Captain Babar Azam Leads Pakistan to Big Win Over Visitors Zimbabwe

Captain Babar Azam hit a fluent half century and spurred Pakistan to a sixwicket victory over Zimbabwe in a Twenty20 international on Saturday.

Captain Babar Azam Leads Pakistan to Big Win Over Visitors Zimbabwe

Captain Babar Azam hit a fluent half-century and spurred Pakistan to a six-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in a Twenty20 international on Saturday.

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Azam made 82 off 55 balls to reach his 15th half-century in Twenty20s as Pakistan eased to 157-4 in 18.5 overs for a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Mohammad Hafeez scored 36 off 32 balls and together with Azam shared an 80-run stand as fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani finished with 2-26.

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Earlier, 20-year-old Wesley Madhevere hit nine fours and a six to score an unbeaten 70 but Pakistan’s pace still restricted Zimbabwe at 156-6.

Elton Chigumbura, who will retire after the series ends on Tuesday, made a quickfire 21 off 13 balls, but Zimbabwe’s top order struggled to accelerate against fast bowlers Haris Rauf (2-25), Wahab Riaz (2-37) and Mohammad Hasnain (1-25).

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The second match will be played Sunday before Zimbabwe, which lost the ODI series 2-1, wraps up its limited-overs tour to Pakistan on Tuesday.



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