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

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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.
40.1
2
Hasan Ali to Donald Tiripano, Full on leg, Tiripano flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
39.6
4
Sajid Khan to Regis Chakabva, FOUR! Good shot! Low full toss on middle, Chakabva drives it through mid on for a boundary.
39.5
0
Sajid Khan to Regis Chakabva, Short delivery outside off, Chakabva defends it off the back foot.
39.4
0
Sajid Khan to Regis Chakabva, Loopy delivery on off, Chakabva drives it back towards the bowler.
39.3
0
Sajid Khan to Regis Chakabva, Floated delivery outside off, Chakabva defends it off the front foot.
39.2
0
Sajid Khan to Regis Chakabva, Short delivery on middle, Chakabva looks to pull but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
39.1
0
Sajid Khan to Regis Chakabva, Tossed up delivery outside off, Chakabva offers no shot to this one.

Sajid Khan to bowl from the other end.

38.6
0
Hasan Ali to Donald Tiripano, Outside off, Tiripano lets it go.
38.5
0
Hasan Ali to Donald Tiripano, Length delivery outside off, Tiripano shoulders arms to this one.
38.4
0
Hasan Ali to Donald Tiripano, BEATEN! On a good length and just outside off, Tiripano looks to defend but misses it due to the inward movement on this one.
38.3
0
Hasan Ali to Donald Tiripano, Good length delivery on off, Tiripano keeps it out.
38.2
0
Hasan Ali to Donald Tiripano, Length delivery outside off, Tiripano leaves it alone.
38.1
0
Hasan Ali to Donald Tiripano, On a good length on off, Tiripano defends it off the front foot.

We are back for the final session of Day 3. The Pakistan players are out in the middle. Regis Chakabva and Donald Tiripano will resume their innings for Zimbabwe. Hasan Ali will start the proceedings for Pakistan in this session. 

... Day 3, Session 3 ...

Now, Zimbabwe are behind by 132 runs and have half their side back in the hut. They will be hoping that they can show some fight and bat the whole off the third session out and force the game into the fourth day, whereas, the visitors, will be looking to snaffle the remaining wickets and close the game out on Day 3. Which team will the third session belong to? Join us shortly to find out.

Definitely Pakistan's session, this! They have probed hard and their rigidness in ensuring that they snare wickets has seen them take 5 wickets in the afternoon session and have pushed Zimbabwe on the back foot. Kevin Kasuza and Tarisai Musakanda were not scoring runs freely, but runs were coming for the hosts. It was then that Hasan Ali got the better of Kasuza and that is when the floodgates opened up. Shumba fell prey to Nauman Ali next and then Musakanda, who was playing well and was on his way to his half-century, ran a suicidal third run and lost his wicket, via a run out. Taylor, the skipper, showed some resistance, but he played a shot too many and gave his wicket away, whereas, Roy Kaia went back for a 4-ball duck.

37.6
0
Faheem Ashraf to Regis Chakabva, Outside off, Regis leaves it alone. THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 3!
37.5
0
Faheem Ashraf to Regis Chakabva, Length delivery on middle, Chakabva offers a solid defense on this one.
37.4
0
Faheem Ashraf to Regis Chakabva, On a good length on off, Chakabva defends it back towards the bowler.
37.3
0
Faheem Ashraf to Regis Chakabva, Length ball outside off, Chakabva does not bother to play at that.
37.2
0
Faheem Ashraf to Regis Chakabva, On a length on middle, Chakabva pushes it to mid on.
37.1
0
Faheem Ashraf to Regis Chakabva, Good length delivery on off, Chakabva defends it off the back foot.
36.6
0
Nauman Ali to Donald Tiripano, On off, Tiripano defends it towards the off side.
36.5
0
Nauman Ali to Donald Tiripano, Flighted delivery on middle, Tiripano defends it off the front foot.
36.4
0
Nauman Ali to Donald Tiripano, Full on off, Tiripano drives it to mid off.
36.3
1
Nauman Ali to Regis Chakabva, Floated delivery on middle, Chakabva flicks it past short leg for a single.
36.2
0
Nauman Ali to Regis Chakabva, Tossed up delivery on off, Chakabva blocks it off the front foot.

