Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe, Only Test: Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Bulawayo, Sep 1-5, 2011
Pakistan won by 7 wickets
1,2,3,4,5 September 2011 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
  • Overs 151-200

And we're back. Hafeez takes strike, Vitori has the ball

0.1

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, Pakistan get going as Hafeez clips a swinging ball off his pads towards midwicket for a couple

0.2

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of length once more, heading for off and that is blocked to the off side

0.3

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, this one moves in towards Hafeez's pads, Hafeez has to adjust late and he manages to squeeze it past short leg for a single

0.4

Vitori to Taufeeq Umar, FOUR, length ball slanting on the pads, superbly timed clip from Umar to get off the mark, the ball races past square leg for a boundary

0.5

Vitori to Taufeeq Umar, no run, straying on the pads once more, Umar shuffles across looking to guide the ball to fine leg but is struck very high on the pad

Neil: "I think Zimbabwe's batting is being over-analysed here. I think they've sensibly tried to score as many runs as possible by not taking any risks. It gives them the best chance of getting a result. I think it's unlikely that Zimbabwe will find themselves running out of time searching for the last few wickets on day five..."

0.6

Vitori to Taufeeq Umar, 1 leg bye, too straight once more, and that is helped to fine leg for a single

End of over 1 (8 runs) Pakistan 8/0

    • Taufeeq Umar 4 (3b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3 (3b)
    • BV Vitori 1-0-7-0
1.1

Jarvis to Taufeeq Umar, no run, a length ball moving away after pitching outside off, left alone

1.2

Jarvis to Taufeeq Umar, no run, once again outside off and Umar is content to leave it to the keeper

1.3

Jarvis to Taufeeq Umar, no run, short of length ball pitching outside off, a hat-trick of leaves

1.4

Jarvis to Taufeeq Umar, no run, makes him play this time, length ball heading for middle and off, pushed towards mid-on

1.5

Jarvis to Taufeeq Umar, no run, full ball outside off, Umar goes for the drive and is beaten, close to the outside edge that

1.6

Jarvis to Taufeeq Umar, OUT, Zimbabwe are ecstatic as Umar is gone lbw, that was again a full delivery a hint of swing inwards, there was some doubt whether it pitched outside leg, replays show it did, Umar was looking to tuck that to the leg side, he misses and is struck low on the pad, he's given lbw, and is not too happy with the decision, seemed a good one though

Taufeeq Umar lbw b Jarvis 4 (9m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

End of over 2 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 8/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 3 (3b)
    • KM Jarvis 1-1-0-1
    • BV Vitori 1-0-7-0
2.1

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, well outside off and that is an easy leave

Jonah: "I was one of those who laughed when the ICC let Zim return to test cricket. Seems I was very wrong, the lad Mawoyo has just played a fantastic knock and was well supported by the rest of his team. Right off to get my portion of humble pie!"

2.2

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, superb from Hafeez, all timing as he gets well forward and drives the ball past mid-off, stays in the crease and admires the stroke

2.3

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, another drive, another four, this one was straighter than the previous one, a checked shot this, mid-off puts in a dive but can't stop it, Hafeez looking good here

2.4

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, oh dear, a regulation catch dropped by the captain Taylor, that was angling across Hafeez who nibbles at it, and carries low to Taylor at second slip, he gets both hands on it and should have collected it, what's more the ball runs away for four

2.5

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, fuller delivery, driven towards mid-off, doesn't beat the fielder this time

2.6

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, shorter and width on offer, Hafeez isn't going to hang around, he lashes out at that one, point does the fielding

End of over 3 (12 runs) Pakistan 20/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 15 (9b 3x4)
    • Azhar Ali 0 (0b)
    • BV Vitori 2-0-19-0
    • KM Jarvis 1-1-0-1
3.1

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, 4 leg byes, slanting on to the pads and that is an easy put away for Azhar, glances it past the keeper for four, actually he doesn't get bat on it, off the pads for four leg byes

3.2

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, well outside off, and that is left alone

3.3

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, gets nicely forward and drives it towards mid-off

3.4

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, back of a length and heading for middle and off, missed as he tries to work the ball to the leg side

3.5

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, outside off and that is left alone by Azhar

3.6

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, short ball that doesn't get up too much, well outside off so no trouble for the batsman, who ducks and then sees the ball is well wide of him

End of over 4 (4 runs, maiden) Pakistan 24/1

    • Azhar Ali 0 (6b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 15 (9b 3x4)
    • KM Jarvis 2-2-0-1
    • BV Vitori 2-0-19-0
4.1

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, shuffles across and mistimes a clip towards square leg

4.2

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, fuller ball on the pads, another hit-me ball, Hafeez tucks it behind square leg for four more, Hafeez has moved to 19 off 11

4.3

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, full and well outside off, smothered by Hafeez as he bends and tries to get bat on it

4.4

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 leg bye, full and down the leg side, another whip attempted, and Hafeez isn't happy at missing out on that one, struck low on the pads

4.5

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, outside off and that is left alone

4.6

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, a false stroke that, a length ball on middle and leg, Azhar wanted to clip that to midwicket, off the edge towards the off side

End of over 5 (5 runs) Pakistan 29/1

    • Azhar Ali 0 (8b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 19 (13b 4x4)
    • BV Vitori 3-0-23-0
    • KM Jarvis 2-2-0-1
5.1

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, overpitched on middle stump, solid defence back towards the bowler

5.2

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, well outside off and Hafeez lets it through to the keeper

5.3

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of length and on off stump, chopped towards cover by Hafeez

5.4

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball on off stump, Hafeez gets forward and defends to the off side

5.5

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball outside off, swings away, left alone by the batsman

5.6

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball slanting in, blocked to the leg side to end the over

Khair: "Why didn't Taufeeq Umar review the decision? Don't they have UDRS there?" No, they don't.

End of over 6 (maiden) Pakistan 29/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 19 (19b 4x4)
    • Azhar Ali 0 (8b)
    • KM Jarvis 3-3-0-1
    • BV Vitori 3-0-23-0
6.1

Vitori to Azhar Ali, 1 run, angling across the batsman who guides it past slips to third man

Shahrukh: "Tino Mawoyo must be disgusted by the way Hafeez is playing!!" Ha!

