Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 1st Test, Harare, 1st day September 3, 2013

Saeed Ajmal takes gloss off Zimbabwe's day

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Pakistan 249 for 9 (Azhar 78, Misbah 53, Ajmal 49*, Panyangara 3-71) v Zimbabwe
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Even 24 hours before the toss, there had been uncertainty over whether this match would take place as Zimbabwe's players were again threatening a boycott over delayed payments. The Test started on schedule but Zimbabwe were hamstrung as Sean Williams decided he wouldn't play till he was paid, and their regular captain Brendan Taylor was away on paternity leave after his son was born late on Monday.

Few teams have had such major distractions to deal with, and there had been concerns about whether Zimbabwe's players would be able to focus on the challenges of Test cricket. The home side's bowlers, though, responded superbly to reduce Pakistan to 182 for 8, before some of the gloss was taken off by a battling ninth-wicket partnership between Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan.

The first hour was near perfect for Zimbabwe. The trio of Tendai Chatara, Tinashe Panyangara and Shingi Masakadza may have little Test experience and only moderate pace, but their accuracy and movement left Pakistan hobbling at 27 for 3 by drinks.

Once again, Misbah-ul-Haq walked out with his team having lost early wickets, and began more adventurously than you'd expect from him in the first session of a Test. Along with Azhar Ali, Misbah extricated Pakistan from the hole caused by the top-order's failure. After lunch, the pitch had settled down a bit, and both Misbah and Azhar reached their half-centuries. The stand had grown to 93, and the pair was looking comfortable in the middle.

This was supposed to be the big challenge for Zimbabwe - could their bowlers keep the pressure on when the conditions eased out? They didn't have to, as Misbah attempted one of those occasional, unpredictable big hits over the leg side and miscued to short midwicket. Prosper Utseya had even more to celebrate soon after, as Asad Shafiq also tried a wild slog and ended up inside-edging it to leg slip for 4.

Zimbabwe's bowlers could take more credit for the wickets in the morning session. The basis of their early success was a steady line and length, constantly questioning the batsmen around off stump and getting the odd delivery to swerve around or bounce awkwardly. They posed enough of a threat to give the stand-in captain, Hamilton Masakadza, the confidence to put three slips in place for much of the first hour. Panyangara and Chatara had the ball snaking both ways, and the batsmen guessing.

Mohammad Hafeez had racked up the runs in the recent limited-overs matches, but his Test form has been suspect this year. The South Africa Tests had been a humbling experience for Hafeez, and there weren't many runs today either as he again poked outside off, handing second slip an easy catch.

His opening partner, Khurram Manzoor, had even more at stake as he was playing his first Test in three-and-a-half years. He was cautious early on, not attempting anything flashy, and had seen off 11 overs when a big incutter from Panyangara struck him on the pads. The ball looked like it would sail over the stumps, but the umpire disagreed and Manzoor had to trudge off.

Younis Khan began his innings looking for quick singles, and he was dismissed when the ball spun back onto the stumps after an attempted forward defence. Younis had taken a couple of steps down the track after playing the delivery and could only watch the ball roll back towards the base of middle stump.

Zimbabwe were cock-a-hoop at that stage, but Misbah and Azhar slowly deflated them over the next couple of hours. The frontline trio kept testing the batsmen but the odd loose ball crept in, which Misbah profited off. He didn't bat in a manner that has earned him the nickname tuk-tuk, but went for his strokes and he was rewarded especially towards the end of the morning session as Elton Chigumbura and Utseya offered some easy runs.

Pakistan began in a similarly confident mode after lunch and Zimbabwe's limited attack seemed set for a struggle. Azhar had a bit of a battle through the forties, taking his time to complete the final steps of his half-century but Pakistan were slowly levelling the game. The responsibility on Azhar grew after the ordinary strokes from Misbah and Shafiq left Pakistan at 132 for 5, and he continued to bat sensibly.

Zimbabwe's bowlers built on the advantage soon after tea, getting three quick wickets, and the innings seemed set for an early finish when Azhar nicked to the slips. Pakistan were still some way away from their previous lowest total against Zimbabwe (231), but Zimbabwe just couldn't deliver the final blows.

Though Ajmal may not have the most orthodox technique, his merry swinging of the bat proved extremely effective late in the day. He signalled how he was going to play with a murderous straight hit over Utseya's head early in his innings. With Junaid flailing at everything but somehow staying in the middle, the partnership began to swell. Zimbabwe turned to the new ball in search of the breakthrough but that only quickened the run-flow with Ajmal's hook for six off Chatara among the highlights.

