From our correspondent
HARARE: Hasan Ali, who was brought in after resting him for a couple of games, did well with his career-best 4-18 to enable Pakistan seal the series 2-1 when they defeated Zimbabwe by 24 runs in their third and final T20I here at the Harare Sports Club Ground on Sunday.
When Zimbabwe were on the path of historic series-win Hasan Ali changed the game along with Mohammad Hasnain (1-26 in 4) as the hosts faced a batting collapse following a solid top order’s performance and were restricted to 141-7 while chasing 166.
“Yes, I am really happy because it was a decisive game and when you perform in such moment it really boosts your confidence,” Hasan said. “Its good that I lived up to the expectations of the team management,” he said. “I was a bit nervous when I was put in the team and I thought that I should perform for the team as the team management relied on me and thanks God it went well,” Hasan said. “We were confident if we get a couple of wickets we can come in the game. The ball had turned rough and was not coming onto the bat. Hasnain took a wicket and then I got a couple of wickets in one over and that brought us back in the game,” Hasan said. “Every bowler put in his effort which helped the team notch a much-needed win,” Hasan said. “The plan was simple and it was just to bowl according to the situation and I did that and it worked,” he said.
Hasan said that he would also live up to the expectations in the two Test match series which will begin from April 29.
“We are looking forward to the Test series. The previous series went well and I had taken ten wickets in the last game against South Africa. Looking forward to the Test series and we will play good cricket,” Hasan said.