First day of Harare Test in the name of Pakistan
The first match of the two-Test series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe started in Harare on Thursday.
By the end of the first day’s play, Pakistan had scored 103 runs in 30 overs without any loss. While he still needs 73 runs to end the innings deficit.
Abid Ali is unbeaten on 56 and Imran Butt on 43. Abid Ali completed his half century off 80 balls with the help of nine fours.
Earlier, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 176 in the first innings.
Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first, which did not go well for them and Hassan Ali bowled Kevin Casuza for zero.
This was followed by an 18-run partnership between Prince Mysore and Trisai Masakanda, after which Shaheen Shah Afridi shook Zimbabwe’s batting line and dismissed Prince Mysore.
Trisai Masakanda could not do much and was bowled by Noman Ali for just 14 runs.
Zimbabwe suffered their fourth loss with the wicket of captain Brendon Taylor, who was caught by Hassan Ali after scoring six runs.
Milton Shamba and Rai Kaya led the innings and put the team ahead. The two formed a 59-run partnership. After which Milton Shamba was run out for 27 runs.
Rai Kaya, Zimbabwe’s sixth wicket-taker, unfortunately failed to complete his half-century and went LBW off Hassan Ali for 48.
After that, Regis Chakabuwa also scored 19 runs and became the target of Hassan Ali.
Hassan Ali took four wickets. (Photo: PCB)
Tendai Chesoro, Blessing Mazarbani and Richard Nigarwa were bowled by Shaheen Shah Afridi.
For Pakistan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hassan Ali took four wickets each.
Three players from Zimbabwe and one from Pakistan have made their debuts in today’s match.
Pakistan has given a test cap to Sajid Khan while Rai Kaya, Milton Shamba and Richard Nigarwa have got a test cap from Zimbabwe.