Pakistan beat Zim to set up final with Australia

The Chevrons succumbed to their third straight defeat in the tri-series as they were beaten by Pakistan by 7 wickets at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.

By SportBrief Reporter

Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe to set a date against Australia in the T20I tri-series final.

Having gone in to bat first, the hosts started off well as they built their innings off the back of some impressive batting by opening batsman Solomon Mire who put up a valiant 94 runs off 64 balls- the highest T20 score by a Zimbabwean.

Tarisai Musakanda (33) and Cephas Zhuwawo (24) chipped in with some runs before the Chevrons ended their allotted 20 overs on a decent score of 164-4.

Their opponents on the other hand were in a no-nonsense mood as openers Fakhar Zaman (47) and Haris Sohail (16) looked particularly solid before the latter succumbed off the bowling of Wellington Masakadza.

Pakistan never really looked fazed by the run chase though, as Hussain Talat joined Zaman at the crease and together they kept the scoreboard ticking with some smart running to pick up easy singles.

Zaman and Talat (44) eventually fell with the latter dismissed in the 17th over but by then there was the general feel that it was too little too late as the visitors were already on 138 runs.

Sarfraz Ahmed (38) and Shoaib Malik (12) then saw out the match to complete a relatively easy 7 wicket victory over the Chevrons.

The Chevrons will now look to salvage some bit of pride when they face Australia on Friday having been already knocked out of the tri-series tournament.

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