6.2

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Shot! Hafeez looking in great touch here, length ball from Vitori, Hafeez gets well forward and punches it past mid-off, beautifully done

6.3

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, shout for lbw, that pitched on middle and was coming in, big inside-edge though and that has saved the batsman

Three slips for Vitori

6.4

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, not a four this time, but a long chase for the cover fielder, it was wide outside off, Hafeez lashes that towards the extra cover boundary

6.5

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, a hint of inswing, full ball on middle, driven towards midwicket

6.6

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, shortish ball, sits up for Hafeez, whose boundary-count is spiralling, pulls powerfully for four to midwicket

End of over 7 (11 runs) Pakistan 40/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 29 (24b 6x4)
    • Azhar Ali 1 (9b)
    • BV Vitori 4-0-34-0
    • KM Jarvis 3-3-0-1
7.1

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, short of length and slanting down, Azhar can't get a bit of bat on it to send it to fine leg

7.2

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, FOUR, Azhar Ali joins in the off-driving fest here, pitched up from Jarvis, Azhar gets forward and times it for four between the bowler and mid-off

7.3

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, 1 run, slides on to the pads once more, helped along to fine leg

Pakistan racing along at 6 an over

7.4

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, length ball heading for off, Hafeez guides it towards cover for a single

7.5

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, a bit shorter, but same tight line, blocked to the off side

7.6

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, outside off, batsman shoulders arms

End of over 8 (6 runs) Pakistan 46/1

    • Azhar Ali 6 (14b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 30 (25b 6x4)
    • KM Jarvis 4-3-6-1
    • BV Vitori 4-0-34-0

Mpofu comes on in place of Vitori who had figures of 4-0-34-0. Two slips in place

8.1

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short and very wide, left alone

8.2

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short and wide once again, Hafeez can't resist it this time, swings hard at it and misses, no footwork from Hafeez as he swishes at it

8.3

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, much closer to off stump, Hafeez lets it through to the keeper

8.4

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, you keep putting it short and wide, and you are going to get hit, Hafeez gets forward a touch and slaps it past cover for a boundary that brings up Pakistan's 50

8.5

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball around off, that's where he should be bowling more, batsman shoulders arms

8.6

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball on middle and leg, pushed towards mid-on

End of over 9 (4 runs) Pakistan 50/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 34 (31b 7x4)
    • Azhar Ali 6 (14b 1x4)
    • CB Mpofu 1-0-4-0
    • KM Jarvis 4-3-6-1
9.1

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, length ball just outside off, gets forward and defends

9.2

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, 1 run, a bit of width and that is tapped towards cover for a single

9.3

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball on middle, Hafeez looks to tuck it to midwicket

9.4

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, punched towards mid-off off the front foot

9.5

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, short ball and that one sits up, Hafeez swivels as he pulls that authoritatively for four in front of square

9.6

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, much better from Jarvis, a length ball heading for off, pushed towards extra cover for a single

Asad speaks for many of our readers with this: "That's it hafeez has made his pretty 30 time to go now"

End of over 10 (6 runs) Pakistan 56/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 39 (35b 8x4)
    • Azhar Ali 7 (16b 1x4)
    • KM Jarvis 5-3-12-1
    • CB Mpofu 1-0-4-0
10.1

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, the boundaries keep on coming, Hafeez get another four, as an overpitched legstump ball is driven crisply wide of mid-on for four

10.2

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, shifts to an outside off line, Hafeez lets it go

Eusha: "Wow! After a grueling Zim innings, this feels like a fast forwarded innings!"

10.3

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball on middle and off, that is driven towards mid-on, Mpofu reacts as though he expected that to sneak through between bat and pad

10.4

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, punched towards mid-off this time, batsman thinks of a single before deciding against it

siva: "Did they (ICC) made UDRS mandatory starting from England Vs India series, with modifications?" I think there is a subject to availability/commerical considerations clause, or some such clause which doesn't actually make it mandatory

10.5

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball outside off, moves in a touch, batsman shoulders off

10.6

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball is drive n to mid-on to end the over

End of over 11 (4 runs) Pakistan 60/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 43 (41b 9x4)
    • Azhar Ali 7 (16b 1x4)
    • CB Mpofu 2-0-8-0
    • KM Jarvis 5-3-12-1
11.1

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, short of length ball on offstump, played with soft hands towards poinjt, the non-striker was charging down for a single before he is sent back

11.2

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, 3 runs, another eye-catching off drive, no power behind that at all, Azhar doesn't get a boundary though as Lamb chases it down and dives to keep it from reaching the rope

11.3

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of length and angling in, full face of the bat as he defends

11.4

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, nice and tight from Jarvis, length and around off, poked towards point

11.5

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short and wide, a mistimed cut towards point

I don't sure this counts as serious. Maryan Siddiqui: "Ok so this is serious. If Pakistan loses this test match, my Bangladeshi friend Hasib will force me to tell him what happens in Dexter Season 3 so that he doesn't have to watch it and can skip to the next season. Can Dexter fans out there please tell him what a moron he's being? "

11.6

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, ends the over with a short of length ball on offstump, defended to the off side

Firdose Moonda, who is our expert on all things to do with African cricket, tweets: "Re DRS in this series: there is just no way the ZC will be able to afford the technology required to use DRS here"

End of over 12 (3 runs) Pakistan 63/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 43 (45b 9x4)
    • Azhar Ali 10 (18b 1x4)
    • KM Jarvis 6-3-15-1
    • CB Mpofu 2-0-8-0

Ray Price comes on

12.1

Price to Azhar Ali, no run

12.2

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, stretches forward and defends

12.3

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, gets back and defends towards point

12.4

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, loopy delivery from Price, Azhar gets forward and defends

12.5

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, again Azhar lunges forward to defend, but that starts wide of off and turns a bit away, and goes past the outside edge

12.6

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, pushed back towards the bowler to complete a maiden

End of over 13 (maiden) Pakistan 63/1

    • Azhar Ali 10 (24b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 43 (45b 9x4)
    • RW Price 1-1-0-0
    • KM Jarvis 6-3-15-1
13.1

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, a length ball outside off, batsman shoulders arms

Luigi gets all melodramatic: "Sheesh! At this rate, Pakistan will be 150/2 by the end of the day. They'll declare on 700 at the end of tomorrow's 2nd session! It's over! Zim have lost!!!" Keep the faith Luigi

13.2

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, probing away around off, defended back towards the bowler

13.3

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, pitched up and outside off, another drive from Hafeez, doesn't beat mid-off this time though

13.4

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, batsman shuffles across and blockd to the leg side

Shahrukh: "Hafeez 43* in 37balls Mawoyo 43* in 139balls Sshhhh..let the numbers talk!!!"

