Zimbabwe vs Pakistan: Fawad Alam strikes ton to assist guests construct imposing first innings lead
Harare: Fawad Alam notched his fourth Check hundred as Pakistan constructed an imposing first innings lead over Zimbabwe on the second day of the primary Check in Harare on Friday.
Alam’s unbeaten 108, together with Imran Butt’s painstaking 91 earlier within the day, guided Pakistan to 374-6 on the shut, giving them a lead of 198 over Zimbabwe’s first innings complete of 176.
Hasan Ali was the opposite unbeaten batsman with 21 on a day that noticed the Pakistan batsmen struggling within the morning — they scored simply 59 from 32 overs — earlier than accelerating within the subsequent two periods.
Alam drove Zimbabwe seamer Donald Tiripano for 2 consecutive boundaries to race from 93 to his century, having remarkably transformed every of his Check fifties into three figures.
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The 35-year-old left-hander had smashed a debut hundred in Sri Lanka in 2009 however was discarded after solely two extra Check after which needed to anticipate 10 years and 259 days for his subsequent Check, in England final 12 months.
Fawad has up to now batted for 155 balls, hitting 16 boundaries. He added 107 for the fifth wicket with Mohammad Rizwan who made 45.
Whereas Alam made probably the most of his alternative, opener Butt missed out on a maiden Check century by simply 9 runs.
Others amongst runs had been Abid Ali 60 and Azhar Ali 36.
Zimbabwe’s greatest bowler Donald Tiripano, who has figures of 3-89, had already derailed Pakistan with a double strike within the post-lunch session with the wickets of Azhar and Babar Azam.
The Pakistan captain Azam drove Tiripano firmly to Roy Kaia at a unorthodox quick mid-on to report his first ever golden duck in Check cricket.
Butt grew to become quick bowler Richard Ngarava’s first wicket in Checks, caught behind after hitting seven boundaries in an stubborn 236-ball keep.
Resuming on 103 with out loss, the Pakistan openers struggled early on because the Zimbabwe bowlers saved tight line and size.
Butt, taking part in his third Check, and Abid may add solely 10 runs within the opening 10 overs — eight of the primary 14 overs had been maidens. The primary boundary solely arrived within the 18th over of the morning.
With the introduction of Tendai Chisoro’s left-arm spin, Abid retreated into his shell fully earlier than an tried drive discovered the sting of the bat.
Brendan Taylor juggled the prospect at slip earlier than pouching it to finish Abid’s innings, which final 140 balls and included 10 fours, and a gap partnership of 115.
The second Check can also be in Harare, from 7 Could.
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