“Very disappointing performance in my team. We were not up to the mark in the batting. We had a bad first six overs, but Shadab and Shan built a partnership but unfortunately, Shadab was out, and then back-to-back wickets and pressure built on the batting. First six overs we are not using the new ball well. Later on, we finished well. We’ll sit together and learn from our mistakes and come back hard next match.”
“It’s so special. Especially for the work that we did to get into the Super 12s and we didn’t want our tournament to end there. We wanted to come in and play some really good cricket against some top teams and I thought we did that exceptionally well today. I thought after our batting performance, we thought that we were maybe 20 or 25 short. But our seamers hit their straps early on and there was just a little bit more in the wicket compared to when we started off. Raza came to the party as he always does and picked up a few crucial wickets in the middle there. [On the promise about the watches to Raza] I think he’s got three Man of the Matches so I’m gonna be broke by the time we get home. I just want to say thanks to the Zim support that came out today to support us. You guys really lift our spirits wherever we go so a special thanks.”
Player of the Match is Sikandar Raza:
“I think I’m lost for words. My throat’s dry, probably because of all the emotions. I can’t tell you how proud I am of this bunch of boys. The way our seamers started at the top as well is just unbelievable and the way we backed it up in the field and the way we kept believing, I don’t think there’s any words I can share right now. [On wrist tapping signal to Craig Ervine] When we were coming to Australia, I said to my captain, ‘If you become Man of the Match, pick any watch from the catalog and I’ll buy you. But if I win Man of the Match, then you’re gonna buy me one. So I’m just reminding him that you now owe me three watches now actually. One more thing I thought. There was a small clip sent to me this morning of Ricky Ponting having a small word. I was excited, I was nervous, I was thrilled about today. The motivation was always there but if I needed a little push, I thought that clip did a wonder so thanks very much to Ricky as well.”
Pitch and weather: The forecast in Perth is for partly cloudy conditions but no rain. The pitch has a green tinge and the new ball has swung. While there’s pace and bounce for the fast bowlers, runs can also be scored quickly, especially straight. Spinners often suffer if they bowl too full, but can tie it up in the middle overs by bowling a back of a length and forcing batters to hit to the vast square boundaries with the ground similar to the dimensions of the MCG.
Pakistan vs Zimbabwe Highlights today. 24th Match, Group 2 (N), Perth Stadium, Thursday 27-10-2022, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
Toss: Zimbabwe will bat first.
Pakistan team: 1 Babar Azam (capt), 2 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 3 Shan Masood, 4 Iftikhar Ahmed, 5 Haider Ali, 6 Shadab Khan, 7 Asif Ali, 8 Mohammad Nawaz, 9 Haris Rauf, 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Naseem Shah
Zimbabwe team: 1 Craig Ervine (capt), 2 Regis Chakabva (wk), 3 Sean Williams, 4 Sikandar Raza, 5 Wessly Madhevere, 6 Milton Shumba, 7 Ryan Burl, 8 Luke Jongwe, 9 Richard Ngarva/Brad Evans, 10 Tendai Chatara, 11 Blessing Muzarabani
Head to Head In T20I’s: 17
Pakistan Won: 16
Zimbabwe Won: 1
Pakistan T20I Rankings: 4th
Zimbabwe T20I Rankings: 11th
(last five completed Tests, most recent first)
Match Timings: 11:00 AM GMT | 07:00 PM Local
Umpires – Chris Gaffaney, Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpire – Marais Erasmus
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Richard Illingworth
Match number – T20I no. 1849