Abid, Imran lay down solid foundation on Day 1


Harare: The opening duo of Abid Ali and Imran Butt was on song with the bat after Pakistan bowled out Zimbabwe for 176 on Day 1 of the opening Test here at Harare Sports Club. 

Taking charge of Pakistan’s batting, Abid and Imran stood firm and calmy kept the scoreboard ticking. The duo scored 103 runs together as Pakistan closed Day 1 without any loss. The green caps are trailing by 73 runs.

Abid remained not out for 56 with the help of 10 boundaries whereas Imran walked off at the day’s end for 43 not-out.

Earlier, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed four wickets each to bowl out Zimbabwe for 176 in the first inning.

Hasan bagged 4/53 in 15 overs while Shaheen took 4/43 in 15.1 overs. For Zimbabwe, debutant Roy Kaia scored 48 while Milton Shumba made 27. Donald Tiripano remained unbeaten at 28.

Earlier, Zimbabwe’s stand-in captain Brendan Taylor won the toss and opted to bat first but the decision was not well backed by the batters as they lost the first wicket in the second over.

Pacer Hasan Ali removed Kevin Kasuza on the score of 0 as an edge got back and hit stumps. Shaheen Shah had the better of Prince Masvaure (11) after persistent channel bowling. The edge led to the slip fielder Imran Butt who completed the catch.

Left-arm spinner Nauman Ali in the 17th over clean bowled Tarisai Musakanda (14) through the gate. Hasan in his second spell removed captain Taylor (5).

The hosts were reduced to 30/4 after Milton Shumba and Roy Kaia remained unbeaten till Lunch. The duo continued the proceedings after Lunch added 30 after Shumba was run out.

Kaia paired with Regis Chakabva to provide stability, however, Hasan Ali produced a brilliant yorker to trap Kaia in front. Kaia, in his 94-ball innings, struck seven fours.

Chakabva was the next man to depart in the following over of Hasan Ali as he nicked straight to Imran at slips. Shaheen wrapped visitors’ innings with the final three dismissals.


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

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

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