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With some good news that some school kids have arrived to watch the match, taking the spectator count to around 50, all is in readiness for the Test. Sibanda and Mawoyo are out. Sohail Khan will bowl the first ball of the Test

9.50am "Three fast bowlers having experience of one Test, 7 ODIs and one T20I. Is it not amazing to choose to bowl first?" It is, Faisal. Pakistan pacers: two debutants - Aizaz Cheema and Junaid Khan - and one man playing his second Test - Sohail Khan. However, Kepler Wessels's pitch report says this is a flat and slow wicket, and the only assistance for seam bowlers will be available in the first hour or so. Perhaps that is why Pakistan have chosen to field first

9.45am Firdose Moonda is there in Bulawayo, and reports there is no crowd in yet. Her estimate is three spectators. She couldn't spot the proverbial dog. National anthems going on now

9.40am Team news now. Zimbabwe have made one change. Offspinner Greg Lamb replaces the injured Elton Chigumbura. For Pakistan, there is no Sohail Tanvir or Shoaib Malik.

Here's their XI: Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Adnan Akmal, Junaid Khan, Sohail Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema

Pakistan have won the toss and are bowling first

9.30am It's a beautiful, sunny summer day in Bulawayo. We will get you the toss news very soon

9am In about half an hour, captains of Zimbabwe and Pakistan will walk out for the toss. That in itself is a reassuring sight, that these two sides are playing Test cricket, despite what all has gone on in the countries, with their cricket administrations, with their talent. Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the only Test between Zimbabwe and Pakistan

We are in sunny Bulawayo as opposed to the seamer-friendly Harare where Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh. Zimbabwe are as expected low on experience, but Pakistan's 17-man squad surprisingly includes nine players who have played 24 Tests between them. Four of them are uncapped. Interesting reads on two inexperienced Test cricketers involved in this contest: Sohail Tanvir and Tino Mawoyo

0.1

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, 2 byes, gentle outswinger, beats the outside edge, and Kamran Akmal's brother, Adnan misses a straightforward take

Three slips, a gully, a short leg

0.2

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, Sohail is staying full, looking for the swing, beats the inside edge this time, but the leg-before appeal is stifled because this is headed down the leg side

0.3

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, 2 runs, bat on ball as he guides this straight length ball past short leg

0.4

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, FOUR, too straight again, no swing, and he has firmly clipped this off the pads, for a four through midwicket

"Good selection by Pakistan," says Nadeem Khan. "Sohail Tanvir, Junaid Khan, and Cheema have excellent First class averages. Looking at the past expriences, one has to believe in the ability of new talent."

0.5

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, hint of swing here, length ball, around off, shaping away, defended towards cover

0.6

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, he pitches this one right up, and gets some swing, beating the outside edge as Mawoyo plays a late shot

End of over 1 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 8/0
TMK Mawoyo    6* (6b 1x4)      Sohail Khan    1-0-6-0
V Sibanda    0* (0b)     

Aizaz Cheema to share the new ball

1.1

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, there is a slight leap away from the umpire as he bowls an innocuous delivery outside off. Left alone

1.2

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, bowled from wide of the crease again, short, angling in, left alone

Cheema runs in a bit like Asif used to, the loose dangling wrists, but then he jumps wide

1.3

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, again angles this one in, Sibanda doesn't play at it because it is not close enough

1.4

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, another delivery angling in, Sibanda gets a stride in, and then shoulders arms

1.5

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, much better from Cheema, gets this one to nip in sharply from wide outside off, squeezes through the gap between bat and pad, but bounces over the stumps

1.6

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, starts a touch too wide, and Sibanda doesn't play at this one

A maiden to begin with: didn't make the batsman pay five of the six deliveries, but beat him comprehensively with the sixth

End of over 2 (maiden) Zimbabwe 8/0
V Sibanda    0* (6b)      Aizaz Cheema    1-1-0-0
TMK Mawoyo    6* (6b 1x4)      Sohail Khan    1-0-6-0

2.1

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, pitched up, pretty straight, no movement, defended

2.2

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, 3 runs, too straight again, and Mawoyo clips him off the pads again - three times out of eight so far

2.3

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, FOUR, lovely punch down the ground, too full, too straight, and he has driven it between the bowler and mid-on. Holds the high elbow for the photographers

2.4

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, no run, this one holds its line outside off, Sibanda plays for the angle, and is beaten

2.5

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, FOUR, wide half-volley, and Sibanda leans into this cover-drive, through extra cover. Accepts the gift with gratitude

2.6

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, 1 run, short of a length, around off, pushed to cover

End of over 3 (12 runs) Zimbabwe 20/0
V Sibanda    9* (10b 2x4)      Sohail Khan    2-0-18-0
TMK Mawoyo    9* (8b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    1-1-0-0

3.1

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

Apologies everybody. We have got the bowling order wrong. This is Cheema bowling, and Sohail Khan is bowling from the other end

3.2

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, FOUR, first Test runs off Cheema, length ball, angling in from his wide angle, and he has punched this on the up, between the bowler and mid-off

3.3

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, FOUR, early signs of a belter of a pitch here. Cheema digs this in short, and Sibanda had enough time to rock back and emphatically pull this through midwicket

3.4

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, short again, this time he seems to be looking for a cut, but is cramped for the room

3.5

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, full and wide, and left alone

3.6

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, left alone wide outside off

End of over 4 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 28/0
V Sibanda    17* (16b 4x4)      Aizaz Cheema    2-1-8-0
TMK Mawoyo    9* (8b 1x4)      Sohail Khan    2-0-18-0

4.1

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, left alone outside off

4.2

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, gets back and across to defend this

4.3

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, 1 run, looks to drive, but gets the inside half of the bat, gets a single to wide of mid-on

4.4

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, no run, solid in forward-defence to a length ball

4.5

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, no run, length ball, around off, no movement, defended off the front foot

Two slips and a sully already

4.6

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, no run, length ball again, well outside off, left alone, whatever swing Sohail got in the first over is gone by now

