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Zimbabwe v Pakistan 2nd Test Day 3: Pakistan on course for an innings win

A maiden five-wicket haul by Nauman Ali (5-86) has taken Pakistan closer to an overwhelming victory on the third day of the second Test of the series against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club. 

Match Summary

Zimbabwe 132/10 (60.4 ov) & *220/9 (63 ov)

Pakistan 510/8d (147.1 ov)

Day Break : Day 3 Session 3, Zimbabwe trail by 158 runs.


Match report by Salim Parvez

Pakistan on course of an innings win

A maiden five-wicket haul by Nauman Ali (5-86) has taken Pakistan closer to an overwhelming victory on the third day of the second Test of the series against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club. The home side following-on, only have one second-innings wicket intact, but still 158 runs behind to avoid an innings defeat. Bad light prevented Pakistan, in claiming an extra half hour to wrap up the match and the series.

Having seen Zimbabwe slump to 52-4 the previous evening, Pakistan captain Babar Azam, had every reason to attack from the word go on the third morning. In doing so he was rewarded with the wicket of left-handed Tendai Chisoro, caught low at second slip by Imran Butt off Hasan Ali, on the fourth ball of the day. Not long after, a sharp head-high catch to his right at first slip by Abid Ali, accounted for Chakabva, who with 33 to his name, had been the only batsman to stand tall against Pakistan. Hasan was on the roll now and send back Luke Jongwe, bowled without offering a stroke. Zimbabwe now seven wickets down for 77, cut a sorry figure, all before the first drinks break.

There was a case of easy pickings for both Tabish Khan and Sajid Khan – two new men on international scene. Tabish bowled five maiden overs on the trot and Zimbabwe, not helped by Roy Kaia batting with an injured knee, finally got to the 100 mark in 50.5 overs. It was certainly slow going. Flighting the ball against lower order batsmen, Sajid chipped in with a couple of wickets. Zimbabwe were all out for 132, and Hasan Ali, with a career-best 5-27, leading his side out. Trailing by 378 runs, the hosts were asked to follow-on.

Zimbabwe second innings commenced after the lunch break. Shaheen Afridi dismissed Musakanda and showed plenty of fire in his opening six-over spell. The 50 of the innings came in the 18th over bowled by Sajid that featured two massive sixes and a four, all over long-on, from wicket-keeper Chakabwa. At the other end, Hasan bowling at a lively pace, gave away just a solitary run, in his six-over burst. Arriving at 63-2, Brendan Taylor was in no mood to hang around and with the help of five boundaries was on 24 off just 15 balls, at the tea and the score having sped to 98-2 in no time. Zimbabwe still trailed by 280 runs.

With a straight six off Nauman Ali, Chakabva, reached his fifth fifty off 71 balls and also crossed the 1000-runs mark. As a wicket-keeper, who bats at No.3 for one of the bottom of the table sides, he has done well. Taylor carried on playing positive role, including some innovative white-ball strokes, without being reckless. He was out for 49 off 31 balls, when caught down the leg-side off Shaheen, A touch unlucky to leave his team on 142-3, after adding 79 for the 3rd wicket in 15 overs in an exciting passage of play.

Chakabva chose the wrong ball to hit out and was snapped at first slip off Nauman, having batted  superbly for his 80 (137 balls) which included 13 fours and two sixes. He missed out on a maiden Test hundred. Nauman, added two more wickets to leave Zimbabwe 196-7 and break their resistance. Supported with attacking field placings, Shaheen was on target with his fuller length deliveries and knocked over two tail-enders on successive balls and has figures of 4-45 off 17 overs.


Playing XIs

Zimbabwe - Kevin Kasuza, Tarisai Musakanda, Regis Chakabva(wk), Brendan Taylor(c), Milton Shumba, Roy Kaia, Tendai Chisoro, Luke Jongwe, Donald Tiripano, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava

Pakistan - Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam(c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Hassan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Tabish Khan, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan

Match Details

Start Time: 08:30

Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare

Officials: Langton Rusere, Marais Erasmus, Iknow Chabi, Forster Mutizwa, Andrew Pycroft

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