Zimbabwe v Pakistan, only Test, Bulawayo, 2nd day September 2, 2011

Hafeez leads fightback after Mawoyo's marathon

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Pakistan 116 for 1 (Hafeez 79*) trail Zimbabwe 412 (Mawoyo 163*, Cheema 4-79, Ajmal 4-143) by 296 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Tino Mawoyo became the third Zimbabwe batsman to carry his bat, leading Zimbabwe to an impressive 412 before Mohammad Hafeez helped Pakistan assert themselves in the final session. The Queens Sports Club pitch remained benign for the second day running, and Mawoyo cashed in after overcoming a bout of nerves in the 90s to build on the platform the home side set on the first day.

Pakistan looked deflated in the morning but an energetic burst from the debutant Aizaz Cheema in the lead-up to tea helped helped them recover some lost ground. They then surged past 100 in the final session as the action shifted up a gear, after having meandered under Mawoyo's watch.

Hafeez was entertaining and elegant, but also enjoyed a slice of luck against the new-ball pair of Brian Vitori and Kyle Jarvis, who repeatedly attacked the stumps. Jarvis struck early, trapping Taufeeq Umar with a fullish ball that straightened towards middle and leg to leave Pakistan 8 for 1.

That should have become 16 for 2 in the next over when Vitori squared Hafeez up with a delivery that left him, but Brendan Taylor spilt the edge at second slip. It was a smart set-up from Vitori, after Hafeez had punched the two previous balls, both inswingers, down the ground.

The reprieve did not affect Hafeez's mindset and he continued to seek boundaries every time the bowlers missed their lengths. Despite his intent, Zimbabwe retained three slips and bowled full. He responded with a series of pleasing drives through the off side, and pulled well when the odd ball was dropped short. Azhar Ali was mostly a spectator as the 50-run stand came up in the 11th over. Ray Price's introduction slowed down the pace, as he offered generous flight in search of the edge, but Hafeez latched onto Vitori's short balls to motor past his half-century. Late in the day, he whacked Greg Lamb for six over midwicket, before taking Price for two boundaries in the last over to cap Pakistan's strong comeback.

That Pakistan managed their resurgence was down to Cheema's intent in the lead-up to tea. He concentrated on bowling a a full length to skittle out the tail, but not before Mawoyo had accumulated relentlessly, interspersing phases of stonewalling with sparks of fluency.

Mawoyo began the day with two early boundaries off Sohail Khan to enter the 90s, but he slowed down thereafter as his tormentor-in-chief, Saeed Ajmal, came into the attack. Mawoyo faced 166 balls in all from Ajmal, without once looking like he could spot the doosra. Ajmal's offbreaks did not turn too sharply, but mixed up with the odd indecipherable doosra, the stock delivery too became a threat.

On 98, Mawoyo wandered out of the crease in an attempt to reach the flight, but the doosra turned past the outside edge into Adnan Akmal's gloves. Akmal closed the gloves a touch late and inexplicably, failed to break the stumps with the ball lodged between his wrists.

That wasn't Mawoyo's only moment of indecision in the 90s. He was also troubled by Junaid Khan outside off stump repeatedly. Junaid's persistence accounted for Craig Ervine, who fended a short ball back to Junaid for his first Test wicket. Mawoyo hung on, and after 13 agonising balls on 99, inside-edged towards midwicket to reach his 100. With the milestone out of the way, he showed more freedom, driving and pulling Ajmal for fours before lacing Cheema down the ground.

Azhar's part-time legbreaks did not bother Mawoyo after lunch, and he picked up easy boundaries off him to kick off the most fluent session of his innings. Lamb too was at ease, thumping an Azhar half-tracker through point as Zimbabwe passed 350. Ajmal kept searching, but his doosras did everything except go to hand after taking the edge. Lamb misread his first ball after drinks, nicking one past slip for four, but Ajmal trapped him two balls later with the offbreak. Lamb had made 39, one of four top-order batsmen to fall within sight of a half-century.