Half the Zimbabwe side back in the shed now. Donald Tiripano strides out now! 

36.1
0
Nauman Ali to Brendan Taylor, OUT! CAUGHT! Nauman Ali gets his second wicket! Flighted delivery on off, Taylor lofts it over mid off but does not get the distance on it. It goes towards long off where Hasan Ali runs back and takes a good catch.
35.6
0
Faheem Ashraf to Regis Chakabva, On a good length on off, Regis keeps it out.
35.5
0
Faheem Ashraf to Regis Chakabva, Short ball outside off, Chakabva sways away from it.
35.4
0
Faheem Ashraf to Regis Chakabva, Good length delivery outside off, Chakabva does not bother to play at that.
35.3
1
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, On a length on middle, Taylor flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
35.2
0
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, On a good length on off, Taylor defends it off the back foot.
35.1
4
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, FOUR! Terrific shot! Full on off, Taylor lofts it over mid off for a boundary.
34.6
0
Nauman Ali to Regis Chakabva, On off, Chakabva pushes it to silly point.
34.5
4
Nauman Ali to Regis Chakabva, FOUR! Nicely swept! On middle and leg, Chakabva sweeps it towards fine leg for a boundary. The fielder in the deep had no chance to stop it.
34.4
0
Nauman Ali to Regis Chakabva, Loopy delivery on off, Chakabva defends it to silly point.
34.3
1
Nauman Ali to Brendan Taylor, Floated delivery on middle, Taylor sweeps it through square leg for a run.
34.2
1
Nauman Ali to Regis Chakabva, Flighted delivery on middle, Chakabva works it towards square leg for a single.
34.1
0
Nauman Ali to Regis Chakabva, Tossed up delivery on off, Chakabva defends it off the front foot.
33.6
0
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, On a good length on off, Taylor pushes it back towards the bowler.
33.5
0
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, Back of a length on off, Taylor pushes it to mid off.
33.4
0
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, Short delivery on off, Taylor sways away from it. It goes towards the keeper where Rizwan appeals for caught behind but the umpire denies it.
33.3
1
Faheem Ashraf to Regis Chakabva, Length delivery on middle, Chakabva flicks it through square leg for a single.
33.2
0
Faheem Ashraf to Regis Chakabva, On a good length on middle, Chakabva defends it off the back foot.
33.1
1
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, Length delivery on off, Taylor punches it towards covers for a single.
32.6
0
Nauman Ali to Regis Chakabva, Tossed up delivery on off, Chakabva drives it to silly point.
32.5
0
Nauman Ali to Regis Chakabva, On middle, Chakabva pushes it to short leg.
32.4
0
Nauman Ali to Regis Chakabva, Floated ball on middle, Chakabva blocks it off the front foot.
32.3
0
Nauman Ali to Regis Chakabva, Loopy delivery on off, Chakabva defends it off the front foot.
32.2
0
Nauman Ali to Regis Chakabva, Flighted delivery on middle, Chakabva pushes it back towards the bowler.
32.1
1
Nauman Ali to Brendan Taylor, Tossed up delivery on middle, Taylor sweeps it through square leg for a single.
31.6
3
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, A fuller ball outside off, Brendan Taylor lofts this one over the extra cover region. The batters take three runs.
31.5
0
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, A bouncer outside off, left alone.
31.4
0
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, Around off, tapped to point.
31.3
0
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, Same line and length here, Taylor pushes this to the covers.
31.2
0
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, Length and on off, pushed to mid on.
31.1
0
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, A length delivery around off, Taylor blocks.
30.6
0
Nauman Ali to Regis Chakabva, Floated and full on off, RC defends.
30.5
0
Nauman Ali to Regis Chakabva, On off again, kept out.
30.4
0
Nauman Ali to Regis Chakabva, Floated on off, Regis blocks to the off side.
30.3
1
Nauman Ali to Brendan Taylor, Shorter and on off, punched through mid on for a single.
30.2
4
Nauman Ali to Brendan Taylor, FOUR! Taylor plays this shot well and he fetches a boundary. Flighted on off and middle, Brendan Taylor reverse sweeps this one through backward point for a boundary.
30.1
0
Nauman Ali to Brendan Taylor, Darted on middle, kept out.
29.6
0
Faheem Ashraf to Regis Chakabva, On off, blocked.

