Zaman and the returning Mohammad Hafeez.

The right-handed experienced campaigner did not have a memorable outing in the first game of the tri-nation T20I series and got out after scoring just 7 runs.

Hussain Talat once again failed to impressed at the highest level of cricket and scored nervous 10 runs before edging one to the wicket-keeper.

Sarfraz Ahmed promoted himself in the batting order again, but he could not perform as well as he did against Scotland batting at no. 4, he had a brief stay at the crease for 16 runs.

On the other hand, Fakhar Zaman found his groove and took on Zimbabwe’s bowlers, which kept the scoring rate at par.

Zaman was lucky in his inning as he was a bit edgy, but he went on to score 61 runs off 40 deliveries before getting out in the 15th over.

Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali written the perfect the script for Pakistan with their flamboyant batting and took their team to a handsome total.

Tendai Chisoro remained the pick of the bowler for Pakistan as struck twice in the inning for 28 runs in four overs. Kyle Jarvis and Chamu Chibhabha took one wicket apiece.