End of over 5 (1 run) Zimbabwe 29/0
V Sibanda    17* (19b 4x4)      Sohail Khan    3-0-19-0
TMK Mawoyo    10* (11b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    2-1-8-0

5.1

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, length ball well outside off, left alone

5.2

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, wide of the crease again, left alone

5.3

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, comes forward and defends this to cover

5.4

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, well wide of off again, left alone

5.5

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, this one moves away, which is the delivery that Cheema needs to bowl more often, but it starts too wide outside off to bother the batsman

5.6

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, angling into the pads, driven on the up, but can't beat mid-on

End of over 6 (maiden) Zimbabwe 29/0
TMK Mawoyo    10* (17b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    3-2-8-0
V Sibanda    17* (19b 4x4)      Sohail Khan    3-0-19-0

6.1

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, no run, short of a length outside off, defended to cover

6.2

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, no run, length ball, around off, no movement, defended back to Sohail

"Why is Pakistan not producing exceptional fast bowlers anymore? There's nothing even vaguely impressive about these Sohail Khan's and Aziz Cheema's they are all average paced. What happened to the country that used produce 150 KMPH bowlers for fun?" asks Muhammad Ezad. I agree there is not much pace here Ezad, but this pitch is really flat. Comfortable bounce, and no movement at all

6.3

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, no run, defended off the front foot, they can keep planting the front foot down

6.4

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, no run, better stuff from Sohail, short of a length, holding its line, gets a thick edge from Sibanda, but it dies into the ground

6.5

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, no run, fuller, just outside off, Sibanda is well forward to defend this

"Sid bowling speeds plz. Dont you know how crazy we pakistanis are about pace?" Bholoo, I can't give you exact pace because there doesn't seem to be a speed gun, but I can tell you this seems more like an Indian attack! Mu guess is they are bowling 125 and 135 kph

6.6

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, no run, length ball around off, defended comfortable, towards cover

End of over 7 (maiden) Zimbabwe 29/0
V Sibanda    17* (25b 4x4)      Sohail Khan    4-1-19-0
TMK Mawoyo    10* (17b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    3-2-8-0

"i think pakistan have missed the trick in not playing wahab and tanveer. i mean what kind of rest do 'senior' bowlers need who have just played about 10 matches." I agree, Adnan. I mean Wahab should not be tired!

7.1

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, well outside off again, slight angle back in, left alone

7.2

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, wide of the crease again, well outside off, gets the stride in, leaves it alone

7.3

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, near yorker outside off, digs it out without any discomfort

7.4

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, short outside off, left alone without trouble

7.5

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, well forward to defend this outside off

7.6

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, short of a length, gets this chest high, defended towards cover

Cheema is faster than Sohail, but still not the kind of pace that will worry Test batsmen unless he gets consistent movement

End of over 8 (maiden) Zimbabwe 29/0
TMK Mawoyo    10* (23b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    4-3-8-0
V Sibanda    17* (25b 4x4)      Sohail Khan    4-1-19-0

First bowling change. Junaid Khan to bowl left-arm quick. Two slips and a gully

8.1

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, pretty sharp angle here, pitches middle and leg, and ends up well outside off, left alone

8.2

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, looks for the one that comes back in, but starts too straight and ends up down the leg side

8.3

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, length ball on the pads, no movement here, defended back to him

8.4

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, 1 leg bye, pitched outside leg, hits the pad, goes for a leg-bye

8.5

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, angled across him, and left alone

8.6

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, two appeals in one ball. First from behind the stumps for lbw, but this is pitched well outside the leg stump. Then for a bat-pad as this lobs to gully, but there is no edge

End of over 9 (1 run, maiden) Zimbabwe 30/0
TMK Mawoyo    10* (25b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    1-1-0-0
V Sibanda    17* (29b 4x4)      Aizaz Cheema    4-3-8-0

Tariq is fuming. he writes in, "Worst Captaincy by Misbah... Winning toss on a flat batting track and asking Zimbabwe to bat 1st...How Much Defensive can u get than this?... Were they afraid of being Bowled out cheaply by Zimbabwe bowling line up?"

9.1

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, short from his wide angle, pulled away with the angle, can't beat the wide mid-on

9.2

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, length ball outside off, shoulders arms to it

Naseer Ahmed: "There is still Abundant Fast Bowling Talent in Pakistan but one needs to go to small towns and villages in Rural Punjab and NWFP, Big cricketing centers like Lahore and Karachi are not producing enough Fast Bowlers. anyway Karachi has alwaus produced more batsmen then Fast bowlers. (Azeem Hafiz was an exception)"

9.3

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, angled in from wide of the crease again, solidly behind it in defence

9.4

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, slower ball, too full outside off, comes forward and defends

"By the way, on such a flat track, even Ian Botham and D. Lille would have dreamed of asking their mother-in-laws to bowl at," says Nadeem Khan

9.5

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, this one holds its line outside off, but again starts too wide to make him play

9.6

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, length ball well wide of off, left alone

End of over 10 (maiden) Zimbabwe 30/0
V Sibanda    17* (35b 4x4)      Aizaz Cheema    5-4-8-0
TMK Mawoyo    10* (25b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    1-1-0-0

"Zim isnt exactly painting the stands red with the new ball, Tariq needn't fume. Much action will begin after the first session." Andrew, Pakistan have picked only one specialist spinner

10.1

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, angled across, comes forward and shoulders arms

10.2

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, length ball on the pads, defended around the front pad

10.3

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, right behind it in defence

10.4

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, short of a length, on the pads, clipped away to square leg

10.5

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, shout for lbw, but this is a length ball that has pitched well outside leg. Needs to swing the ball to get lbws

10.6

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, pitches middle and off, and he leaves it on the angle

End of over 11 (maiden) Zimbabwe 30/0
TMK Mawoyo    10* (31b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    2-2-0-0
V Sibanda    17* (35b 4x4)      Aizaz Cheema    5-4-8-0

Talking of all inexperienced side and the number of debutants, an unusual debutant is among us. David Boon is in his first international as a match referee! No beer jokes please

11.1

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, angled in from wide of the crease, left alone, no trouble

11.2

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, makes him play, but the angle is easy to cover

11.3

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, no run, angling in towards middle and leg, defended to leg

11.4

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, FOUR, this shot says a lot about the pitch! Short outside off, Sibanda rocks back and pulls this down the ground! Over mid-on, and goes well clear

11.5

Aizaz Cheema to Sibanda, 1 run, fuller, angling in towards middle, defended

11.6

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, length ball around off, defended solidly

Imran: "You can talk about flat pitches and lack of talent in bowling all you want but in the end you have to say these two openers look excellent. Far more assured than the likes of Farhat."

