Mawoyo Frustrates Pakistan As Zimbabwe Start Well

Mawayo Frustrates Pakistan As Zimbabwe Start Well
Mawayo Frustrates Pakistan As Zimbabwe Start Well
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Zimbabwe 245-4 (Mawayo 82no, Saeed Ajmal 3-75) v Pakistan
Only Test, Bulawayo

Tino Mawoyo batted throughout the opening day of the only Test between Zimbabwe and Pakistan in Bulawayo, closing on 82 not out as the home side reached 245 for four.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and decided to bowl first but Zimbabwe countered to set themselves an excellent platform with Mawayo leading the way.

He played patiently, facing 273 balls and hitting ten fours, anchoring the innings as Pakistan struggled to break through, aside from Saeed Ajmal, who returned three for 75, and Sohail Khan, who removed Tatenda Taibu for 44.

Zimbabwe made a fast start, with Vusi Sibanda swiftly making Pakistan's decision to bowl first look a questionable one before he and Mawayo slowed down a little and after Sibanda fell for 45 in 66 balls, Zimbabwe reached lunch at 73 for one.

Hamilton Masakadza (11) and Brendan Taylor (10) then fell cheaply as Ajmal began to turn things Pakistan's way. He first removed Sibanda, stumped by Adnan Akmal before bowling Masakadza and having Taylor trapped in front.

Taibu then added 65 with Mawayo for the fourth wicket, himself hitting six fours in 70 balls before faling to Sohail, caught behind by Akmal.

Unbeaten alongside Mawayo at stumps was Craig Ervine, who had hit 38 in 80 balls with six fours.

Pakistan handed debuts to Aizaz Cheema and Junaid Khan while Zimbabwe drafted in Greg Lamb for his first Test.

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