The home team's frustration continued as the pair resisted for more than an hour, and it wasn't till the final over of the day that Junaid finally edged to the keeper, after countless misses. Ajmal was still unbeaten on 49, and the stand of 67 had lent some respectability to Pakistan's innings.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Guduji71 on | September 4, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Azhar Ali is a very good player for Pakistan. He is a real test match batsman. He played more than half (15/28) of his test outside subcontinent and UAE and still is able to maintain a healthy average of 40 plus, tells about his class. I think it is helping Pakistan that they are playing their games away from home. It makes our players more mature and enables them to learn to adjust in different conditions more quickly. It is a blessing in disguise. The passion of cricket will never diminish in Pakistan, particularly when young players are able to watch cricket on tele quite easily these days. I think not playing in Pakistan is a blessing in disguise. Pakistan is still in top 4-5 ranked test teams. I think credit goes to our boys.

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | September 3, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Excellent work from our boys, absolutely excellent! Pakistan's carelessness did contribute a little bit, but isn't that the norm in EVERY Test match!

    Best captaincy we've had in years. Hami is a genuine leader. Smart field placings (apart from Waller at short leg). The boys are loving playing for the new captain, confidence&energy buzzing plus more chat than they did even during T20s&ODIs! Freely communicating in their native Shona.

    The bowling is tight, penetrating and by & large quite disciplined. Fielding has been sharp and had far more positives than downsides. Some boundaries could've been cut off, a couple of run outs executed, but the benefiting batsmen didn't go on to cash in after that. With the pitch getting better & better to bat on, restricting Pakistan to anything under 230 would be a huge achievement by our boys, but less that that would be expected at this stage.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | September 4, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    It is once again proved that Rahat Ali is not capable enough to play for Pakistan. He is too wayward with his line and length. Only pace is not required of fast bowlers and even in pace he is just above average.

    Junaid Khan requires a solid partner with him in bowling. Wahab Riaz and Ehsan Adil should be played in next game along with Junaid Khan. Only one spinner is required in Zimbabwe. Only one of Ajmal or Rehman, whoever performs better in this game, should be there in next game.

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | September 4, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Some bonus tail-ender runs and much needed partnership of 67 from Ajmal and Junaid but as I said yesterday in Test matches bowlers win games for you and not batters.

    We have inexperience pace attack and our spin is neutralized by the conditions we can win Test match in UAE with Ajmal and Rehman but outside UAE I hope Pakistan can still save this Test match and come back harder in next match. Misbah doesn't stays on the wicket in Test matches, Hafeez plays like ODI in Test matches only good player is Azhar Ali, I don't know what is the role of Asad Shafiq? Worse batting line-up who can't even score 300 against Zimbabwe.

    We will be having 2 series in UAE against SA and SL and I don't think even in UAE we stand a chance with this kind of players. Australia have far better bowling attack than Pakistan even they struggled to pick wickets in Ashes due to lack of experience. I hope Pakistan can make an escape from here as thats what we are known for!

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | September 4, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Is this really the same Pakistan team that whitewashed England 2 years ago, I do wonder about some of Pakistans results.

    I wonder what the odds are on a Pakistan loss?

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | September 4, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Such days have come that we Pakistan batting has to rely on Ajmal..What a team we got here.Good job Whatmore & PCB..Now we can't even bat properly against teams like Zimbabwe.That small hope i had about the bright future of Pak batting,that hope was crushed today..

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    When you play so little test matches, this is bound to happen. But, even then Pakistani batsmen should have batted much better. I do not know and understand what is wrong with Asad Shafiq. He is such a good batsman with solid technique but throws away his wicket most of the time. M positive Pakistan will bounce back hard in 2nd inning....

  • POSTED BY SandipManjrekar on | September 4, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    The highlight of 1st Day for PAK is an excellent temperament by Azhar Ali. How could miss he a ton? Some credit for ZIM medium fast bowlers due. The most pleasant look since long time is Misbah scoring with unfamiliar brisk rate at the beginning of the inning. Ajmal having a sword in his hand presenting freestyle show for some bored home fans. How about 3 Mr. Perfectionist Zimbabweans Chatara, Shingi & Panyangara? Doesn't matter no money!! Truly Greatest Showmen!!!!

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | September 4, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    another great batting performance by Pakistan. Hopefully they can create another history here.

  • POSTED BY ifrakurshid on | September 4, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    Av v poor batting show by Pakistan test team not the fault of players no warm match, as usual poor team selection,batting order, shot selection of players and a good fight back by Saeed Ajmal bringing a hope for the team to take on Zimbabwe positively as the bowling is perhaps better but short of a pacer for the test match if the pitch fail to response to spinners finger cross. Internal problem of Zimbabwe MUST be address as its gives a bad taste to international cricket.

