Zimbabwe v Pakistan, only Test, Bulawayo, 5th day

Pakistan ease to seven-wicket win

The Report by Nitin Sundar

September 5, 2011

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Pakistan 466 (Hafeez 119, Lamb 3-120) and 88 for 3 (Hafeez 38) beat Zimbabwe 412 (Mawoyo 163, Cheema 4-79, Ajmal 4-143) and 141 (Taibu 58, Cheema 4-24, Hafeez 4-31) by seven wickets
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Aizaz Cheema finished with match figures of 8 for 103, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, only Test, 5th day, Bulawayo, September 5, 2011
Aizaz Cheema ended Zimbabwe's resistance early on the fifth day to finish with match figures of 8 for 103 © AFP

Pakistan surged to a seven-wicket victory in Bulawayo as Zimbabwe paid the price for throwing away ten sessions of hard work in one poor session on the fourth day. Tatenda Taibu and Kyle Jarvis had kept Pakistan waiting with a 66-run stand for the eighth wicket yesterday, but Taibu's exit without any addition to the score signalled the end of Zimbabwe's resistance. Pakistan lost their top three batsmen in the chase, but the paltry target of 88 was insufficient to trouble them.

Though the opposition wasn't the toughest, it was a significant result for Pakistan since it gave them consecutive Test wins for the first time since 2005, following their series-levelling triumph against West Indies in Basseterre.

After skittling out the top eight Zimbabwean wickets in 27.3 overs, Pakistan were made to wait for exactly another 27.3 overs for their next wicket, and the last one followed without much fuss. The speed of Zimbabwe's capitulation came as a surprise, given how resilient Taibu and Jarvis had been in the lead-up to stumps yesterday.

With an in-and-out field aimed at keeping Taibu off strike, Aizaz Cheema, celebrating his 32nd birthday, delivered the last ball of his opening over well wide of off stump. Anxious to get the single, Taibu looked to steer away from his body and guided the ball into the wicketkeeper's gloves. In his next over, Cheema removed Chris Mpofu with a fuller length, making him edge to Adnan Akmal again. The double-strike gave Cheema an eight-wicket match haul - the second best by a Pakistan debutant.

One man's gain was another's loss, though, as Mohammad Hafeez was left stranded on four wickets - one more would have made him the 27th player, and only the second since 2000, to achieve the double of a century and five wickets in the same game.

Backed by the confidence of a strong all-round showing, Hafeez began the chase in attacking fashion. He welcomed Ray Price, the one man likely to cause problems on a wearing pitch, with a lofted drive for four and a slog-sweep for six. Taufeeq Umar fell fending an effort ball from Jarvis through to Taibu, but Hafeez kept playing his shots.

He raced to 38 off 44 balls before Price managed to bowl him round the legs off an edge. Azhar Ali and Younis Khan took Pakistan to the brink before Azhar betrayed his inexperience. Normally known for his patience, Azhar gifted his wicket to Price while attempting to hurry Pakistan across the line.

Pakistan's most experienced pair - Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq - ensured there was no further loss and they surged home minutes before lunch. It capped Waqar Younis' stint as Pakistan coach with a win that was hard-fought, yet clinical. The result also underlined Zimbabwe's standing in the Test format: while they aren't entirely lacking on the skills front, they are still some way away from becoming a top-flight side.

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Posted by Desihungama on (September 7, 2011, 0:15 GMT)

KiwiRocker - Spot on. Umer Akmal should be replaced by Fawad Alam and I think our Test team is pretty much settled. And when either Younis or Misbah retires, there is not a better middle order batsman in Pakistan than Asim Kamal. I bet he must have burned his cricket gear by now. I am simply astonished to see the rise of M. Hafeez, what a second coming. He should be our next Captain but to my amazement Misbah did not include his name in future prospects. I guess because he was Afridi's guy?

Posted by   on (September 6, 2011, 14:48 GMT)

give yousuf one more chance....

Posted by Black_Rider on (September 6, 2011, 11:22 GMT)

Congratzzzzzz......Pakistan.....My team isn't doing well these days but I feel always happy when you guys win.....Pakistan is my favorite team after Sri Lanka.Let's meet in UAE....

Posted by Wazzi on (September 6, 2011, 9:11 GMT)

Well done Pakistan!!!! fantastic effort by the bowlers specially Aizaz Cheema. 8 wickets on a debut on dead track, great job!!!!

