Pakistan in Zimbabwe, 2 Test Series, 2021

Zimbabwe vs Pakistan - 1st Test

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare

Date: 29 April-01 May, 2021

Zimbabwe 134/10

RR: 2.89 | Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by an innings and 116 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Kevin Kasuza lbw Hasan Alilbw Hasan Ali285530
Tarisai Musakanda run out (Sajid Khan / Mohammad Rizwan)run out (Sajid Khan / Mohammad Rizwan)438450
Milton Shumba c Mohammad Rizwan & b Nauman Alic Mohammad Rizwan & b Nauman Ali42210
Brendan Taylor c Hasan Ali & b Nauman Alic Hasan Ali & b Nauman Ali293321
Roy Kaia lbw Faheem Ashraflbw Faheem Ashraf0400
Regis Chakabva not out not out 144620
Donald Tiripano bowled Hasan Alibowled Hasan Ali21100
Tendai Chisoro c Imran Butt & b Hasan Alic Imran Butt & b Hasan Ali0200
Blessing Muzarabani bowled Hasan Alibowled Hasan Ali2900
Richard Ngarava bowled Hasan Alibowled Hasan Ali51210
Prince Masvaure absent hurt absent hurt
Extras 7 (b 2, lb 5, w 0, nb 0)
Total 134 (10 Wkts, 46.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
48-1 (Kevin Kasuza,15), 68-2 (Milton Shumba,23), 92-3 (Tarisai Musakanda,28.3), 95-4 (Roy Kaia,29.5), 117-5 (Brendan Taylor,36.1), 124-6 (Donald Tiripano,40.2), 124-7 (Tendai Chisoro,40.4), 128-8 (Blessing Muzarabani,42.3), 134-9 (Richard Ngarava,46.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Shaheen Afridi11 1 35 0 3.18
Hasan Ali12.2 2 36 5 2.95
Faheem Ashraf10 2 22 1 2.20
Nauman Ali9 1 27 2 3.00
Sajid Khan4 0 7 0 1.75
Imran Butt0 0 0 0 0
Abid Ali0 0 0 0 0
Azhar Ali0 0 0 0 0
Babar Azam 0 0 0 0 0
Fawad Alam0 0 0 0 0
Mohammad Rizwan 0 0 0 0 0

That is it from this game! Pakistan take a 1-0 lead in the 2-match Test series. The second Test will be played in Harare on May 7, 2021. Do join us for that at 0930 local (0730 GMT). Till then, take care and cheers!

Babar Azam, Pakistan skipper, says that he is happy with the performance of the boys. Adds that Hasan Ali bowled very well in the first innings. Mentions the batsmen batted very well. Credits Fawad Alam for playing an excellent innings. Further says that they had targeted around 300 when they lost two quick wickets but Alam did well to stay till the end. Azam ends by saying they have got some rest now and they will look to come fresh for the second Test. 

Brendan Taylor, Zimbabwe skipper, says that he is disappointed with the performance of the team. Credits Pakistan for playing well. Mentions that if you bowl well wickets will come. Further says that he wanted to use the old ball more that is why they delayed taking the new ball. Taylor also says that the wicket was slow but their batsmen lacked application in their shots and it was poor cricket from them. 

Hasan Ali is named the Man of the Match. He says that he has been practicing in the nets and it worked for him. Adds that he tried to keep his line and lengths tight and executed it well. Mentions that he is happy with his performance. Further says that catch of Brendan Taylor which he took was crucial. Hasan Ali says he dedicates this award to his newborn baby. 

Zimbabwe bowlers could not restrict Pakistan under 300 as they let the partnership between Fawad Alam and Rizwan grow big. They took Rizwan's wicket and got Ashraf's wicket quickly but they let the partnership between Hasan Ali and Alam to stay till the end of Day 2. On Day 3, they wrapped up the Pakistan innings quickly but they got a lead of 250 runs. It was then going to be difficult for Zimbabwe to survive for two days atleast. Stay tuned for the presentation...

Pakistan batsmen batted very well. They got off to a great start from their openers. Abid Ali was looking good but got out for 60. Azhar Ali started well but played a loose shot to lose his wicket in the process. Babar Azam got out for a golden duck as he fell in the trap set by Zimbabwe. Imran Butt was looking good for his century but got out for 91. From 226/4, Pakistan got a brilliant partnership between Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan. Rizwan was playing well but he got out for 45. Alam scored a brilliant hundred. He was supported well by Hasan Ali on Day 2 in the final session. On Day 3, Hasan Ali could not last longer as he lost his wicket to Blessing Muzarabani. The tail did not wag for long and Pakistan were bowled out for 426.

Pakistan bowlers bowled well in the first innings also. Hasan Ali and Afridi took 4 wickets each and Nauman Ali took a solitary wicket. The bowlers kept it tight and did not let Zimbabwe batsmen score freely. Faheem Ashraf went wicketless in that innings.

Coming to Zimbabwe, their batsmen started well in the second innings but lost wickets at regular intervals. Musakanda was playing well but lost his wicket due to a suicidal run out where the third run was not required. Brendan Taylor started well and played his shots but lost his wicket in the process. He played risky shots and that led to his downfall. Roy Kaia got out for a duck. Regis Chakabva tried to stay longer but lost partners at the other end.

It has been a brilliant victory for Pakistan. They have bowled well and batted well and have completely outplayed Zimbabwe in all departments of the game. Hasan Ali has been the star for them in both the innings as he has picked up 9 wickets in the match. Fawad Alam batted well and scored a crucial hundred to help Pakistan score 426.

