Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 1st Test, Harare, 5th day September 7, 2013

Spinners, Junaid rout Zimbabwe

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Pakistan 249 (Azhar Ali 78, Misbah 53) and 419 for 9 dec (Younis 200*, Akmal 64) beat Zimbabwe 327 (Waller 70, Chigumbura 69, Raza 60, Ajmal 7-95) and 120 (Ajmal 4-23, Rehman 4-36) by 221 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The probability of Zimbabwe holding out for a draw was extinguished early on the final morning, not by the expected threat Saeed Ajmal, but by Junaid Khan and Abdur Rehman. On a wearing pitch with turn and uneven bounce, Zimbabwe's batsmen were simply ill equipped to combat a situation where only longevity at the crease, and not runs, mattered.

Ajmal returned for a second spell late in the first session and cut through the tail, striking twice in an over to complete the fourth ten-wicket haul of his Test career. Pakistan took the nine wickets they needed during an extended session, and while they were always favourites to close out this contest, they might have expected Zimbabwe to be less feeble.

With the luxury of runs, Misbah-ul-Haq deployed his catchers: three slips and a gully for Junaid, and a slip, a leg gully, a forward short leg and a short midwicket for Ajmal. As Zimbabwe's batsmen prodded tentatively off front foot and back, the cries from these men grew louder.

Junaid ensured Pakistan's wait for success was brief. In his first over, he delivered one that angled into the right-hander from round the wicket but the ball did not bounce as much as Hamilton Masakadza thought it would from short of a length. He held his wrists around waist height, playing no shot, and the ball crashed into the bat near the gloves and popped up to gully. In his next over, Junaid trapped Vusi Sibanda lbw with one that kept lower. Zimbabwe were 19 for 3 before the coffee had cooled.

Zimbabwe's batsmen had a torrid time against Junaid. He sprinted in from round the wicket, targeting the stumps with the angle, and got several deliveries to beat the bat by straightening or seaming away from the right-handers. He did not take another wicket, though.

Malcolm Waller and Sikandar Raza had begun to stitch a partnership together when Misbah replaced Ajmal with Abdur Rehman in the first over after the drinks break. Waller drove Rehman's second ball to the straight boundary and then swept the third in the air and was caught at square leg.

Zimbabwe's middle-order batsmen got starts and they played shots but they could not last. Raza, another relatively set batsman, was caught at short leg, giving Rehman his second wicket and reducing Zimbabwe to 58 for 5.

Elton Chigumbura was Zimbabwe's last significant line of defence, and he found the boundary occasionally through the sparsely populated outfield. His last four came by pushing hard at a flatter ball from Rehman and edging past first slip. Rehman bowled a similar delivery next ball but slowed his pace, Chigumbura pushed forward again and this time the edge went straight to slip.

Ajmal's twin strikes came just before the scheduled lunch break, which prompted the umpires to extend the session by 15 minutes. It was only a matter of time. Towards the end of that extension, Rehman darted a flat one into Tinashe Panyangara's pads.

With Zimbabwe nine down, the umpires kept the players on for a little longer. Ajmal had the final word, taking his 11th wicket to give Pakistan their first Test win since February 2012, and Dav Whatmore's maiden victory as their coach.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ZimFanatic on September 7, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Hats off to Zimbabwe for a fabulous performances. It needed guts to shake off the off-field distractions and focus on a test against a quality opposition and that too without two best batsmen and main strike bowler. The fact that Zim won majority of the sessions against the no.4 test team says it all. I am sure with the inclusion of Taylor and Williams, Pak have more headache in store.

    Zim selectors are known for their strange selections. The exclusion of Raza probably cost us T20 and ODI series. Here he was on test debut, playing a great innings. Waller and Chigumbura roe to the occasion and our trio of pacers bowled with great heart. Under the performance index Sibanda seems misfit and might have to pay way for Wiliams. Taylor needs to replace Richard for a one-off event to square the series. Mutambani kept well but for the sake of the series he has to make way for the Skipper. Utseya bowled well but we need an attacking leg spinner (Mushangwe) in tests.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 9, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    It is a wake up call for Pakistan who believed to win by an inngs or so. They just escaped after allowing 1st inngs lead to a team like ZIM! The significance of this series is that it is a close contest of two equal strength teams.

