The series was sealed once again by Pakistan and, unlike the ODI series. it was a comprehensive series win so far from Pakistan. Zimbabwe haven’t really charged on Pakistan, especially with the ball. They failed to capitalized their good starts and ended up loosing their plot. Zimbabwe will have one last chance to win their maiden T20I match against Pakistan before the series conclusion.
Babar Azam is in a red hot form this whole series, with the scores of 51, 82, 125 and 77* in his last four international series. Haider Ali has two fifties and his first three T20I series. Haris Rauf and Usman Qadir are proving their selection. Pakistan seems to be on track. But their fielding was poor. It’s something they need to work on.
As for Zimbabwe, major news that came before the start of the T20I series was the Elton Chingumbura’s retirement announce. The all-rounder will bring the curtains down on his 16 years of international career that began in 2004 against Sri Lanka. He represented Zimbabwe in 14 Tests, 213 ODIs and 54 T20Is matches before the start of this series. Zimbabwe may push to win not just for them, but for Chingumbura who gave his team a fine servies throughout his career.
Date: November 10, 2020
Timing: 03:30 PM PKT
Venue: Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Weather: It will be another lovely day at the Pindi stadium without any chance of interruption.
Conditions / Pitch Report: The pitch have been a good one, assisting both fast and spin bowlers. But it also a good pitch for batting. Pakistan may want to bat this time tomorrow.
Head to Head:
Matches: 13 | Pakistan: 13 | Zimbabwe: 0 | No Result: 0
Pakistan: W W W L NR (completed matches, most recent first)
Zimbabwe: L L L L W
Pakistan played with a young side in the first T20I and went unchanged in the second game. This time, they may make a few changes.
Fakhar Zaman scored 19 and 5 so far and twice he was dismissed softly in those games. He may be replaced by uncapped Abdullah Shafique for his first international match.
Wahab Riaz may missed out too, possibly Shaheen Afridi coming back into the T20I side. Rohail Nazir may get his chance as well. Zafar Gohar could also come into the side, replacing Faheem Ashraf.
Pakistan’s Probable XI:
1. Abdullah Shafique, 2. Babar Azam (C), 3. Haider Ali, 4. Mohammad Hafeez, 5. Mohammad Rizwan/ Rohail Nazir (WK), 6. Khushdil Shah, 7. Zafar Gohar, 8. Usman Qadir, 9. Shaheen Afridi, 10. Mohammad Hasnain, 11. Haris Rauf
The inclusion of Donald Tiripano had strengthen the bowling line-up. Sikandar Raza and Carl Evrine are out of form, unable to score runs. Though Raza did played a handy knock in the third ODI with his 45, he and Evrine will likely to play as well.
ZIMBABWE’S PROBABLE XI:
1. Brendan Taylor (WK), 2. Chamu Chibhabha (C), 3. Sean Williams, 4. Wesley Madhevere, 5. Sikandar Raza, 6. Ryan Burl, 7. Elton Chingumbura, 8. Tendai Chisoro, 9. Donald Tiripano, 10. Blessing Muzarabani, 11. Richard Ngavara
Players to watch:
1. Haider Ali – Batsman, Pakistan
Haider Ali had a debut series to forget. He managed only 42 runs in 29 balls across two innings. But that does not means that it will stop him from being one of the recognized talents out there. Come T20I series, where on his debut he scored 54 in Pakistan’s five runs victory in the series draw. In PSL, he scored 239 runs at an average of almost 30 with a strike rate of brilliant 158. He will be one of the players to watch out for in this short format.
2. Sean Williams – All-Rounder, Zimbabwe
The series moved to the T20I series but Pakistan sealed it with ease. He will be required to play a big role to win their first ever T20I match against Pakistan if Zimbabwe wants to end on high.
3. Mohammad Hafeez – All-Rounder, Pakistan
Five matches, four innings, 239 runs at an average of 119 and striking over 150 with three 50s. These are the Professor’s figures in 2020 and is sixth at the highest run-scorer this year in T20Is. He will return to the national side for the T20I series. Zimbabwe will be vary of his threat. Let’s also not forget that Hafeez enjoys Zimbabwe personally as well as he averages 35 against them, the highest average against a single opposition.
4. Blessing Muzarabani – Bowler, Zimbabwe
His height and skiddy bowling that nips in (nips away to the left-hander) caused a lot of issues to the Pakistan batsmen. He took his maiden five wicket haul in the final ODI match, as well as two wickets in the Super Over, gave Zimbabwe a much needed victory. Pakistan, who have history with short-ball troubles, will be vary of his threat.
Stats and Trivia:
- Babar Azam is only 10 runs away to overtake his cousin Umar Akmal’s tally of 1690 to become Pakistan’s third highest T20I run-scorer.
- Brendon Taylor is 99 runs away from becoming just the second Zimbabwean batsman to score 1,000 T20I runs.
- Imad Wasim, who haven’t played a T20I match this series yet, is 5 wickets away from becoming the eight Pakistani bowler, fifth Pakistan spinner to reach 50 T20Is
“When I played the first match, I was a little nervous, as one can get before playing their first match. The management and the captain gave me confidence during the second match so I felt I bowled with a lot more maturity today.”
- Usman Qadir on his outstanding bowling in the second game.