Regis Chakabva is the new batsman in.

29.5
0
Faheem Ashraf to Roy Kaia, OUT! LBW! Roy Kaia goes back for a duck and the wheels are falling off for Zimbabwe here. They are losing wickets very quickly and are not able to form partnerships. Faheem Ashraf runs in and bowls a length ball on middle and leg, Roy Kaia comes ahead and looks for the flick through the leg side but he misses. Gets rapped on the pads and there is a loud appeal by the Pakistani players. The umpire obliges and raises his finger. Zimbabwe slipping further and they are behind by 155 runs.
29.4
3
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, A length ball on off, Taylor lofts this one over the mid on region. It looks like it will be a boundary but Sajid Khan chases after it and he pulls the ball back nicely. Just three runs.
29.3
0
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, Another length ball on off, Taylor defends the ball out solidly.
29.2
0
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, The batsman has just blocked that from his crease.
29.1
0
Faheem Ashraf to Brendan Taylor, A length ball on off, Taylor blocks.

Faheem Ashraf is back on. 5-1-9-0 are his figures so far.

28.6
0
Nauman Ali to Roy Kaia, Flighted delivery on off, Kaia keeps it out.
28.5
0
Nauman Ali to Roy Kaia, On middle, Kaia offers a solid defense on this one.
28.4
0
Nauman Ali to Roy Kaia, Floated delivery on off, Kaia defends it off the back foot.
28.3
2
Nauman Ali to Brendan Taylor, OUT! RUN OUT! Musakanda departs! Flighted delivery on off, Taylor plays a reverse sweep through point. The batsmen take a couple. They go for the third. Sajid Khan chases the ball and stops it before the ropes. He picks the ball and throws it at the keeper's end where Rizwan takes the bails off. Replays show that Musakanda is well short of his crease. A suicidal run and Zimbabwe have gifted this wicket to Pakistan here.

Roy Kaia is the new batter in. 

28.2
1
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Full on off, Musakanda pushes it towards mid off for a quick single.

Is that a run out? Replays show that Tarisai Musakanda is miles outside the crease, when the bails are whipped off. Will be out. 

28.1
0
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Tossed up delivery on middle, Musakanda defends it off the front foot.
27.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to Brendan Taylor, Short delivery on off, Taylor defends it off the back foot.
27.5
0
Shaheen Afridi to Brendan Taylor, Full and outside off, Taylor pushes it back towards the bowler.
27.4
1
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Full delivery on middle, Musakanda flicks it through square leg for a single.
27.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Brendan Taylor, Length delivery on leg, Taylor looks to flick but gets it off the pads. It goes past the keeper towards fine leg. The batsmen take a leg bye.
27.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Brendan Taylor, Good length delivery on off, Taylor defends it off the back foot.
27.1
1
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, On a good length on middle, Musakanda looks to defend but gets an inside edge. It goes past the leg stump towards square leg. The batsmen cross ends.
26.6
1
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Full delivery on off, Musakanda drives it towards mid off for a single.
26.5
0
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, On middle, Musakanda comes forward and defends it out.
26.4
0
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Loopy delivery on off, Musakanda blocks it off the front foot.
26.3
1
Nauman Ali to Brendan Taylor, Floated delivery on middle, Taylor sweeps it through square leg for a single.
26.2
0
Nauman Ali to Brendan Taylor, Tossed up delivery on off, Taylor defends it off the front foot.
26.1
1
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Flighted delivery on middle, Musakanda flicks it towards square leg for a single.
25.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Full on middle, Musakanda flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
25.5
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Good length delivery on off, Musakanda blocks it off the back foot.
25.4
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Back of a length on off, Musakanda pushes it back towards the bowler.
25.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Length delivery on middle, Musakanda keeps it out.
25.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, On a good length on middle, Musakanda defends it off the back foot.
25.1
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Short delivery outside off, Musakanda sways away from it.
24.6
6
Nauman Ali to Brendan Taylor, SIX! Amazing shot! Flighted delivery on middle, Taylor lofts it over long on for a maximum.
24.5
0
Nauman Ali to Brendan Taylor, On off, Taylor blocks it off the front foot.
24.4
1
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Floated delivery on middle, Musakanda looks to slog it but gets an inside edge. It goes towards square leg. The batsmen cross ends.
24.3
0
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Loopy delivery on middle, Musakanda defends it to short leg.
24.2
0
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Flighted delivery on off, Musakanda blocks it off the back foot.
24.1
0
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Tossed up delivery on off, Musakanda defends it off the front foot.
23.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Back of a length on off, Musakanda pushes it towards covers for a single.
23.5
1
Shaheen Afridi to Brendan Taylor, On a length on middle, Taylor flicks it through square leg for a run.
23.4
1
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Full on middle, Musakanda flicks it past short leg towards square leg for a single.
23.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Length delivery outside off, Musakanda pushes it to mid off.
23.2
4
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, FOUR! Lovely shot! Full delivery on off, Musakanda drives it beautifully through covers for a boundary.
23.1
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, On a good length on off, Musakanda defends it off the back foot.
22.6
0
Nauman Ali to Milton Shumba, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Nauman Ali gets his first wicket and Shumba is not able to make a lot of impact with the blade! This delivery is tossed up very nicely, and it is landed outside off, seems to have been bowled on the rough, as the ball spins back sharply to the left-hander. Shumba looks to drive but gets an inside edge. It goes towards the keeper where Rizwan takes it and then appeals for caught behind and the umpire raises his finger.
22.5
0
Nauman Ali to Milton Shumba, Flighted delivery outside off, Shumba pushes it back towards the bowler.

