Pakistan: 179 for 1 in 20 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 98*, Mohammad Hafeez 54*)
Zimbabwe: 160 for 6 in 20 overs (Hamilton Masakadza 41, Mohammad Hafeez 3-30, Zulfiqar Babar 2-21)
Pakistan won by 19 runs.
As he did in the first Twenty20 International match against Pakistan on Friday, Brendan Taylor won the toss again on Saturday, in the second and final match.
But that was all that Zimbabwe won at the Harare Sports Club, as Pakistan accepted the invitation to go in first and went on to bat the hosts out of the game, and with that the series.
Ahmed Shehzad led the way with an unbeaten 98 that saw him earn his second consecutive player of the match award, leaving him without a challenger for the player of the series prize.
The 21-year old opener also made several entries into the record books on his way to helping Pakistan to finish their 20 overs on 179 for one. His total of six is the most sixes by a Pakistani in a T20 innings. His 98* is a career-best for himself that beat his previous of 70 set the previous day but, more importantly, is the highest T20 knock by a Pakistani batsman, beating Misbah-ul-Haq’s unbeaten 87 made against Bangladesh in Karachi in 2008.
Shehzad’s second-wicket stand of 143 with captain Mohammad Hafeez (54*) is the highest T20 partnership by a Pakistani pair.
Nasir Jamshed’s was the only wicket to fall in the Pakistan innings. The opener failed to deal with a Shingirai Masakadza delivery and Elton Chigumbura was good with a running catch at mid-off. He went for 23 runs.
Then came the Zimbabwe chase: another tale of a target that could be reached, a chase that seemed on track, batsmen not occupying the crease long enough and in the end the reality of being so near and yet so far.
Hamilton Masakadza looked good but as he has done several times in his 28-cap T20 International career, failed to do what Shehzad did today in his 15th T20 International outing. When the 30-year old opener was caught by Umar Amin off the bowling of Hafeez after a 32-ball 41 which had four fours and one six, that put the brakes in the Zimbabwe chase.
Chigumbura did try with an unbeaten 35 off 19 balls and Sean Williams 25 runs but try was all it was as Zimbabwe could only manage 160 runs in their 20 overs.
Zimbabwe and Pakistan will now play three One-Day International matches at Harare Sports Club, with the first one on Tuesday, the second on Thursday and the final one on Saturday, before the tour moves on to Test matches.