Babar Azam says, Had to work hard for victory in first T20

Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam said on Wednesday after a close win in the opening match of the T20I series, the team had to work hard to win against Zimbabwe.

Talking to the media after the match, Captain Mohammad Rizwan, Usman Qadir, and Mohammad Hasnain acknowledged that they had done well and that the team had helped win the first T20 in difficulty.

"We might have set a higher target for our enemies had anyone remained a little longer with Mohammad Rizwan," he said.

Previously, Rizwan hit 82, while leg-spinner Qadir took 3 wickets, as Pakistan took 11 runs to the Harare Sports Club to sweep Zimbabwe.

With their in-form wicketkeeper-batsman Rizwan, Pakistan managed to anchor 149-7 at 20 overs after they were sent to the bat.

Zimbabwe saw 77-2 in 10th but Qadir (3-29) and Hasnain (2-27) had them at 138-7 in the 20 overriding distribution.

It took Zimbabwe 20 off the last but fast bowler, Haris Rauf held close to allow only 8 to win, helping Pakistan 1-0 in the triple series.

On Friday and Sunday, Harare will also play the second and third matches.

Luke Jongwe did not score three boundaries with a 23-ball 30 and Tinashe Kamunhukamwe scarred 29 with a six-time opener.

Pakistan began the innings on the wrong foot when its world-famous Batsman Babar Azam fell in the second round and played for only two a casual shot at the cover's hands.

With Fakhar Zaman (13) and Danish debutant Aziz (15), but the senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez (five) and Haider Ali (five), Rizwan added two strong stands of 34.

Had they not lost four catches, Zimbabwe would have had more wickets, the most expensive being Rizwan, at just 13.

In order to get Pakistan up to the total of fighting, Rizwan, who has split 10 borders and 61 balls off, has smashed 20 off the final Richard Ngarava.

The good bowlers of Zimbabwe were part-timer Wesley Madhevere (2-11) and seamer Jongwe (2-24).