Pakistani bowlers remove top-order to hold Zimbabwe


HARARE: Pakistani bowlers did their job quite well as Zimbabwe were 52/4 at Stumps on Day 2 of the second Test. 

Debutant Tabish Khan started the proceedings by taking his maiden Test wicket in just his first international over. He was followed by Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Sajid Khan who took a wicket each to dent Zimbabwe.

Earlier, Abid Ali scored his maiden Test double century as Pakistan took hold of Zimbabwe completely by posting 510/8d in the first inning.

Abid and Nauman Ali dent Zimbabwe with 169 runs together late in the inning. Nauman scored his maiden Test fifty and missing his century by just three runs.

The right-handed opener remained not out for 215 laced with 29 boundaries. Abid was on song for Pakistan as he completed his 150 runs and helped visitors score 353-7 at Lunch.

Resuming the second day at 268-4, Abid and Sajid Khan added 35 runs to the overnight score before Sajid departed after scoring 20 with the help of three boundaries.

Abid stood firm despite a couple of more wickets fell of Mohammad Rizwan (21) and Hasan Ali (0). He remained not out for 151 runs laced with 20 boundaries. Alongside him was Nauman who is standing not out for 7 at Lunch.

Blessing Muzarabbani bowled destructive spell in the twilight phase of Day 1 disturbed batters a little bit and set a path for other bowlers to take wickets. He took three wickets, Tendai Chisoro bagged two wickets whereas Richard Ngarava, Luke Jongwe, Donald Tiripano shared a wicket apiece.


Pakistan: Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (capt.), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Tabish Khan.

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

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