Posted by smartguy786 on (September 6, 2011, 6:44 GMT)

Greatwin for pakistan, but i Think Umar Alkma should start be played at no,4, we r wasting him at no.6. The opener Tawfiq was a total flop..... wea did he come from.. no other opener for Pakistan

Posted by DINESHCC on (September 6, 2011, 6:43 GMT)

HAROON AYUB: "INDIA, this is how to win a Test Match away from home! Unfortunately no TV channels showed the match in Britain!!". BETTER YOU SAY THE SAME LINE AFTER BEATING SRI LANKA AND NOT ZIMBABWE, WI, BANGLADESH, IRELAND, UAE, AFGHANISTAN, NETHERLANDS, NAMIBIA, CANADA, KENYA.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (September 6, 2011, 5:34 GMT)

I had commented when Cheema was selected that Cheema is a real deal. I am pleased he responded well. An old fashioned hard worker who seems to have a big heart and seems quite fit. Biggest disappointment was Sohail Khan. He does not desrve another chance. Similarly, Taufeeq Umer needs to raise his game. Asad Shafiq shud walk in for ODI's. Pakistan has Gul, Wahab, Junaid, Cheema- A good solid attack now with variety as all four are different type of bowlers. Muhammad Amir will be back in next 3-4 years! Things are looking good for Pakistan. Saeed Ajmal is definitely best spinner along with Swann..Miles ahead of rest of spinners. Misbah and Younis add solid middle order.Pakistan shud get Razzaq, Afridi, Rana Naveed back in team. SHoib Mailk is a bad influence and a poor selection. Umer Akmal is not a test player and its a shame that player of Asad Shafiq's quality is waiting on sidelines. iCC rankings are flawed and on form, England, SA, Australia and Pakistan are top 4 teams!

Posted by DocBindra on (September 6, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

Haroon Ayub Sahir, LOL please put that whatever kool aid down, you are comparing Zimbabwe to England? Enough said, this ridiculous cheap shot doesn't deserve any further credence. LOL. I love how this is a thread for Zimbabwe vs Pakistan but somehow, cheapshots and India keep coming up. Grow up.

Posted by Impartialpk on (September 6, 2011, 4:36 GMT)

No doubt win is after all a win but to me pakistan needs to do a lot more to trouble as good a side as srilanka, offering 9 chances to any better side won't provide them the same result. Think about it

Posted by Rolling_in_The_Deep on (September 6, 2011, 3:12 GMT)

Well Done Pakistan to create a win out of a draw on a shirt front of a pitch.. For Aizaz Cheema, one must give credit to Waqar Younis who stood up for his selection..Good to see Hafeez coming of age.. Its a good team in the making.. need a good replacement of waqar

Posted by jtggrehhtrhtrht on (September 6, 2011, 0:57 GMT)

pakistan should bring back mohammed yousaf who averages at 50.2... and is one of pakistans best cricketer

Posted by   on (September 5, 2011, 22:01 GMT)

Well done to the Pakistan Test Match team for beating Zimbawe in their home groud. INDIA, this is how to win a Test Match away from home! Unfortunately no TV channels showed the match in Britain!!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2011, 21:46 GMT)

I saw pakistan play a test in Trinidad in the late 50s and was struck by their talents,although they did get beat they showed loads of skill and natural ability.Its amazing that since then they have constantly produced some of the most exciting cricketers the world have seen,i dont think any other batsman has given me more pleasure than Majid Khan,when Pakistan is in the groove nobody can touch them,I do hope they can climb back to where they once was,then I would follow themanywhere they play,I am a West Indian from Trinidad so Windies is my first team but Pakistan is my second.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2011, 19:21 GMT)

Pakistan have such a large pool of fast bowlers that they sometimes get their selection wrong,how on earth did it take so long to pick someone like Cheema.If Cheema can bowl that fast at 32 I wonder what he was like at 25.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

@delpihero mind you it's not easy to replace a bowler of Muhammad Amir's class. It took about 2 decades to find some one close to Wasim Akram's talent so give it time. We just need a decent bowler to play for the team for a few years while a youngster is groomed. Amir's loss is hurting the side a big deal. He wasn't only a great prospect for Pakistan but for cricket in general.

Posted by Desihungama on (September 5, 2011, 19:08 GMT)

Pakistan of 2008 would have capitulated. The decade of wilderness is over as I see them challenging the No. 1 spot in very near future. But for that, they have to not only fight the opponents but ICC also. Please do not (ICC) insult us anymore by calling games in UAE and other places as our home games. They are not. UAE is not our home, Pakistan is. Put things in perspective and give us the points we deserve to play ALL our matches in opponents home. Bring it on.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2011, 18:14 GMT)

Taufeeq Umar should be dropped forever.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

Congrats pak, u hv deserve it...n great fight to zim

Posted by mensan on (September 5, 2011, 16:46 GMT)

It was a dead pitch. To win here is obviously a big achivement by Pakistan. I expect Pakistan to give Sri Lanka a good fight in UAE.