13.5

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, slides that down the leg side, more easy runs for Pakistan, helped along to fine leg

13.6

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, short of length ball that bounces a bit extra, outside off and that is left alone

End of over 14 (1 run) Pakistan 64/1

    • Azhar Ali 10 (25b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 44 (50b 9x4)
    • KM Jarvis 7-3-16-1
    • RW Price 1-1-0-0
14.1

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, tucks this past short leg

14.2

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, full ball is jabbed towards silly point

14.3

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gives this plenty of air, more defence towards silly point

14.4

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, full on middle and leg, carefully pushed towards mid-on

14.5

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, plenty of flight from Price, rare to see from a bowler who specialises in flat-and-quick bowling in the limited overs formats, Hafeez drives to cover

14.6

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, another maiden from Price, driven to mid-off to end the over

And that's drinks.

Liam McCarthy: "Hasib my friend, you are a moron. Do not skip a single episode of Dexter, you will regret it."

Hussain: "How is Dexter and test cricket related? Now this is a serious question. My answer, they both help in killing time!"

AR remains sensible: "I don't agree with Luigi, because we should never underestimate any team, cricket is a funny game it just take one ball to change the game."

End of over 15 (maiden) Pakistan 64/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 44 (56b 9x4)
    • Azhar Ali 10 (25b 1x4)
    • RW Price 2-2-0-0
    • KM Jarvis 7-3-16-1

Vitori returns, refreshed from a drinks break

15.1

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, length ball on legstump, clipped to midwicket

15.2

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, short of length and angling across, batsman shoulders arms

Joe from Australia: "@Shahrukh Mawoyo 163 not out in his second test, hafeez high score of 104. Yes let's let the numbers talk"

15.3

Vitori to Azhar Ali, FOUR, Vitori continues to leak runs, overpitched and outside off, a picture-perfect drive through cover for four

15.4

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, length delivery outside off, Azhar raises his bat and lets it go

15.5

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, a touch shorter, Azhar again shoulders arms, facing the bowler as he lifts his bat over his head to leave

15.6

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, shortish ball over the stumps, Azhar ducks and keeps the bat well out of the way of that one

Attention seeking username: "I dunno why people are obsessing over Mawoyo's strike rate. In his debut Test v Bangladesh he batted like a frenetic maniac, kept slapping good length balls over point for one bounce fours and eventually got out like that. So he can clearly hit the ball, it's good that he gritted it out and carried the bat which is a wonderful achievement." One tip, I type out these names, so the shorter the better.

End of over 16 (4 runs) Pakistan 68/1

    • Azhar Ali 14 (31b 2x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 44 (56b 9x4)
    • BV Vitori 5-0-38-0
    • RW Price 2-2-0-0
16.1

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, flatter and quicker, blocked to the off side

16.2

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, flatter again, more solid forward defence

16.3

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, the forward press from Hafeez

16.4

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, the first run off Price as Hafeez pushes the ball towards extra cover

16.5

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, strides forward and defends carefully

16.6

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, opens the face as he blocks that one to the off side

Ali Hussain: "Dont despair Zimbabwe fans - those who follow Pakistan cricket religiously know that our batsmen play wonderful glorious 60s and 70s (Mo Haf) but never go on and 120-1 can easily become 150-4 so keep the faith! :)"

Haniff: "@ Shahrukh: Easy there, this is only his 2nd test. Hafeez is quite experience compared to him. Also, there's a big difference with the bowling line up."

End of over 17 (1 run) Pakistan 69/1

    • Azhar Ali 14 (33b 2x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 45 (60b 9x4)
    • RW Price 3-2-1-0
    • BV Vitori 5-0-38-0
17.1

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, angling across, quite close to off stump, left alone

17.2

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, short of length ball on leg stump, worked towards fine leg

17.3

Vitori to Azhar Ali, 1 run, moving in towards the pads, batsman stands tall and pushes the ball to mid-on for a single

17.4

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, slanting across Hafeez, quite close to off stump, Hafeez opens the face of the bat to guide it towards point

Asad takes Luigi's very seriously indeed: "@Luigi: Even at the rate you proposed, Pakistan still need 5 sessions to reach 700 runs (All out as they would need 2 wickets per 150 runs), which means earliest would be Day 4 - Session 2 before Zimbabwe start batting again. They just played out almost 5 sessions scoring over 400 runs. So, do the calculations yourself. MATCH DRAWN."

17.5

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Fifty for Hafeez, he raced to that landmark, a short ball from Vitori is slapped powerfully to the midwicket boundary to being up his fifth half-century

17.6

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, whipped off the thigh pad to midwicket

End of over 18 (6 runs) Pakistan 75/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 50 (65b 10x4)
    • Azhar Ali 15 (34b 2x4)
    • BV Vitori 6-0-44-0
    • RW Price 3-2-1-0
18.1

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, short of length ball turning a touch, Azhar opening the face and plays with soft hands, that drops short of slip

18.2

Price to Azhar Ali, 1 run, pushes this between slip and silly point for a single

An old theme but I haven't heard this one before: "What's the difference between Kamran Akmal and a chair? A chair can take a sitter." Thanks James

18.3

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, worked to backward square leg for a single

18.4

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, prodded back to the bowler

18.5

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, fuller delivery, pushed to the left of the bowler, who moves across quickly to field

18.6

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, guides the ball towards the off side to end the over

End of over 19 (2 runs) Pakistan 77/1

    • Azhar Ali 16 (39b 2x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 51 (66b 10x4)
    • RW Price 4-2-3-0
    • BV Vitori 6-0-44-0
19.1

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, shortish ball and that is whipped towards fine leg by Hafeez

Really annoyingly and rather pointlessly long name: "Long usernames. Must be hell. " Yes, they are

19.2

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, short of length ball on middle and leg, defended towards mid-on

Z: "just so you type a short user name :D"

19.3

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, length ball heading for off, defended to the off side

19.4

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, outside off and that is left alone

19.5

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, length ball on legstump, pushed towards mid-on

19.6

Vitori to Azhar Ali, 1 run, short of length and keeps plugging away at the pads, tucked in front of square leg

Pathan points out: "Talking about experience, the Zimbabwe bowling attack has played more tests than Pakistan. In fact, Ray Price himself has played more tests than the entire Pakistan bowling attack! Lets keep numbers out of this!!"

