International Cricket Council (ICC) has fined Zimbabwe for slow over-rate during their match against Pakistan on Wednesday (July 4) in Harare.
As a result, ICC handed skipper Hamilton Maakadza a fine of 20 percent of his match fees. Furthermore, the rest of the team copped a fine of 10 percent each.
Meanwhile, the hosts were guilty of an over short of the target after taking time allowances into consideration. On-field umpires Langton Rusere and Iknow Chabi, the third umpire Russell Tiffin and the fourth umpire Jeremiah Matibiri labelled the charges against them. However, match referee Jeff Crowe imposed the fine after Masakadza pleaded guilty.
If Zimbabwe, under the captaincy of Masakadza, commits another over-rate offence in the next 12 months, Masakadza will face suspension.
The hosts, however, lost the match after posting 162 runs on the board banking on Solomon Mire’s 94. He was the standalone batsman in that line-up clobbering six boundaries and six sixes in his innings. Tarisai Musakanda provided some support chipping in with 33 runs from 22 deliveries.
However, in reply, the Pakistani top-order contributed significantly to chase down the target without any problem. Fakhar Zaman topped the scoring list as Pakistan reached the target with five balls to spare.
Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed remained unbeaten on 38 runs while Shoaib Malik contributed with 12 runs to see their team home.
Thus, Pakistan will clash off with Australia in the final of the T20I tri-series on July 7 (Sunday).