Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 1st Test: Pakistan bowlers undo Zimbabwe batsmen on Day 1
Pakistan are fully in charge of the 1st Test against Zimbabwe, at the Harare Sports Club, Harare, at the close of play on day one, today.
Zimbabwe 176 (59.1 ov)
Pakistan 103/0 (30 ov)
Close of Play - Pakistan trail Zimbabwe by 73 runs
Match Report - Salim Parvez
Dominant Pakistan take charge in Harare
The two-Test series between Zimbabwe and Pakistan kicked off on a pleasant April morning at the Harare Sports Club and the opening day could not have gone any better for the tourists for at the close they had reached 103-0, having cleaned up their opponents for 176.
Captain Brendan Taylor, the only white player in the Zimbabwe playing eleven, took the option of batting first on a dry brown wicket. He was asked to stand-in after Sean Williams, was ruled out due to illness. Taylor previously had led his country to a famous 24-run Test win against Pakistan in 2013 at this very ground and today took charge with three Test debutantes. Thirty-five-year old Langton Rusere, became the first coloured Zimbabwean to stand as an umpire in a Test match. Sajid Khan, the off-spinner from KPK, was awarded a Test cap this morning, picked ahead of wrist spinner Zahid Mahmood.
After the loss of both openers – Kevin Ksuza and Prince Masvaure - within the first hour, Taylor walked in the 9th over with score on 18-2. The next four overs were maiden and Babar Azam had also brought in the slow left-arm spin of Nauman Ali as first change and drinks were taken at 20-2 (14 overs). It was cautious start. By lunch Pakistan had captured two more wickets with the total having progressed to 59.
Pakistan bowlers continued to make inroads in the post-lunch session. Roy Kaia, in his first Test hit 48 and was easily the best batsman of his side whilst top-scoring. His 59-run stand with fellow debutante Milton Shumba (27) was broken through a needless run out. He was the sixth wicket to fall on 124 after which there was an unbeaten 28 from Donald Tiripano. Shaheen Afridi, after a wicket in his opening spell of 126.96.36.199, was simply too good for the tail-enders as he hit the stumps on three occasions, to finish with 4-43. The tall left-arm pace bowler, also claimed his 50th wicket in his 16th Test, showing great commitment ever since he made his debut in the 2018-19 winter. Hasan Ali was not far from him by claiming 4-53 as Zimbabwe were bowled out in 59.1 overs, before tea. A disappointing start for the home side, as the batsmen squandered an opportunity to bat on a first day wicket.
Both Pakistan openers – Abid Ali and Imran Butt – have been short of runs in the last two Test series against New Zealand and South Africa. It was an ideal opportunity to justify their inclusion against a less-than-formidable Zimbabwe bowling resources. By the close the pair had batted for 30 overs, without being separated and Pakistan now trail by 73 runs with all ten wickets in hand. A tough day ahead for Taylor’s men, when Abid (56) and Imran Butt (43), resumed the innings on the second morning. With two slip catches and a role in a run out, Imran Butt would not have much to complain about.
Match Day Highlights
Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat and were bowled out for just 176 in their 1st Innings - Shaheen Afridi 4-43 and Hasan Ali 4-53 doing the major damage with the ball.
Zimbabwe Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Kevin Kasuza - 1.5 ov), 2-18 (Prince Masvaure - 8.5 ov), 3-30 (Tarisai Musakanda - 17.1 ov), 4-30 (Brendan Taylor - 18.2 ov), 5-89 (Milton Shumba - 35.6 ov), 6-124 (Roy Kaia - 46.5 ov), 7-127 (Regis Chakabva - 48.4 ov), 8-141 (Tendai Chisoro - 52.5 ov), 9-164 (Blessing Muzarabani - 55.6 ov), 10-176 (Richard Ngarava - 59.1 ov)
Pakistan closed the day's play on 102-0 with the not out openers Imran Butt 42* and Abid Ali 56*.
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
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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