End of over 20 (2 runs) Pakistan 79/1

    • Azhar Ali 17 (44b 2x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 52 (67b 10x4)
    • BV Vitori 7-0-46-0
    • RW Price 4-2-3-0
20.1

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, fuller ball outside off, prodded to silly point

20.2

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, beaten! a length ball that is flighted from wide of the crease, turns past the outside edge

20.3

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, blocked towards mid-on

20.4

Price to Azhar Ali, 1 run, backs away to make some room, slapped past cover,Hafeez falls over after completing a single, Azhar doesn't notice and is charging for the second, has ti turn back and dashes to non-striker's end, throw is poor though, so he gets there in time

20.5

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run

20.6

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball heading for off, careful defended off the back foot

Luke: "I'm not sure there's a great diff in the bowling line-up Haniff...maybe general experience yes, as shown in Vitori's opening spell (this is not Harare) but I'd happily choose the Zim attack over the PK one this test (age, potential and enthusiasm all considered)" Agree?

End of over 21 (1 run) Pakistan 80/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 52 (69b 10x4)
    • Azhar Ali 18 (48b 2x4)
    • RW Price 5-2-4-0
    • BV Vitori 7-0-46-0
21.1

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, Vitoru grunts as he delivers the ball, short of length and on middle and off, blocked off the back foot

21.2

Vitori to Azhar Ali, 1 run, same length but on leg stump this time, tucked in front of square leg for a single

Jason pleads: "Bring on Lamb the other end for some offies... PLEASE"

21.3

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, overpitched outside off, driven towards cover off the front foot

Boondoggle joins in: "A for Akmal, B for Ball, C for catch, D for drop!"

21.4

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball angling across, just going past off stump after the batsman shoulders arms

Realistic fan gives a reality check: "Given Pakistan's track record, i will be a landmark if they can cross this Zimbabwean score. Zimbabwe won their first test series against Pakistan in Pakistan we should not write them off "

21.5

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, short ball sits up, it is a slow track, Hafeez has loads of time to pull it away for four, powerfully hit

21.6

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, another boundary but this time Hafeez was hurried into the stroke, a bouncer from Vitori, Hafeez goes for the pull, ducking a bit as he plays the shot, manages to get it wide of fine leg to get four more

End of over 22 (9 runs) Pakistan 89/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 60 (73b 12x4)
    • Azhar Ali 19 (50b 2x4)
    • BV Vitori 8-0-55-0
    • RW Price 5-2-4-0
22.1

Price to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, whipped to deep midwicket for a couple

22.2

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, "Catch it," is the cry as the batsman stretches forward and plays it uppishly past silly point

22.3

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, full and just outside off, batsman leans forward and defends to silly point

22.4

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, pushes it to the right of the bowler but can't beat mid-on

22.5

Price to Azhar Ali, 1 run, squeezed towards square leg for a single

22.6

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball on off stump, punched back to the bowler

Q: "Query: do you just type the username and copy-paste the question? or do you type the entire thing? If everything is typed then the total length of the username and the query/feedback must matter, and not just the names. (Yes, PhD students in the USA have nothing better to do on a friday morning than follow Zim vs Pak) :)" I type only the names and copy-paste the rest.

End of over 23 (3 runs) Pakistan 92/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 60 (74b 12x4)
    • Azhar Ali 22 (55b 2x4)
    • RW Price 6-2-7-0
    • BV Vitori 8-0-55-0

Mpofu returns

23.1

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, whipped off the back foot to midwicket, a short of length ball coming in

23.2

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, stands tall and clips an off stump delivery towards mid-on

James from the UK: "The trouble with a short username like mine is that several people use it. I didn't send in the Kamran Akmal joke a moment ago. Wish I had but it slipped through my fingers."

23.3

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, FOUR, short and wide, thanks a lot says Azhar as he lashes that to the point boundary

23.4

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, Mpofu responds with a bouncer just outside off, the batsman quickly ducks under

23.5

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, outside off and that is left alone by the batsman

23.6

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, cracked from the crease towards point, where a diving point prevents Pakistan from getting a run

Asad Azaad: "I don't know what all this DRAW rubbish is about. This is only day two. More than 180 Overs to be bowled. all it takes is one bad session for either side to tip the balance. Come on people this is test cricket! Not 20/20 patience and things will change - that's the beauty of Test Cricket :D "

End of over 24 (4 runs) Pakistan 96/1

    • Azhar Ali 26 (61b 3x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 60 (74b 12x4)
    • CB Mpofu 3-0-12-0
    • RW Price 6-2-7-0
24.1

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, flatter one from Price, pushed towards mid-off

24.2

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, tossed up, length ball outside off, pushed to the off side

24.3

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, slanting in towards leg stump, defended to the leg side off the back foot

24.4

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, superbly placed by Hafeez, a half-volley from Price, Hafeez gets well forward and times it between cover and extra cover, both fielders give chase and nearly cut it off but the ball has the legs to beat them both

24.5

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gets nicely forward and defends back to the bowler

Price over the wicket

24.6

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, flighted and fullish, tapped back to the bowler

Miher: "A for Akmal, B for Ball, C for catch, D for drop!, E for Ejected?"

End of over 25 (4 runs) Pakistan 100/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 64 (80b 13x4)
    • Azhar Ali 26 (61b 3x4)
    • RW Price 7-2-11-0
    • CB Mpofu 3-0-12-0

Lamb is on now

25.1

Lamb to Azhar Ali, 1 run, spins in towards the batsman who defends to the leg side

25.2

Lamb to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball outside off, gets forward and defends towards cover

25.3

Lamb to Mohammad Hafeez, SIX, the runs continue to flow for Pakistan, a full ball, Hafeez gets on one knee and sweeps that hard and flat over midwicket, umpires check whether that has gone all the way, it has

25.4

Lamb to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, defended back down the pitch

25.5

Lamb to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gets well back and defends to the leg side

25.6

Lamb to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, leans forward and pats it back to the bowler

End of over 26 (7 runs) Pakistan 107/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 70 (85b 13x4 1x6)
    • Azhar Ali 27 (62b 3x4)
    • GA Lamb 1-0-7-0
    • RW Price 7-2-11-0
26.1

Price to Azhar Ali, no run

26.2

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, blocked to the leg side from deep within the crease