End of over 12 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 35/0
TMK Mawoyo    10* (32b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    6-4-13-0
V Sibanda    22* (40b 5x4)      Junaid Khan    2-2-0-0

12.1

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, 1 run, picked off the pads, gets a single wide of mid-on

12.2

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, comes forward to push this to mid-off

12.3

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, 1 run, on the pads again, worked around the corner for a single

12.4

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, length ball, pitches leg, angles towards off, defended off the front foot

Arshad Yousafzai: "@Naseer Ahmed, very true there is a lot of talent in the rural areas. Both Junaid khan and Yasir shah are from my District Swabi. Oh ye do remember its no more NWFP, its Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa !"

Junaid goes round the stumps

12.5

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, FOUR, angles this into the pads, and it has been glanced fine. As is the modern convention, the fine leg is very square

12.6

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, short of a length, angling in from round the stumps, right behind it in defence

End of over 13 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 41/0
V Sibanda    27* (44b 6x4)      Junaid Khan    3-2-6-0
TMK Mawoyo    11* (34b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    6-4-13-0

Sohail Khan comes back for another spell with the semi-new ball

13.1

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, starts with a gentle length ball outside off, left alone

13.2

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, driven away from the body, but along the ground, can't beat cover

13.3

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, half forward to defend this length ball back to Sohail

13.4

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, length ball wide of off, Mawoyo drives at it, not in control at all, but it bounces well in front of point

13.5

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, the first edge of the series, and the second time the batsmen have looked in any kind of trouble. This is short of a length outside off, the extra bounce takes the shoulder of the bat, but the soft hands mean it doesn't carry to slip

13.6

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, fuller, wider, left alone now

First drinks break. Wonder what the match referee is up to

End of over 14 (maiden) Zimbabwe 41/0
TMK Mawoyo    11* (40b 1x4)      Sohail Khan    5-2-19-0
V Sibanda    27* (44b 6x4)      Junaid Khan    3-2-6-0

Junaid goes back to bowling over the stumps

14.1

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, FOUR, and resumes with a poor ball down the pads, Sibanda flicks it uppishly through the vacant square leg region

14.2

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, angled across him, left alone

I had thought we won't make any beer jokes now that David Boon has become a match referee, but what the hell. Here is Smudgeon: "I would hope Boonie is having a Boags, can't stand the idea of the Keg On Legs relaxing with a CC & Dry..."

14.3

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, full, driving length outside off, driven to cover

14.4

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, FOUR, This is barely short of a length, but Sibanda has rocked back to pull this, in the air, but over midwicket. This wasn't the length to be pulled, but this is a true, flat pitch

And this is the highest opening stand for Zimbabwe against Pakistan

Goes round the stumps now

14.5

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, full, into middle and leg, pushed back to the bowler

14.6

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, angling in towards off, Sibanda is well forward to defend this length ball

End of over 15 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 49/0
V Sibanda    35* (50b 8x4)      Junaid Khan    4-2-14-0
TMK Mawoyo    11* (40b 1x4)      Sohail Khan    5-2-19-0

More on Boon. "Wonder if this could be the first occasion the match referee has to fine himself for inappropriate behaviour?" asks James. "I assume there are extra drinks breaks scheduled."

15.1

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, on the front foot to push this length ball back to Sohail

15.2

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, a bit loose on the drive outside off, the bat face closes slightly, and he ends up playing this back to the bowler

Spotted among the crowd: Keegan Meth, wearing a mask to cover his injured mouth. There were teeth on the pitch when he was hit by a straight drive in his follow through. Get well soon, Keegan

15.3

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, short of a length, defended back

Two slips and a gully

15.4

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, well forward to defend this length ball outside off

15.5

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, leans forward again to push this to cover

15.6

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, short of a length, holds its line outside off, defended off the back foot

End of over 16 (maiden) Zimbabwe 49/0
TMK Mawoyo    11* (46b 1x4)      Sohail Khan    6-3-19-0
V Sibanda    35* (50b 8x4)      Junaid Khan    4-2-14-0

Imran: "There is a clear lack of plan on Pakistan's part though. The lines have wavered from well outside off to too straight and the length from being too full to too short. Especially on a pitch like this, you can't just go in and bowl without a plan."

Saeed Ajmal to bowl now. One slip and a pretty deepish short leg

16.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sibanda, 1 leg bye, turns in sharply into the pads, goes for a leg-bye, fifty up for Zimbabwe

Marcus: "The fine for a slow over rate is now 1 slab of VB per over"

16.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, full toss, clipped towards short midwicket

16.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, overpitched again, but nicely flighted, pushed to mid-on

16.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, this is the right length, just short of what can be driven, outside off, turns in, defended towards square leg

16.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, 1 run, full, on the pads, placed wide of mid-on for one

16.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sibanda, no run, nicely flighted outside off, Sibanda looks to pad it away, but it doesn't turn in enough to even hit the pad

End of over 17 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 51/0
V Sibanda    35* (52b 8x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-1-0
TMK Mawoyo    12* (50b 1x4)      Sohail Khan    6-3-19-0

17.1

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, length ball, around off, defended to cover

17.2

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, short of a length, punched on the up, can't beat cover

"Zim are showing a great desire to wear down the new ball and consolidate their fantastic start," says Daniel. "Real maturity being shown by this new zim team."