Posted by bumsonseats on (September 5, 2011, 16:00 GMT)

its funny how pakistan can seem to find fast bowlers, weres indian struggle. we had in england playing for lancashire junaid khan who was a good find for lancs. wasim recommended him to his old club and was also in the side . do indian bowlers not feel the need to work as a quickie. or maybe wickets in pakistan are more conducive to faster bowling. if india produced wickets were fast bowlers did get something out off the pitch, which in turn helped their batters play the bouncer instead of flinching like big girls blouses. maybe when the old guard retire the bcci may then change their thinking of pitches. seem like pakistan have still a good conveyor belt of quicks. dpk

Posted by cricinme on (September 5, 2011, 15:59 GMT)

A little better batting effort by Zimbabwe in the second innings could have helped them save/win this test match.

Posted by usmananwar91 on (September 5, 2011, 15:36 GMT)

@cyrushyrus: Well said.Pakistani team is very young,Youngsters like Cheema and Ajmal will play a huge part in future.I think PCB has already started to target the 2015 worldcup.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2011, 15:22 GMT)

cyrushyrus........ur funny...............keep those comments comin......:P

Posted by TaylorSwift on (September 5, 2011, 15:21 GMT)

Well done, boys! Zimbabwe put up a good fight and I am sure they will take away a few positives from this game. Pakistan weren't as clinical in their win as I had hoped for but its a step in the right direction, nonetheless. Hafeez and Cheema were impressive in the win and I sincerely hope that Pakistan stick with Junaid Khan. His numbers were not that impressive but he has the potential to be a successful third seamer after Gul and Wahab.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2011, 15:07 GMT)

congrats to pak team...lookin frw same performance against big teams

Posted by SCLFOREVER on (September 5, 2011, 14:34 GMT)

@cyrushyrus you are such a joky man, you made us laugh. what a joke, you should do a comedy show, where you will host, you will be the audience, you will laugh on your own jokes. And guess what your show will be on TV, you will press record button before you leave the house and come back to watch and laugh again.

Posted by anwaralam on (September 5, 2011, 14:32 GMT)

mohammadanwar Proper bowling strategy allowed Zimbabwe tailenders to wag and accumulate 141. Good that today mornings early wickets did not pose any serious chasing problem for Pakistan. Good to see Pakistan slowing reviving its image in cricket. Junaid Khan deserves place in the team ahead of Sohail Khan. Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Cheema and Junaid should be a formidable line up for a bowling attack. All that is need is hard practice and bowling on line and length. Good luck for the upcoming matches in Zimbabwe and UAE/Dubai.

Posted by BravoBravo on (September 5, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

It was an interesting test match. Congratulations to PAK for winning the test. However, I was moved by the closing statement made by ZIM Captain Mr. Brendan Taylor. Mr. Taylor was very forthcoming about the lapses about his team, while giving due credit, and prasing to PAK team. I like to emphasize here that it was kind of rare statement these days unlike the statement/comment section which are inundating CricInfo site about villifying their opponent, and offering all kind of excuses after the being mauled and hauled by the better time. Yes, I am talking about IND vs ENG matches. I wish good luck to ZIM team in forthcoming ODI and test matches.

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 5, 2011, 14:17 GMT)

8 wickets for a fast bowler on a dead track on debut would be a dream come true by indian standards but pretty normal by pak standards. WELL PLAYED CHEEMA

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (September 5, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

@cyrushrus, in regard to T20 cricket being in the olympics, I think its way down the agenda for the ICC at this moment, and I can see there being an age or qualification restriction on players from the established test nations, such as U-23 or similar as per the FIFA regulations. How can you not like a Batsman that makes runs, and why does that add pressure to the other batsmen, surely with Hafeez making runs it takes the pressure off, or is there another reason.

Posted by khurramsch on (September 5, 2011, 14:00 GMT)

good win for pak & well played ZIMB in 1st inings. some mistakes need consideration even pak won. stil think younis & azahr were too slow in 1st inngs. playing so many balls they should atleast score 20 more. i m not saying 4 everyball but strike rate of 40-45 isnt that risky.azahr at this strike rate wont b able to score his 100 ever coz he doesnt covert these 200 balls in scoring. Chema has good debut & should play in ODIs. hafez proved good. sohail khans 2nd match is as disapointing as 1st. though junaid wasnt tht succesful but he did troubled bastamen.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2011, 13:56 GMT)

Feel sorry for Tino especially but consistency is needed gentleman. Live and learn.

