Abid, Azhar dominate before Zimbabwe makes comeback in last session

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Harare: Opener Abid Ali and senior batsman Azhar Ali dominated Day 1 of the second Test against Zimbabwe before the hosts took a surprising turn and reduced visitors to 268/4 at Stumps. 

The duo scored 236 runs together before Pakistan suffered a collapse and lost three wickets in a row to Blessing Muzarabbani.

Making full use of the second new ball, Muzarabbani got rid of well-set Azhar, skipper Babar Azam and Fawad Alam in quick succession. Babar got out for just two, Fawad made 5 whereas Azhar stood out with his 126 laced with 17 boundaries and a six.

Abid remained not out for 118 alongside night watchman Sajid Khan at 1.

At Tea, Pakistan were 166-1 with Abid and Azhar adding 94 runs in the second session. The two batsmen managed to extend their partnership to an unbeaten 154 runs off 291.

Abid looked solid in the middle, scoring 80 runs off 162 balls while Azhar Ali batted firmly at the other end, scoring 74 runs off 154 balls.

Earlier, skipper Babar Azam opted to bat first after winning the toss. The visitors started the proceeding at a slow place with losing Imran Butt in the eighth over. Imran tried to pull one of Richard Ngarava and was caught at mid-wicket. He scored two only.

Pakistan have handed Test debut to pacer Tabish Khan while all-rounder Faheem Ashraf sit out. On the other hand, Luke Jongwe makes his Test debut with Prince Masvaure out due to injury.

It must be noted that Pakistan are 1-0 up in the two-match series. They won the first match by an innings and 16 runs last week.

Squads

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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