HARARE: Mohammad Hafeez shared a century partnership with Ahmed Shehzad and then took three wickets to set up a 19-run win for Pakistan over Zimbabwe in the second Twenty20 international on Saturday, clinching a 2-0 series win for the tourists.
Zimbabwe finished on 160-6, chasing Pakistan’s 179-1. Shehzad hit 98 not out and Hafeez an unbeaten 54 for the bulk of Pakistan’s total, with their 143-run stand coming off just 86 balls as Zimbabwe’s bowlers were battered for the 14 overs.
Skipper Hafeez also made a crucial contribution with the ball to claim the first three Zimbabwe wickets with his spin, including top-scorer Hamilton Masakadza (41). Elton Chigumbura was 35 not out from 19 balls at the end in a losing effort for Zimbabwe.
Rain wipes out fourth day
LONDON: Rain has wiped out day four of the fifth Test between England and Australia at The Oval. No play at all was possible on Saturday, seriously hindering Australia’s hopes of at least earning a consolation victory in a series. If and when play begins on Sunday, England will resume on 247-4 — trailing Australia by 245 runs. The not-out batsmen are Ian Bell on 29 and Chris Woakes on 15, with England needing another 46 runs to avoid the follow on. England lead the Ashes 3-0.