  • POSTED BY Guduji71 on | September 4, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Azhar Ali is a very good player for Pakistan. He is a real test match batsman. He played more than half (15/28) of his test outside subcontinent and UAE and still is able to maintain a healthy average of 40 plus, tells about his class. I think it is helping Pakistan that they are playing their games away from home. It makes our players more mature and enables them to learn to adjust in different conditions more quickly. It is a blessing in disguise. The passion of cricket will never diminish in Pakistan, particularly when young players are able to watch cricket on tele quite easily these days. I think not playing in Pakistan is a blessing in disguise. Pakistan is still in top 4-5 ranked test teams. I think credit goes to our boys.

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | September 3, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Excellent work from our boys, absolutely excellent! Pakistan's carelessness did contribute a little bit, but isn't that the norm in EVERY Test match!

    Best captaincy we've had in years. Hami is a genuine leader. Smart field placings (apart from Waller at short leg). The boys are loving playing for the new captain, confidence&energy buzzing plus more chat than they did even during T20s&ODIs! Freely communicating in their native Shona.

    The bowling is tight, penetrating and by & large quite disciplined. Fielding has been sharp and had far more positives than downsides. Some boundaries could've been cut off, a couple of run outs executed, but the benefiting batsmen didn't go on to cash in after that. With the pitch getting better & better to bat on, restricting Pakistan to anything under 230 would be a huge achievement by our boys, but less that that would be expected at this stage.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | September 4, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    It is once again proved that Rahat Ali is not capable enough to play for Pakistan. He is too wayward with his line and length. Only pace is not required of fast bowlers and even in pace he is just above average.

    Junaid Khan requires a solid partner with him in bowling. Wahab Riaz and Ehsan Adil should be played in next game along with Junaid Khan. Only one spinner is required in Zimbabwe. Only one of Ajmal or Rehman, whoever performs better in this game, should be there in next game.

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | September 4, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Some bonus tail-ender runs and much needed partnership of 67 from Ajmal and Junaid but as I said yesterday in Test matches bowlers win games for you and not batters.

    We have inexperience pace attack and our spin is neutralized by the conditions we can win Test match in UAE with Ajmal and Rehman but outside UAE I hope Pakistan can still save this Test match and come back harder in next match. Misbah doesn't stays on the wicket in Test matches, Hafeez plays like ODI in Test matches only good player is Azhar Ali, I don't know what is the role of Asad Shafiq? Worse batting line-up who can't even score 300 against Zimbabwe.

    We will be having 2 series in UAE against SA and SL and I don't think even in UAE we stand a chance with this kind of players. Australia have far better bowling attack than Pakistan even they struggled to pick wickets in Ashes due to lack of experience. I hope Pakistan can make an escape from here as thats what we are known for!

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | September 4, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Is this really the same Pakistan team that whitewashed England 2 years ago, I do wonder about some of Pakistans results.

    I wonder what the odds are on a Pakistan loss?

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | September 4, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Such days have come that we Pakistan batting has to rely on Ajmal..What a team we got here.Good job Whatmore & PCB..Now we can't even bat properly against teams like Zimbabwe.That small hope i had about the bright future of Pak batting,that hope was crushed today..

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    When you play so little test matches, this is bound to happen. But, even then Pakistani batsmen should have batted much better. I do not know and understand what is wrong with Asad Shafiq. He is such a good batsman with solid technique but throws away his wicket most of the time. M positive Pakistan will bounce back hard in 2nd inning....

  • POSTED BY SandipManjrekar on | September 4, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    The highlight of 1st Day for PAK is an excellent temperament by Azhar Ali. How could miss he a ton? Some credit for ZIM medium fast bowlers due. The most pleasant look since long time is Misbah scoring with unfamiliar brisk rate at the beginning of the inning. Ajmal having a sword in his hand presenting freestyle show for some bored home fans. How about 3 Mr. Perfectionist Zimbabweans Chatara, Shingi & Panyangara? Doesn't matter no money!! Truly Greatest Showmen!!!!

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | September 4, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    another great batting performance by Pakistan. Hopefully they can create another history here.

  • POSTED BY ifrakurshid on | September 4, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    Av v poor batting show by Pakistan test team not the fault of players no warm match, as usual poor team selection,batting order, shot selection of players and a good fight back by Saeed Ajmal bringing a hope for the team to take on Zimbabwe positively as the bowling is perhaps better but short of a pacer for the test match if the pitch fail to response to spinners finger cross. Internal problem of Zimbabwe MUST be address as its gives a bad taste to international cricket.

  • POSTED BY Little_Aussie_Battler on | September 4, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    Zim looked okay from what I saw of the match, bit of talent there to work with. They just need exposure and a consistent program.

    The ICC should just take over management of the Zim team and run it directly.

