Pakistan leave it late again

After Friday's close call, Pakistan left it late again to claim a 2-0 series victory over Zimbabwe.

Pakistan left it late once again as they wrapped up a Twenty20 International series victory over Zimbabwe with a two-wicket win in Lahore.

The hosts scraped victory in the opening match of the double-header on Friday with a Shahid Afridi boundary three balls from the end of the fixture, and required one more delivery to put the series to bed on Sunday.

Vusi Sibanda (49) and Sean Williams (58 not out) had shone as Zimbabwe set Pakistan a target of 176, but Bilawal Bhatti (13 not out) was on hand to deny the tourists following good work by Mukhtar Ahmed (62).

The 23-year-old Bhatti hit 10 runs in the final over to wrap up the win for Pakistan in their first series on home soil since 2009.

As in the first match, Zimbabwe batted first and Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza (39) combined for a useful opening stand of 68.

Willams stepped in to maintain those standards after Masakadza had been caught at long on, while captain Elton Chigumbura later chipped in with 21.

Charles Coventry hit the final two runs as Zimbabwe finished on 175-3 and, after making early progress through Ahmed Shehzad (18), Mukhtar and debutant Nauman Anwar (18), the Pakistan innings threatened to unravel as it had done on Friday.

Umar Akmal's 30 was a rare ray of light as wickets began to tumble at an alarming rate - Shoaib Malik (7), Afridi (7), Mohammad Rizwan (6) and Anwar Ali (2) failed to make it beyond single figures.

But Imad Wasim (4 not out), another debutant, and Bhatti held firm to earn Pakistan yet another thrilling victory with two balls unused - the latter finding the boundary off a Brian Vitori (1-36) delivery for the winning four.

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