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20th of August 2018

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Pakistan oust Zimbabwe

Pakistan knocked Zimbabwe out of the Twenty20 tri-series in Harare in a closely-fought encounter on Wednesday, beating the hosts by seven wickets with five deliveries to spare.

Opener Fakhar Zaman top-scored for Pakistan with 47 before captain Sarfraz Ahmed overcame a spirited Zimbabwean fightback and saw his side home with an unbeaten 38.

Their efforts meant that Zimbabwean all-rounder Solomon Mire's bellicose earlier innings earlier went in vain.

Mire struck 94, the highest score by a Zimbabwean in Twenty20 internationals, but Zimbabwe's 162 for 4 was not enough to overcome the world's top-ranked T20 side.

Zaman said Pakistan was always confident they could pull off a successful chase.

"We have a very deep batting line-up, so we were confident we could chase it," he said.

Pakistan given a rapid start by Zaman and fellow opener Haris Sohail, who took 56 from the Powerplay.

Pakistan assured a place in Sunday's final against Australia.

SCORES IN BRIEF             

ZIMBABWE: 162 for 4 in 20 overs (Zhuwao 24, Mire 94, Musakanda 33; Amir 1-25, Talat 1-10)

PAKISTAN: 163 for 3 in 19.1 overs (Zaman 47, Talat 44, Ahmed 38 not out; Mire 1-15)

Result: Pakistan won by seven wickets.

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