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Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 1st Test Day 2: Pakistan in complete control over Zimbabwe

Pakistan batted themselves into a winning position on day two of the 1st Test against Zimbabwe, at the Harare Sports Club, Harare, today.

 

Match Summary

Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe 176/10 (59.1 ov)

Pakistan *374/6 (120 ov)

Day 2 - Pakistan lead by 198 runs

Scorecard

Match Report – Salim Parvez

Fawad’s hundred strengthens Pakistan grip

Apart from a wobble in the middle session, Pakistan line-up was up to the challenge in securing a first innings lead of 198 runs at close on the second day against Zimbabwe at Harare. With Fawad Alam still at the crease, he is capable of adding more misery to the opposition.

Pakistan openers – Abid Ali and Imran Butt – resumed their 103-run stand and faced a disciplined Zimbabwe bowling that only allowed them 13 runs in the first hour. Abid departed whilst attempting an off drive, without getting to the pitch of the slow left-armer Tendai Chisoro with 60 (10 fours) to his name, after applying so well. His partner Imran reached his maiden fifty off 132 balls and had reached 71 at lunch with Pakistan having moved to 162-1.

After lunch Zimbabwe bowlers picked up the wickets of Azhar Ali (36) and Babar Azam for his first golden duck in Test – both to poor strokes induced by paceman Donald Tiripano – and Pakistan were 182-3. Nine short of what would have been a maiden hundred in his third Test match, Imran was caught behind to the 236th ball he faced, having hit seven fours. His dismissal brought the two in-form batsmen – Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan – to the crease. By tea the pair had taken the score to 261-4, a first innings lead of 85 runs.

In the post-tea session, Fawad and Rizwan, chose the right ball to play strokes and ran well during their stand worth 107 that went a long way in steering Pakistan to a commanding position. Rizwan’s contribution was worth 45 runs and he once again justified his promotion to the crucial number six batting slot in red-ball cricket. The left-handed Fawad reads the situation well and has become the backbone of his team’s middle order. Since being out of international scene for more than a decade, he has returned to score three Test hundreds. Overall he has converted each of his four fifties to three figures, quite unusual at this level of the game.

Today in Harare, Fawad refused to go into a shell, and kept a sensible tempo to his innings, whilst finding the gaps regularly.  He hit two boundaries against the second new ball, surprisingly taken after 105.2 overs. On 93, he hit two successive fours to reach three figures. At close he was unbeaten on 108 off 155 balls with 16 fours to his name, though having shown signs of hand cramps. Hasan Ali swung the bat in his usual merry way and his unbeaten 21 off 18 balls with a four and two clean hits for sixes, bodes well for the third morning.

Pakistan closed the day on 374-6 having scored 113 runs in 29 overs in the final session. Tripiano was the best of Zimbabwe’s bowlers with figures of 3-89 on a day of hard toil.  

Match Day Highlights

Pakistan batted themselves into a winning position on day two of the 1st Test.

Pakistan Fall of wickets: 1-115 (Abid Ali - 44.2 ov), 2-176 (Azhar Ali - 63.6 ov), 3-182 (Babar Azam - 65.1 ov), 4-226 (Imran Butt - 82.1 ov), 5-333 (Mohammad Rizwan - 112.5 ov), 6-334 (Faheem Ashraf - 113.6 ov)

Playing XIs

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

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

 

Match Details

Start Time: 08:30

Toss: Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare

Officials: Langton Rusere, Marais Erasmus, Iknow Chabi, Christopher Phiri, Andrew Pycroft

 

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