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Pakistan dominate after Hasan, Shaheen skittle Zimbabwe

Pakistan dominate after Hasan, Shaheen skittle Zimbabwe
Pakistan dominated the opening day of the primary Check towards Zimbabwe on the again of some damaging tempo bowling by Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi in Harare on Thursday.

Hasan completed with 4-53 whereas Shaheen grabbed 4-43 as Zimbabwe — who received the toss and batted — have been dismissed for a paltry 176 on a gradual pitch at Harare Sports activities Membership.

Abid Ali then replied with a stable unbeaten 56 whereas fellow opener Imran Butt made 43 not out as Pakistan closed the day on 103 with out loss.

Each Abid and Imran have been cautious firstly, having failed miserably in Pakistan’s 2-0 dwelling sequence win over South Africa in February.

Abid took 13 deliveries to open his account however as soon as he bought underway with a pull for 4 off Richard Ngarava, he eased into his work placing 9 additional boundaries.

Imran, who had managed simply 36 in his first 4 Check innings, was extra circumspect because the pair supplied no probabilities to Zimbabwe’s inexperienced bowling assault.

Zimbabwe have been struggling at 59-4 at lunch with Hasan taking two early wickets, together with the prized certainly one of stand-in skipper Brendan Taylor for simply 5.

Debutant Roy Kaia stood agency within the post-lunch session, top-scoring with 48 earlier than falling leg-before to Hasan whereas Donald Tiripano chipped in with 28 and Milton Shumba, additionally enjoying in his first Check, scored 27.

Zimbabwe seemingly recovered when Shumba and Kaia lifted them from a precarious 30-4 with a stand of 59 however an unlucky run out of Shumba put an finish to the combat.

Shaheen reached 50 Check wickets by dismissing Tendai Chisoro earlier than taking the final two wickets to wrap up the innings.

Zimbabwe have been hit onerous on the eve of the match when common skipper Sean Williams was dominated out with a hand damage whereas one other skilled batsman Craig Ervine additionally did not get better from a calf damage.

Within the first session, Hasan was the star as he eliminated opener Kevin Kasuza, who performed on within the second over of the day for nought, and Taylor for 5.

It was one other welcome efficiency for the 26-year-old who had a number of accidents after the 2019 World Cup.

“Ever since I’ve returned from damage my efficiency is sweet,” mentioned Hasan who took his first 10-wicket haul towards South Africa at Rawalpindi two months in the past.

“I labored so onerous on my batting and bowling and loved taking wickets regardless of it being a gradual pitch.

“Getting Taylor so early was nice as a result of he’s an skilled batsman.”

Taylor, the stand-in skipper flashed rashly at a large ball exterior off stump, edging to Faheem Ashraf who swallowed up the possibility within the slips.

In between Hasan’s morning wickets, Shaheen had Prince Masvaure caught by Imran at second slip for 11 and left-arm spinner Nauman Ali, introduced into the assault early, bowled Tarisai Musakanda via the gate for 14.

The vacationers are aiming to transform sturdy latest type in limited-overs cricket into the longer format, having already received one-day worldwide and Twenty20 sequence in South Africa and a T20 sequence in Zimbabwe on this southern Africa journey.

Zimbabwe drew its final Check sequence towards Afghanistan however hasn’t received a sequence since 2011. Pakistan comes off a 2-0 dwelling sequence win over South Africa in February.


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

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