17.3

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, defended with an open face, off the front foot

"Hafeez will prove to be a golden arm for this struggling bowling attack as he showed it to be a handful for WI recently," prescribes Dr Tam

17.4

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, 3 runs, first runs off Sohail's second spell, leans into this widish delivery, opens the face, pushes it between cover-point and cover

17.5

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, 2 runs, Sibanda keeps pulling. He kept getting out to that shot against Zimbabwe, but he keeps playing the shot. This isn't exactly a long hop, and he is not even on the back foot! Ends up hitting it uppishly towards mid-on, but just wide of the fielder

17.6

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, no run, this is fuller, wider, and is left alone

End of over 18 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 56/0
V Sibanda    37* (54b 8x4)      Sohail Khan    7-3-24-0
TMK Mawoyo    15* (54b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-1-0

James: "Imran, perhaps that's a bit harsh on what is practically a 3rd choice fast bowling attack. Solid stuff from Zimbabwe, though."

18.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, tossed up wide outside off, pushed against the turn, can't beat cover

18.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, turning in towards middle and off, defended back to Ajmal

18.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, nicely tossed up, makes him drive in front of his body, gets the inside edge, but it dies right into the ground

18.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, flighted wide of off, presses right forward to defend against the turn

18.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, flighted on the pads, clipped to short leg

Shishank Dahiya: "Always felt teams should go with their best bowlers/players available in a test match irrespective of who they play. May be the Pakistani selectors thought it is going to be easy in Zimbabwe. Not sure how easy it is going to be for these young fast bowlers if Pakistan go on to lose this test match."

18.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, lower trajectory, turning in towards middle and leg, defended back to the bowler

End of over 19 (maiden) Zimbabwe 56/0
TMK Mawoyo    15* (60b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-1-1-0
V Sibanda    37* (54b 8x4)      Sohail Khan    7-3-24-0

"Zim openers have put a solid foundation," says Romeo. "But however Sibanda seems to be addicted to pulling."

19.1

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, no run, short of a length, well wide, left alone

19.2

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, no run, comes forward to push this towards cover

19.3

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, no run, length ball well wide of off, shoulders arms to it

19.4

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, FOUR, short, wide, Sibanda cuts this mercilessly. No pace to bother him. He just lashes at this, hits it wide of point

Firdose Moonda, who has been covering Zimbabwe this season, says, "Sibanda told me he is a compulsive puller and he has been trying to stop doing it."

19.5

Sohail Khan to Sibanda, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, placed wide of mid-on for a single

"Romeo, I've seen the Pakistani fielding and catching before," says James. "Pulling in the air is usually not a problem!"

19.6

Sohail Khan to Mawoyo, no run, digs this in short, fended in front his chest, keeps it down, though

End of over 20 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 61/0
TMK Mawoyo    15* (61b 1x4)      Sohail Khan    8-3-29-0
V Sibanda    42* (59b 9x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-1-1-0

20.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sibanda, no run, this one doesn't turn, takes a thick outside edge, but straight into the ground

20.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sibanda, 1 run, pitched up, turning in, driven just wide of midwicket, gets a single

20.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, FOUR, gets the loose drive from Mawoyo... it's the straighter one, tossed up just outside off, Mawoyo drives, playing for the turn, gets the edge, but it goes wide of slip. Oh yes, replays show it was the doosra

Another slip comes in now

20.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, sharp offreak, down the leg side

20.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, tossed up, middle and leg, offbreak, pushed to midwicket

20.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, another flighted offbreak, around off, defended back to the bowler

End of over 21 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 66/0
TMK Mawoyo    19* (65b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-1-6-0
V Sibanda    43* (61b 9x4)      Sohail Khan    8-3-29-0

"Put in a silly point for crying out loud. Where is the pressure? Your best bowler is bowling now." More instructions from Imran. And he means Ajmal when he says the best bowler. Meanwhile Junaid Khan comes back. Starts round the wicket

21.1

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, Nearly a wicket, angled in, holds its line, gets a regulation edge, but it falls at least a metre short of Taufeeq Umar. He is way too deep at first slip. This pitch has hardly had any bounce

21.2

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, 1 run, punches this shortish delivery between cover and extra, gets a single

21.3

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, angled in, but starts too wide, left alone

More from Imran: "James, the problem is not with the bowling attack but with the captain and coach. The fielding placements are uninspiring as well to indicate a lack of planning on behalf of the leadership. Look at where the slip fielders are standing."

21.4

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, 2 runs, leans into a lovely cover-drive, doesn't hit too hard, just meets it with a slightly open face, places it between cover and extra cover

"@James: 'Not fair! It's too early to blame Pakistani fielding. If they haven't created a chance yet they also haven't dropped one, mate.'" Dr Tam, they haven't dropped one yet, but the slips are way too deep!

21.5

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, left alone outside off

21.6

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, short of a length, punched to point, NO is the clear call

End of over 22 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 69/0
TMK Mawoyo    21* (69b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    5-2-17-0
V Sibanda    44* (63b 9x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-1-6-0

Ali: "totally agree with Shishank Dahiya comment ..... the best XI in the country need to represent the team at the highest stage regardless the team.... experimenting can be done in the other forms or tour games". two slips and a short leg for Ajmal

22.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sibanda, no run, flighted, pitched just outside off, defended off the front foot

22.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sibanda, 1 run, gives him the charge, drives this just wide of off, Mawoyo is late in going for the run, Umar Akmal goes for a direct hit at his end, but he is in

22.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, the doosra! Fizzes and bounces through, Short of a length, outside off, Mawoyo plays for the turn, and his outside edge is beaten comprehensively

22.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, 1 run, offbreak, into the pads, guided around the corner for one

22.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sibanda, OUT, as expected, Ajmal gets the first wicket! It's the doosra again. Sibanda leaves the crease again, Ajmal bowls this slightly wide outside off. Beaten in the flight, Sibanda looks to push at this defensively, but he has not picked the doosra. It beats the outside edge, and Sibanda is left stranded half way down the pitch. Adnan Akmal makes no mistake behind the stumps

V Sibanda st †Adnan Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 45 (107m 66b 9x4 0x6) SR: 68.18

Another good start for Zimbabwe, but it's clear now that their main examination will be by spin. beats me why Pakistan didn't pick two!