46.2
0
Hasan Ali to Richard Ngarava, OUT! BOWLED! Hasan Ali gets a five-fer! Yorker on middle, Ngarava looks to dig it out but misses it and gets bowled. He missed it completely. The middle stump goes for a toss. PAKISTAN WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 116 RUNS!
46.1
4
Hasan Ali to Richard Ngarava, FOUR! On a good length on off, Ngarava looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes wide of the gully fielder towards third man for a boundary.
45.6
0
Sajid Khan to Regis Chakabva, Tossed up ball outside off, Chakabva pushes it back towards the bowler.
45.5
0
Sajid Khan to Regis Chakabva, On off, Chakabva blocks it well.
45.4
1
Sajid Khan to Richard Ngarava, Flighted delivery on middle, Ngarava flicks it towards square leg for a quick single.
45.3
0
Sajid Khan to Richard Ngarava, Tossed up delivery on off, Ngarava pushes it back towards the bowler.
45.2
0
Sajid Khan to Richard Ngarava, Floated delivery on middle, Ngarava looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
45.1
0
Sajid Khan to Richard Ngarava, Loopy delivery on off, Ngarava punches it to mid off.
44.6
0
Hasan Ali to Regis Chakabva, Good length delivery on off, Regis defends it back towards the bowler.
44.5
0
Hasan Ali to Regis Chakabva, On a length on off, Chakabva defends it off the front foot.
44.4
0
Hasan Ali to Regis Chakabva, Full and outside off, Chakabva pushes it to point.
44.3
0
Hasan Ali to Regis Chakabva, Bouncer on middle, Chakabva does well to duck under it.
44.2
0
Hasan Ali to Regis Chakabva, Back of a length on off, Chakabva pushes it back towards the bowler.
44.1
0
Hasan Ali to Regis Chakabva, Full on off, Chakabva drives it back towards the bowler.
43.6
0
Sajid Khan to Richard Ngarava, On off, Ngarava keeps it out.
43.5
0
Sajid Khan to Richard Ngarava, BEATEN! Quicker delivery outside off, Ngarava looks to defend but misses it.
43.4
0
Sajid Khan to Richard Ngarava, Floated delivery on middle, Ngarava defends it off the back foot.
43.3
1
Sajid Khan to Regis Chakabva, Full on leg, Chakabva flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
43.2
0
Sajid Khan to Regis Chakabva, Flighted delivery outside off, Chakabva defends it off the back foot.
43.1
0
Sajid Khan to Regis Chakabva, Tossed up delivery on off, Chakabva drives it back towards the bowler.
42.6
0
Hasan Ali to Richard Ngarava, Full on middle, Ngarava drives it back towards the bowler.
42.5
0
Hasan Ali to Richard Ngarava, BEATEN AGAIN! Length delivery outside off, Ngarava looks to push but misses it.
42.4
0
Hasan Ali to Richard Ngarava, BEATEN! Full delivery on off, Ngarava looks to flick but misses it. It goes safely towards the keeper.

Richard Ngarava is the new batsman in.

42.3
0
Hasan Ali to Blessing Muzarabani, OUT! BOWLED! Hasan Ali gets his fourth wicket! Good length delivery on middle, Muzarabani looks to slog it but misses it and gets bowled. It hits the leg stump.
42.2
0
Hasan Ali to Blessing Muzarabani, Full delivery outside off, Muzarabani digs it to covers.
42.1
1
Hasan Ali to Regis Chakabva, Good length delivery on middle, Chakabva flicks it through square leg for a single.
41.6
0
Sajid Khan to Blessing Muzarabani, On off, Blessing defends it off the back foot.
41.5
0
Sajid Khan to Blessing Muzarabani, Floated delivery on off, Muzarabani pushes it to point.
41.4
0
Sajid Khan to Blessing Muzarabani, NOT OUT! Muzarabani is safe! Googly on off, Muzarabani looks to drive but misses it. It goes towards the keeper where Rizwan takes the bails off. It is referred upstairs. Replays show that Muzarabani dragged his back leg inside the crease.

An appeal for stumping! Blessing Muzarabani is the man in question. It looks very close. Replays show that Muzarabani's back leg was inside the crease.

41.3
0
Sajid Khan to Blessing Muzarabani, Floated delivery outside off, Muzarabani looks to push but gets an inside edge. It goes to short leg.
41.2
0
Sajid Khan to Blessing Muzarabani, Tossed up delivery on off, Muzarabani defends it off the front foot.
41.1
1
Sajid Khan to Regis Chakabva, Flighted delivery on middle, Chakabva flicks it through square leg for a single.
40.6
2
Hasan Ali to Blessing Muzarabani, Full on off, Muzarabani looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes over gully towards third man. The batsmen pick up a couple.
40.5
0
Hasan Ali to Blessing Muzarabani, Length delivery on middle, Muzarabani hits it to mid on.

Blessing Muzarabani is the new batsman in.

40.4
0
Hasan Ali to Tendai Chisoro, OUT! CAUGHT! Hasan Ali gets his third wicket! On a good length on off, Chisoro looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes towards second slip where Imran Butt dives and takes a good catch. 50 Test wickets for Hasan Ali!
40.3
0
Hasan Ali to Tendai Chisoro, Short delivery on leg, Chisoro fends it towards the leg side.

Tendai Chisoro is the next batsman in.

40.2
0
Hasan Ali to Donald Tiripano, OUT! BOWLED! Hasan Ali gets his second wicket! On a good length on off, Tiripano looks to defend but misses it and gets bowled. There was a huge gap between bat and pad. He missed it completely. The middle stump goes for a walk.