In another major upset at the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022, Zimbabwe defeated Pakistan by a solitary run at Optus Stadium in Perth on Thursday.
On any given day, chasing the paltry target of 131 could’ve been a cakewalk for the Men in Green but not tonight as Zimbabwe bowlers kept the pressure and the contest went down to the wire with Pakistan needing three runs on the final ball.
Brad Evans bowled a full delivery outside off, and Shaheen Afridi smacked it towards long-on but couldn’t clear. The fielder held his nerve and threw the ball at the batting end to effect a run-out.
However, wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva fumbled to pick up the throw at one end before dislodging the bails. But he managed to recover just in time and eventually ran out Afridi as Zimbabwe won the thriller by 1 run.
Earlier, Mohammad Wasim Jr and Shadab Khan bowled tremendous spells to restrict Zimbabwe to a below-par total. Though Zimbabwe started pretty well, with Wesley Madhevere (17) and captain Craig Ervine (19) adding a quickfire 42-run stand for the opening wicket.
But as soon as Ervine was dismissed by Haris Rauf, it opened the floodgates as Zimbabwe kept losing wickets at regular intervals only to reach 130/8 in their allotted 20 overs.
While Wasim picked up a 4-wickets haul for 24, Shadab bagged three scalps while conceding 23 runs in his quota of 4 overs. Senior batter Sean Williams with 31 from 28 deliveries, was the top scorer for Zimbabwe.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) October 27, 2022
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) October 27, 2022
Terrific win for Zimbabwe👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. They just never give up. Outstanding #ICCT20WorldCup
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) October 27, 2022
Zimbabwe!!!! 🤯🤯 what a World Cup this has been so far 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #PAKvsZIM
— Kate Cross (@katecross16) October 27, 2022
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 27, 2022
Zimbabwe 😳😳😳 Amazing! 💥🙌🏾
— Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent MBE (@ejrainfordbrent) October 27, 2022
Won’t call the result an upset, if you watched the match you know Zimbabwe played top cricket from ball #1 and showed how to defend a low total on a batting pitch. Congratulations @ZimCricketv on the win, your passion and hard work shows #PAKvsZIM
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) October 27, 2022
Well played zim🙌🏾
— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) October 27, 2022
Another great game of cricket! Wow! Well done Zim 👏🏼
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) October 27, 2022
What a spell by Sikandar Raza.
3 for 25 off 4 overs.
Brought back Zimbabwe in the game. pic.twitter.com/KAFkqhSu3z
— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) October 27, 2022
There should be a lot of franchise teams pencilling in Raza after these recent performances. Four wicket taking overs and genuine quality with the bat.
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) October 27, 2022
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) October 27, 2022
— Patrick Noone (@patnoonecricket) October 27, 2022
ZIMBABWE DEFENDED 130 runs AGAINST PAKISTAN.
What a moment in World Cup.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 27, 2022
Zimbabwe winning a T20 World Cup match against a full-member team:
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) October 27, 2022
Zimbabwe beat Pakistan 🙌🏽
And do not call this an upset. It’d be disrespectful to @ZimCricketv who’ve played so well and deserve all the respect and praise. Pic unrelated 😛 #PAKvZIM #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/RDxKasz05p
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) October 27, 2022
No way Pakistan lost to Zimbabwe only to show how valuable are Babar Azam’s runs against them.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) October 27, 2022
Sikandar Raza’s World Cup so far: 5 matches, 145 runs at a strike rate of 149, 8 wickets at 12, 3 player of the match awards
— Tim Wigmore (@timwig) October 27, 2022
Remarkably, the time between Regis Chakabva dropping the ball and breaking the stumps was clocked at 4 days and 17 hours, and still somehow it feels longer
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) October 27, 2022
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) October 27, 2022