T20 is such an unpredictable format that any team can defeat any side on a given day. Zimbabwe knew when the T20 series kicked off against Pakistan at Harare on Friday that they could compete against their much-stronger rival in the shortest version of the sport.
76 off 55 balls and 7 for 12 – this has been the kind of explosive performance Pakistan and world cricket in general have been expecting of Shahid Afridi all his career. But, various hits and numerous mishits later, it never came
Shahid Afridi made a dream comeback in the Pakistani team smashing a 55-ball 76 and then recording the second best bowling figures ever in ODI history – 7 for 12! Hosts West Indies were at the receiving end to this brilliant all-round show from Lala to lose the opening ODI against Pakistan at the Providence Stadium by 126 runs.
Pakistan Cricket Board today announced their squads for T20Is and ODIs to be played in the West Indies this month. Veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi and busy middle order batsman Umar Akmal have been recalled to the Pakistani team.
During the course of his 109 in the tri-series opening encounter between West Indies and Sri Lanka, explosive Caribbean opener Chris Gayle became the third batsman in the history of one-day cricket to slam more than 200 sixes.
On Sunday, Abdur Razzaq equalled the fastest ODI half-century by a Bangladesh batsman, reaching his 50 off 21 balls. He ended up unbeaten on 53 off 22 balls. However, the blistering knock wasn’t enough to stop Zimbabwe from rollickinghome to a six-wicket win.