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Australia's Aaron Finch breaks his own T20I high score record

Australia's Aaron Finch breaks his own T20I high score record

"If you lose too many wickets early, You can't survive in the match, hopefully we will come back well next game", Sarfraz Ahmed said after the team's biggest loss (in runs) in T20Is.

Solomon Mire's career-best knock of 94 propelled Zimbabwe to a challenging 162 for 4 in the allotted 20 overs.

The left-hand batsman said that coming to Zimbabwe has made a lot of difference for the team in terms of environment and they have come here with a lot of confidence.

Pakistan's innings was built on a fast start and finish, but stagnated in the middle overs after Hussain Talat was dismissed for 30 when Pakistan were 80-1 in the ninth over.

However, Fakhar Zaman was named Man of the match as he took the game to bed, courtesy his blistering innings in the first innings.

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"We have a very deep batting line-up, so we were confident we could chase it", he said. Mire slammed 6 fours and as many sixes during his 66-ball stay. The tactic spoke volumes about his development as a limited overs batsman. Talat was then joined by skipper Sarfraz Ahmed as the duo added 43 runs for the third wicket. I realised that I could play proper cricket shots and be successful (in T20), and that's what I've been doing recently,"Zaman explained".

Executing his attacking strokes perfectly, Sarfraz found the gaps and the boundaries at regular intervals.

With four runs needed from the final over, he cut seamer Chris Mpofu to the boundary to end the game.

Mire overtook Hamilton Masakadza's 93 to become Zimbabwe's highest scorer in a T20I, and a record century loomed, but he fell in the penultimate over to Talat's medium pace, dragging a pull to deep midwicket.

Zimbabwe were 82-1 in the 12th over when Shadab removed Hamilton Masakadza, playing his first worldwide for two years, but Mire continued to motor, taking his tally of maximums to six before he pulled Talat to Shadab at deep midwicket in the penultimate over to miss out a on a hundred. "Pakistan faced trouble with bouncers in the last match against Australia, but in this match it seemed like they worked on that and faced the bouncers well, especially Zaman played brilliantly as he always does".


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