Zimbabwe beat Pakistan by one in the T20 World Cup on Thursday, dealing a major blow to the latter’s chances of reaching the semi-finals of the tournament. Last Sunday, Pakistan suffered a four-wicket loss to rivals India in their T20 World Cup opener; After losing to Zimbabwe, Pakistan will not only win all their remaining games but also hope that certain results will go in their favor among the other matches in their group.
Sikandar Raza was the hero with the ball for Zimbabwe as he picked three crucial wickets during his runs, including Shan Masood, while Brad Evans, who bowled in the latter part of the match, did brilliantly under pressure to register. numbers 2/25 on four pages.
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After the game, Raza was named the player of the match and also attended the post-match press conference. The first question put to Raza was about his confidence in Zimbabwe’s ability to win the game. “Are you beginning to believe when this match will come to you?” the journalist asked Sikandar.
The Zimbabwean all-rounder gave a rather wild response. “Before the first ball was hit. I personally thought I was 15-20 runs short, but I really believed in this group of boys. We knew if we pitched well, took our chances and lost the big two, we could really win this game. The way Ngarawa and Mbunu (Blessings of Muzarabani) started the first two overs, then of course we had early wickets,” Raza said.
Asked if Zimbabwe could make it to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup, Raza said the side will take it one match at a time.
“We take it one game at a time. All our strength was in Pakistan, now we are moving to Bangladesh. We do our analysis, take it one game at a time. But, inshallah, we believe in this group of guys. We have opened this group to everyone. Anyone who plays good cricket can win,” said Raza.