Thursday 17 January 2008 

PCB Patron's XI Wrap Up Innings Victory Over Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe 209 (Taylor 64) & 236 (Maruma 71, Samiullah Khan 5-42)
PCB Patron's XI 479-6 declared (Nasir Jamsheed 182)
PCB Patron's XI won by an innings and 34 runs

As expected, the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) Patron's XI secured an innings and 34-run victory over Zimbabwe on the final day of their four-day tour match in Karachi.

There was little to cheer from the tourists' point of view, although Timycen Maruma hit 71 from 104 balls to delay the inevitable.

They had resumed on 111 for six and swiftly lost another wicket before Maruma and Gary Brent (31) put together a stand of 96 for the eighth wicket.

Shahid Afridi ended Maruma's 101-ball effort before Samiullah Khan picked up a five-wicket haul with the final wicket, that of Christopher Mpofu with Zimbabwe all out for 236 in their second innings.

Zimbabwe scored 209 in their first innings before the PCB side piled on 479 for six declared.

Despite the defeat, Zimbabwe coach Robin Brown remains confident that a return to Test cricket is not too far away for the African side.

"There are some positives from this match and I think we are not too far away from competing at Test level," he said.

"It was disappointing to get out for 209, but I am happy that the batsmen spent more time in the middle the second time and that's what is needed at Test level," he added.

Zimbabwe now play five one-day internationals against Pakistan, the first of which takes place on January 21st in Karachi.

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