DRINKS! It has been Pakistan's hour after the Lunch break. Yes, they have not snared a lot of wickets, and have just sent two batters back to the shed, but they have not allowed Zimbabwe to score runs freely too. The pressure is building over after over, as the Pakistani bowlers are bowling nice tight lines and lengths. They will look to send a couple of batters back, before the Tea break now and take this game by the throat. Brendan Taylor is the new batter in. 

22.4
0
Nauman Ali to Milton Shumba, Loopy delivery on off, Shumba defends it off the front foot.
22.3
0
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Floated delivery down the leg side, Musakanda looks to sweep but misses it. It goes towards the keeper where Rizwan fumbles and concedes a bye.
22.2
0
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Flighted delivery on middle, Musakanda blocks it off the front foot.
22.1
0
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Tossed up delivery on middle, Musakanda looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
21.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to Milton Shumba, A length ball, outside off, Milton Shumba looks to block, but the ball zips away, past the outside edge. A good, testing over by Afridi.
21.5
0
Shaheen Afridi to Milton Shumba, On middle, defended.
21.4
0
Shaheen Afridi to Milton Shumba, Very well bowled. A shortish ball around off, the bounce gets slightly big on Milton Shumba as he looks to fend this one out and the ball takes the shoulder of the bat, and lobs ahead of the point fielder.
21.3
1
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Good length ball on off, TM drives this one through covers for a single.
21.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Same length but this is bowled outside off. Tarisai Musakanda has no problems in leaving this alone.
21.1
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, A bouncer around off and middle, Tarisai Musakanda just about sways away from the ball. Well bowled and well left too.
20.6
0
Nauman Ali to Milton Shumba, An action replay of the previous delivery.
20.5
0
Nauman Ali to Milton Shumba, Tossed up and landed full on off, Milton presses forward and smothers the ball out.
20.4
1
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Loopy on off, slogged to the right of the mid on fielder, for one.
20.3
0
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, On off, Tarisai offers a defensive stroke.
20.2
0
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Goes fuller and around off, another block.
20.1
0
Nauman Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Floated on off, blocked.

Nauman Ali is into the attack.

19.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to Milton Shumba, Digs in a short one on middle, left alone by MS.
19.5
4
Shaheen Afridi to Milton Shumba, FOUR! Milton Shumba opens his account here with a delightful stroke. A sight to the eyes. A fuller ball, outside off, Milton Shumba plants his front foot ahead and drives this one nicely through extra cover. No point chasing after this.
19.4
0
Shaheen Afridi to Milton Shumba, Down the leg side, left alone.
19.3
1
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Comes 'round the wicket and bowls a length ball around off, TM taps this to covers for a quick run. Handy singles, these.
19.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Another bouncer on middle, this time TM ducks.