26.3

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, pushed back towards the bowler

26.4

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, tossed up and fullish delivery, Azhar gets forward and then moves back and hacks at it, he misses

26.5

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, blocked off the back foot towards the bowler

26.6

Price to Azhar Ali, no run, Price stops before delivering that one, gives it plenty of air, fullish and it is again defended

Shiraz: "All the talk about Hafeez and Mawoyo, I'd like to take a moment to appreciate Azhar Ali, what a breath of fresh air he has been for Pakistan Test Cricket. "

End of over 27 (maiden) Pakistan 107/1

    • Azhar Ali 27 (68b 3x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 70 (85b 13x4 1x6)
    • RW Price 8-3-11-0
    • GA Lamb 1-0-7-0
27.1

Lamb to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of length on middle and leg, blocked to the leg side off the back foot

27.2

Lamb to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, played a touch uppishly towards square leg, some excitement among the Zimbabweans but short leg had no chance

These two have put on a 100

27.3

Lamb to Azhar Ali, no run, defend to short leg

27.4

Lamb to Azhar Ali, no run, gets well forward and defends towards the bowler

27.5

Lamb to Azhar Ali, no run, patted back to the bowler

As in his previous over, Price switches to over the wicket for his final delivery

27.6

Lamb to Azhar Ali, no run, more defence, this time towards the leg side

End of over 28 (1 run) Pakistan 108/1

    • Azhar Ali 27 (72b 3x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 71 (87b 13x4 1x6)
    • GA Lamb 2-0-8-0
    • RW Price 8-3-11-0

Final over of the day coming up

28.1

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, short ball and that is blasted for four by Hafeez, Playing for stumps? what's that, Hafeez asks

28.2

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, pushed back towards the bowler

28.3

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, tucks this one past short leg

28.4

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, full face of the bat as he defends off the front foot

US: "Can everyone please just drop the Akmal jokes?!! They're getting old."

28.5

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, eased back towards the bowler

28.6

Price to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, drops it short, and that's enough of an invitation for Hafeez to slap that past point four a boundary, Hafeez has moved on to 79, and that will be stumps

Well that has probably been Pakistan's best session of the match. Pakistan end the day on 116 for 1, with Hafeez doing most of the scoring. That has taking a bit of the shine off Mawoyo's epic innings, carrying the bat to lead Zimbabwe past 400.

Tomorrow promises to be a tough day for Zimbabwe's bowlers. Join us tomorrow to see how the Pakistan batsmen fare. Thanks for all the mails today. Good night!

End of over 29 (8 runs) Pakistan 116/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 79 (93b 15x4 1x6)
    • Azhar Ali 27 (72b 3x4)
    • RW Price 9-3-19-0
    • GA Lamb 2-0-8-0

All set for the start then. Kyle Jarvis will start off proceedings

9.55 am Kepler Wessels says that the pitch is just starting to crack a little bit, especially around the good length area. He thinks that the seamers will want to hit that patch, and the spinners will be able to get some turn as well. Apart from that, it is still a good one for batting

Junaid is happy with Zimbabwe's progress: "With Zimbabwe and Bangladesh improving in leaps and bounds and Australia and India coming down to earth ... The cricket world seems to get a lot more balanced than the skewed last decade of big 4, small 4 and 2 minnows."

9.50 am Ramiz Raja says on air that Pakistan's pace of scoring today will determine the course of this match.

9.45 am Welcome to our coverage of the third day's play in Bulawayo. The way Mohammad Hafeez went about clattering Zimbabwe's bowling yesterday, we are set for another run spree. As Misbah-ul-Haq said yesterday, "On such a good wicket, the batsmen can't control themselves and they will play their shots."

29.1

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, Jarvis pitches it up first ball, on the stumps, and Azhar crouches forward, ti the pitch and pushes it firmly past the non-striker;s stumps, mid on almost chases it right in to the boundary before pulling it back in time

29.2

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, again stretching fully forward, meeting with the full delivery with a straight bat and pushing towards extra cover

29.3

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, just a touch wider outside off now and squeezed wide of gully with an open face

29.4

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, outside off is Jarvis again, and he gets across to defend towards point

29.5

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, 1 run, Jarvis goes fuller, but on the pads, and is flicked whippily to long leg

Two slips, gully, backward point, deep square leg

29.6

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, right on target to end a fine over given the flatness of the pitch, defended carefully from around off stump

End of over 30 (3 runs) Pakistan 119/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 79 (94b 15x4 1x6)
    • Azhar Ali 30 (77b 3x4)
    • KM Jarvis 8-3-19-1
    • RW Price 9-3-19-0

Shahab: "@Junaid - "Bangladesh improving by leaps and bounds"? I'm not so sure about that my simple-hearted compatriot (for only a patriotic Bangladeshi can show such optimism)."

Mpofu from the other end

30.1

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, 1 run, starts full, starts leg stump, is picked away easily to long leg

30.2

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, dropped Hafeez lives on, again, straightforward caught and bowled chance for Mpofu as Hafeez pushes a fullish one in the air back to him, he gets both hands to it in his followthrough and out she pops, jeez

30.3

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 leg bye, going on to the pads and tickled for a single to square leg

30.4

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, again ending on leg stump, he is getting it to move in a shade but the line is not right yet, played to midwicket

30.5

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, better line, right on off stump, and pushed towards covers

30.6

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, more leg stump from Mpofu and he is taken for a couple in front of square leg

End of over 31 (4 runs) Pakistan 123/1

    • Azhar Ali 33 (81b 3x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 79 (96b 15x4 1x6)
    • CB Mpofu 4-0-15-0
    • KM Jarvis 8-3-19-1
31.1

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, no problems with the short ball on this pitch for the batsmen, it comes in at a nice waist height and he swivels to pull it behind square leg

31.2

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, there you go again, short of a length and it sits up outside off stump, pushed straight to backward point though

31.3

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, more runs, fullish on middle and leg, and he clips it easily through midwicket

31.4

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, straightish one full on off stump, he crouches low to block

31.5

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, pushed away to cover off the front foot

31.6

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, hint of straightening on this full delivery outside off stump, but he is well forward and pushes to cover

End of over 32 (6 runs) Pakistan 129/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 85 (102b 16x4 1x6)
    • Azhar Ali 33 (81b 3x4)
    • KM Jarvis 9-3-25-1
    • CB Mpofu 4-0-15-0

Mazher: "Its been 10 Tests, 20 innings, 4 years and 10 months since Hafeez has hit a Ten hundred."

