It’s just the second time Zimbabwe have beaten Pakistan in 18 T20Is, coming up trumps in the first-ever T20 World Cup meetup between the two sides. The victory took Zimbabwe to third on the Group 2 points table, behind India and South Africa, with three points and a positive net run rate so far.
A topsy-turvy game swung either way right until the final ball – before the last over began, Pakistan required 11 runs, with Mohammad Nawaz and Muhammad Wasim chasing 130. Three runs off the first ball, and four off the next, brought down the equation to four required off four, but Brad Evans held his nerves commendably, hitting hard lengths and giving away just two runs off the next two balls, while also taking the wicket of Nawaz.
Off the last ball – with three required – new man Shaheen Afridi could manage just a single, his attempt to scamper for a second ending in a run out. Wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva struggled with the incoming throw, but managed to recover just in time to beat a diving Shaheen.
As expected, there were reactions aplenty on social media after Zimbabwe’s historic triumph.
— Mark Howard (@MarkHoward03) October 27, 2022
I have nothing but admiration for what Zimbabwe have been doing these last few months. What they lack in resources they make up with spirit. You just had to see what someone like Brad Evens did today. Got to love their attitude.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 27, 2022
Won’t call the result an upset, if you watched the match you know Zimbabwe played top cricket from ball #1 and showed how to defend a low total on a batting pitch. Congratulations @ZimCricketv on the win, your passion and hard work shows #PAKvsZIM
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) October 27, 2022
England & Pakistan seem to be the teams that lose more than others against teams they should beat in World cups … #ICCT20WorldCup2022
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 27, 2022
Thats embarrassing, to be most polite!
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 27, 2022
Incredible from #Zimbabwe🇿🇼 who never gave up but #Pakistan must wonder how they lost needing 40-odd at 7 RPO with 7 wkts in hand. They should be top of their group; instead they are relying on others to qualify for the SFs now. That’s the fine margins of T20… #T20WorldCup
— Brian Murgatroyd (@murgersb) October 27, 2022
Zimbabwe beating the more fancied teams in World Cups has such a good ring to it. This is the “nature is healing” version of the cricket world #T20WorldCup
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) October 27, 2022
— Edgar Kazibwe (@Edgarkazibwe) October 27, 2022
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) October 27, 2022
Pic 1 – Pakistan After 20 overs of Zimbabwe batting
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 27, 2022
A older cricket writer once questioned me when I said every test playing nation had brought something to the sport. he said, 'Even Zimbabwe?".
Yes. Their moments are rare, and they've had their problems. But when they bring the joy, it is like little else in our sport.
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) October 27, 2022
Namibia beat SL, Scotland beat WI, Ireland beat WI, Ireland beat Eng, Zimbabwe beat Pakistan – can’t think of another World Cup (T20I or ODI) with so many huge upsets. Last one on the list is heartbreaking breaking as a Pakistan fan but yeah extremely unpredictable tournament.
— Rehan Ulhaq (@Rehan_ulhaq) October 27, 2022
In seven attempts Pakistan is now yet to win a T20 International on Australian soil since 2010, the wait continues after their dramatic loss by one run to Zimbabwe #PakvsZim #T20WorldCup #PAKvZIM #cricket
— Chandresh Narayanan (@chand2579) October 27, 2022
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