Shaheen Afridi is back on. 6-1-19-0 are his figures so far.

19.1
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Starts off with a bouncer around off, Tarisai Musakanda knows better, as he does not offer a shot.
18.6
0
Hasan Ali to Milton Shumba, On off, flicked to the leg side.
18.5
0
Hasan Ali to Milton Shumba, BEATEN! That's very well bowled. A length ball, around off, it nips away enough to evade Milton Shumba's attempt to defensively push the ball away. Goes into the keeper's mitts.
18.4
0
Hasan Ali to Milton Shumba, Length on off, blocked.
18.3
1
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, A length ball on middle, Tarisai Musakanda looks to flick but inside edges this back on his pads, and the ball goes to the on side, for one.
18.2
0
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, A spicy bouncer on off, TM fends this one out.
18.1
4
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, FOUR! SHOT! Brilliant shot. Playing the on-drive is never easy and Tarisai Musakanda has made it look very easy. A length ball, around off, Tarisai Musakanda shows the full face of the blade and just gently pushes the ball through mid on. Boundary.
17.6
0
Faheem Ashraf to Milton Shumba, On middle, defended.
17.5
0
Faheem Ashraf to Milton Shumba, A back of a length ball on the body, Milton nudges this one to the leg side.
17.4
0
Faheem Ashraf to Milton Shumba, Around off, blocked.
17.3
0
Faheem Ashraf to Milton Shumba, Length again around off, Milton offers a solid defense.
17.2
0
Faheem Ashraf to Milton Shumba, Length on off, kept out by Shumba.
17.1
1
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, A fumble and a run here! A back of a length ball, around off, Tarisai Musakanda punches this to covers, where the fielder fumbles and the batters scamper through for a single.
16.6
0
Hasan Ali to Milton Shumba, Full delivery on off, Shumba pushes it back towards the bowler.
16.5
0
Hasan Ali to Milton Shumba, Back of a length on off, Shumba pushes it to covers.
16.4
0
Hasan Ali to Milton Shumba, On a good length on off, Shumba pushes it to point.
16.3
1
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Full delivery on leg, Musakanda flicks it through square leg for a single.
16.2
0
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Bouncer on middle, Musakanda ducks under it.
16.1
0
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, On a good length on off, Musakanda defends it off the back foot.
15.6
1
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, Full on middle, Musakanda looks to defend but gets an inside edge. It goes towards square leg. The batsmen cross ends.
15.5
2
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, Short of a length on off, Musakanda pulls it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
15.4
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, Full on off, Musakanda drives it to mid off.
15.3
2
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, Short delivery on off, Musakanda looks to pull but gets a top edge. It lands safely towards mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
15.2
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, Length delivery on off, Musakanda pushes it to mid off.
15.1
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, Full delivery on off, Musakanda drives it to covers.
14.6
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, OUT! LBW! Hasan Ali gets the breakthrough! The first wicket falls for Zimbabwe and the opening stand, which was looking good, has been broken here. It is a really good delivery from Ali and this was plumb, for sure! A length ball, around off, it nips back in sharply as Kevin Kasuza stays on the back foot and looks to work this one to the on side. The ball sneaks through and he gets struck on the pad. An appeal and the umpire does not take long to raise his finger. Now, Pakistan will be looking to build on this.

Who will come out now? It is Milton Shumba! 

14.5
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, Length delivery outside off, Kasuza offers no shot to this one.
14.4
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, FOUR LEG BYES! Bouncer on middle, Kasuza looks to duck under it but gets it off the shoulder. It goes over the keeper towards fine leg for a boundary.
14.3
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, Length delivery outside off, Kasuza offers no shot to this one.
14.2
2
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, Full on middle, Kasuza flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get a couple.
14.1
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, Bouncer on middle, Kasuza does well to duck under it.
13.6
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, Good length delivery on middle, Musakanda defends it off the front foot.
13.5
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, On a length on middle, Musakanda flicks it towards the leg side.
13.4
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, Full on off, Musakanda drives it back towards the bowler.
13.3
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, On a length on off, Musakanda defends it off the back foot.
13.2
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, Full on off, Musakanda drives it to mid off.
13.1
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, Length delivery on off, Musakanda defends it off the back foot.
12.6
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, Full and outside off, Kasuza shoulders arms to this one.
12.5
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, On a length on off, Kasuza defends it to mid off.
12.4
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, Full on off, Kasuza looks to push but gets an outside edge. It goes towards gully where the fielder does well to stop it.
12.3
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, Short delivery outside off, Kasuza offers no shot to this one.
12.2
4
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, FOUR! Nice shot! Full and outside off, Kasuza drives it through point for a boundary.