32.1

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, moving in just a bit from around off stump, nudged with the angle in front of square leg

32.2

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, FOUR, too full, too much on the pads, and mid on cannot cut it off with a despairing dive to his right

32.3

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, better delivery, not driving length, forces him to play as it comes in from off to middle, he gets well forward to push to mid on

32.4

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, moving in, but after it passes the batsman some way outside off, left alone

32.5

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, full again, this time he turns it from the crease towards mid on

32.6

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, too wide outside off stump to make the batsman go after it, even on this road

End of over 33 (4 runs) Pakistan 133/1

    • Azhar Ali 37 (87b 4x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 85 (102b 16x4 1x6)
    • CB Mpofu 5-0-19-0
    • KM Jarvis 9-3-25-1
33.1

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, neatly done, short of a length but angled in to the pads, he plays late and works it past mid on who has to do a lot of chasing as it is timed pretty well

33.2

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, tight run, tucked in front of mid on who advances threateningly on to it to make the batsmen hurry, but fails to pick up the ball cleanly and they make it easily

33.3

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, the ball is coming nicely on to the bat, just a forward push and the ball flies towards Jarvis along the ground, he gets a hand down to take the pace off it

33.4

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, another example of the lovely batting surface this one is, pitched up and he pushes a step out and just creams it to mid off

33.5

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, wider outside off, he gets across and guides it to point

33.6

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, 1 run, fullish one cracked off the front foot, but extra cover saves the boundary with a dive to his right, it was in the air for a while, enough to excite the famished fielders, famished for the lack of chances

End of over 34 (4 runs) Pakistan 137/1

    • Azhar Ali 38 (91b 4x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 88 (104b 16x4 1x6)
    • KM Jarvis 10-3-29-1
    • CB Mpofu 5-0-19-0
34.1

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run

34.2

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, moving away but too far outside off stump and a touch short, left alone

34.3

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, closer to off stump, nicely bowled, he gets across and defends

34.4

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, good over this one so far from Mpofu, the line is right, this one targets the stumps from a not so full length, and he hurriedly gets low to block

34.5

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, fuller this time, on that off stump line, he gets front foot out and pushes towards mid off

34.6

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, fine over from Mpofu, moving in from just outside off stump, forcing him to play, he gets forward and defends

End of over 35 (maiden) Pakistan 137/1

    • Azhar Ali 38 (97b 4x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 88 (104b 16x4 1x6)
    • CB Mpofu 6-1-19-0
    • KM Jarvis 10-3-29-1

Hamza: "Cant Mawoyo and Azhar Ali learn from Hafeez that they can make a good score even by playing a little faster!!! Pakistan needs to score at a good rate today if they are looking for a result in this test match."

35.1

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, these are good lines from Zimbabwe, just bowl on the stumps, not full enough, just short of driving length, and hope for a mistake, this time he is denied with a straight bat that defends the ball on the leg side

35.2

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, similar delivery, coming in with the angle from over the wicket, he defends bat and pad close together

35.3

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, the problem with this line is, if you pitch slightly fuller than you are suppose to, you will be driven hard, as this one is, and flies towards mid off

35.4

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, 3 runs, now he gets a bit of width, and gets forward, but checks the drive with a closed face and it goes to the left of mid off, stopped inside the ropes

35.5

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, shuffles across to work a length ball with the angle towards mid on

35.6

Jarvis to Azhar Ali, no run, solidly forward, Jarvis just outside off stump, but he smothers it with a stride forward and a straight bat

End of over 36 (3 runs) Pakistan 140/1

    • Azhar Ali 38 (99b 4x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 91 (108b 16x4 1x6)
    • KM Jarvis 11-3-32-1
    • CB Mpofu 6-1-19-0
36.1

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, moving in from middle, tucked in front of square leg, the man from the deep races across to field

36.2

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, remains in the crease to a length ball, but it sits up, and he can force it off the back foot towards mid off

36.3

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, Mpofu holds on to this straight push, but it bounced in to the ground before it came to him, unlike the one earlier that he clanged

36.4

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, well forward and pushes with the angle to mid on

36.5

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, stretching forward in solid defence to a length ball on off

36.6

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, rises from a length, but it some way outside off, and is left alone

End of over 37 (1 run) Pakistan 141/1

    • Azhar Ali 38 (104b 4x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 92 (109b 16x4 1x6)
    • CB Mpofu 7-1-20-0
    • KM Jarvis 11-3-32-1

Zain: "@Hamza: well you cant have both batsmen risking their wicket by trying to score too freely, this is a good strategy to have one batsmen hold one end in case there is a collapse and have the other attack, IF hafeez gets out next send in Umar else Younis."

37.1

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, just closing the face of the bat and timing this one from middle and leg wide of mid on

37.2

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, inside edge on to pad now, as he is a touch late in coming forward to one angled in fullish, and brings down an angled blade to defend

37.3

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, slants it away from the right-hander but well outside off, left alone

37.4

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, turned off the pads straight to short midwicket

37.5

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, fine leave, straight length ball close to off, but he shoulders arms and allows it to go past

Qasim: "Finally, Pakistan has a batsman with the correct temperament for test cricket in Azhar. Unfortunately 'the fans' struggle to deal with the pace of his batting. We'll be asking for his head The moment he goes through a bad patch."

37.6

Jarvis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, wider outside off, and he calmly lets it pass by

End of over 38 (2 runs) Pakistan 143/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 94 (115b 16x4 1x6)
    • Azhar Ali 38 (104b 4x4)
    • KM Jarvis 12-3-34-1
    • CB Mpofu 7-1-20-0
38.1

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, stayed a bit low this one, on a length just outside off, and he jabbed it away off the lower part of the bat

Hamza: "@Zain i hope you are right but watching Azhar Ali take single every last ball and then miss the whole next over isnt giving me the feeling that they are thinking about WINNING THE TEST MATCH!!!"

