Zimbabwe vs Pakistan: Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali assist guests seize management of first Check on opening day
Harare: Pakistan dominated the opening day of the primary Check towards Zimbabwe on the again of some harmful tempo bowling by Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi in Harare on Thursday.
Hasan completed with 4-53 whereas Afridi grabbed 4-43 as Zimbabwe — who gained the toss and batted — have been dismissed for a paltry 176 on a sluggish pitch at Harare Sports activities Membership.
Abid Ali then replied with a strong unbeaten 56 whereas fellow opener Imran Butt made 43 not out as Pakistan closed the day on 103 with out loss.
Each Abid and Butt have been cautious initially, having failed miserably in Pakistan’s 2-0 dwelling sequence win over South Africa in February.
Abid took 13 deliveries to open his account however as soon as he acquired underway with a pull for 4 off Richard Ngarava, he eased into his work hanging 9 additional boundaries.
Butt, who had managed simply 36 in his first 4 Check innings, was extra circumspect because the pair supplied no probabilities to Zimbabwe’s inexperienced bowling assault.
Zimbabwe have been struggling at 59-4 at lunch with Hasan taking two early wickets, together with the prized considered one of stand-in skipper Brendan Taylor for simply 5.
Debutant Roy Kaia stood agency within the post-lunch session, top-scoring with 48 earlier than falling leg-before to Hasan whereas Donald Tiripano chipped in with 28 and Milton Shumba, additionally enjoying in his first Check, scored 27.
Zimbabwe seemingly recovered when Shumba and Kaia lifted them from a precarious 30-4 with a stand of 59 however an unlucky run out of Shumba put an finish to the battle.
Afridi reached 50 Check wickets by dismissing Tendai Chisoro earlier than taking the final two wickets to wrap up the innings.
Zimbabwe have been hit laborious on the eve of the match when common skipper Sean Williams was dominated out with a hand harm whereas one other skilled batsman Craig Ervine additionally did not get better from a calf harm.
Within the first session Hasan was the star as he eliminated opener Kevin Kasuza, who performed on within the second over of the day for nought, and Taylor for 5.
The stand-in skipper flashed rashly at a large ball outdoors off stump, edging to Faheem Ashraf who swallowed up the possibility within the slips.
In between, Afridi had Prince Masvaure caught by Butt at second slip for 11 and left-arm spinner Nauman Ali, introduced into the assault early, bowled Tarisai Musakanda by means of the gate for 14.
Pakistan handed a Check debut to off-spinner Sajid Khan whereas Zimbabwe included Shumba, Kaia and Ngarava for his or her first Exams.
The second Check may also be performed in Harare from 7 Might.
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