On Friday, Luke Jongwe, the right-arm pacer, helped Zimbabwe beat Pakistan for the first time in T20I cricket in their 16th attempt, while also recording their first T20I win at home since 2016.
Chasing a low target of 119 in Harare, Babar Azam’s side succumbed to an upset with a 19-run loss as Luke Jongwe, who was making a comeback into the national side after 5 years, returned with his career-best figures of 4/18 halting not allowing Pakistan to cross even the 100-run mark.
Opener Tinashe Kamunhukamwe top-scored for Zimbabwe with 34 runs while no one else in the line-up crossed 20 as the hosts, who were already trailing 1-0, staring at another defeat with just 118 on the board.
In reply, Babar Azam led the chase scoring 41 runs and the chase seemed on its course at 78/3. Until Pakistan did a Pakistan: they collapsed. The visitors lost 7 wickets for 21 runs in 26 balls and the hosts drew the series with the decider on Sunday.
Luke Jongwe, who registered 2/24 in the first match, was the Man of the Match in the second for his superb bowling, especially in the death overs. He dismissed Mohammad Rizwan, the player of the match of the first game, off his first ball on Friday in the 6th over.
The pacer was taken off the attack. He returned to bowl three straight overs, 16th, 18th, and 20th, in the death, giving away just 13 runs in those three overs, and picking three more wickets.
Luke Jongwe’s 4-Year Old Tweet Goes Viral
Luke Jongwe missed the last 5 years of international cricket for Zimbabwe because of the eye and head injuries. However, the injuries didn’t discourage him from dreaming big – not only he made a comeback to the Zimbabwe side but also helped his team make history.
Another of his dream is to feature in the Indian Premier League – a wish he expressed in a tweet four years ago, which now, courtesy of the netizens is going viral.
“One day I will play IPL ..#ticktok” he tweeted way back in 2017.
The netizens, now, after his superb performance against Pakistan have showered love and motivation for the 26-year-old. Indeed, considering how impressive the pacer was with his change of pace and accurate death bowling on Friday, the IPL scouts will be keeping an eye on him in the future; add to it the dearth of proper seamers in the death overs in India could land him a contract with any of the IPL franchises.
One day I will play IPL ..#ticktok
— luke jongwe 75 (@LJongwe) April 26, 2017