"We have selected a squad after analysing the performance in New Zealand and areas of improvement are identified." Fast bowler Hasan Ali has regained fitness from his back problem and returns two years after last playing a test match against South Africa in 2019.
Allrounder Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Rizwan were dropped off successive deliveries before featuring in a 52-run sixth-wicket stand which guided the home team to 129-6 in the second innings at stumps.
Iftikhar Ahmed spun a web around Zimbabwe's batsmen with figures of 5-40 to wreck them for a paltry 206 before Azam knocked an attractive 74-ball 77 not out to chase down the target in 35.2 overs.
Rizwan made an unbeaten 74 as Pakistan chased down a target of 189 with one ball to spare. Their previous highest T20 chase was 188 against Australia in Harare in 2018.
"You have to have a surprise package if you want to compete against Australia in Australia and these two fast bowlers (Musa and Naseem) have a very good attitude towards fast bowling," Misbah said on Monday.
With the image going viral on social media, the International Cricket Council (ICC) also took note of it and shared the picture on its official twitter handle.
No mercy was shown by Australia’s opening pair of Aaron Finch and David Warner, who ran riot as the hosts handed Pakistan a 10-wicket mauling in Perth to wrap up their
Steve Smith smashed an unbeaten 80 off 51 balls and led Australia to a thumping seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the second Twenty20 on Tuesday.
After being left frustrated by persistent showers in the opening match, Australia will be looking to get back to their winning ways in the second T20I on Tuesday.