‘Our commitment and dedication got us over the line’ – Brendan Taylor

‘Our commitment and dedication got us over the line’ – Brendan Taylor

Zimbabwe wicket-keeper batsman Brendan Taylor has said the ‘commitment and dedication’ from his side got them over the line against Pakistan.

Zimbabwe had shocked Pakistan when they handed their opposition a 19-run defeat in the second T20I as well as leveling the three-match series 1-1. This also gave Zimbabwe their first-ever win over Pakistan in T20Is.

“Our commitment and determination got us over the line,” said Taylor as quoted by herald.co.zw. “A big turnaround from the first game. That’s all you can ask for, from your players. I think they were very professional in the field and the bowling. They had clear minds and executed their plans brilliantly, so I couldn’t have asked for more today.”

Taylor, who had to miss out the first game due to gastrointestinal infection, said the plan was to dig deep and squeeze the opposition, which Zimbabwe successfully did with their constant pressure. “I can’t say I was confident but, with the character shown within the first half, I thought well we have a half chance. So we had to dig deep and we managed to squeeze Pakistan.”

Taylor also mentioned that the batsmen from his side needed to improve and put up a better show in the powerplay and carry momentum from that point. “As a batting unit, we need to fire a little bit better in the Powerplay; get a decent start and then that takes off the pressure on the middle order. I think we need more partnerships to get over 140-150 runs.”

All-rounder Luke Jongwe, who was the architect-in-chief of Zimbabwe’s stunning win with his four wickets, dedicated the victory to the Zimbabwean nation during the tough times of COVID-19.

“Firstly, I want to thank the Almighty God for this victory and my teammates for this achievement,” he said. “This one is for the 15 million Zimbabweans. In these Covid-19 times, I hope we have given you something you can cheer about.’’

Pakistan and Zimbabwe will go head-to-head in the final T20I on April 25. 

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