Zimbabwe beat Pakistan for the first time in a T20 international on Friday as Luke Jongwe starred with a four-wicket haul at Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe, which is ranked 12th in the ICC T20 Rankings successfully defended a modest total of 118 to pull off an upset 19-run win. As a result,they leveled the 3-match series 1-1.
On a slow surface, right-arm medium pacer Jongwe (4-18) wreaked havoc as Zimbabwe bowled out Pakistan for 99 in 19.5 overs. Notably, Jongwe made his comeback to the Zimbabwe team in this series after a five-year absence due to eye and head injuries. He took the crucial wickets of openers to derail Pakistan's chase.
Jongwe's extra-ordinary performance in the field has now brought a 4-year-old tweet from him back to the fore. In which, the all-rounder had expressed his desire to play in the biggest T20 tournament of the world- IPL. He had written, "One day I will play IPL," back in 2017. Although Jongwe's dream of playing in the IPL may never be fulfilled due to the high level of competition among the players. Jongwe can still hold his head high for his superlative performance against India's arch-rivals.
WATCH: Luke Jongwe's Hilarious ‘Shoe-Calling’ Celebration
Jongwe celebrated the key wickets of Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam with a dramatic ‘boot’ celebration. Similar to Proteas spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, Jongwe removed his boot and made an imaginary phone-call before he was congratulated by his jubilant team-mates. After watching Jongwe's celebration, even Shamsi took to Twitter to share his views on the same.
The series will be decided on Sunday, 25 April at the same venue. After the T20 series, Zimbabwe and Pakistan will also play two Tests in Harare, beginning on April 29. The hosts will be fired up to win their first T20I series against Pakistan. Meanwhile, the visitors will be looking to take revenge for their shock loss.