25 May 2015

Pakistan pip Zimbabwe to clinch T20 series

8:29 am on 25 May 2015

Pakistan edged Zimbabwe by two wickets in the second and final Twenty20 cricket international this morning to

clinch the series 2-nil at a boisterous Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Needing 12 runs off the last over, number 10 batsman Bilawal Bhatti clobbered a six, ran for two and hit a four to seal a victory with two balls to spare and clinch the series that marked international cricket's return to the country.

Zimbabwe had earlier posted a strong 175-3 after Vusi Sibanda (49) and Hamilton Masakadza (39) gave them a strong start and Sean Williams scored an unbeaten 58 off 32 balls.

Mukhtar Ahmed topscored for Pakistan with 62, while Umar Akmal contributed 30 but it was Bhatti's unbeaten 13 off five balls which hauled Pakistan over the line.

At the presentation ceremony Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said he was pleased both matches went without any issues and thanked the crowd, who demonstrated their keenness to witness international cricket again.

Six years after an attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore left six Pakistani policemen and a van driver dead, Zimbabwe became the first test-playing nation to tour the country for a limited overs series.

Lahore hosts all three matches of the one-day series starting on Wednesday.