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Zimbabwe shock Pakistan with 19-run win in second T20 international in Harare

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Zimbabwe’s score of 118-9 is the lowest total successfully defended in a T20 international in Harare, with it also serving as the home side’s first win over Pakistan in their past 15 T20Is; Luke Jongwe claims 4-18 as the visitors are bowled out for 99

Zimbabwe beat Pakistan in the second T20I in Harare to level the series at 1-1 going into Sunday's decicder

Zimbabwe beat Pakistan in the second T20I in Harare to level the series at 1-1 going into Sunday’s decicder

Zimbabwe pulled off a shock 19-run win over Pakistan, successfully defending 118 to win the second T20 international in Harare and level the three-match series at 1-1.

Zimbabwe were sent into bat first, and despite a feisty 34 from Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, posted only a paltry 118-9 as wickets tumbled at regular intervals.

But Pakistan, who beat South Africa 3-1 in a four-match series earlier this month, fell short in a laboured chase and were ultimately bowled out for 99.

    Second T20I scorecard: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan

Luke Jongwe emerged as the home hero as he took the important wickets of Mohammad Rizwan (13) and touring captain Babar Azam (41) to finish with fine figures of 4-18.

It was the lowest total defended in a T20 international in Harare and a first win for Zimbabwe over Pakistan in their past 15 T20Is.

Zimbabwe bowled with accuracy and fielded without mistakes to make up for a poor performance in Wednesday’s first T20 and set up a deciding contest in the last of the three-match series on Sunday.

“It was a big turnaround for us after the first game,” stand-in skipper Brendan Taylor said afterwards.

“I’d be lying if I said I was confident after our batting, but we dug deep and managed to squeeze Pakistan and our commitment and determination got us over the line.”

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