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Zimbabwe bowlers shock Pakistan

HARARE: Zimbabwe’s unheralded bowling attack plunged Pakistan into deep trouble on the first day of the first Test at the Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.

Pakistan was floundering at 182 for eight before tailenders Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan added an aggressive 67 for the ninth wicket to enable the tourists to finish the day on 249 for nine.

Opening bowlers Tendai Chatara and Tinashe Panyangara, who went into the match with only five Test caps between them, started the Pakistan slide with some disciplined bowling at the start of the day. They were well backed up by off-spinner Prosper Utseya and medium-pacer Shingi Masakadza.

But Chatara and Panyangara were guilty of some loose bowling with the second new ball as Ajmal (49 not out) and Junaid (17) gave the Pakistan innings some respectability.

Junaid was out to the fifth ball of the final over of the day when he flashed at Panyangara and was caught behind.

Azhar Ali, who made a patient 78 off 185 balls, and captain Misbah-ul-Haq (53) were the only Pakistan top-order batsmen to shine. They put on 93 for the fourth wicket.

Hamilton Masakadza, standing in for regular captain Brendan Taylor, was justified in his decision to send Pakistan in as the tourists lost their first three wickets for 27 runs inside the first hour, with both Chatara and Panyangara taking advantage of early life in the pitch.

Chatara struck first when Mohammad Hafeez was caught at second slip off a ball which lifted sharply. Panyangara followed up with the wickets of Khurram Manzoor, who went back on his stumps and was leg before wicket to a ball which cut back, and Younis Khan, who was bowled when he played forward tentatively and the ball trickled back onto his stumps.

Utseya dismissed Misbah and Asad Shafiq in quick succession during the afternoon, with both batsmen falling to ambitious shots, and Shingi Masakadza was rewarded for some accurate bowling when he took two wickets after tea, including that of Azhar, who was drawn into a drive and caught at first slip.

Taylor withdrew on the morning of the match after his wife gave birth to the couple's first child. Pakistan-born Sikandar Raza replaced him, earning his first Test cap.

The withdrawal of Taylor, Zimbabwe’s leading batsmen, was the latest setback for the host nation following a pay dispute which threatened to prevent the match from taking place. The players only agreed on Monday to play following a commitment by their board to pay outstanding salaries before next week's second and final Test in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe fielded an inexperienced bowling line-up, following the retirement of Kyle Jarvis in order to pursue a county cricket career in England and Graeme Cremer’s unavailability because of the pay issue. Batsman Sean Williams also withdraw because of the pay dispute.


Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Khurram Manzoor, Younis Khan, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali.

Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Vusi Sibanda, Tino Mawoyo, Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, Richmond Mutumbami, Elton Chigumbura, Prosper Utseya, Shingi Masakadza, Tinashe Panyangara, Tendai Chatara

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Comments (14) Closed

Sep 03, 2013 02:25pm

Now Pakistan selectors happy with dropping Taufiq Umar and replacing with Khurram Manjoor? Why the heck in the world would some one replace established Batsman Taufiq Umar with 40.00 odd test average and bring on rookie batsman Khurram Manjoor.God knows what Younis Khan is doing,looks like he doesn't knows which way his feet should be moving on.Without Misbah this Test would be over in 1 day.

Sep 03, 2013 04:17pm

Rahat Ali? why? for what?

Sep 03, 2013 09:07pm

Hafeez failure as an opener is keeping top order under pressure. Any new young opener can also repeat his sick numbers. As an allrounder he should bat at numder 7.

Rogers Evans
Sep 03, 2013 11:13pm

Pak Team lacks Test experience. No one wants to visit Pakisan due to security reasons. So the Pak team does have good Test Cricket experience. One can blame the players, team mnagement and PCB. But rality is what I mentioned here. Under these circumstances, if team scores nominal runs, the entire blame can not be put on them. They are victims of Pak situation. Please no one wants to lose. Every player wants to shine by scoring big runs.

Sep 04, 2013 12:48am

Bring Nasir Jamshed in test team. He will surely score runs as he is back in form.

Sep 04, 2013 03:25am

Who is Rahet Ali? Why is he preferred over Mohammad Irfan and Sohail Tanvir. Is he a sifarashi?

Sep 04, 2013 06:39am

One question is bugging me " Is Saeed Ajmal better batsman than Pakistan Number 1,2 &3 Batsman as he knows how to use the feet.Has seen Younis Khan has no clue which way the feet needs to move.Same problem was it Nasir Jamshed.Oh God there is one more addition Khurram Manjoor joining the rank.Having seen Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan batted much better than Pakistan No.1,2 & 3 batsman.Something need to be done seriously about the first three.They have been sore to the eyes now.

Gary S
Sep 04, 2013 06:51am

How to get over the agony of continued failures of cricket in Pakistan?

  1. Get a professional to head PCB (DNA to NS is a story of complete failure, they are just political appointees who do not understand an iota of Cricket!)
  2. Enforce zero tolerance for unethical code of conduct.
  3. Develop separate teams for T20, ODI and Test.
  4. Test batsmen and bowlers need to be coached by former test players e.g. Yunis Khan need to taught how to improve his footwork, JK and MI need to be taught how to use their brains to bowl effectively.

At present Hafeez & Misbah et al play all format of cricket like T20. Pakistan needs to rely on specialists (expert batsmen and bowlers) for tests.

Sep 04, 2013 07:31am

Everyone just is only the first day. Plus Zimbabwe have not batted as yet. If we can get another 30 runs we should be fine... if not we should be fine too...Lets see how Day 2 goes. Inshallah we will do well in the second innings, I actually didn't realize that we had nine different players in the test team. It takes time to adjust plus we don't play alot of tests.

Sep 04, 2013 09:26am

@Sarah: Taufiq Umar has been given a lot of opportunities. Its time to give others a chance to prove themselves.

Yusuf Raza
Sep 04, 2013 10:41am

well atleast so far I didn't see comments chiding Misbah for this. As soon as something bad happens people often blame Misbah for that. More often than not he is the last man standing in Pakistan batting which falls like Dominoes. I wonder what will happen if he starts swinging his bat just like the rest of Pakistan team. I still remember Misbah's aggressive ways from the first T20 world cup when Pakistan's batting was half way decent. Now that Pakistan's batting is pathetic he has mellowed down.

Sep 04, 2013 11:00am

" Zimbabwe bowlers shock Pakistan " and " Pakistan bowlers shock Zimbabwe " LOL...

Sep 04, 2013 12:41pm

@Sarah: Taufiq Umer should play in place of Hafeez not Khurram.? Khurram scored more than 100 runs (aggregate) in his only two innnings when he was given a chance, and from thereon, he was suddenly dropped.

Sep 04, 2013 02:51pm

@Sarah: u r rite that without misbha it all over in a single day. but the fact is that we are not the NO1 test team but we are only twenty 20 team..............