Hasan Ali to bowl from the other end.

12.1
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, On a good length and outside off, Kasuza does not bother to play at that.
11.6
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, On a good length on off, Musakanda keeps it out.
11.5
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, Good length delivery on middle, Musakanda looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
11.4
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, On a length on off, Musakanda pushes it to covers.
11.3
1
Faheem Ashraf to Kevin Kasuza, Back of a length on middle, Kasuza flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
11.2
0
Faheem Ashraf to Kevin Kasuza, On a good length and outside off, Kasuza shoulders arms to this one.
11.1
1
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, Length delivery on off, Musakanda pushes it towards covers for a single.

We are back for the second session of Day 3. The Pakistan players are out in the middle. Kevin Kasuza and Tarisai Musakanda will resume their innings for Zimbabwe. Faheem Ashraf will start the proceedings for this session.

... Day 3, Session 2 ...

Pakistan's bowling was decent. Shaheen Afridi bowled really well and deserved a wicket or two but he did not have luck on his side as a catch was dropped and some edges went past the fielder. Hasan Ali bowled with venom and was decent as well. They would hope to come back and pick up quick wickets. They are way ahead in the game but they will want to win by an innings. Join us at around 1210 local (1010 GMT) for the second session.

Zimbabwe started well with the bat. Both Kevin Kasuza and Tarisai Musakanda have looked good but they have a long way to go and they need to continue. Kasuza has rode his luck as he was dropped while Musakanda has played well. They would hope to come back after Lunch and continue the good work. 

A good session for Zimbabwe! They first bowled out Pakistan cheaply on Day 3 and they would have wanted to play out the rest of the session without losing any wickets and they did just that. Zimbabwe will be happy with the proceedings but they would know that there is still a long way to go. Pakistan, on the other hand, would have liked to pick up a few wickets but it was not to be. 

10.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Outside off, Kasuza leaves it alone. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 3!
10.5
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Back of a length on off, Kasuza taps it to point.
10.4
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, On a good length and outside off, Kasuza offers no shot to this one.
10.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Short delivery outside off, Kasuza pushes it to covers.
10.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Yorker outside off, Kasuza looks to dig it out but misses it.
10.1
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Bouncer on middle, Kasuza ducks under it.
9.6
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, On a good length on off, Musakanda defends it to covers.
9.5
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tarisai Musakanda, Full on off, Musakanda defends it off the front foot.
9.4
1
Faheem Ashraf to Kevin Kasuza, Length delivery on middle, Kasuza flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
9.3
0
Faheem Ashraf to Kevin Kasuza, Back of a length on off, Kasuza offers a solid defense on this one.
9.2
0
Faheem Ashraf to Kevin Kasuza, On a good length on off, Kasuza defends it off the back foot.

Faheem Ashraf is into the attack.

9.1
0
Faheem Ashraf to Kevin Kasuza, Length delivery outside off, Kasuza leaves it alone.
8.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Good length delivery on middle, Kasuza defends it towards mid-wicket for a single.
8.5
4
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, FOUR! Excellent shot! Full on off, Kasuza drives it through mid off for a boundary.
8.4
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Short ball outside off, Kasuza lets it go.
8.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Short delivery on middle, Kasuza fends it uppishly towards short leg where it falls short of the fielder.
8.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, On a good length on off, Kasuza blocks it off the back foot.
8.1
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Length delivery outside off, Kasuza offers no shot to this one.
7.6
0
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Length delivery on middle, Musakanda defends it to mid-wicket.
7.5
0
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, On a length on off, Musakanda defends it off the back foot.
7.4
4
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, FOUR! Lovely shot! Full delivery on off, Musakanda drives it through mid off for a boundary.
7.3
0
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Full on off, Musakanda pushes it to covers.
7.2
0
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Length delivery on middle, Musakanda pushes it to mid on.
7.1
0
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, On a good length on off, Musakanda defends it off the back foot.
6.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, DROPPED! Length delivery outside off, Kasuza looks to push but gets an outside edge. It goes towards second slip where Imran Butt tries to take the catch but spills it.
6.5
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, On a length on off, Kasuza defends it off the back foot.
6.4
2
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Full and outside off, Kasuza drives it through covers. The batsmen get a couple.
6.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Short delivery outside off, Musakanda offers no shot to this one. It goes towards the keeper where Rizwan fumbles and concedes a bye.
6.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, On a good length on off, Musakanda blocks it off the front foot.
6.1
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Length delivery outside off, Musakanda leaves it alone.
5.6
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, Full on off, Kasuza pushes it to mid off.

