Pakistan only managed 33 for one after the power-play and lost Mohammad Hafeez (17) the next over.
After winning the toss and electing to bat on a slow wicket, Pakistan posted 6 for 136 in the team’s 20 overs, the same total from Monday’s (AEST) first match when it won by 13 runs.
While Sohaib Maqsood anchored the innings with a run-a-ball 26 only Akmal and Wasim were able to take the attack to the hosts.
Akmal (38 not out) started with two consecutive fours and gave the innings a few much needed impetus taking Pakistan to 109 for four after 15 overs. Captain Shahid Afridi is eyeing series win against Zimbabwe.
The chase began on a shaky note for Zimbabwe as it was the third over, with just seven runs on the board, opening batsman Chamu Chibhabha was dismissed for mere three after he was trapped leg before off fast-bowler Sohail Tanvir.
Zimbabwe, in reply, slipped to 24 for 4 before Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza (36) added run-a-ball 60 for the fifth wicket to bring the chase back on track.
Pakistan’s batsman Shoaib Malik (C) in action as Zimbabwe’s wicket keeper Richmond Mutumbami looks on (L) during the first of two T20 cricket matches between Pakistan and Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on September 27, 2015.
Pakistan’s’ victory in the series-opener was largely built around spinner Imad Wasim’s magical four-wicket haul.
Elton Chigumbura (17) got down to business immediately with two sixes in two balls taking the equation to 38 off the last 18. Pakistan is leading the series by 1-0. Pakistan should have scored 170-180 in both matches because Zimbabwe don’t have any top-class bowler in their ranks.