1st T20: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 25 runs

Last Updated: Fri, Aug 23, 2013 17:45 hrs

Harare: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 25 runs in the first Twenty20 international on Friday as Shahid Afridi ripped through a home batting line-up that never got close to the tourists' 161-5.

Afridi took 3-25 and Zimbabwe struggled to 136-5 in their reply. Afridi also earlier made 23 not out with the bat, while opener Ahmed Shehzad top-scored for Pakistan with 70 from just 50 balls.

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor was 32 not out in the chase but the home batsmen couldn't launch an attack after opener Vusi Sibanda fell to Afridi for 31. The leg-spinner removed Elton Chigumbura's middle stump for his third wicket to make certain of Pakistan's tour-opening victory in the first of two T20 games.

The teams also will contest three ODIs and two tests.

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