In comes Hamilton Masakadza

22.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, another doosra, the new man has no clue, is beaten, Akmal doesn't make a clean collection, else he would have tried to stump the overbalanced Masakadza. Not sure he left his crease, though

End of over 23 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 71/1
H Masakadza    0* (1b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-1-8-1
TMK Mawoyo    22* (71b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    5-2-17-0

23.1

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, angling in towards off, pushed to cover

23.2

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, 1 run, picks this off the pads, gets a single wide of mid-on

"There the action has happened sooner than i thought, i know my beloved Zim, they get undone by spin." Andrew had called it right!

23.3

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, short of a length, punched towards midwicket

23.4

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, length ball, comes forward and pushes this to cover

23.5

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, 1 run, full on the pads, placed wide of mid-on for one

"Oh dear, I seem to have upset people! I wasn't "blaming" the bowlers, just lamenting the absence of Riaz, Amir, Asif etc. Why Pakistan chose to bowl on a flat pitch with an inexperienced attack is beyond me. And Dr Tam, do YOU reckon Pakistan will take their first chance?" James, they took their first chance. Wrong Akmal behind the stumps, I think.

Junaid goes back over the stumps

23.6

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, angled across him, left alone

End of over 24 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 73/1
TMK Mawoyo    23* (74b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    6-2-19-0
H Masakadza    1* (4b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-1-8-1

Two slips, a silly point, a forward short leg

24.1

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, offreak now, pushed towards silly point

24.2

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, 1 run, the first sweep off Ajmal, comes right forward, sweeps this along the ground, goes off strike

24.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, shorter, flatter offbreak, turns in big, the inside edge somehow avoids short leg

24.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, slower now, tossed up too, defended off the front foot

24.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, doosra, doesn't pick it, plays for the offbreak, is hit on the thigh pad. Extra bounce too

24.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, full offbreak, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 25 (1 run) Zimbabwe 74/1
TMK Mawoyo    23* (78b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-1-9-1
H Masakadza    2* (6b)      Junaid Khan    6-2-19-0

Stays over the wicket. Will this be the last over before lunch

25.1

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, angled across, left alone

Says Luke: "it's true Andrew that Zim do get undone by spin - but we faithfuls were full of hope after the BD spinners were played with more assurance (especially if you consider Razzaq and Al hasan's record vs us)"

25.2

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, comes forwards and defends this length ball back to the bowler

25.3

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, fuller, around off, defended towards cover

25.4

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, wider outside off, left alone

25.5

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, short ball, too short, too little bounce, drops the wrists and stays away from its line

Eboue: "I would like to see Hafeez and Ajmal bowl together, they will hold it down and get wickets together. Zimbabwe don't look comfortable with Ajmal and may start to fold!"

25.6

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, short of a length, fended back towards the bowler

And that's lunch. A strange little session, if the toss is to be included. They picked three fast bowlers on this flat pitch when they know that Zimbabwe struggle against spin. Then they went onto choose to bowl first on this belter of a flat track. Zimbabwe got off to yet another solid start, but Ajmal's introduction created trouble on cue. No one has yet picked a doosra, and of the doosras has claimed Sibanda, who batted aggressively for his 45. Join us after lunch to see how Zimbabwe deal with this test by spin

End of over 26 (maiden) Zimbabwe 74/1
H Masakadza    2* (12b)      Junaid Khan    7-3-19-0
TMK Mawoyo    23* (78b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-1-9-1

Welcome back to the beautiful Queens Sports Club for the second session. Ajmal resumes pressure. Two slips, a silly point, a forward short leg

26.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, quick offbreak, defended towards short leg

26.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, 1 leg bye, turning down the leg side, they'll take a leg-bye

26.3

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, flat offbreak, Masakadza goes back, pushes to short leg

Silly point moves to leg slip

26.4

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, tossed up outside off, comes forward to defend this to cover

26.5

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, lower trajectory, quick offbreak into the pads, punched to square leg

26.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, doosra, slightly short, outside off, gives him time to read this off the pitch, and defended this to cover

End of over 27 (1 run, maiden) Zimbabwe 75/1
H Masakadza    2* (16b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-2-9-1
TMK Mawoyo    23* (80b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    7-3-19-0

Junaid Khan continues. Goes round the stumps. Two slips and a gully in

27.1

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, full ball outside off, driven to mid-off

27.2

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, length ball, close to off, comes forward and defends to cover

27.3

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, appeal for lbw as he beats him with the angle, but this is headed too far down the leg side

27.4

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, length ball, outside off, driven to cover

27.5

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, slightly fuller, defended off the front foot

27.6

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, angled down the leg side, hits the edge of the thigh pad, and deflects back towards the stumps. Safe

End of over 28 (maiden) Zimbabwe 75/1
TMK Mawoyo    23* (86b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    8-4-19-0
H Masakadza    2* (16b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-2-9-1

28.1

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, shortish offbreak, punched square, they decide against a single

28.2

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, quicker, flatter offbreak, hits the pad outside the line

28.3

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, slower in the air, Masakadza stays back and defends

28.4

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, 1 run, sharp offbreak, quick too, guided past square leg for one

28.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, 1 run, doosra, pitches middle and leg, he looks to whip it, closes the face, the away spin takes the leading edge along the ground

28.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, overpitched, driven back to the bowler

End of over 29 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 77/1
H Masakadza    3* (21b)      Saeed Ajmal    7-2-11-1
TMK Mawoyo    24* (87b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    8-4-19-0

29.1

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, short of a length, rides the bounce, and pushes this towards cover

29.2

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, length ball now, but wide outside off, and he shoulders to it. No movement

29.3

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, short of a length, around off, makes him play, which he does defensively

29.4

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, length ball, angling in towards off, pushed to cover

29.5

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, slower ball, Mawoyo delays his defensive push and keeps it down

29.6

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, full on the pads, driven powerfully, Ajmal puts in a diving save at mid-on, and will now bowl the next over

