ZIM vs PAK T20 Series: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, Full Schedule, Squad, Live Streaming, Broadcast, all you need to know –A top batting performance from Mohd. Rizwan coupled with excellent display with the ball by Usman Qadir and Mohammad Hasnain helped Pakistan clinch 11-run victory over Zimbabwe in 1st T20I at Harare Sports Club.
While the attention of the cricket world remains fixed on India and the ongoing IPL, both Pakistan and Zimbabwe, with no contribution to the IPL teams, get an opportunity to work towards developing their respective T20 sides for the World T20 later this year.
Pakistan, for obvious reasons, have lesser questions to answer than Zimbabwe. A financially weak country, the Zimbabweans get very little high-quality cricket against top nations in the sport. Every tour to their country is a golden opportunity for them to improve their performance and standing in world cricket.
ZIM vs PAK T20 Series: Status of Teams
The Zimbabweans last played T20 cricket in the month of March when they took on Afghanistan. In that series, the African team suffered a 0-3 whitewash. It was a big setback for the Zimbabweans as no batsmen in their side made a mark and all the bowlers had a tough time as well.
But playing at home is likely to help the embattled side. Their key batsmen are Sean Williams and Brendan Taylor. Williams, the captain of the team as well, will have to lead from the front. Taylor, on the other hand, is the best batsman of Zimbabwe. He has to contribute big, not just for his team’s sake but also to keep his reputation intact.
ZIM vs PAK T20 Series: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, Full Schedule, Squad, Live Streaming, Broadcast, all you need to know
Pakistan benefitted from the depletion of the South African team due to IPL and won their T20 series comfortably. Their two best batsmen, captain Babar Azam and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan were in spectacular form. The bowlers didn’t do as well as expected of them but they are still likely to create difficulties for the Zimbabwe batsmen.
The spin department has suffered due to the loss of Shadab Khan due to injury. But there are others who can step in to fill the void, temporarily of course. Faheem Ashraf was the Man of the Series against South Africa.
This is a positive development for Pakistan as he would be a great help to the overburdened Shaheen Shah Afridi. Hasan Ali will remain an important member of the team.
ZIM vs PAK T20 Series: Full Schedule
1st T20I: April 21
2nd T20I: April 23
3rd T20I: April 25
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Time: 2:30 PM IST
ZIM vs PAK T20 Series: Squads
Zimbabwe: Sean Williams (C), Brendan Taylor, Regis Chakabwa (wk), Tendai Chatara, Ryan Burl, Tanaka Chivanga, Craig Ervine, Luke Jongwe, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Wellington Masakadza, Tapiwa Mufudza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Donald Tiripano
Pakistan: Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Sharjeel Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali, Arshad Iqbal, Haris Rauf
ZIM vs PAK T20 Series: Live streaming and broadcast
The live telecast of the series will be provided by Sony Sports Network in the Indian subcontinent. Which channel will carry the feed is yet to be announced.