  • on September 9, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Although Team Pakistan won the major concern surely has to be that a minnow team like Zimbabwe bossed the game for three days and a bit. The other concern is that none of the youngsters apart from Azhar, Junaid and Adnan made any significant contribution. I know Rahat batted well but he is in the side for taking wickets. On the basis of the performance by youngsters future of Pakistan cricket looks bleak and drastic actions need to be taken to correct it e.g. improving standard and quality of domestic cricket. For the second test I would like to see two changes. In place of Hafeez they should play the young batsman, Shan Masood. In place of Rahat I think Wahab Riaz should play. I also want to see Shafiq batting at number 3 and being given more responsibility as he has potential. My XI for second test would be: 1. Manzoor; 2. Azhar; 3. Shafiq; 4. Younis, 5. Misbah; 6. Shan Masood; 7. Akmal (prefer Sarfraz but he is not in the squad); 8. Wahab; 9. Rehman; 10. Ajmal; 11. Junaid.

  • roook on September 8, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Rahat Ali played a great hand in 93 run record partnership in the last innings with some sensible brute hittings. He should not be dropped he is great prospect for allrounder.

  • AKIST on September 8, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    PAK should get rid of HAFIZ

  • Solid_Snake on September 8, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    @Subhan:This made my day..Khurram was unlucky to be given out..I don't know what was umpire thinking at that time..& about the match..Peoplel always expect a win margin of 400 Plus runs against such teams lol

  • roook on September 8, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Pakistan top order is a real mess and need to sort out it fast I agree Hafeez is no good against new ball and he has no chance against steyn prepare a replacement for him as soon as possible. If India can axe player like gambhir and shewahg why we are so reluctant. misbah should take stand like dhoni for the team not for the players.

  • on September 8, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    @kingsland are u alright? Asad Shafiq is the only man other than younus who scored 100 in Sa. A batsmen with an average of 40+. for me he is better than azhar ali.

  • on September 8, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    A win is a win, congrats to green shirts.. They will definitely sort out their problems with their morale high and come strong in next match, And please don't underestimate Zimbabweans.. they played very professional cricket, unluckily for them that younus stood there to them else almost on the verge of victory .. and be that any team, the match would have been the same if Zimbabwe play like this.. Hats off to them for putting up a great fight.. And DRS should be applicable everywhere, who knows, maybe everyone would have been praising Khurram now provided he had reviewed his decisions in both innings.. And how can people forget legendary innings, if younus had scored 10-15, maybe he would have been cursed and considered a big burden, feel sorry for senior players (Misbah and hafeez (at least consider his bowling) ) playing for such a nation..

  • on September 8, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    after reading the comments,l realized that most of non Pakistanis not digesting the Pakistan win. they all refer 2 drop catches of Yonus Khan. dropping of catches is a part of game. Pakistan also droppef catches in the game. no team takes 100 percent catches. Adnan Akmal dropped catch of Sikander. unfortunate run out of Adnan Akmal in second inning. its all part of the game.

  • ZimFanatic on September 7, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Hats off to Zimbabwe for a fabulous performances. It needed guts to shake off the off-field distractions and focus on a test against a quality opposition and that too without two best batsmen and main strike bowler. The fact that Zim won majority of the sessions against the no.4 test team says it all. I am sure with the inclusion of Taylor and Williams, Pak have more headache in store.

    Zim selectors are known for their strange selections. The exclusion of Raza probably cost us T20 and ODI series. Here he was on test debut, playing a great innings. Waller and Chigumbura roe to the occasion and our trio of pacers bowled with great heart. Under the performance index Sibanda seems misfit and might have to pay way for Wiliams. Taylor needs to replace Richard for a one-off event to square the series. Mutambani kept well but for the sake of the series he has to make way for the Skipper. Utseya bowled well but we need an attacking leg spinner (Mushangwe) in tests.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 9, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    It is a wake up call for Pakistan who believed to win by an inngs or so. They just escaped after allowing 1st inngs lead to a team like ZIM! The significance of this series is that it is a close contest of two equal strength teams.

  • on September 9, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Although Team Pakistan won the major concern surely has to be that a minnow team like Zimbabwe bossed the game for three days and a bit. The other concern is that none of the youngsters apart from Azhar, Junaid and Adnan made any significant contribution. I know Rahat batted well but he is in the side for taking wickets. On the basis of the performance by youngsters future of Pakistan cricket looks bleak and drastic actions need to be taken to correct it e.g. improving standard and quality of domestic cricket. For the second test I would like to see two changes. In place of Hafeez they should play the young batsman, Shan Masood. In place of Rahat I think Wahab Riaz should play. I also want to see Shafiq batting at number 3 and being given more responsibility as he has potential. My XI for second test would be: 1. Manzoor; 2. Azhar; 3. Shafiq; 4. Younis, 5. Misbah; 6. Shan Masood; 7. Akmal (prefer Sarfraz but he is not in the squad); 8. Wahab; 9. Rehman; 10. Ajmal; 11. Junaid.

  • roook on September 8, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Rahat Ali played a great hand in 93 run record partnership in the last innings with some sensible brute hittings. He should not be dropped he is great prospect for allrounder.

  • AKIST on September 8, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    PAK should get rid of HAFIZ

  • Solid_Snake on September 8, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    @Subhan:This made my day..Khurram was unlucky to be given out..I don't know what was umpire thinking at that time..& about the match..Peoplel always expect a win margin of 400 Plus runs against such teams lol

  • roook on September 8, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Pakistan top order is a real mess and need to sort out it fast I agree Hafeez is no good against new ball and he has no chance against steyn prepare a replacement for him as soon as possible. If India can axe player like gambhir and shewahg why we are so reluctant. misbah should take stand like dhoni for the team not for the players.

  • on September 8, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    @kingsland are u alright? Asad Shafiq is the only man other than younus who scored 100 in Sa. A batsmen with an average of 40+. for me he is better than azhar ali.

  • on September 8, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    A win is a win, congrats to green shirts.. They will definitely sort out their problems with their morale high and come strong in next match, And please don't underestimate Zimbabweans.. they played very professional cricket, unluckily for them that younus stood there to them else almost on the verge of victory .. and be that any team, the match would have been the same if Zimbabwe play like this.. Hats off to them for putting up a great fight.. And DRS should be applicable everywhere, who knows, maybe everyone would have been praising Khurram now provided he had reviewed his decisions in both innings.. And how can people forget legendary innings, if younus had scored 10-15, maybe he would have been cursed and considered a big burden, feel sorry for senior players (Misbah and hafeez (at least consider his bowling) ) playing for such a nation..

  • on September 8, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    after reading the comments,l realized that most of non Pakistanis not digesting the Pakistan win. they all refer 2 drop catches of Yonus Khan. dropping of catches is a part of game. Pakistan also droppef catches in the game. no team takes 100 percent catches. Adnan Akmal dropped catch of Sikander. unfortunate run out of Adnan Akmal in second inning. its all part of the game.

  • thE_baCk_beNcHer on September 8, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Zimbabwe did pretty well to stretch the test till 5th day. on the other hand Pakistan need to sort out its fast bowling option. Rahat Ali was okay. He is young at test lecel and also condition weren't easy to bowl. He should play in the second test. Hafeez should be dropped from the test squad and shan masood should be given a chance. Can anybody tell me what is Khurram doing in there?? He had his chances before and he is a complete failure. Nasir should have been included instead of Khurram.

  • BravoBravo on September 8, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    ZIM did pretty well in my opinion. Realistically, in recent years how many teams (exception SA) have scored 300+ against PAK in any format of game. Not long time ago, AUS team was booked for 80+ run by PAK. I would say it is an achievement by ZIM to score 300+ against PAK. Any match is won by the performance of one or 2 players, that is always the case with any top quality teams be it ENG or be SA or PAK or WI. In this match Ajmal and YK made it for PAK with support of youngsters like Rahat and Adnan.

  • on September 8, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    How come this passanger is being played in tests ,his technique is faulty and is a bits and pieces player . He will be never sucessful in longer version of game with this pokeing mentality and please you pakistani admins. dump him forever and do favor to your country , soon you will come to know when steynwill give him bucket full humilation and will score around 10 -15 runs in six innings , such a medicore batsman will never prosper at international level ...

  • on September 7, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    Hey everyone, I can see more comments in the favour of Zimbabwe rather than Pakistan. Hmm let me remind u what actually occurred in the match. Well Zimbabwe got bowled out for their lowest total against Pakistan, and yea Pakistan only won by a margin of 221 runs. I agree we shud have played much better, we shud have won by 442 runs, but the margin was only 221 runs. Regarding positives in this kind a series where a former world champs are playing against minnows, the only positives are usually on minnows side. Some umpiring decision went against us, especially against the young khurram, but it's part of the game. Younis khan is a class apart, along with ajmal. So relax guys cheers to the win, it's a good test practice session be

  • SaadRocx on September 7, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    Well Played Zimbabwe I really really want to see Hafeez getting dropped in place of anyone just anyone but no hafeez in test..his bowling is useless in test cricket as its not wicket taking bowling...his bowling is just to contain runs..we have bowlers who can take 20 wickets against any team..Hafeez would fall to Steyn everytime..He'll get him out by swinging from the 4rth stump and he'll end up edging it to keeper or slip..just like in South Africa he'll struggle in UAE aswell..so better find 2 decent openers...Opening stand is soo vital in test cricket and we're still pursuing with failed tested ones? To Beat South Africa even in UAE we need decent opening stand + 1 decent fast bowler..otherwise SA are a smart team they'll negotiate our spinners somehow and their Bowling is Worldclass on any sortta pitch and UAE pitches are not just spin friendly they support fast bowling aswell.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on September 7, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Great win by the Green team ... But we can not discount Zimbabwe's performance. They pretty much controlled the test match till Younis Khans double hundred. They bowled within their limitations and were very disciplined in their line and lengths and just came short in the end. The batsman supported them well (barring the 4th innings) they built a good lead in the 1st innings, Malcom Waller and Sikander played very good innings in the 1st innings.

    For Pakistan top order is a worry, Khurram should be given another go and Shaan should replace 'nothing wrong with my technique' Hafeez.

    Overall a good game to advocate for test cricket, sessions controlled by Zimbabwe and Pakistan the evantual winners.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on September 7, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    If it hadn't been for Younis's innings Pakistan would have lost to the worst test side in the world. They looked pretty close to them for most of this match.

  • agent001 on September 7, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwe! You lost the test only due to the last wicket stand of 88 runs on the last session of the fourth day. Had the target been around 250 from a usual last wicket stand, we would have had a real contest.

    Both side have settled players but Pakistan like India needs to "rest" it seniors and give the youngsters a chance. Hafeez has nothing to prove and should be rested in favor of Shan Masood. Likewise, rest Manzoor and let shafiq open the innings. Both the rested players from the first test i.e. Wahab and Faisal Iqbal should be given a go ahead of the SA series.

  • Crick_Expert on September 7, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Younis Khan win the match, otherwise Mr. tuktuk was loosing till 4th days.

    Pak Team should say bye to Khurum Manzoor, Asad Safiq in Test series. They continued failed in Test for past several years.

  • grahaam on September 7, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Its an easy selection for Zim, keeper for keeper batsman (captain) and opener for higher order batsman(and bowling option), problem is, who will step up to bat with Sibanda.? Masadakza should do this task in his stride , however he has recently been beaten for pace, while his all round fitness and fielding is starting to deteriorate. Raza therefore may have to step up. He seemed in both innings to display a hint of respect for the longer version of the game, and with the top order failing in both innings virtually opened anyway.(Like Trott has done for England frequently in the last 12 months). Having a pro-active encouraging captain back will also help the team. Hamilton was standing in because of his seniority and experience , not his captaining ability. I look forward to the second match.

  • dontlikecricket on September 7, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Great batting display by Younis. Even when he was not timing the ball well, he did not try to create strokes, instead he took his time to settle down and was rewarded with a double century.With regards to Hafiz, I think it is time PAK should get rid of him at least in test. In one day and t 20 he can have his place due to him being an all rounder. Although he should start thinking to play lower down the order. I am not sure why Azhar Ali is not being asked to open after all he is an opener by trade. This means getting rid of Hafeez and PAK can have a new player in team. Asad Shafiq is a good player, just because of one poor test you cant get rid of a player. Ajmal, Rehman & Misbah were impressive and Junaid is becoming a quality fast bowler. I don't see any one in team ready to take place Misbah position. Don't care even if he is 45 , if he keeps fit and performing then he should keep playing.

  • on September 7, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    My hats off to ZIM. they played better than they are and its a positive thing. On the other hand Pakisatan played like a third grade team. If today Pakistan played with India A they will be out done in every aspect of the game. Time to ponder for Pakistani team and sleeping slectors

  • on September 7, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    at last some how pak win but nothing postive for pak from this match.on the other hand zim played very well.almost 4 days belong to zim but in the end inexperince came out and they surrender against old horse.well played zim.good knock by younis khan.i hope in next game zim will came out with all big guns.

  • on September 7, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    if we look at the ranking Pakistan Stands 4 in the Test rankings, but Pakistan had played poor cricket apart from Y. khan and Ajmal, Zimbabwe has played better cricket till Younis walked in the field to bat second his second innings, rest of pakistani player didn't played much off a cricket, M.Hafeez must be rested for the second test, Faisal iqbal should replace him, well Misbah did he always do score fifties,

  • ZCFOutkast on September 7, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    @ZimFanatic you raise a relevant point. Zim have not played enough Tests, or had sufficient momentum&match practice ahead of those big failures, which were away. At home, apart from those impressive Indian youngsters all jostling for limited first XI places, our results have been impressive overall.

    We differ greatly when you speak of dropping Vusi. Vusi has long stated that he is not an opener, doesn't prefer the role & his favoured role is 4. Taylor bats there so Vusi can bat 5or6, while Hami stays at 3. Check all Logan Cup stats, none of Williams,Raza&Waller have ever dominated at domestic FC or A level like Vusi,Hami,Taylor,Elton,Mutizwa(&Taibu) have for us.

    They do not have the ability to win Test matches for us from there. Vusi is superior&would average more. I say find a suitable opener(Matsi/Mark) & allow Vusi to drop down to his preferred area so he can excel like AB&MHussey. It's laughable to compare Malcolm&Raza to Vusi. You're welcome to elevate them&Williams as openers.

  • on September 7, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Zimbabwe batsman are not of test quality. If you look at their line-up the likes of Masakadza, Waller, Sibanda etc are averaging 22, 25 and 27 with the bat and that to against mainly lower ranked teams. To succeed at test level, you need to have at least 3 top quality batsman that average over 40 and Zimbabwe are not even close. Even Taylor doesn't average anywhere near that.

  • on September 7, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    Utseya not the spinner zim needs in tests.

  • calcu on September 7, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Congratulations zimbabwe!!

    Who could have thought that Zim will fight tooth and nail with Pak for over 3 days?

    When was the last time Zim got a first innings lead in a test match against a top 8 side?

    They performed outstandingly and had it not been for younis, they might have won the match!!

    At the same time, it is a reality check for Pak. They were restricted to 231 against scotland, tied an odi against ireland, lost an odi against zim and almost lost this match too (all in past 1 year). Their performance against minnows is really worrying.

  • ZCFOutkast on September 7, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    @JoeThompson, your comments about Zim are derisory to say the least, but you're entitled to your view. As proud fans of the boys we have reason to celebrate the multiple battles within the war that they did win, and we have proceeded to do just that as we reflect on what might have been.

    @grahaam, no my laptop is still intact. I'm not a ZC beneficiary or in anyway attached to them. Just a strong admirer of the many undeniably positive values they represent, and the products of their opposed policies(which are yet to mature) we witness before us.

    I don't think Zim were ever poor at any point. There were dropped catches&missed runouts, most of which were tight, and the 10th unbroken wicket was allowed to swell, but the total was already beyond Zim's reach(180 is what I said was the cut-off point), and that pair had freedom to chase an individual milestone they could afford to, but was irrelevant to a definite outcome. Outplayed at a crucial time yes, never poor! As @JoeDonnelly agrees.

  • Jda123 on September 7, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Don't understand why Hafeez is still in the Squad for the Test matches, he should not be in it against SA, Umar Akmal should play Test Cricket also.

    Younis played well but Zimbabwe played great till the last 2 days.

  • on September 7, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    conngartss Pakistan team. I will admire Saeed ajmal and Younas Khan they played very well.

  • on September 7, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Zimbabwe deserves credit for getting first innings lead against strong pak side. question marks over abilities of pak younsters as not even single youngster enhanced his reputation. all I see Is old horses winning a match against lowest ranked opposition.i dread to think of pak's position in icc table once misbah, younis,ajmaal and rehmann retires.they might be fighting with Zimbabwe to avoid last place finish in icc rankings.

  • on September 7, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    a disapointing 5th day if you are a fan of quality cricket. But thats the test cricket. you haveto play well for 5 days. ZIM were on top for 3 days and may be some time on 4th day. 1st they let go couple of chances from younas. But as soon as lead crossed 230 their intensity dropped. having spend so many overs in field may have effected their performance. it happens when you have lack of experience. Last few overs in pakistan innings were too bad for ZIM. They totally gave up and pakistan scored freely. overall a good effort from ZIM. they will learn a lot from it. and certainly need more test cricket to gain that mental strength.

    Pakistan also got good preparation. ZIM put a lot of pressure and old guard came to rescue. Younas played well. with handy support from misbah & adnan. Ajmal was at his best. rehman got 4 in 2nd innings which will boost his confidence.

    Opening still a concern for pak. hafeez should take rest from tests. if he isnt bowling then no point of him in 11.

  • Daniyal101 on September 7, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    @ZCFOutkast: The Test Series between England and Pakistan were held in UAE and the pitches there were a batsman's nightmare and a spinner's paradise. While the Harare pitch was relatively a lot better for batting.

  • ZimFanatic on September 7, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    The eventful test match is over. Time for ZC to fulfill its commitment, the gentleman's promise-Pay the players now. The whole world is watching. Please allow us to see second test with Taylor, Williams back in the squad.

    For all Zim bashers, how many tests have Zim played in last two years? Please invite Zimbabwe for test series. They can only improve by playing and not by net practicing.

  • Guduji71 on September 7, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Good team effort. But well done Zams full marks for a good fight. Pakistan need to drop Hafeez for Shan Masood and Wahab Riaz should come in for Rahat who needs to work more on his line and length, which is no way near a test standard bowler. Wahab Riaz should be given consistent chances now for one days and tests.

  • Sabbir007 on September 7, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Zimbabwe put a good show of their ability but the reason they lost the match is not only the crisis with the board but also least number of test they played after got back in the test arena! It's all about holding nerve in those situations an it also require experience! Unfortunately cricket is today is nothing but business to some countries like India, and it does not matter the quality and passion of the game, but money and they proved it again recently against South Africa! Teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe should get more chance to play test and in the same time Ireland and Afghanistan should get more concentration also!Mind it guys, if England think, football should be a game of some quality teams that time, it would never been a world popular game today!

  • on September 7, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    @ZCF - Zimbabwe are just not good enough in the end. Its the result that counts and apart from Bangladesh, what is it that Zimbabwe have done since 2012? getting thrashed in all away tours to New Zealand and West Indies who are the weakest when it comes to the top 8 and getting thrashed by India and now Pakistan. I know that 1 win against them but so far its only 1 win in this series and once in a blue moon. Zimbabwe really should've drawn this but they couldn't bat out the last day with 9 wickets in hand. Hopefully Zimbabwe will draw/win the final test or won't they?

  • grahaam on September 7, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Was worried about you ZCF_OUTKAST you did not show up yesterday when your words of wisdom were really needed by the team!! Thought maybe your ZC laptop had been re-possessed. Good to know you are ok ! and back amongst us. Zimbabwe were good for 2 Days and poor thereafter. But another test match looms and the selectors will be able to go back to the original plan before the problems. It is a credit to those that played, that they did so with so many distractions. It is pity that the Sri Lanka tour looks unlikely as this would give continuity to Zimbabwes progress.

  • on September 7, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    @English Cricket sorry you are wrong, Zimbabwe performed way above my and just about everybody else's expectations for 3 1/2 days. Well done to them for making a real go of what most assumed would be a very one sided 3 day match. On my day I can be as fierce a critic of ZC as anybody, but the guys in the middle deserve a lot of credit for what they achieved in the 1st 3 days. If only their cricket board could match their professionalism they could once again become a force in world cricket.

  • on September 7, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    @Farhat Khan, I'm eagerly awaiting pakistan's young test/odi batsman's to finally crash the party and score hundreds on regular intervals. These players must borrow some inspiration from our legends batsman's like javed, inzi, younis, yousuf on how to occupy the crease and score big hundreds. Misbah and younis will not be around to bail you out too long. If you look at past few years in test and odi, misbah and younis have soaked up pressure won matches for the team single handedly!

  • kam_uk on September 7, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    This was an excellent but expected perfomance from the two world class spinners. The batting is concern and has been for a while however the middle order is a strong one with Azhar averaging 42, the excellent Younis averaging now 52 & Misbah averaging 43. The opening slot is a concern, Manzoor has been consistent in the past and will come good but Pakistan need to drop Hafeez from test matches. He is simply not a test match player, Hafeez is excellent in ODI's and T20's and future ODI captain but not in test matches. Azhar Ali should be groomed for test match captaincy. Pakistan have a consistent and dogged opener in Taufeeq Umar and he has been overlooked again but hopefully the selectors will see the folly of their ways and pick Taufeeq Umar instead of Hafeez for SA.

  • Waqasahmed92 on September 7, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda Winning by 221 runs doesn't seem like we just won barely. It was a convincing win but full marks to the Zimbabwe players for their effort. The 5-0 drubbing by India really toughened them temperamentally and results are there to be seen in this series against Pakistan. If only their board could manage another series after the Pakistan one with a test playing nation like West Indies or New Zealand then they would greatly improve in the future. I quite sure of it

  • on September 7, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Pakistan won the Test alright but it sorely needed some batting depth. It was largely a work of its bowlers and veteran Younis Khan's double ton that the Team defeated inexperience Zimbabwe.

  • ZCFOutkast on September 7, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Our boys really did us proud. However, in Ajmal,Younis,Misbah&Junaid, Pak had four marquee players whose qualities were always going to be the difference, whatever the situation Pak faced. Congratulations Pakistan!

    Many of our players had their moments, and from a team&personal perspective there were many positives, particularly our attack. Panyangara was world class, Utseya qualified himself as a quality Test offspinner again, plus special mention to Hami's captaincy as well as the bowling of Shingi&Chatara

    There are signs of progress despite players deserting Zim. Comparing Eng's Test series to ours, Eng's highest score against Pak was the same Zim's recent 327 - ours 412, but their lowest score in the chase was 72 all out, much less than we achieved today. Most importantly we reached the fifth day in both our Tests against Pak, which is something they failed to do! While we'll eventually lose 3-0, we won't fold for less than 72 runs but will have fared better, albeit over 3 years.

  • EnglishCricket on September 7, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Zimbabwe are an ordinary team. After playing so well for most of the days, at least you would've expected a draw but no...

  • Virtual_Prince on September 7, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Well played Pakistan....!!!...After long time...Younus Khan showed his class again...and.....shut all criticising mouths who were expecting end of Younus career...!!! He proved that he is still better than many other seniors...in the team...!! well done township boy {hometown of younus Khan}

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on September 7, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Younis played with number 11 batsman so no excuses from Misbah fans that when Misbah plays no one stays with him. Initially Younis build Rahat's confidence by exposing less strike to him and when we got in good position they dominated Zimbabwe, Younis had a game plan he is more experienced than Misbah no doubt but he played really well in pressure situation.

  • on September 7, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    @piyo _thanda. look at the margin of victory. how many games go to the final day- umm majority. it only takes 1 or 2 good innings by a batsmento make a good total. Yes , batting is a worry as is the fast bowlers but the job is done.

  • on September 7, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Its job well done by Pakistanis as it was due on them to present a show like they did after been slummed for 3 days. Rescue operation, which was started by Younis and Misbah was carried forward by Younis and Adnan and final touches by sweet little Rahat touch. With A.REHMAN justified his place for the next game along side Junaid and Ajmal, a relief for Misbah to have another wicket taking option.

    I believe Asad Shafique and Khurram both did't scored but Khurram should be dropped for Shan Masood , temperamentally and technically Asad is best suited for Test cricket and his previous record make him a deserving case for the second test and Shan Masood should be tried instead of Faisal because with Zimbabwe a weaker opposition and 1-0 up, he has a lot of eased up situation to impress on debut.

    Rahat should be dropped for Wahab as Rahat was wayward and need some time back in academy like Irfan was sent back few years ago. So two changes should be wahab and Shan in for Rahat and Khuraam

  • roook on September 7, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Younis save the Pakistan Honour but it will not happen against good quality team like South Africa. Much of Hafeez give him break from test cricket atleast one of top three must perform.

  • on September 7, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    I think Pakistan player like Azhar Ali,young players ,need to be improve batting,and also,make mind how to play a test cricket, Younas khan have a wonderful effort in test matches,he is a good player, And they have to change Hafeez ,I think he need rest ,and they have to bring Nasir Jamshaid,he is a good young cricketer ,so Pakistan must have look forward at young players,

  • mars2009 on September 7, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Sorry for our hostile neighbors who were blowing trumpets for first three and half days. I wish they come now and make some comments.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on September 7, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Pakistan just about managed to get out of jail. A royal humiliation would have occurred had it not been for Yonus Khan. How long Pak gonna play cricket with their Under 17 standard "batsmen"? This the best this country can produce?

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on September 7, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Pakistan just about managed to get out of jail. A royal humiliation would have occurred had it not been for Yonus Khan. How long Pak gonna play cricket with their Under 17 standard "batsmen"? This the best this country can produce?

  • mars2009 on September 7, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Sorry for our hostile neighbors who were blowing trumpets for first three and half days. I wish they come now and make some comments.

  • on September 7, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    I think Pakistan player like Azhar Ali,young players ,need to be improve batting,and also,make mind how to play a test cricket, Younas khan have a wonderful effort in test matches,he is a good player, And they have to change Hafeez ,I think he need rest ,and they have to bring Nasir Jamshaid,he is a good young cricketer ,so Pakistan must have look forward at young players,

  • roook on September 7, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Younis save the Pakistan Honour but it will not happen against good quality team like South Africa. Much of Hafeez give him break from test cricket atleast one of top three must perform.

  • on September 7, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Its job well done by Pakistanis as it was due on them to present a show like they did after been slummed for 3 days. Rescue operation, which was started by Younis and Misbah was carried forward by Younis and Adnan and final touches by sweet little Rahat touch. With A.REHMAN justified his place for the next game along side Junaid and Ajmal, a relief for Misbah to have another wicket taking option.

    I believe Asad Shafique and Khurram both did't scored but Khurram should be dropped for Shan Masood , temperamentally and technically Asad is best suited for Test cricket and his previous record make him a deserving case for the second test and Shan Masood should be tried instead of Faisal because with Zimbabwe a weaker opposition and 1-0 up, he has a lot of eased up situation to impress on debut.

    Rahat should be dropped for Wahab as Rahat was wayward and need some time back in academy like Irfan was sent back few years ago. So two changes should be wahab and Shan in for Rahat and Khuraam

  • on September 7, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    @piyo _thanda. look at the margin of victory. how many games go to the final day- umm majority. it only takes 1 or 2 good innings by a batsmento make a good total. Yes , batting is a worry as is the fast bowlers but the job is done.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on September 7, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Younis played with number 11 batsman so no excuses from Misbah fans that when Misbah plays no one stays with him. Initially Younis build Rahat's confidence by exposing less strike to him and when we got in good position they dominated Zimbabwe, Younis had a game plan he is more experienced than Misbah no doubt but he played really well in pressure situation.

  • Virtual_Prince on September 7, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Well played Pakistan....!!!...After long time...Younus Khan showed his class again...and.....shut all criticising mouths who were expecting end of Younus career...!!! He proved that he is still better than many other seniors...in the team...!! well done township boy {hometown of younus Khan}

  • EnglishCricket on September 7, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Zimbabwe are an ordinary team. After playing so well for most of the days, at least you would've expected a draw but no...

  • ZCFOutkast on September 7, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Our boys really did us proud. However, in Ajmal,Younis,Misbah&Junaid, Pak had four marquee players whose qualities were always going to be the difference, whatever the situation Pak faced. Congratulations Pakistan!

    Many of our players had their moments, and from a team&personal perspective there were many positives, particularly our attack. Panyangara was world class, Utseya qualified himself as a quality Test offspinner again, plus special mention to Hami's captaincy as well as the bowling of Shingi&Chatara

    There are signs of progress despite players deserting Zim. Comparing Eng's Test series to ours, Eng's highest score against Pak was the same Zim's recent 327 - ours 412, but their lowest score in the chase was 72 all out, much less than we achieved today. Most importantly we reached the fifth day in both our Tests against Pak, which is something they failed to do! While we'll eventually lose 3-0, we won't fold for less than 72 runs but will have fared better, albeit over 3 years.