Hafeez's all-round feat, and a familiar Zimbabwe collapse
Not on too many occasions do teams manage to win a Test after conceding over 400 runs in the first innings. But Pakistan did exactly that against Zimbabwe. They batted well enough to gain a handy 54-run lead at the end of the first innings and then followed it up with a terrific bowling display to skittle the hosts out for 141. Despite starting off with a fairly inexperienced squad, Pakistan rode on superb performances from Mohammad Hafeez and Aizaz Cheema to complete a convincing seven-wicket victory. For Zimbabwe, the second-innings collapse proved to be impossible to recover from. In 17 Tests, they have been bowled out under 150 in their second innings and have gone on to lose on all 17 occasions.
Here is a look at a few statistical highlights from Pakistan's seven-wicket win
- This was only the fourth time that Pakistan won a Test after conceding over 400 in the team first innings. All three previous occasions came in 2005. On the other hand, it is only the second time that Zimbabwe have lost after scoring over 400 in their first innings. The previous defeat came against India in Delhi in 2000.
- This is Pakistan's second consecutive win after their win in Kingston earlier in the year. It is only the second time since 2005 that Pakistan have won two consecutive matches.
- Hafeez became the seventh Pakistan bowler to score a century and pick up four wickets in an innings in the same match. Musthaq Mohammad has achieved the feat on three different occasions. However, he missed out on becoming the first player since Jacques Kallis in 2002 to score a century and pick up a five-wicket haul in a Test.
- Hafeez scored his first century in nearly five years. His previous century came against West Indies in November 2006. In ten matches in between, he scored just one fifty and averaged 18.52.
- Cheema's match analysis of 8 for 103 is the second-best by a Pakistan bowler on debut behind Mohammad Zahid's 11 for 130 against New Zealand in 1996.
- Zimbabwe's defeat is their ninth against Pakistan. Only Sri Lanka with ten wins, have won more matches against Zimbabwe.
- The run-difference of 271 between Zimbabwe's first and second innings totals is their third-highest in Tests. In Bulawayo in 2003, they were bowled out for 104 against West Indies (difference of 273 runs) and in Harare in 2001, they scored 563 in the second innings after being bowled out for just 131 in the first innings. Click here for the list of highest differences between the first and second innings totals.
- Zimbabwe's poor form in Bulawayo continued with their tenth defeat in 18 Tests at the venue. While they have managed only one win in Bulawayo, they have won six Tests in Harare.
- Tino Mawoyo's 163 in the first innings is the fourth-highest score by a Zimbabwe batsman in a Test defeat. Andy Flower holds the record with 199 against South Africa in a nine-wicket loss in 2001.