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Second Test set for thrilling final day

Chasing 264 for win against Zimbabwe, Pakistan ends fourth day on 158 for 5

Second Test set for thrilling final day - Cricket News
Pakistan's Rahat Ali (C) picked up 5-52.

Tendai Chatara and Prosper Utseya shared four wickets between them as Zimbabwe reduced Pakistan to 158 for 5 in its second innings, still 106 runs short of the victory target, by stumps on the fourth day of the second Test at Harare Sports Club on Friday(September 13).

Chatara, the medium pacer, ended the day with 2 for 29 while Utseya, the offspinner, had 2 for 40 to set up an intriguing final day’s play with Zimbabwe needing five wickets to level the two-Test series.

Earlier, Zimbabwe was bowled out for 199 in its second innings, an overall lead of 263, with Rahat Ali, the left-arm quick, capturing 5 for 52 to end with seven wickets in the match.

“I think we are in a good position tomorrow, we have five top batters out but there is still a big task for us because Misbah (ul-Haq) generally constructs partnerships very well,” said Brendan Taylor, the Zimbabwe captain, after the day’s play.

“It is finely balanced and I don’t think either side can relax a bit but I think if we get one wicket we will be in the driving seat.”

Pakistan’s second-innings effort was led by Khurram Manzoor, the opener, who scored an attractive 54 off 66 balls with 11 fours, his second half-century of the match. But Manzoor couldn’t continue the good work and was caught at short leg off Utseya as Pakistan slipped to 90 for 3 after Chatara had sent back Mohammad Hafeez (16) and Azhar Ali (0) in the second session.

Younis Khan (29) departed ten runs after Manzoor, before Misbah (26 not out) and Adnan Akmal (17 not out) steered Pakistan to the close of play.

Zimbabwe had begun the day on 121 for 4 but lost six wickets for the addition of just 69 runs with Taylor (27) and Richmond Mutumbami (29) the only two batsmen to offer much in the way of resistance. 

 

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