End of over 30 (maiden) Zimbabwe 77/1
TMK Mawoyo    24* (93b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    9-5-19-0
H Masakadza    3* (21b)      Saeed Ajmal    7-2-11-1

30.1

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, FOUR, floated wide outside off, Masakadza throws his bat at it, no half measures, and even though he has not timed this well, the thick edge flies past slips

30.2

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, slow offbreak, but headed well down the leg side

30.3

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, quicker, slightly fuller, turning in from outside off, punched to cover

30.4

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, shortish offbreak into the pads, pushed to square leg

30.5

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, flighted outside off, Masakadza pushes forward and defends

30.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, FOUR, doosra I think, but it is too full and there is hardly any time for it to turn either way, because Masakadza takes it on half-volley and drives it down the ground. Between the bowler and mid-off

End of over 31 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 85/1
H Masakadza    11* (27b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-2-19-1
TMK Mawoyo    24* (93b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    9-5-19-0

31.1

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, punched off the back foot, can't beat cover

31.2

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, short of a length again, this time it is pushed with the angle, towards midwicket

31.3

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, length ball around off, meets the dead bat of Mawoyo

31.4

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, bouncer outside off, Mawoyo tries the upper-cut, but can't reach it

31.5

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, another bouncer outside off, Mawoyo is not going after this one

31.6

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, length ball, angling in, defended with an open face

End of over 32 (maiden) Zimbabwe 85/1
TMK Mawoyo    24* (99b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    10-6-19-0
H Masakadza    11* (27b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-2-19-1

32.1

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, nicely tossed up, Masakadza defends it back

32.2

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, quick offbreak, from outside off, it is headed towards middle and off. Blocked

32.3

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, looks to force this shortish offbreak against the turn, ends up playing it back to the bowler

32.4

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, slows this one down, Masakadza pushes forward and defends

32.5

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, too full down the leg side, Hamilton tries the sweep, but misses out

32.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, 1 leg bye, turning sharply into the pads, goes for a leg-bye between backward and forward short legs

End of over 33 (1 run, maiden) Zimbabwe 86/1
H Masakadza    11* (33b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    9-3-19-1
TMK Mawoyo    24* (99b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    10-6-19-0

33.1

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, angling in towards middle and off, pushed to mid-on

33.2

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, comes forward to push this length ball towards mid-on

33.3

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, punched on the up, but straight to mid-off

33.4

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, short of a length, around off, defended with an open face

33.5

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, bouncer outside off, Masakadza shapes up for the pull, but decides against it

33.6

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, lbw appeal. This is a yorker, but he has gone very wide of the crease to bowl this and it has hit the pads in front of middle and leg. Ian Gould isn't giving these out

End of over 34 (maiden) Zimbabwe 86/1
H Masakadza    11* (39b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    11-7-19-0
TMK Mawoyo    24* (99b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    9-3-19-1

34.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, tossed up outside off, turns in sharply, meets a dead bat

34.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, 2 runs, worked around the corner, with the turn, and they charge back for two as this has gone a touch fine of long leg

34.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, doosra, doesn't pick it, is hit on the pad outside the line of off

34.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, sharp offbreak, pushed back to the bowlers

I really wish I could mute the TV commentators, because Adnan Akmal is entertaining behind the stumps. A mix of Punjabi, Urdu and English. Amusing stuff, but the commentators never shut up. Ajmal goes round the stumps

34.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, 1 run, worked off the pads for one

34.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, sharp offbreak, pitches middle and leg, and turns down the leg side

End of over 35 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 89/1
H Masakadza    11* (40b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    10-3-22-1
TMK Mawoyo    27* (104b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    11-7-19-0

35.1

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, pushes forward to defend this to midwicket

35.2

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, fuller now, Mawoyo is forward and drives this to mid-off

35.3

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, length ball, defended with soft hands

35.4

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, 2 runs, Dropped! What's new? Mawoyo has not scored for what seems hours and goes for the hook, gets a top edge, which is skied towards long leg. Sohail settles under it. Has ages to line it up. Still he makes an awkward attempt, in front of his body, and lets it through his hands

35.5

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, angled in, appeal for lbw, but there is an inside edge

35.6

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, defended to cover

End of over 36 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 91/1
TMK Mawoyo    29* (110b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    12-7-21-0
H Masakadza    11* (40b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    10-3-22-1

36.1

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, OUT, Ajmal gets another wicket! An ambitious shot from Masakadza. This is from round the stumps, a short-of-a-length delivery, Masakadza tries the pull, missed the line, and Ajmal hits the off stump

H Masakadza b Saeed Ajmal 11 (48m 41b 2x4 0x6) SR: 26.82

Here comes Taylor

36.2

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, 1 run, gets a pitched-up offbreak on the pads, flicked away for a single

36.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, slowish offbreak, defended off the back foot

36.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, flighted outside off, Mawoyo is forward to defend it

36.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, defended outside off, Mawoyo is right forward

36.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, FOUR, overpitched on the pads, he finally gets the release ball, drives this between mid-on and midwicket

End of over 37 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 96/2
TMK Mawoyo    33* (114b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    11-3-27-2
BRM Taylor    1* (1b)      Junaid Khan    12-7-21-0

Tariq is still angry. "I bet Hafeez has much better chances of getting a wicket than any of the three Pakistani fast bowlers...But where is he?"

