Zimbabwe lose Twenty 20 Series

Zimbabwe have lost their two day Twenty 20 Series to Pakistan after once again coming out on the losing end in the second and final match by 19 runs at Harare Sports Club Saturday.

Hamilton Masakadza.
Hamilton Masakadza.

The defeat comes hard on the heels of their 25 run defeat in the first game Friday that has seen the visitors wrap up the Twenty 20 Series 2-0.

While for Zimbabwe, the defeat continues to raise questions about their pedigree to compete at the high level of the game, for Pakistan the win gives them the rating points to cover the gap between them and Sri Lanka who lead the ICC Twenty 20 Rankings. Pakistan are in second place on the rankings.

The visitors batted first Saturday and set a huge target after reaching 179 for one but Zimbabwe in their response could only manage 160 runs which was better than on the first day but not good enough to win.

The first day had also seen Zimbabwe winning the toss and electing to field. The Asians on their part rolled out 161 for five but the Zimbabweans on their part could only manage 136 for five despite having started off blazingly with a half century partnership of Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza.

On both occasions, Zimbabwe ran out of overs. The two teams now turn their attention to the three One Day Internationals that begin at the same on Tuesday.

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