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Babar, Haider bat Pakistan to Twenty20I Series victory

Skipper Babar Azam continued his white ball exploit with second consecutive half century as Pakistan also claimed Twenty20 International Series against Zimbabwe defeating the visitors by eight wickets in the second match on Sunday.

Chasing Zimbabwe’s below-par 134-7, Babar and Haider Ali aced the Pakistani chase with a century partnership leading the hosts to 137-2 with 29 balls to spare. Pakistan, who also won the ODI Series 2-1, have now inficted 13th consecutive defeats to Zimbabwe in all their meetings in the shorter version of the game.

Haider, who made his debut in Twenty20 Internationals against England two months ago, scored a first half century remaining unbeaten on a 43-ball 66. He hit six fours and three sixes.

Babar had struck a sublime 82 in the first Twenty20 and the youngster maintained his form striking eight fours and a six in a 28-ball 51. When the Pakistani captain was dismissed as second victim of Blessing Muzarabi, the hosts were just 25 runs away from victory.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has continued to make runs for his team in white ball cricket. PHOTO: ICC

Babar had the scores of 71 not out and 125 in the ODI series against Zimbabwe. Earlier, Haris Rauf took the first two Zimbabwe wickets before spinners took a complete control of the game.

Usman Qadir specially stemmed the run flow for the Zimbabweans with three important middle order wickets including that of impressive Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza (7) and Elton Chigumbura (18). He returned the figures of 3-23 from four overs.

Ryan Burl top scored with a 22-ball 32 and Madhevere chipped in 25 off 22. He hit three fours and a six. Rauf took 3-31 from four overs for Pakistan.

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