Thursday, February 29

Twitter Reactions: Zimbabwe stun Pakistan in a thrilling Super Over courtesy Blessing Muzarabani

Blessings to Muzarabani and Babar Azam. (Photo by Aamir Qureshi / AFP) (Photo by Aamir Qureshi / AFP via Getty Image)

With the intention of making a clean sweep to the spectators, Pakistan were against Zimbabwe in the final game of the three-match ODI series at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. The hosts were confident after winning two consecutive matches by 26 runs and 6 wickets.

The match saw great effort by both the teams Babar Azam And Sean Williams smacked a ton. However, the game of Zimbabwe’s Ashirwad Mujarabani and Pakistan’s Mohamma Hasnain took two wickets in the true sense.

Pakistan won the toss and were sent to the ground. Captain Chamu Chibhabha led the Ducks to victory, while Brian Cherry and Craig Ervin lost their wickets by scoring 9 and 1 respectively. Mohammad Hasnain banged against all the top order and took all three wickets.

Like the previous two fixtures, the building partnership’s pressure fell on the shoulders of the experienced pair of Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams. This time it was the latter who opened the innings for Zimbabwe with his magnificent century. Williams scored an unbeaten 118 from 135 balls which included 13 fours and 1 six. He was well supported by Taylor who scored a brilliant half-century (56 for 68) to provide some stability to the team.

As both batsmen smashed 84, it was Hasnain again who took Taylor’s crucial wicket for his team. Wesley Madhevi and Alexander Raza The 33rd and 45 runs of the innings played an important role for Zimbabwe at the end of the innings. Thus, the Men in Green managed to put an enjoyable total of 278 on the board in their 50 overs.

In this high scoring fixture, right-hander fast bowler Hasnain was the lone warrior who took five wickets for his first wicket in one-day internationals. He finished with impressive figures of 10-3-26-5.

Bless blessing shines with the ball

In response, Pakistan also made a terrible start as the early form of Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman returned to the pavilion in two overs. However, captain Babar Azam, who had found his form in the previous game with a brilliant half-century, took the opposition bowlers once again on remand. The right-handed batsman stamped his right as he scored a brilliant century (125 for 125).

It looked like an easy win for the hosts but they kept losing wickets at the other end. However, Wahab Riaz Battered well to score a half-century, but Pakistan needed 24 runs in the last three overs. Pacer Blessing Muzarabani was the best bowler for Zimbabwe as he destroyed the opposition team’s middle order and took a new turn for his team after taking five wickets in his first innings.

His heroes with the ball (10-1-49-5) helped Zimbabwe take the match in the super over. Rather it took a misfield from Tendai Chisoro to tie the game.

Zimbabwe shine in super over

Batting first in the Super Over, Pakistan made a shocking decision to send Khushadil Shah and Iftikhar Ahmed in place of the in-form captain, while Ashirwad was with the ball for Zimbabwe. The super over was completely of Mujarbani as they took wickets of both batsmen and conceded just 2 runs.

Chasing 3 runs was never a difficult task for Zimbabwe. Surprisingly, the ball was in the hands of Shaheed Afridi in place of Mohammad Hasnain. However, the bowler had nothing more to do with a boundary by Alexander Raza, with the visitors ending the game to register a consolation win and open their account in the World Cup Super League.

Here’s how Twitter responded: