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Chatara stars in famous Zimbabwe win

Misbah fights a lone, vain battle as Zimbabweans hold their nerves to pull off 24-run win

Chatara stars in famous Zimbabwe win - Cricket News
Zimbabwe players celebrate victory after picking up the last Pakistan wicket.
A spot of miscommunication between Misbah-ul-Haq and Rahat Ali a short while into the second session on the fifth day of the second Test between Zimbabwe and Pakistan was the trigger for some wonderful scenes at Harare Sports Club on Saturday (September 14).

Misbah had played Tendai Chatara to cover and, although Misbah never looked interested in a single, Rahat dashed off, probably because it was the final ball of the over and Misbah needed the strike more than he did. The bails were off, Pakistan had been beaten by 24 runs, the series had been squared, and the joy among the Zimbabweans was there for all to see. Misbah, waging a lone battle all day, was left stranded on 79.

When the day started, the equation was simple. Pakistan needed 106 runs and Zimbabwe needed five wickets.

Misbah hit his third half-century of the series, but his team lost three wickets before lunch, stuttering to 217 for 8, still 47 short of their target of 264 with two wickets remaining. Misbah was unbeaten on 58.

Tendai Chatara led Zimbabwe’s push for a rare win against a leading Test nation, taking two wickets during the morning to add to the two he took on Friday. He had figures of 4 for 48 at lunch, and when he sent back Junaid Khan after the lunch break, he brought up his first Test match five-wicket haul. He ended with 5 for 61.

Resuming at 158 for 5, Pakistan suffered an early blow when Chatara trapped Adnan Akmal lbw with only five runs added to the total. Akmal, who made 20, went back to a ball, which angled in towards his stumps.

Abdur Rehman scored 16 in a seventh-wicket partnership of 34 with Misbah, who was content to continue to bat watchfully, as he had done on the fourth afternoon, before Rehman was caught behind off Tinashe Panyangara.

Chatara returned to the attack and immediately claimed the wicket of Saeed Ajmal in almost identical fashion to the way he dismissed Akmal, with the batsmen going back to a ball, which cut back sharply and hit him on the pads.

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