Cheema's perseverance with the inswinger finally bore fruit when Price inside-edged to short leg, giving the bowler his first Test victim four days short of his 32nd birthday. Mawoyo remained immovable at his end, his footwork and defence increasing in decisiveness through the day. He brought up his 150 by nudging his 422nd ball to square leg. Ajmal should have had Vitori next ball, but Junaid put in a lame effort and failed to reach the top-edge as it swirled towards him at deep square leg.

Armed with a roughed-up ball against the tail-enders, Cheema resorted to a full length for the first time in the innings. He eventually got Vitori edging low to slip, before bowling Jarvis and Chris Mpofu. But that was not before Mpofu had mowed Ajmal over midwicket to take Zimbabwe past 400, a creditable effort considering that barring Tatenda Taibu, none of their batsmen could read the offspinner.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • deconstruct on September 3, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    While I would not like to be overly critical of the bowlers, given their inexperience and docile nature of the pitch, there are a few questions which need to be answered by PCB: one could understand resting Umar Gul, who's been around for a decade, but what's the logic behind resting Wahab Riaz who has just started his career and is hungry for more matches? Also, what happened to Tanvir, the medium pacer who played such a key role in Pakistan's success against NZ? And what made the tour selection committee go into this match with only one spinner, given Zimbabwe's vulnerability against spin? If Shoaib Malik can be cleared by a rubber stamp committee, why must poor Kaneria suffer - all because he doesn't have the right political connections? Lets face it, after the ban on Asif and Amir, Pakistan doesn't really have a fearsome pace attack any more. So its all the more necessary to have a quality spin attack with Ajmal and Kaneria bowling together.

  • binojpeter on September 3, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Match seems to be headed for a draw. Seems that there is nothing in the pitch for the bowlers.

  • on September 3, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    well again to much experimentation to look for new guys !!! actually some of them are "Purchee" guys PCB is running out of their tricks now , they really have a bad face. Even though Wasim Akram criticized the selections but yet they are not changing their undemocratic/unprofessional ways. one thing is for sure they are going to have a tough series they may stay even but to dominate someone really needs to step in and I really cant tell , I am more optomistic on the new guys.. Good news they will be playing against Sri Lanka so they are goingt be playing at least till they get the home venues back for action..

  • yamin101 on September 2, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Worst ever fast bowling attack by Pakistan. No speed, no smooth bowling action, well done PCB to find such nice boys from a huge pool of talant.

  • Navzkhan on September 2, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    Can someone explain me?why misbah choose to field on this motorway like pitch after winning the toss?pak could easily score 700 plus in the first two days and can put pressure on the fragile batting line up of zimbabwe.....

  • Navzkhan on September 2, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    Can someone explain me?why misbah choose to field on this motorway like pitch after winning the toss?pak could easily score 700 plus in the first two days and can put pressure on the fragile batting line up of zimbabwe.....

  • on September 2, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    good composed performance from zim. Frustate pak attack. Razzaq and wahab should be their. . . Any ways 3rd day wil be ta match decider :-) May be pAK batsmen fumble as their past record

  • on September 2, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    pakistan are going well but one or two quick wickets and the pressuer is right back on them.... this is is thanks to a mature innings by mawoyo and zimbabwe on a whole. I feel that zimbabwe are on there way up and the best may still be to come..

  • on September 2, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    Honestly speaking, even though the pitch was a real dead one for the bowlers, but the bowlers our great PCB chose to send on this trip were extremely ordinary. They have no talent whatsoever, they just bowled the same deliveries over and over again, showing no variations...all credit goes to PCB for choosing such a wonderful team. Zimbabwe will never loose this game, but keeping in sight Pakistani great batsmen, I do fancy Zimbabwes chances of winning this test.

  • mensan on September 2, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    I hope pakistan score at least 550 to put Zim under some pressure in 2nd innings. Though the wicket is so docile, it will be a draw most likely.