The physio is out there to have a look at Kasuza for a mandatory concussion test. He looks jaded. Let's hope that he is fine. He is getting a new helmet. 

5.5
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, That's nasty! Kasuza looks really hurt! Short ball around middle, Kasuza looks to duck but the ball does not rise as much and it hits Kasuza on the helmet.
5.4
2
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, Fullish ball on the pads, Kasuza flicks it through the mid-wicket region for a couple.
5.3
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, Outside off, left alone.
5.2
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, Good length ball outside off, Kasuza watches it carefully and shoulders arms to it.
5.1
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, Good length ball on middle, Kasuza defends it back to the bowler.
4.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Full on off, Musakanda pushes it to mid on.
4.5
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Full on off, Musakanda mistimes it to mid on.
4.4
3
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Good shot! Full ball outside off, Kasuza drives it through the covers for three.
4.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Short ball outside off, Kasuza sways away from it.
4.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Full ball on off, Kasuza blocks it to cover.
4.1
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Good length ball on off, defended to the off side.
3.6
4
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, FOUR! Loose from Musakanda! Full ball outside off, Musakanda slashes it over the point fielder for a boundary.
3.5
0
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Good length ball on off, Musakanda looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
3.4
0
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Full ball on off, Musakanda looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
3.3
0
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Full ball on off, Musakanda defends it to cover.
3.2
4
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, EDGED AND FOUR! Good length ball around off, Musakanda looks to push at it but it goes to the third man region for a boundary.
3.1
0
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Full ball on off, Musakanda pushes it to cover.
2.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Good length ball on the pads, Kasuza looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
2.5
4
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, EDGED AND FOUR! Just past the slip cordon! Good length ball on off, Kasuza looks to drive but it takes the outside edge and it goes past the slip cordon and into the fence.
2.4
1
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Fullish ball on off, Musakanda pushes it to cover for a single.
2.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, That's nasty! Short ball around middle, Tarisai drops his wrists and looks to sway away from it but gets hit on the body.
2.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Good length ball on middle, Musakanda defends it back to the bowler.
2.1
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tarisai Musakanda, Good length ball outside off, Musakanda lets it go to the keeper.
1.6
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, Outside off, left alone.
1.5
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, Good length ball outside off, Kasuza watches it go to the keeper as he shoulder arms.
1.4
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, PLAY AND A MISS! Loose shot! Full ball outside off, Kasuza looks to drive but misses.
1.3
0
Hasan Ali to Kevin Kasuza, Good length ball on middle, Kasuza defends it back to the bowler.
1.2
1
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Fullish ball on off, Musakanda pushes it wide of the cover fielder for a single.
1.1
0
Hasan Ali to Tarisai Musakanda, Good length ball outside off, Musakanda shoulders arms to it.

Hasan Ali will bowl from the other end. 

0.6
2
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Good length ball on middle, Kasuza looks to defend but gets an inner half towards the leg side for a couple.
0.5
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Full ball outside off, Kasuza shoulders arms to it.
0.4
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Good length ball outside off, Kasuza watches the ball carefully and leaves it alone.
0.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Good length ball outside off, Kasuza leaves it alone.
0.2
2
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Kasuza and Zimbabwe are underway! Full ball on middle, Kasuza flicks it through square leg and picks up a couple of runs.
0.1
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kevin Kasuza, Afridi starts with a good length ball on middle, Kasuza works it to short leg.