37.1

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, shortish outside off, punched to cover

37.2

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, fuller, straighter, defended to midwicket

37.3

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, fuller still, Taylor is on the front foot to block this back to Junaid

37.4

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, the same zone, fourth-stump line, defended to cover

37.5

Junaid Khan to Taylor, FOUR, short, effort ball, Taylor shapes up for the pull, then seems like he is pulling out of it, and then finally dabs at it, guiding it between the second slip and gully. Not controlled at all

37.6

Junaid Khan to Taylor, FOUR, lovely push-drive, this overpitched, Taylor is positively forward, almost blocks it, and the timing is good enough to beat mid-on, which is wide

End of over 38 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 104/2
BRM Taylor    9* (7b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    13-7-29-0
TMK Mawoyo    33* (114b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    11-3-27-2

Back over the stumps now

38.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, flighted outside off, Mawoyo moves across to cover the turn, and defends

38.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, Mawoyo is outside off again, defends this past silly point

38.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, FOUR, lovely extra-cover drive against the turn. This is tossed up teasingly, wide of off, he leans into the shot, covers the turn, and then drives through it

38.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, 1 run, too full on the pads, clipped away for a single

"@ Tariq - I think the same can be said about Abdur Rahman as well." Anees, to add to it, if you know that spin is your strength, why would you bowl first on a flat track? At least give them some wear and tear to work with

38.5

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, no run, overpitched, digs it back to Ajmal

38.6

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, no run, turning into pads, turned towards square leg

End of over 39 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 109/2
BRM Taylor    9* (9b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    12-3-32-2
TMK Mawoyo    38* (118b 4x4)      Junaid Khan    13-7-29-0

Bowling change now. Cheema comes back

39.1

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, goes wide of the crease again, well wide of off, left alone

39.2

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, length ball, around off, pushed to cover

"Tariq, in fairness Junaid Khan should have had a wicket (I won't repeat my comments on Pakistani fielding!). Maybe the match referee has demanded a tinny for every over Hafeez bowls?" James, you are not making any point about Hafeez's bowling action, are you?

39.3

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, length ball again, pushed back to the bowler

39.4

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, short of a length, covers the angle, defends this to cover

39.5

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, short and wide, punched off the toes, can't beat point

Luigi is not impressed with Mawoyo's blocking. "Taylor has the right idea here... Might as well risk it, and try to get a couple runs instead of playing for hours and have nothing to show for it... Hopefully he will inspire Mawoyo to wake up..."

39.6

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, angling into the pads, worked to square leg

End of over 40 (maiden) Zimbabwe 109/2
TMK Mawoyo    38* (124b 4x4)      Aizaz Cheema    7-5-13-0
BRM Taylor    9* (9b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    12-3-32-2

40.1

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, 1 run, swept away nicely, from outside off, gets a single to long leg

40.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, 1 run, flighted outside off, Mawoyo walks across, and works this fine on the leg side

40.3

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, no run, flighted, defended towards mid-on

40.4

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, OUT, Big lbw shout. Sharp, big offbreak from outside off. Taylor moves half forward and then goes back, is beaten by the movement, and is hit smack in front of the stumps. On first look it seemed it might be turning too much, but he is so deep in the crease the ball had hardly any distance to travel. Plumb. Ajmal has all three. He could take all 10, the others have been so ineffective

BRM Taylor lbw b Saeed Ajmal 10 (19m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

In comes Tatenda Taibu

40.5

Saeed Ajmal to Taibu, no run, flighted well outside off, kicked away

Zak: "Guys you need to accept the fact that Pakistan cannot chase in the 4th innings because they cant handle pressure as recent history has it and this is why they are bowling first, good decision by Misbah imo!"

40.6

Saeed Ajmal to Taibu, no run, doosra, pitches outside off, Taibu shoulders arms again. Did he read that doosra?

End of over 41 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 111/3
T Taibu    0* (2b)      Saeed Ajmal    13-3-34-3
TMK Mawoyo    39* (125b 4x4)      Aizaz Cheema    7-5-13-0

41.1

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended towards cover

"A Spinner taking 3 out of 3 Wickets..Do they need any other Hint?.." Tariq, I am with you

41.2

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, wide outside off, left alone

41.3

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, length ball, angling in towards off, defended to cover

41.4

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, bouncer, too short, ducks under it

"The 6 odd years of not playing test cricket is showing," says Andrew. "Zim doesnt know how to pace the innings! Luke leader of the faithful? no faith without deeds"

41.5

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, slower ball, around off, Mawoyo is in no danger of being early into any sort of forceful shot

41.6

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, short and wide, cut away, but can't beat point

"Intersting Fact .... THere is a difference of 20 runs between all three wickets . first one on 71 then on 91 and third on 111 ." In that case Mohsin, we better watch out for 131. And also fetch a cool one as the players get a drinks break

End of over 42 (maiden) Zimbabwe 111/3
TMK Mawoyo    39* (131b 4x4)      Aizaz Cheema    8-6-13-0
T Taibu    0* (2b)      Saeed Ajmal    13-3-34-3

"@Zak. I think if Pakistan choose to bowl first then that means that bat...um last?" Boll, shows I needed a drinks break. I normally would have picked that before publishing it

Contrasting views on Mawoyo. "I like Tino Mawoyo," says Tim. "Reminds me of India's opener a few years ago Akash Chopra"

"Tino Mawoyo is just to slow," says ALieaw. "Eish he bats as if he is a night watchman"

And here is Fred: "Mawoyo is doing the right thing, it helps keep wickets in hand and allows the others to play more freely. There's five days of play, no need to hurry!"

And here is Ajmal

42.1

Saeed Ajmal to Taibu, no run, sharp offbreak, gets an inside edge onto the pad, but falls safely towards where silly point would have been. Not that it would have carried

42.2

Saeed Ajmal to Taibu, no run, turning towards the pads, defended to short leg

42.3

Saeed Ajmal to Taibu, no run, Taibu is reading the doosra, picked it from the hand, went back, and played it like a legbreak

42.4

Saeed Ajmal to Taibu, no run, overpitched around off, pushed back to Ajmal

42.5

Saeed Ajmal to Taibu, no run, much slower through the air, much higher flight, guided towards backward short leg

42.6

Saeed Ajmal to Taibu, 3 leg byes, fired into the pads, turning well down the leg side, Akmal gets a hand to it, but to ask him to collect it cleanly would be too much

End of over 43 (3 runs, maiden) Zimbabwe 114/3
T Taibu    0* (8b)      Saeed Ajmal    14-4-34-3
TMK Mawoyo    39* (131b 4x4)      Aizaz Cheema    8-6-13-0

43.1

Aizaz Cheema to Taibu, no run, driven on the up, finds mid-off

43.2

Aizaz Cheema to Taibu, no run, full outside off, can't pierce the cover ring

43.3

Aizaz Cheema to Taibu, no run, punched on the up, off the back foot, finds cover point

