Chasing a poultry total of 119, the Babar Azam-led Pakistan imploded in spectacular fashion to eventually get bowled out for 99 and lose the game by 19 runs.
Batting first, Zimbabwe could only manage 9/118 in their quota of 20 overs against an all-round Pakistani bowling unit.
Opener Tinashe Kamunhukanwe top-scored with a 40-ball 34 while a plethora of batsmen got starts but couldn’t convert them into a big knock. Mohammad Hassnain, with figures of 2-19 in four overs, was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan.
One would have hoped that Pakistan wouldn’t break a sweat in their chase of a mere 120 but it turned to be the exact opposite as the Men in Green never got going.
They lost their in-form opener Mohammad Rizwan for an 18-ball 13 in the 6th over and with the middle-order once again falling like a pack of cards, the onus was on skipper Babar Azam to steer the ship to safety.
But, Babar Azam too struggled throughout his stay at the crease, managing a 45-ball 41. His wicket in the 16th over proved to be the turning point as Pakistan proceeded to lose their last seven wickets for a mere 21 runs. Right-arm pacer Luke Jongwe [4/18 in 3.5 overs] proved to be the wrecker-in-chief for Zimbabwe and he was rightly adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’ for his efforts that paved the way for a historic day in Zimbabwe cricket.
This is the second time in the last six months that Zimbabwe has won a white-ball game against Pakistan, having won an ODI via Super Over last winter.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Pakistan’s first-ever defeat to Zimbabwe in a T20I:
Extraordinary stuff. Zimbabwe defend 119 against an experienced Pakistan, bowling them out for just 99.
Congratulations Zimbabwe, a great moment for them.
— CricBlog ✍ (@cric_blog) April 23, 2021
Pakistan cricket team.
— Crap Cricket (@CrapCric) April 23, 2021
Asif Ali last 10 T20Is
Only 1 six hit off 77 balls . #ZIMvPAK
— Rasheed shakoor (@rasheedshakoor) April 23, 2021
Pakistan fail to chase 119 vs Zimbabwe, BUT ITS OKAY! Because all 11 players are fit and that’s all that matters. No need for unfit Azam Khan when you have super fit Asif Ali 👏 #ZIMvPAK
— Haroon (@hazharoon) April 23, 2021
Lowest SR in a T20I innings with 40+ balls for 🇵🇰:
91.1 – 41 (45) – Babar Azam vs 🇿🇼 – TODAY
97.6 – 40 (41) – Babar Azam vs 🇳🇿 – 2018
100 – 50 (50) – Babar Azam vs 🇿🇦 – 2021
100 – 41 (41) – Babar Azam vs 🇳🇿 – 2018
102 – 45 (44) – Babar Azam vs 🇦🇺 – 2018#ZIMvPAK pic.twitter.com/oo0p3pUIuv
— Grassroots Cricket (@grassrootscric) April 23, 2021
How PCT sees Harare cricket stadium. pic.twitter.com/BKmpJ6qpQC
— 𝓢𝓮𝓱𝓻𝓲𝓼𝓱 🇵🇰 (@itsmeSehrish) April 23, 2021
A blur of fiery red at the Harare Sports Club. Nice to see, but the reality check it's given Pakistan this close to the World T20 is hard to overstate #ZIMvPAK
— Danyal Rasool (@Danny61000) April 23, 2021
These sort of defeats are inexcusable, I mean we couldn't get even 100 vs Zim chasing 119 and we had our 1st choice top 4, such a poor performance
— Khurram Aziz (@khurramaziz123) April 23, 2021
Have the respect and applaud that performance from Zimbabwe. Showed great energy and commitment in the field, never gave up…squeezed the greatest batsman in the game and got their thoroughly deserved win. Congratulations 🇿🇼 #ZIMvPAK
— Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) April 23, 2021
Zimbabwe you beauties what a win!! #ZIMvPAK
— Gillian Price (@Gillian_Price) April 23, 2021
— 🅰🅻🅸🅵 (@ahmedalitweets) April 23, 2021
— 𝓢𝓮𝓱𝓻𝓲𝓼𝓱 🇵🇰 (@itsmeSehrish) April 23, 2021
Not sure about the quality of the pitch to produce an entertaining match but outstanding effort from Zimbabwe to get a win here #ZIMvPAK
— Brett Graham (@worldofBG) April 23, 2021
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) April 23, 2021
This is the WORST batting display I have seen from Pakistan in a long, long time. Zimbabwe beat Pakistan for the first time in T20Is after 15 straight losses.
People have been saying that our tail starts from two down and today it was quite evident.#ZIMvPAK
— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) April 23, 2021
— In The Air (@InTheAirACrick1) April 23, 2021
So 23rd April should be called:
— Mohit Bedmutha (@mohitbedmutha) April 23, 2021
Chased 204 in 18 overs vs south africa in South Africa
Couldn't chase 119 against Zimbabwe
Both matches within ten days.
This is Pakistan Cricket. Unpredictable always #ZIMvPAK
— Rao Jee (@raoo512) April 23, 2021
1 – Zimbabwe have just recorded their first ever men's T20I victory over Pakistan; losing all 15 prior encounters against them. Win. #ZIMvPAK
— OptaJim (@OptaJim) April 23, 2021
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) April 23, 2021
Really good by Zim and Jongwe & embarrassing from Pakistan,a nice wake up call with a middle order that hasn’t delivered. #ZIMvPAK
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) April 23, 2021
— aamir (@aamirtweets_) April 23, 2021
So after losing an ODI at home to Zimbabwe, Babar Azam's Pakistan have now lost a T20I to them.
Pakistan's youtube will be lit AF today 🤣
— Yash Mittal 🇮🇳 (@im_yash2307) April 23, 2021
History has been created in Harare 😮
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) April 23, 2021