Pakistan secure T20 series win

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Zimbabwe needed 180 runs to win the second T20 against Pakistan in Harare, after Ahmed Shehzad added another half ton to his record with 98 not out, but fell 19 runs short on Saturday.

Zimbabwe needed 180 runs to win the second T20 against Pakistan in Harare, after Ahmed Shehzad added another half ton to his record with 98 not out, but fell 19 runs short on Saturday.

Shehzad made 70 in the first T20 on Friday, which Pakistan won, and he again came to the party at the Harare Sport Club, making his near-century off 64 balls. He struck six four and six sixes as Pakistan made 179 for one.

Zimbabwe then reached 160 for six in their 20 overs, with Mohammad Hafeez adding three wickets to the half tone he made with the bat, and Hilton Masakadza top-scoring with 41.

The only Pakistan wicket to fall was that of Nasir Jamshed, who made 23 off 17 balls before being dismissed by Shingi Masakadza in the sixth over. This left Hafeez to bat the rest of the knock alongside Shehzad.

Hafeez made a half ton of his own on the flat deck, ending on 54 not out off 40 balls, having struck three fours and two sixes. The only bowler to go at less than seven to the over was Malcolm Waller, and he only bowled one over.

The hosts got off to a good start in their chase, and reached 50 without loss in just more than seven overs. Vusi Sibanda then fell to Hafeez, caught by Sohail Tanvir for 23, and the wheels came off from there.

Skipper Brendan Taylor was only able to add three runs before he too succumbed to his opposite number, while Masakadza tried to keep the knock together. He and Sean Williams pushed the score to 95, before the veteran fell to Hafeez.

Williams recorded 25 runs before being stumped off Zulfiqar Babar's bowling, and Timycen MAruma fell for a duck in the same over, the score on 109. Waller and Elton Chigumbura combined to reach 146 before Waller departed for 20.

Chigumbura ended the game on 35 not out, off just 19 balls, but his efforts were not enough as they needed 31 runs off the final over.

The ODI series starts on 27 August in Harare, with all three games to be played there.

Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Brendan Taylor, Timycen Maruma, Sean Williams, Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Prosper Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara, Shingi Masakadza, Brian Vitori

Pakistan: Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Amin, Sohaib Maqsood, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Sohail Tanvir, Asad Ali

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