LAHORE: The highly anticipated tour of Zimbabwe continues on Sunday as Pakistan take on the visitors in the second T20 of the two-match series.
Pakistan won the first match by five wickets to go 1-0 up against Zimbabwe, courtesy Mukhtar Ahmed’s blistering 83-run knock while chasing a hefty target of 173.
Pakistan team coach Waqar Younis was ecstatic to see the team play at home.
“It’s always good to play in front of the home crowd and winning the game is like icing on the cake,” said Waqar, who coached for the first time in a match in Pakistan.
“Playing on home soil in front of our own people gives you different feelings.”
Meanwhile. T20 captain Shahid Afridi said Pakistan had sent a message to the world.
“It is because of our crowd that we have sent a message to the world that Pakistan is a cricketing nation. We were missing cricket. Our talent was missing cricket in Pakistan. Our cricket board will try to bring more cricket in Pakistan.”
Elton Chigumbura, the Zimbabwe captain, also praised the Pakistani supporters.
“Its been a good journey in Pakistan. Supporters were good. Hopefully the guys will cherish this series.”
Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (captain), Mukhtar Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Bilawal Bhatti, Nauman Anwar (debut), Mohammad Sami, Imad Wasim (debut).
Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (captain), Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Charles Coventry (wicketkeeper), Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Graeme Cremer, Chamu Chibhabha, Chris Mpofu, Brian Vitori, Prosper Utseya.
Zimbabwe 8-0 (2 overs)
Sami starts with two great deliveries. Both leaving the batsmen guessing the line, swinging away.
Muhammad Sami in to bowl the second over.
Zimbabwe 8-0 (1 over)
FOUR! Upward drive over the covers fielders. Sibanda gets a boundary.
Swing and a miss on the first ball.
Who will open the bowling for Pakistan today? You will have the answer in a few minutes. Its Anwar Ali again who has been given the new ball by Shahid Afridi. Vusimuzi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza will open the batting for Zimbabwe.
Nauman Anwar and Imad Wasim are handed over the debut caps.
Ramiz Raja: The pitch is once again a batsmen’s paradise. Flat and dry. The outfield is lush green and the crowd can expect a lot of runs.
Zimbabwe have won the toss and elected to bat first against Pakistan in the second T20.
— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) May 24, 2015
Imran Khan will be watching the second T20 between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Gaddafi stadium, Lahore. He will be accompanied by his wife Reham Khan and Jahangir Tareen.
The crowd is elevated in Gaddafi stadium, Lahore. Toss will be done in just a few minutes.
Hammad Azam, Nauman Anwar and Rizwan Ahmed are likely to replace Bilawal Bhatti, Muhammad Hafeez and Sarfraz Ahmed, sources say.
The stadium is being filled with spectators and the players are out in the field to warm up before the match.
— Rana Mohsin (@RanaMohsinSabir) May 24, 2015
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