Pakistan stamped their authority over Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club yesterday, winning the first of two Twenty20 matches by a huge 85 runs. Mohammad Hafeez was the star of the show, scoring 71 before taking four wickets.
Mohammad Hafeez returns after being dismissed for 85. Pic/AFP
Pakistan raced to 198 for four -- a record against Zimbabwe -- with the highest previously set by South Africa with 194-6 at Kimberley last year. Then they bundled out Zimbabwe for 113 in the 16th over, condemning the home side to a fifth successive loss to the tourists, who also won the one-off Test as well as three one-day internationals.
"Everyone is taking up their responsibility. Especially Hafeez, the way he's gone. Asad Shafiq too played very well," said Pakistan skipper Misbah-Ul Haq.
"We just wanted the top order to play normal cricketing shots, and that's just what they did. The credit for the fielding goes to both coaches. Everyone understands how important this aspect of the game is these days, and the boys have worked hard to get to this level."