Rizwan (91*), Hasan (4-18) guide Pakistan to a series-winning victory over Zimbabwe; Babar breaks Kohli record

From our correspondent

HARARE: When Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam score Pakistan win the game. And again it happened here at the Harare Sports Club Ground when the duo scored half centuries before Hasan Ali (4-18) pulling off his career-best figures to enable Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 24 runs in their third T20I and sealed the series 2-1.

Rizwan (91*) brought in his fourth fifty in his last seven innings to catapult Pakistan to post 165-3 on the pitch which was not much difficult to bat on. Rizwan, who hit three sixes and five fours in his 60-ball unbeaten feat , added 126 runs for the second wicket with Babar who hammered 46-ball 52, striking five fours. Babar, when he hit leg-spinner Ryan Buri for a four, his first boundary, became the fastest batsman of the world to reach 2000 runs in T20I, overcoming India’s Virat Kholi.

Luke Jongwe once again showed his class, picking 3-37 in four overs.

Zimbabwe gave a fittest response in pursuit of the target. Their experiment to open with Wesley Madhevere was successful as the youngster hammered 47-ball 59, his second T20I fifty, to keep Zimbabwe alive. Wesley hit seven fours in his fine knock. By the end of 15th over Zimbabwe were seen in control as they had lost just two wickets for 108. However since then the aggression to bring the mounting asking run-rate under control caused the collapse as they were restricted to 141-7 which means they lost their final six wickets inside 39 runs.

Wesley added 65 runs for the second wicket stand with Tadiwanashe Marumani who made a 26-ball 35, hitting four fours. Brendan Taylor made a 22-ball 20, striking two fours. Hasan Ali, who tore the Zimbabwe batting line-up apart, picked his career-best figures of 4-18 in his quota of four overs.

He was also ably backed by young Mohammad Hasnain who remained economical in the death overs, finishing with 1-26 in four overs. Hasan was declared as man of the match while Rizwan was adjudged as man of the series. Now the two teams will face each in the first Test of the two Test match series which will begin from April 29.