  • deconstruct on September 3, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    While I would not like to be overly critical of the bowlers, given their inexperience and docile nature of the pitch, there are a few questions which need to be answered by PCB: one could understand resting Umar Gul, who's been around for a decade, but what's the logic behind resting Wahab Riaz who has just started his career and is hungry for more matches? Also, what happened to Tanvir, the medium pacer who played such a key role in Pakistan's success against NZ? And what made the tour selection committee go into this match with only one spinner, given Zimbabwe's vulnerability against spin? If Shoaib Malik can be cleared by a rubber stamp committee, why must poor Kaneria suffer - all because he doesn't have the right political connections? Lets face it, after the ban on Asif and Amir, Pakistan doesn't really have a fearsome pace attack any more. So its all the more necessary to have a quality spin attack with Ajmal and Kaneria bowling together.

  • binojpeter on September 3, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Match seems to be headed for a draw. Seems that there is nothing in the pitch for the bowlers.

  • on September 3, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    well again to much experimentation to look for new guys !!! actually some of them are "Purchee" guys PCB is running out of their tricks now , they really have a bad face. Even though Wasim Akram criticized the selections but yet they are not changing their undemocratic/unprofessional ways. one thing is for sure they are going to have a tough series they may stay even but to dominate someone really needs to step in and I really cant tell , I am more optomistic on the new guys.. Good news they will be playing against Sri Lanka so they are goingt be playing at least till they get the home venues back for action..

  • yamin101 on September 2, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Worst ever fast bowling attack by Pakistan. No speed, no smooth bowling action, well done PCB to find such nice boys from a huge pool of talant.

  • Navzkhan on September 2, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    Can someone explain me?why misbah choose to field on this motorway like pitch after winning the toss?pak could easily score 700 plus in the first two days and can put pressure on the fragile batting line up of zimbabwe.....

  • Navzkhan on September 2, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    Can someone explain me?why misbah choose to field on this motorway like pitch after winning the toss?pak could easily score 700 plus in the first two days and can put pressure on the fragile batting line up of zimbabwe.....

  • on September 2, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    good composed performance from zim. Frustate pak attack. Razzaq and wahab should be their. . . Any ways 3rd day wil be ta match decider :-) May be pAK batsmen fumble as their past record

  • on September 2, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    pakistan are going well but one or two quick wickets and the pressuer is right back on them.... this is is thanks to a mature innings by mawoyo and zimbabwe on a whole. I feel that zimbabwe are on there way up and the best may still be to come..

  • on September 2, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    Honestly speaking, even though the pitch was a real dead one for the bowlers, but the bowlers our great PCB chose to send on this trip were extremely ordinary. They have no talent whatsoever, they just bowled the same deliveries over and over again, showing no variations...all credit goes to PCB for choosing such a wonderful team. Zimbabwe will never loose this game, but keeping in sight Pakistani great batsmen, I do fancy Zimbabwes chances of winning this test.

  • mensan on September 2, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    I hope pakistan score at least 550 to put Zim under some pressure in 2nd innings. Though the wicket is so docile, it will be a draw most likely.

  • on September 2, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    im impressed i must say.Zim is showin a great improvement and it seems ds is one of the best team selection Zim has had in a number of years. I thot maybe Pakistan was going to bowl them out in the early stages of the game but they offered competitions i never expected. Im proud really, the team has taken a brighter road. Keep up!!!

  • khurramsch on September 2, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    it may b a draw but tim playd very wel.yes got a chance ,ys no good bowlers,but stil 450bals is not joke and playng 150bals of ajmal and not getng out is an impresive thng. Pak reply is going wel and the more thy play like ths draw loms. Hafiz lokng good but evn he make same score quickly i would say playng 450bals more good in tests.

  • pk_cric_rox on September 2, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    this shows how pakistan is suffering bcoz of no international cricket in pakistan. these new bowlers should b checked in pakistan during practice matches for touring teams. but no teams r touring pakistan so pcb has no option and they have to give them a complete match at international level. 2 three day side matches against touring teams give u atleast 15 local guys to look at. but now pakistan has to risk test matches to check those 15 guys and thats why none of them will get a decent run to prove his talent

  • ExplicitPlatinum on September 2, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    I disagree with you lot a bit. Look at Azhar Ali, he is like Younis Khan material and it's great if Hafeez keeps batting but it was quite annoying to see Taufeeq to get out very early. Younis and Misbah will hopefully make big numbers and Umar Akmal to add to that. Adnan isn't too bad either. If we keep this up then Pakistan can win.

