Zimbabwe will be over the moon after their win in the second T20I. They now have an opportunity to claim their maiden T20I series win against Pakistan. The way they have played, it does look like a possibility. Pakistan’s batting lineup looks very vulnerable at the moment.
Yes, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman have been top class but there has been no support whatsoever from the middle order. And it’s not that they are facing this issue in this series. It’s been a while since Pakistan’s middle-order has performed for them. This is a massive issue as against big teams, in big tournaments like a T20 World Cup, this will cause a lot of trouble to Pakistan.
Coming back to the series, Zimbabwe need to exploit this loophole. If they can knock off the top three for not much, they’ll be in with a great chance. The bowling from Zimbabwe has been outstanding in the series with Luke Jongwe leading the charge with six wickets in two games.
For Pakistan, the loss must have been painful but they’ll feel that they are still way ahead of the hosts. Even if they don’t get a massive score, they have the bowling to restrict them, as was the case in the 1st T20I. Toss will also play a crucial role because both teams have struggled to chase thus if the team batting first can post around 160, they’ll be bossing the game
Pitch Report – The pitch in Harare is not the best to bat but it’s not as bad as the teams have made it look. If they bat well, they can easily get to 150-160
Zimbabwe Probable XI – Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wesley Madhevere, Brendan Taylor (c), Tarisai Musakanda, Tadiwanashe Maruman/Sean Williamsi, Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva (wk), Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava
Pakistan Probable XI – Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz/Haider Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf
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