38.2

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, tight line on the stumps, pushed towards mid on off the front foot

38.3

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, solid forward block, enough to further deflate already flagging spirits on the field

38.4

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, touch outside off and left alone right away

38.5

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, pushes away from the body towards point, can do that, nothing at all in this pitch

38.6

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, just a bit late in getting forward to a much fuller one around off, but is able to push to extra cover

End of over 39 (maiden) Pakistan 143/1

    • Azhar Ali 38 (110b 4x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 94 (115b 16x4 1x6)
    • CB Mpofu 8-2-20-0
    • KM Jarvis 12-3-34-1

Firdose Moonda, our correspondent at the ground: "We were told that a good crowd could be expected on the weekend and so far its emptier than it has been on the other two days. There are some people under the trees on the grass embankment, which is cool to see. Its going to be a scorcher of a day in the stands."

Here is Vitori, he went for lot yesterday, could have had Hafeez but for the drop by Taylor

39.1

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, slanted across the right hander on a length outside off, gets it off the underedge as he pushes with an angled blade

39.2

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, well left, short of a length and going across with the angle, he lets it go

Waqar: "Seriously guys, i don't understand why some people are complaining about Azhar Ali scoring slow. I mean that's just the way he plays and to be honest I believe that is the way to succeed in test cricket. I remember when he played slow against England last year everyone praised his "Good temperament" and now the same people are criticizing him."

39.3

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, pushes forward to a length ball and gets it towards cover

39.4

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, nicely done, drops this one in front of cover and goes across for a very comfortable run

39.5

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, gets the line on middle stump now, he pushes it bat and pad close together on the off side

39.6

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, slanted across, but too wide outside the off stump

End of over 40 (1 run) Pakistan 144/1

    • Azhar Ali 38 (112b 4x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 95 (119b 16x4 1x6)
    • BV Vitori 9-0-56-0
    • CB Mpofu 8-2-20-0

Raza: "@Zain and Qasim.... The true batsmanship is about assessing the situation and then playing accordingly. I would give full marks to Azhar's temprament if he negotiates James Anderson and Tim Bresnan in Edgbaston... but here on this pitch and against this attack, his strike rate suggests a lack of understanding of the situation rather than rich temperament."

40.1

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, whips a full one in the air, but well short of the man at mid on

40.2

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, neat single again, pushes towards point and gets through in time

40.3

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, Mpofu tries the bouncer, it comes in around leg, but he is able to easily go under it

Shortname: "Is it so hard to understand that without patient accumulation by Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez would not have the license to score freely?"

40.4

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, goes across and pushes a length ball with an open face to point

40.5

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, goes forward to the pitch of a fuller one and drives, Mpofu gets a hand to it, mid off does the rest

James: "Different batsmen score at different speeds. It's "how many" that matters. Look at Trott. Have to say I think Azhar brings some welcome ballast to the Pakistan middle order."

40.6

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, FOUR, Mpofu bangs in the effort short ball, it rises a bit more than usual, but is still easily pulled in front of square leg

End of over 41 (5 runs) Pakistan 149/1

    • Azhar Ali 42 (116b 5x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 96 (121b 16x4 1x6)
    • CB Mpofu 9-2-25-0
    • BV Vitori 9-0-56-0
41.1

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Vitori has begun alright today, ending with the angle on off stump, pushed to covers

41.2

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, another well-run single, crouches forward to push in front of cover and goes through comfortably

41.3

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, touch fuller and driven off the front foot to mid off

41.4

Vitori to Azhar Ali, FOUR, that has been put away, splits the gap between extra cover and mid off, who tries to get to it but it gathers too much pace, Vitori going too full, Azhar leans on it and caresses it in the gap

41.5

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, better delivery, around middle on a length, he gets bat and pad together to block

usman: "its a dead pitch anyway, might as well let azhar do some practice and of course make some runs on it as well...i think he is doing a fine job. thats the way he plays and thats the way he is sucessful. for those who want to see brisk scoring, watch hafeez on the other end."

41.6

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, reaches out and squeezes out to point with an open face

End of over 42 (5 runs) Pakistan 154/1

    • Azhar Ali 46 (120b 6x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 97 (123b 16x4 1x6)
    • BV Vitori 10-0-61-0
    • CB Mpofu 9-2-25-0

HAK: "The problem I have with Azhar is not with his strike rate. The problem is when he chooses to leave rank bad balls just for the sake of it. You cannot make BIG test scores if you don't assert yourself on the bowlers! That's why his highest score is still only 92 despite averaging near 40."

42.1

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, leans forward, head on top of length ball, to push to wide mid off, they think for a moment about the single, there isn't any to be had

42.2

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, fine leave, Mpofu tries to lure him with one that wobbles in close to off, but he shoulders arms

42.3

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, this time he stretches out and pushes a touch away from the body, there is a man at sweeper cover now

Zain: "Guys you need to realize that Azhar is not senior enough to decide at what pace he plays, he's obviously been dictated by the coach to play a certain way and he's following suit. Besides i feel Pak plans to bat only 1 innings and pile up runs and then have a day and a half to TRY and bowl zim out if the pitch breaks up."

42.4

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, driven solidly off the front foot but straight to extra cover

42.5

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, left alone outside off

42.6

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, FOUR, there is a man at short midwicket, but Azhar has taken care to clip this full one to his left, and it beats mid on to the boundary, another fine Test fifty for Azhar, unlike your typical Pakistan dasher, but plays an important role in the side

End of over 43 (5 runs) Pakistan 159/1

    • Azhar Ali 50 (123b 7x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 98 (126b 16x4 1x6)
    • CB Mpofu 10-2-30-0
    • BV Vitori 10-0-61-0
43.1

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, pushed towards covers off the front foot

43.2

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, and now Hafeez gets to his first away Test hundred in fine fashion, gets a short ball that sits up to be hit, and he obliges by smashing the pull high over midwicket, one bounce in to the boundary, takes off the helmet, does the sajda on the pitch, and is back to business

43.3

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, too much leg stump, worked off the pads through square leg

43.4

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, opens the face to push one going across towards point

Zaeem: "Come on guys, Azhar Ali is still young in test cricket.. don't worry he will score big centuries sooner.. I really like him.. After a long time I see a Pakistani player who you can believe that he will stay and score despite bad conditions... "

43.5

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, fuller one worked off the pads to mid on

43.6

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, takes a step out and drives calmly, easily and comfortably to extra cover, Pakistan will go to drinks without having broken a sweat in the first hour

End of over 44 (5 runs) Pakistan 164/1

    • Azhar Ali 50 (126b 7x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 103 (129b 17x4 1x6)
    • BV Vitori 11-0-66-0
    • CB Mpofu 10-2-30-0

Taylor is busy setting his field after drinks and Mpofu will continue

Syed Sabir: "Congrats to Hafeez for dashing to 100 and equally congrats to Azhar for turtle-pacing to 50. Those who are criticizing Azhar will be at his throat if he attempts to play fast and get out in the process......we must realize each player has his own style and pace which only time grooms and graces.....some are born dashers, some are born to last the long distance, however both categories equally important....so calm down boys!!!"

ali: "whats all the fuss about. azhar's career strike rate is 40 and he is so new to test cricket. Misbah's strike rate is also 40 and that of Dravid is 42. People must realize that teams need atleast one batter to hold his end like dravid."