Tate: "Mawoyo too slow? Lets call him Mishbar "Lite" then. There's so much cricket awaiting ahead and its too early so let's cut him some slack"

43.4

Aizaz Cheema to Taibu, FOUR, Taibu defends this one away from the body, misjudges the angle, gets a thick edge, that goes along the ground, and smack between the second slip and gully

43.5

Aizaz Cheema to Taibu, no run, angling in towards off, pushed to mid-on

43.6

Aizaz Cheema to Taibu, FOUR, nicely played, Cheema bowls short, and even though it is angling in, Taibu leans back to create some room, and steers it between the slips and gully. Misbah is livid with Cheema, doesn't want him to give the width

End of over 44 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 122/3
T Taibu    8* (14b 2x4)      Aizaz Cheema    9-6-21-0
TMK Mawoyo    39* (131b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    14-4-34-3

44.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, doosra, Mawoyo doesn't pick it, is beaten, but this starts too far outside off to cause damage

44.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, shorter, quicker, flatter, pushed back to Ajmal. Had to hurry into this defensive shot

44.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, 2 runs, tossed up wide outside off, driven with an open face, gets a couple

44.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, moves across, outside off, defends this to leg

44.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, presses right forward to smother the turn

44.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, 1 run, moves across to get inside the line again, and clips this square for a single

End of over 45 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 125/3
TMK Mawoyo    42* (137b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    15-4-37-3
T Taibu    8* (14b 2x4)      Aizaz Cheema    9-6-21-0

"I think Tino's doing a great job of anchoring the innings. His partners have been a bit wild and wooly, so let the young man play at his own pace." Gareth, agreeable in principle, but Mawoyo defended himself into a corner, and played a poor hook shot earlier. But for the drop, he would have been gone. Apart from that, he has been solid

45.1

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, punched off the back foot, can't beat cover

Imran: "Just saw Younis, the second oldest man in this team, beat 3 youngsters in a foot race chasing the ball. Oh dear I fear for the future of Pakistan cricket...."

45.2

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, 1 run, punched slightly wide of mid-off and calls Taibu through for a single

45.3

Aizaz Cheema to Taibu, no run, short of a length, around off, defended back

45.4

Aizaz Cheema to Taibu, 3 runs, short, pulled away past midwicket, along the ground

45.5

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, bouncer outside off, stays away from it

Sohaib: "resting Wahab Riaz should qualify as one of the most ridiculous selection decisions in cricket history. How many matches has he played this year?? Plus he is a young man!" One wide slip, one fine gully now

45.6

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, yorker, around off, dug out back to him

End of over 46 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 129/3
TMK Mawoyo    43* (141b 4x4)      Aizaz Cheema    10-6-25-0
T Taibu    11* (16b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    15-4-37-3

Punit Sevak: "Correction Imran, Younis is the 3rd oldest in the team. Ajmal is older than him by the matter of days..."

46.1

Saeed Ajmal to Taibu, 2 runs, too full, Taibu drives this past cover for a couple

46.2

Saeed Ajmal to Taibu, no run, I think he is picking the doosra early, kicks this one away as soon as he sees it pitch outside off

46.3

Saeed Ajmal to Taibu, no run, big shout for lbw, sharp offbreak from outside off, but he has got his pad outside the line

46.4

Saeed Ajmal to Taibu, no run, quicker, on the stumps, keeps it out

Goes round the wicket

46.5

Saeed Ajmal to Taibu, no run, flighted outside off, pushed back to Ajmal

46.6

Saeed Ajmal to Taibu, no run, another full offbreak, and defended back again

End of over 47 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 131/3
T Taibu    13* (22b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    16-4-39-3
TMK Mawoyo    43* (141b 4x4)      Aizaz Cheema    10-6-25-0

47.1

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, punched off the back foot, finds cover

47.2

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, another punch off the back foot, can't beat cover again

47.3

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, length ball, comes forward, defends this to cover

47.4

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, no run, The rare testing delivery from Cheema. This one seems away after angling in, beats the cut, and it is a good thing that he didn't get the edge. Akmal dropped the collection

47.5

Aizaz Cheema to Mawoyo, 1 run, pushed wide of cover, and they come through for one

And this partnership now crosses the devil mark of 20. Sajilu says, "Huge relief to see Zim go past 131 without losing a wicket..phew!"

47.6

Aizaz Cheema to Taibu, FOUR, driven away from the body, but completely in control of the shot. With the open face, he places this wide of gully

End of over 48 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 136/3
T Taibu    17* (23b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    11-6-30-0
TMK Mawoyo    44* (146b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    16-4-39-3

Round the wicket

48.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, angled across him, pushed to cover

48.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, offbreak, defended around the front pad

48.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, overspinner, Mawoyo again defends it around the front pad

48.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, FOUR, Mawoyo doesn't pick the variation, this goes quick and straight, but the batsman is playing for the turn. It takes a sharp outside edge, and flies between the keeper and slip

48.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, hit on the pad when defending around the front pad, but this is turning down the leg side

48.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mawoyo, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended to midwicket

End of over 49 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 140/3
TMK Mawoyo    48* (152b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    17-4-43-3
T Taibu    17* (23b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    11-6-30-0

Finally we have Hafeez. One slip and a forward short leg

49.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Taibu, no run, flat, around off, defended back to Hafeez

49.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Taibu, FOUR, Taibu plays the paddle sweep, there is no backward short leg or the man at 45, so Taibu can safely play the shot. Gets it fine too. Taibu has played the spin best among Zimbabwe batsmen so far

49.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Taibu, 1 run, flatter, into the pads, worked around the corner for one

49.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Mawoyo, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to cover

49.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Mawoyo, no run, flighted just outside off, pushed back to the bowler

49.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Mawoyo, no run, flat, full, outside off, defended

End of over 50 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 145/3
TMK Mawoyo    48* (155b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-5-0
T Taibu    22* (26b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    17-4-43-3
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