Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman gets the first fifty on the tri nation t20 tournament here in Zimbabwe. The opening game of the series is on its way and Pakistan after winning the toss is batting first. The wicket looks good for batting with a few balls doing something troublesome for the batters. Fakhar played well for his fifty. At the start he was clearly struggling not finding the middle of the bat. His first few shots clearly did not come of the middle of his bat. A few edges flew over the heads of the fielders else he could have been out as well. Pakistan needs him till the end. It has to be him to finish the innings on a high note. There is no other batter who can do it because at the moment he is on fifty runs and hence it has to be him. The others can contribute with their cameos now and not a massive innings.
Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bowl first. This clearly suggested that the wicket the good batting track. No one opts to bowl first in a t20 if the wicket is not batters friendly. Hafeez could not make much of a difference and was out early. He played a rash shot and eventually paid the price with his wicket. Fakhar was looking edgy but later he restored his batting and started hitting the ball with the middle of the bat. This innings from him is a good one. Fakhar first boundary was a six straight down the ground. This was a great hit from the left hander. He danced to the pitch of the ball here. The ball did turn a bit but Fakhar covered that spin really well and hit the ball hard and long. He made sure that he went through with the shot and did not try to block this ball.
Fakhar then hit another six. This was a short ball and he went for the pull shot. It seems the ball hit the top edge of his bat and not the middle. It went a long way in the air and eventually had the legs to carry over the boundary line for a six. This did not sound conventional but did the trick for the left hander. Then came another six and a four in the next over. Both the shots were hit straight from Fakhar. Twice he came down the track and was able to hit the ball from the middle and gain the runs he needed. Pakistan is moving well here courtesy to some excellent batting from the left hander. If he stays till the end then certainly Pakistan has got the chance they need to get to a handsome total against the home side. A good total is always good for the bowlers we know that.