Saturday, July 31, 2021

2nd Test: Pakistan one wicket away from beating Zimbabwe

At Harare, five-wicket hauls from Pakistan’s Hasan Ali and Nauman Ali in Zimbabwe’s two innings took Pakistan to the brink of victory in the second and final Test here yesterday. The visitors are just one wicket away from win at close on the Day Three.

Zimbabwe, after following-on, still trail by 158 runs.  They were 220 for nine wickets at close at the Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe were bowled out for 132 in the first innings, replying to Pakistan’s first-innings total of 510 for eight declared, thus conceding a massive lead of 378 runs.

Medium pacer Hasan bagged career best five for 27 in the first innings, while left-arm spinner Nauman captured five for 86 in the second to break Zimbabwe’s back.

Pakistan had won the first Test by an innings and 116 runs at this venue. Pakistan’s last series in Zimbabwe was drawn 1-1. A win today will see the visitors secure their first Test series victory in Zimbabwe since 2011.

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