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Zimbabwe level T20 series 1-1 after bowling in Pakistan for 99

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It was Zimbabwe’s first T20 victory in two years and the first at home since 2016.

Zimbabwe beat Pakistan for the first time in Twenty20 when the visitor collapsed from 78-3 to 99 on Friday.

This gave the Zimbabweans, who defended a scant total of 118-9, a 19-time win to level the series 1-1 and a chance to settle the series on Sunday. It was Zimbabwe’s first T20 victory in two years and the first at home since 2016.

Captain Babar Azam with the highest score for Pakistan with 41, but he cut a slower ball from Luke Yongwe to a reverse point in the 16th and Pakistan lost 7-21 at the end of the crash to fail. Seimer Yongwe finished 4-18.

Babar had little help, with Mohammad Rizuan making 13, Denmark’s Aziz 22 and no one else doubled.

Zimbabwe is also battling the bat at Harare Sports Club. Opener Tinashe Kamunhukamwe made the best effort at the age of 34 after recovering from the smashing of his helmet by a cane by Pakistan’s debut fast bowler Arshad Iqbal.

The game was marked by the stunning view of ground personnel preparing the ground with full-body suits, including hoods and masks, as a precaution against the coronavirus.

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