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Zimbabwe folds meekly in tame end

Pakistan’s bowlers romp home in the first Test at Harare

Zimbabwe folds meekly in tame end - Cricket News
Saeed Ajmal's 4 for 23 in the second innings, helped Pakistan score a huge win.
Pakistan went up 1-0 in the two-Test series against Zimbabwe after putting in a terrific bowling effort on the final morning to win by 221 runs at Harare Sports Club on Saturday (September 7). Zimbabwe was bowled out for 120 and, in the process, Saeed Ajmal registered his fourth ten-wicket match haul with 11 wickets in the match. Abdur Rehman was also a key figure for Pakistan, with figures of 4 for 36. 

Resuming at 13 for 1, Zimbabwe was undone by a sharp spell from Junaid Khan, who claimed two wickets in as many overs early in the day, and unnerved the batsmen. He had his first wicket when he nipped a short-pitched delivery back into Hamilton Masakadza (1), who attempted to leave but failed as the ball bounced high, pinged off the bat and ended up with Azhar Ali at gully. 

In Junaid’s next over, a ball kept low, trapping Vusi Sibanda (6) in front of middle and leg, and Zimbabwe was three down for 19. 

Malcolm Waller and Sikandar Raza then negotiated some tight bowling, especially from Junaid, and managed to put on 30 for the fourth wicket. However, shortly after the drinks break, their resistance ended when Rehman had Waller, who had scored a 39-ball 17, caught by Rahat Ali at backward square-leg.

Raza, who scored 24 off 54, had done well to survive as long as he did, but his gritty knock ended when his inside-edge jumped off the pads and ended up safe in the hands of Azhar at forward short-leg. With that, Rehman had his second wicket and Zimbabwe was five down for 58.

Elton Chigumbura, who came in at No. 6, hit a fairly quick 24 to boost the total. However, he then lost his wicket to a poor shot, edging a harmless delivery to first slip, to give Rehman his third wicket of the innings. 

Lunch was extended in anticipation of a Pakistan win, but there was an unforeseen delay as Zimbabwe’s final wicket pair resisted. All of Prosper Utseya, Shingi Masakadza and Tinashe Panyangara departed for single-digit scores, but Tendai Chatara and Richmond Mutumbami put on 19 for the tenth wicket to keep Pakistan at bay.

However, Ajmal then claimed his 11th wicket of the match, rapping Chatara’s pads to close the proceedings.

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