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Zaman powers Pakistan to victory over Australia

10 July 2018

Zimbabwe 162/4 in 20 overs (Solomon Mire 94; Hussain Talat 1-10) lost to Pakistan 163/3 in 19.1 overs (Fakhar Zaman 47, Talat 44) by seven wickets.

Mire struck 94, the highest score by a Zimbabwean in Twenty20 internationals, but Zimbabwe's 162 for 4 was not enough to overcome the world's top-ranked T20 side.

The left-hand batsman said that coming to Zimbabwe has made a lot of difference for the team in terms of environment and they have come here with a lot of confidence.

However, Fakhar Zaman was named Man of the match as he took the game to bed, courtesy his blistering innings in the first innings.

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"We didn't execute our plans very well", said Tye.

The few fans in the stadium braced themselves or a possible win but Pakistan looked comfortable in their chase which they accomplished with five balls to spare. Mire slammed 6 fours and as many sixes during his 66-ball stay. The experienced duo of Sarfraz (38 n.o.) and Shoaib Malik got the job done without fuss in the final over.

He may have learnt even more from Ahmed's innings of calm precision that kept Pakistan up with an asking rate that hovered around eight for much of the match.

With four runs needed from the final over, he cut seamer Chris Mpofu to the boundary to end the game.

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The previous day, Mire had talked about Zimbabwe batters getting the starts and failing to cash in. The conditions are ideal for cricket in Zimbabwe but the hosts are not being able to score runs and the visiting sides are having fun so far.

Mire dominated the strike, launching Shadab Khan over long-on for six and clearing the ropes over midwicket in the same over, then giving Mohammad Nawaz the treatment to reach his half-century.

In the pursuit of huge target, Zimbabwe had a fiery start as they had scored 42 runs in 3.2 overs but their wickets began crumbling. Short was good too, but we bowled well in the middle overs.

Pakistan will take on Australia in their final league tie on Thursday in a dress-rehearsal of Sunday's final, while Zimbabwe will round off an inconsequential last league game, also against the Aussies, on Friday.

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Zaman powers Pakistan to victory over Australia