Ahmed Shehzad, recently arrived from the West Indies where he represented the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League, blasted 70 to help Pakistan overcome Zimbabwe by 25 runs in their Twenty20 international at Harare Sports Club today.
Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to field but their bowlers were soon under pressure from Shehzad, who opened the batting for the visitors with great gusto.
Tendai Chatara struck twice early on but Shehzad quickly found support from Anwar Maqsood (23) and Twenty20 specialist Shahid Afridi (21 not out), who smashed three sixes between them.
Hamilton Masakadza eventually ended Shehzad’s stay after 50 balls faced, but another late flurry from Afridi saw Pakistan post a solid 161-5 from their 20 overs.
Masakadza (18) was first to fall as Zimbabwe set about chasing the target down – trapped lbw by Anwar Ali – but Vusi Sibanda and Brendan Taylor kept them in the game with scores of 31 and 32 not out respectively.
Ultimately, though, the spin of Afridi ensured Zimbabwe fell well short of victory – the veteran’s three wickets helping restrict them to 136-5. (Sky)