Posted by AdnanKayani on (September 5, 2011, 13:43 GMT)

well done pak team although they have lost two more wickets to my liking and three less what i was expecting at the start of the inng

Posted by likeintcricket on (September 5, 2011, 13:41 GMT)

Its a welcome win for Pakistan cause if its any other result, things could get more worse for them. I believe that a full strength Pakistan side despite the loss of Aamir, Asif and Salman has still got enough talent to challenge AUS, India and Sri Lanka.

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 5, 2011, 13:19 GMT)

this win will sadden Indian fans more than please Pakistani fans for apparent reasons but as a Pakistani I must say Pakistan played extreemly well to get a win out of a deadbeat wicket.

Posted by poderdubdubdub on (September 5, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

Well done Misbah and co., any away test win is commendable. However the fact remains that without their first choice fast bowlers the Pakistan bowling remains below average. This attack allowed Zimbabwe to score 412 in the first innings! Junaid Khan and Sohail Khan were disappointing, now we know why Mohammad Amir was preferred over Junaid and Sohail. In the batting dept Yunus Khan needs to up his scoring rate, thanks to Hafeez, Adnan and Misbah that the overall scoring rate stayed close to 3 (2.98 , though not brilliant). Umar Akmal is still a promise yet to be fulfilled, the question is how long can we wait? After 30 test innings he is still averaging 35!!

Posted by Tatsache on (September 5, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

pakistan everytime having good bowlers...If they have descent batting and If they had no controversy ...sure PAK will one of the top list...!

Posted by robertwlsn76 on (September 5, 2011, 12:35 GMT)

Fantastic,but they could have won it by greater margin by losing less wickets

Posted by KarachiKid on (September 5, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

Pakistan should be playing more often with teams like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, NZ and WI to get their confidence back in test cricket. Unfortunately, the next two assignments are way too tough....

Posted by Nerk on (September 5, 2011, 12:09 GMT)

Great, old fashioned test. Two gladiators going at it hard, until one makes a fatal mistake. Whilst neither of these teams look like genuine contenders in world cricket, I believe they both have the talent and skill to match it with the big guns and, given a wee bit of luck, might make other teams pay.

Posted by ShaniJ on (September 5, 2011, 12:08 GMT)

Well done Pakistan,a perfect farewell for Waqar Younis.I hope the new coach(whoever it is) continues to build this team with same dedication as Waqar!!

Posted by mspalash on (September 5, 2011, 11:42 GMT)

Zimbabwe Reminds me the inaugural test match of Bangladesh back in 2000. Played very very well in first 3 days and then crumbled down.

Posted by delpihero on (September 5, 2011, 11:40 GMT)

Not going to set the world a light in a rush, he will be replaced in a year when he faces a decent batting lineup. Sorry but its true. Mind you pak need a 3rd seamer and since last year every medium pace lollypopper gets a chance.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2011, 11:38 GMT)

good stuf by d team....

Posted by   on (September 5, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

It was very good result especially because Pakistan played so many youngsters and also because Zimbabwe played a very good first innings. But good result in end, it's a boost for Pakistan cricket.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2011, 11:30 GMT)

well done! our team needs to avoid limelight and superstar attitude to flourish as a team!!! i hope misbah will do this!!

Posted by   on (September 5, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. Hafeez, Younis did well

Posted by   on (September 5, 2011, 11:09 GMT)

well done Pakistan...though not the strongest of opponents but a win is a win...shows were far better than alot of other teams out there

Posted by cyrushyrus on (September 5, 2011, 11:08 GMT)

Pakistan proved that they are the number one Test team amongst the two. They were just flawless except for conceding 200 more runs by a team of Zimbabwe's caliber and not scoring enough runs i their first innings. I think Misbah will gain more experience of captaincy in the years to come and can be a huge asset for Pakistan during the 2020 Olympics when cricket makes it to the Olympics. I do not particularly like Hafeez because he makes too many runs for a Pakistani opener and that puts undue pressure on Taufeeq, imran farhat and other talented achievrs. My heartiest congrats to Imran Khan..he did well as the manager of this side along with coach Lawson.

Posted by   on (September 5, 2011, 11:02 GMT)

A shame that PCB gave a chance to the Samis and Rao Iftikhars when this guys was hitting 92 mph some years back, and with these skills, he would have been in another position today.

But, well played Aizaz Cheema.

Posted by smartguy786 on (September 5, 2011, 10:53 GMT)

Well done Pakistan, Welcome relieve from the loses

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