Tense Final Day In Store In Harare

Misbah-ul-Haq will be the key to the outcome of the second Test in Harare.
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Zimbabwe 294 & 199 (Rahat Ali 5-52) v
Pakistan 230 & 158-5 (Manzoor 54)
Second Test, Harare, day four

The second Test between Pakistan and Zimbabwe remains impossible to call heading into the final day. The home side require five wickets as their bowlers led a fightback after they had collapsed in their second innings. Pakistan, meanwhile, need a further 106 runs and themselves struggled after Khurram Manzoor had departed for a fluent 54.

The visitors, however, didn’t have it all their own way early on in their second innings after Rahat Ali had helped end the Zimbabwe second innings at 199 by returning figures of five for 52. Mohammad Hafeez added another failure to an ever-lengthening list when he flicked lazily to Brian Vitori at mid-on off Tendai Chatara. Chatara then had the new batsman, Azhar Ali, bowled for a duck to make it 46 for two.

All this time, Manzoor had been playing fluently at the other end. He raced to 50 off just 62 balls after tea and added 44 for the third-wicket with Younus Khan. Unfortunately, both were removed in quick succession, with Manzoor caught off Prosper Utseya and Vitori then getting the key wicket of Younus when he was on 29.

Utseya then had Asad Shafiq caught by wicket-keeper Richmond Mutumbami to keep the match evenly poised heading into the final day. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq will surely be the key to the outcome and is unbeaten on 26. Despite sometimes being criticised by Pakistani fans for his slow scoring, he remains a high class Test batsman.

Rahat Ali was another who came in for criticism ahead of this match, but he responded in fine fashion this morning. Zimbabwe would have hoped to build a lead of over 300 but they lost regular wickets after resuming on 121 for four.

Vusi Sibanda was caught behind when he had made just 10, with remaining batsmen Malcolm Waller and Elton Chigumbura then sent packing for just three apiece. Captain Brendan Taylor followed shortly afterwards, and it was only thanks to a useful 29 from Mutumbami that the hosts managed to push the lead over 250.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results
23rd August: 1st T20I, Harare
PAK 161-5 beat ZIM 136-5 by 25 runs
24th August: 2nd T20I, Harare
PAK 179-1 beat ZIM 160-6 by 19 runs
27th August: 1st ODI, Harare
ZIM 246-3 beat PAK 244-7 by 7 wickets
29th August: 2nd ODI, Harare
PAK 299-4 beat ZIM 209 by 90 runs
31st August: 3rd ODI, Harare
PAK 260-6 beat ZIM 152 by 108 runs
3rd-7th September: 1st Test, Harare
PAK 249 & 419-9d beat ZIM 327 & 120 by 221 runs
10th-14th September: 2nd Test, Harare
ZIM 294 & 199 beat PAK 230 & 239 by 24 runs