  • Stark62 on September 2, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    I congratulate the 31 yr old Cheema on his 4 wkt haul.....oh wait......it was against 4 tail enders! :)

  • cricket_for_all on September 2, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    I am really impressed with ZIM's performance. Come on they have made 400+ against PAK attack. Even without mail bowlers the PAK bowling is one of the best attacks in the world (way better than India). I hope ZIM win this match and give more promise.

  • a4ahsange on September 2, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Hafeez is playin cause hes just showin that he wud be a handy captain,, But please dont make him to handle pak teamm,,, hes a good player but not a captain Material..

  • CricketChat on September 2, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Mawoyo showed maturity beyond his yrs. He stayed put even after getting his 100 and didn't play loose shots. His only mistake was not rotating the strike when the tail was in and not increasing scoring tempo, all of which can be attributes to his lack of experience at this level. He can only get better.

  • on September 2, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    I dont see Zimbabwe losing this... Even if Hafeez keeps batting.

    After all its only 3 days left...

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  • on September 2, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    I dont see Zimbabwe losing this... Even if Hafeez keeps batting.

    After all its only 3 days left...

  • CricketChat on September 2, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Mawoyo showed maturity beyond his yrs. He stayed put even after getting his 100 and didn't play loose shots. His only mistake was not rotating the strike when the tail was in and not increasing scoring tempo, all of which can be attributes to his lack of experience at this level. He can only get better.

  • a4ahsange on September 2, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Hafeez is playin cause hes just showin that he wud be a handy captain,, But please dont make him to handle pak teamm,,, hes a good player but not a captain Material..

  • cricket_for_all on September 2, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    I am really impressed with ZIM's performance. Come on they have made 400+ against PAK attack. Even without mail bowlers the PAK bowling is one of the best attacks in the world (way better than India). I hope ZIM win this match and give more promise.

  • Stark62 on September 2, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    I congratulate the 31 yr old Cheema on his 4 wkt haul.....oh wait......it was against 4 tail enders! :)

  • ExplicitPlatinum on September 2, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    I disagree with you lot a bit. Look at Azhar Ali, he is like Younis Khan material and it's great if Hafeez keeps batting but it was quite annoying to see Taufeeq to get out very early. Younis and Misbah will hopefully make big numbers and Umar Akmal to add to that. Adnan isn't too bad either. If we keep this up then Pakistan can win.

  • pk_cric_rox on September 2, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    this shows how pakistan is suffering bcoz of no international cricket in pakistan. these new bowlers should b checked in pakistan during practice matches for touring teams. but no teams r touring pakistan so pcb has no option and they have to give them a complete match at international level. 2 three day side matches against touring teams give u atleast 15 local guys to look at. but now pakistan has to risk test matches to check those 15 guys and thats why none of them will get a decent run to prove his talent

  • khurramsch on September 2, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    it may b a draw but tim playd very wel.yes got a chance ,ys no good bowlers,but stil 450bals is not joke and playng 150bals of ajmal and not getng out is an impresive thng. Pak reply is going wel and the more thy play like ths draw loms. Hafiz lokng good but evn he make same score quickly i would say playng 450bals more good in tests.

  • on September 2, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    im impressed i must say.Zim is showin a great improvement and it seems ds is one of the best team selection Zim has had in a number of years. I thot maybe Pakistan was going to bowl them out in the early stages of the game but they offered competitions i never expected. Im proud really, the team has taken a brighter road. Keep up!!!

  • mensan on September 2, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    I hope pakistan score at least 550 to put Zim under some pressure in 2nd innings. Though the wicket is so docile, it will be a draw most likely.