Fresh from their warm up victory over Australia, Zimbabwe have now gone on to beat defending World Twenty20 champions Pakistan with a 12-run win in their final warm-up game before the 2010 World Twenty20 tournament gets underway on Friday.
Pakistan won the toss and put Zimbabwe in to bat. Zimbabwe made 143-7 from their 20 overs with Elton Chigumbura smashing 49 not out from just 35 balls where he shared a key 62-run partnership with Charles Coventry and helping to rescue their team who had only made 64 for 5 in the 12th over.
Chigumbura’s unbeaten 49 contained three fours and three sixes, but even so 143 looked to be a low score as the Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi did well with the ball taking 4-24.
Pakistan started well with Kamran Akmal making 37 from 27 balls as but after that they they were in deep trouble at 67 for 5 after 10 overs.
Fawad Alam and Misbah-ul-Haq added 51 in in 7.4 overs for the sixth wicket, before Zimbabwean spinner Prosper Utseya turned the game around for his country as he dismissed both men on his way to impressive figures of 4 for 15 in four overs.
Pakistan ended their innings on 131 with Chigumbura again doing well with the ball, claiming 3 for 16 in three overs and Captain Prosper Utseya claimed four for 15.
Pakistan begin their campaign on Saturday against Bangladesh in St Lucia while Zimbabwe start against Sri Lanka in Guyana on Monday.
Other Warm Up Games
- In Thursday’s other warm-ups, Australia recovered from their defeat to Zimbabwe by crushing the Windward Islands by 101 runs in St Lucia.
- South Africa were limited to 125-5 off their 20 overs before Eoin Morgan top-scored with 63 from 62 balls to lead England to victory after his side had been reeling at 9-3.
Zimbabwe Score Card
H Masakadza c Umar Akmal b Shahid Afridi 33
CJ Chibhabha c Umar Akmal b Mohammad Sami 2
T Taibu run out (Misbah-ul-Haq) 2
BRM Taylor c Mohammad Hafeez b Shahid Afridi 20
AM Blignaut c Mohammad Hafeez b Shahid Afridi 1
CK Coventry c Mohammad Hafeez b Shahid Afridi 30 1
E Chigumbura not out 49
CR Ervine run out (Mohammad Sami) 2
GA Lamb not out 0
Extras (lb 2, w 2) 4
Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 143 (7.15 runs per over)
Pakistan Score Card
Kamran Akmal c Mpofu b Utseya 37
Khalid Latif c Masakadza b Mpofu 1
Mohammad Hafeez c Cremer b Chigumbura 9
Shahid Afridi c Cremer b Price 7
Umar Akmal c Cremer b Utseya 7
Fawad Alam c Masakadza b Utseya 32
Misbah-ul-Haq c Chibhabha b Utseya 21
Abdul Razzaq b Mpofu 2
Abdur Rehman c Utseya b Chigumbura 7
Mohammad Sami c Cremer b Chigumbura 3
Mohammad Asif not out 0
Extras (w 5) 5
Total (all out; 20 overs) 131 (6.55 runs per over)
Zimbabwe Cricket Books
Amazon, have a bunch of Zim related cricket books, including "Blood, Sweat And Treason" by Henry Olonga, “A History of the Rhodesia and Zimbabwe National Sides” by Jonty Winch who traces the history of cricket in this country (Zimbabwe) from the first recorded game played in 1890, through two World Wars and a guerilla war, to the comparative peace of post-independence and eventual world recognition in the 1980s when Zimbabwe was able to send a side to England to take part in the I.C.C. Trophy competition which it won.
There is also the Autobiography of another great Zimbabwean cricket coach Duncan Fletcher “Behind the Shades”
At the moment Amazon UK don’t have as wide selection as the US site, but I have ordered books from the US and had them delivered to the UK with no problems.
Zimbabwe Cricket on Amazon.co.uk