Harare: Pakistan on Wednesday have set 150 runs target to host Zimbabwe in first match of short format three-match series at Harare.
Innings Break!Pakistan set Zimbabwe a target of 150 runs.Scorecard: https://t.co/w9k6PImEI0#ZIMvPAK #HarHaalMainCricket #BackTheBoysInGreen pic.twitter.com/DqnMftxOqx— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) April 21, 2021
Opener Muhammad Rizwan scored unbeaten 82 runs of 61 balls.
Pakistan made 149 runs after losing seven wickets.
This is the the first series being played in Zimbabwe by any men’s international team in the country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pakistan will be hoping to win the series and carry forward the momentum they got in South Africa.
Pakistan have rested their star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi and brought in Mohammad Hasnain as his replacement.
Pakistan has also dropped middle order batsman Asif Ali and brought in Danish Aziz. The left handed batsman will be donning the green shirt for the first time in T20Is.
The match is an important one for Pakistan captain Babar Azam as well as he is on the cusp of getting 2,000 T20I runs.
If the Pakistani skipper achieves the feat in the upcoming series against Zimbabwe, he become the 11th player to score 2,000 T20I runs and the fastest man to do so.
TeamsZimbabwe: Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams (captain), Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva (wicketkeeper), Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava.
Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wicket keeper), Babar Azam (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf.