Captain's knock from Babar spurs Pakistan

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Captain Babar Azam hit a fluent half-century and spurred Pakistan to a six-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in their Twenty20 international.

Azam made 82 off 55 balls to reach his 15th half century in Twenty20s as Pakistan eased to 4-157 in 18.5 overs for a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Mohammad Hafeez scored 36 off 32 balls, sharing an 80-run stand with Babar as fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani finished with 2-26.

Earlier, 20-year-old Wesley Madhevere hit nine fours and a six to in his unbeaten 70 but Pakistan's pace still restricted Zimbabwe to 6-156.

Elton Chigumbura, who will retire after the series ends on Tuesday, made a quickfire 21 off 13 balls, but Zimbabwe's top order struggled to accelerate against pacemen Haris Rauf (2-25), Wahab Riaz (2-37) and Mohammad Hasnain (1-25).

The second match will be played on Sunday before Zimbabwe, who lost the ODI series 2-1, wrap up their limited-overs tour to Pakistan on Tuesday.