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Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 2nd Test: Pakistan win by an innings and 147 runs

Pakistan took the last remaining Zimbabwe wicket this morning to win the 2nd Test and the series 2-0, at the Harare Sports Club, Harare.

 

Match Summary

Zimbabwe 132/10 (60.4 ov) & *231/10 (68 ov)

Pakistan 510/8d (147.1 ov)

Result: Pakistan win by an Innings and 147 runs

Scorecard

 

 Match Preport - Salim Parvez - Overwhelming Pakistan in Harare

It was only bad light that carried this Test match between Zimbabwe and Pakistan at Harare Sports Club, into the fourth morning. The tourists by taking the last remaining wicket, won the game by an innings and 147 runs, and the mini-series by 2-0, within the first half an hour.

It took Pakistan five overs to secure the victory when debutante Luke Jongwe, after a spirited 37 (97 minutes, 7 fours), was caught behind to give Shaheen Afridi, his fifth wicket of the innings. The young ambitious fast bowler, against a below par opposition, played his part as good as he could have and his five-wicket haul created a new national bowling. Shaheen along with Hasan Ali (1st Innings) and Nauman Ali (2nd Innings) picked up a five-wicket haul in the same game and there has never previously been a case of three Pakistan bolwers doing so in a Test match. It is the first time it has occurred worldwide, since 1993.

In losing eight wickets for 89 runs that saw Zimbabwe slip from 142-2 last afternoon to 231 all out this morning in 31.2 overs, showed up their fragility against very fine Test bowling attack.  Tabish Khan, the 36-year old debutante, would have loved to finish things off today but it was never to be. Without being harsh to his skills, after a match return of 1-68 off 26 overs, there is every possibility of him never again playing for his country. He needed to do more to prove it to the selectors. Hope that is not the case, though we are all aware of Mohammad Abbas possibly sneaking back into contention for Pakistan’s next Test series in the West Indies.

Zimbabwe clearly have not been able to compete with Pakistan, with two innings defeats at Harare Sports Club. One must not though overlook two facts. Being their first Test since February2020, primarily due to Covid-19 worldwide pandemic and the absence of three experienced middle order batsmen – skipper Sean Williams, Craig Irvine and Sikandar Raza – was a huge disadvantage for the home side.  The opposite camp had Abid Ali, named Player of the Match for his unbeaten double hundred and Hasan Ali picked up the Player of the Series after his 14 wickets in the two-Test series.  Pakistan team would now be rushing to be with their families on Eid festival, following the end of Ramadan. 

Match Highlights

Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat – Abid Ali 215, Azhar Ali 126 and nauman Ali 97 top scored and Blessing Muzarabani 3-82 was the leading wicket taker for Zombabwe.

Pakistan 1st Innings Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Imran Butt - 7.3 ov), 2-248 (Azhar Ali - 82.3 ov), 3-252 (Babar Azam - 84.3 ov), 4-264 (Fawad Alam - 86.5 ov), 5-303 (Sajid Khan - 101.6 ov), 6-340 (Mohammad Rizwan - 112.3 ov), 7-341 (Hasan Ali - 113.6 ov), 8-510 (Nauman Ali - 147.2 ov)

 

In reply, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 132 in their 1st Innings – Hasan Ali 5-27

Zimbabwe 1st Innings - Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Tarisai Musakanda - 1.6 ov), 2-23 (Kevin Kasuza - 12.5 ov), 3-40 (Brendan Taylor - 17.5 ov), 4-47 (Milton Shumba - 24.5 ov), 5-53 (Tendai Chisoro - 30.4 ov), 6-68 (Regis Chakabva - 36.2 ov), 7-77 (Luke Jongwe - 38.5 ov), 8-108 (Donald Tiripano - 54.6 ov), 9-110 (Roy Kaia - 55.5 ov), 10-132 (Blessing Muzarabani - 60.4 ov)

Zimbabwe were asked to ‘follow-on’ and scored 231 in their 2nd Innings – losing by an innings and 147 runs.

Zimbabwe 2nd Innings Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Tarisai Musakanda - 4.2 ov), 2-63 (Kevin Kasuza - 21.5 ov), 3-142 (Brendan Taylor - 36.5 ov), 4-170 (Regis Chakabva - 45.3 ov), 5-188 (Milton Shumba - 52.3 ov), 6-196 (Donald Tiripano - 54.3 ov), 7-196 (Roy Kaia - 54.4 ov), 8-205 (Tendai Chisoro - 57.5 ov), 9-205 (Richard Ngarava - 57.6 ov), 10-231 (Luke Jongwe - 67.6 ov)

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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