Mazher: "This is Mohammad Hafeez's 3rd international century of this year (2011), he scored two in ODIs. Both of his ODI hundreds were in losing causes against NZ and WI. I hope this Test hundred doesn't repeat the losing cause."

44.1

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, Pakistan away away after drinks, a push towards cover off the front foot and they rush across

44.2

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, bit late in bringing bat down on a pretty full delivery on the stumps, Mpofu has hands on his head, but he managed to push in the air towards mid on

44.3

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, 1 run, pushed in front of point from the crease for a single

44.4

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, hurled in full to Hafeez, who again is a touch late on it, but forces it to mid on in the end

44.5

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, slower one on middle and leg, he goes low and defends down the track

44.6

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, that is very well played, some width outside off, and he glides it late elegantly between slip and gully

End of over 45 (6 runs) Pakistan 170/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 108 (133b 18x4 1x6)
    • Azhar Ali 51 (128b 7x4)
    • CB Mpofu 11-2-36-0
    • BV Vitori 11-0-66-0

Mazher: "I am sorry, Hafeez's 1st ODI century of this year wasn't in losing cause. Sorry my bad." So now the odds on this match even out, eh?

45.1

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, pushed away towards mid off from the crease with an angled bat

45.2

Vitori to Azhar Ali, 1 run, mid on dives across, mid off tries to back him up, but the ball squeezes through both, fortunately for Pakistan, for if one of them had stopped it cleanly, there could have been a run out, as Hafeez was all along watching the ball, and Azhar had almost reached him

45.3

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, left alone outside off

45.4

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, going across with the angle and another leave outside off

Tariq: "I wish it were a 3 test match series so all the Pakistani batsmen could improve their batting average specially Hafeez." They would not want to land in Harare though, that wouldn't have been as flat

45.5

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a length and on the stumps, dropped dead down the track with a block

45.6

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, eases forward and pushes a full ball slanted across to extra cover

End of over 46 (1 run) Pakistan 171/1

    • Mohammad Hafeez 108 (137b 18x4 1x6)
    • Azhar Ali 52 (130b 7x4)
    • BV Vitori 12-0-67-0
    • CB Mpofu 11-2-36-0
46.1

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, gets bat in front of pad to push one coming in on middle and leg to mid on

46.2

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, opens the face of the bat to get a length ball towards covers

46.3

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, defends off the front foot towards short midwicket

46.4

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, pushes forward to a length ball and it rolls towards extra cover

46.5

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, defended back to the bowler

46.6

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, game of patience on, Pakistan winning it hands down, another firm resolute block

End of over 47 (maiden) Pakistan 171/1

    • Azhar Ali 52 (136b 7x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 108 (137b 18x4 1x6)
    • CB Mpofu 12-3-36-0
    • BV Vitori 12-0-67-0

Vitori round the stumps now

47.1

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, slants it in full outside off, Hafeez goes after it as always, it is in the air for a while as he goes down on a knee and drives, but it goes in the gap between backward point and gully

47.2

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, too wide outside off, full length, left alone

Ammar: "So when Dravid or Laxman snail pace it we call it class, elegance, grit and perfection....Oh irony thou are but my truest friend....."

47.3

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, keeps down a rising back of a length ball on the off side with an angled bat

Vitori has been warned for running on to the pitch in his previous over

47.4

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, widish one guided for a single through point

47.5

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, wide delivery again, he throws his bat at it, cannot connect

47.6

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, similar shortish one slanted in from round the stumps, this time the patient Azhar lets it go

End of over 48 (5 runs) Pakistan 176/1

    • Azhar Ali 52 (138b 7x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 113 (141b 19x4 1x6)
    • BV Vitori 13-0-72-0
    • CB Mpofu 12-3-36-0

Faisal: "Commentators must love when Azhar is playing. Just copy/paste "to Azhar Ali, no run""

48.1

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, that has been the order of the day, anything on a tight line around off stump is easily defended, as is this one

48.2

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, straight length ball outside off, pushed away with an open face to point

ateet: "Dear Anwar, Dravid and Laxman do it against the likes of Australia and South Africa not Zimbabwe, your truest friend.."

48.3

Mpofu to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, opens the face to guide this one past point, sweeper cover gets around to it

48.4

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, even when there is a bit of bounce from short of a length, it does nothing alarming off the pitch, and he is able to awkwardly push towards extra cover

48.5

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, no run, head on top of ball as he defends to cover, trots out and then trots back in as the fielder gets to the ball

48.6

Mpofu to Azhar Ali, FOUR, smack! punched off the back foot, just sitting up from around short of a length and he goes through with the shot, not much backlift, very little follow through, who cares if he gets it in to the gap at covers

End of over 49 (5 runs) Pakistan 181/1

    • Azhar Ali 56 (141b 8x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 114 (144b 19x4 1x6)
    • CB Mpofu 13-3-41-0
    • BV Vitori 13-0-72-0
49.1

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, the ball has beaten the outside edge! whoa, Vitori gets it to straighten from a length outside off after angling it in from round the wicket, he pushes well forward and across, and is beaten

49.2

Vitori to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, full and wide outside off, squeezed in to the off side for a single

49.3

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, bounce now for Vitori, but outside off and left alone

49.4

Vitori to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, another one sits up from short of a length and is punched between cover and point

49.5

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, tries to open the face to guide one coming in from wide of the crease, but gets it on the bounce to gully

Jahan Ara: "@ateet, Yes but Tendulkar does it against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and Kenya ...."

49.6

Vitori to Azhar Ali, no run, cut away to deep point off the back foot

End of over 50 (3 runs) Pakistan 184/1

    • Azhar Ali 58 (145b 8x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 115 (146b 19x4 1x6)
    • BV Vitori 14-0-75-0
    • CB Mpofu 13-3-41-0
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