Pakistan faced off against Zimbabwe in a two match T20 series at the Harare sports club in Zimbabwe and were able to complete a whitewash rather convincingly in the end.
The home side had played decent cricket at home against top ranked sides defeating India and New Zealand so this series was by no means a piece of cake for the Pakistan team although the result states otherwise.
It was evident from Pakistan’s batting performances during both the T20s that a lot of work needs to be done if we are to compete against top ranked sides. The top order failed miserably to stay the least. Mukhtar, Maqsood and Shehzad weren’t able to get out of their groove which resulted in a lack luster performance. Perhaps a late order flourish from Rizwan, Imad and Umar Akmal (2nd T20) helped Pakistan achieve a decent first innings totals which gave our bowlers something to bowl at.
The bowling attack, although a fairly new one, produced good bowling spells to restrict the men in red from getting out of hands. Imad Wasim was perhaps the pick of the bowlers in both the matches as he bowled a tight line and length during the crucial mid over’s and also picking up wickets at regular intervals. Imarn Khan Jr. who made his debut during this series also impressed one and all with his clever slower ball variations but it remains to be seen that when he come up against world class batsmen how will he react and trap the them.
Captain Shahid Afridi failed with both bat and ball during the series which is a worrying sign as the T20 world cup is around the corner. He needs to somehow improve his batting and bowling credentials so that he can lead from the front in his all important final tournament.
Imad Wasim was declared man of the series courtesy his brilliant all round performances throughout the series. He averaged a mere 5 with the ball and took as many wickets.
The teams now prepare for the three match ODI series which is scheduled to begin from the 1st of October.