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | September 4, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    Excellent day for Test cricket. ZIM players need a big applaud for their no-conflict approach with their Cricket governing board. ZIM really put their heart and soul in this game, restricting PAK to 249. @gyusuf6- don't worry mate, PAK always survive through crisis. I remember that during WI golden days (and AUS golden days too) PAK was the only team which was a real challenge to them. We have to consider that PAK team is "gypsy" right now, once they start playing on their own soil (whenever it happens), they will be the best team. Nonetheless, faced with all kind of uncertainties, still PAK has the best Win to Loss ratio among all the subcontinent teams. Team ZIM, you guys are beauty. Keep up the good work.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | September 4, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Weak batting performance from PAK TEAM against world weakest team. I don't see PAK TEAM Players learning any batting from Dav Watmore. SL team batting was boom when Dav Watmore was coach. Asad Safiq, Rahit Ali, Akmal brothers not deserve in PAK test TEAM.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | September 3, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    Lala AFRIDI should comeback to TEST team as CAPT.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | September 3, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    Good game from Zimbabwe, they playing without key players William and Taylor. PAK should give chance to new talented players like, Nasir Janshed, Shoaib Maqsood, Shan Masud. PAK Team should groom Ahmed Shahzad as opener and use Nasir Jamshed at middle order batsman. I don't understand why given continue chances to Asad Safiq, as he continue failed.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | September 3, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    Pathetic performance by Pakistan. I'm tired of even being upset I just don't care anymore. Anyone who thinks Misbah and Azhar have talent, have no knowledge of cricket. Idc how good Zimbabwe play you are a world class team and no 4 at the moment you should be ashamed of yourself by performing like this. This whole team need an overhaul, including coaches and board. This needs to end now. If you want to build a winning team for 2015 World Cup you need to act now. Get rid of Misbah and his way of playing. We need winners, a captain who have a game plan other than Tuk Tuk. Azhar was a tailender, all he knows is how to survive. He doesn't have creative strokes, his shot making ability is limited. And Misbah is just a bad influence on the whole team. Pakistani batting is pathetic truly... There is no hope for them if they kept on with this.

  • POSTED BY Chaudry_Cricket on | September 3, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    Mohammad Hafees - test record in 2013: 7 innings 48 runs, highest score of 18 average of 6.85 and he is allowed to play test cricket and to make matter's worse he actually opens the innings. This guy is an absoulte selfish player. This is why we need a captain and coach who are not afraid to make the right decision and drop Hafees. Misbah and Whatmore need to stop backing Hafees and find a opener who is reliable (we could have Azhar open and have someone like Fawad Alam, Umar Akmal, Usman Sallahuddin etc bat at 3).

    I think Younis, Asad and Adnan were just a little rusty thats all they will score runs in the 2nd innings and will be important players for the RSA and SL series.

    Congrats to Azhar on 2000 test runs and well played Misbah.

    Junaid and Ajmal will have Zimbos struggling when they bowl on this pitch. Just hope Rahat bowls with control he has potential but he is wayward at times.

    Please Misbah drop Hafeez and I might just admire your captaincy ..

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Zimbabwe ARE BACK!!!! The team playing the tests like the ODI side are all "homegrown". They are the results of development efforts sponsored on a shoe string budget, during difficult economic and political times - punctuated by the poaching of others whose participation would have speeded Zimbabwes ascendancy. Pakistan is ranked number 4 in tests, above even Australia. Maybe scheduling more tests for Zimbabwe is what the doctor ordered. Waller's desire for number 8 in ODI should be matched by number 8 in tests methinks! Game on!

  • POSTED BY SandipManjrekar on | September 3, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Day 1...... For ZIM, good show with the ball....For PAK, strong come back in the end. Both at par now. Let see how ZIM bats tomorrow though I am not sure about them with the bat.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Oh comon guys, it's Pakistan's first text from a long long time. Give them some space. I bet they will win this one despite the poor first innings score because we all know this team takes time to kick off, fortunately the in ODIS there's only one chance so Pakistan lost the first ODI. Luckily in tests, there are two chances and trust me Pakistan team will come on top. Show some confidence and stop crying like a baby. The three changes I see in the team for SA tour of Dubai are Manzoor out Taufeeq in, Adnan Akmal out Sarfaraz in and Rahat out Irfan in.. Against Zimbabwe, this team will win so chillax

  • POSTED BY SaadRocx on | September 3, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    Sorry but 250 would be enough to get Zimbabwe out 2 times..

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    test cricket is always about fight and pakistan did just that

  • POSTED BY Ray24 on | September 3, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Pakistan had an average day considering the opponents. But the decision of Khurram Manzoor's LWB sort of gave Zimabwe more momentum that they deserved. The ball had struck him pretty high, no DRS I guess. Anyways, still four days to go.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | September 3, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Lesson learned - When play Pakistan not to worry about taking 20 wickets. They will gift at least half of them. Great effort by Zimbabwe. I still believe Pak will win this in four days match but I am more interested in the fight Zim will offer come next few days.

  • POSTED BY jalebi_bai on | September 3, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Well another humiliating performance by pakistn. pakistan needs to find 3-4 international quality players for the team. how long they gonna play with 11 tail enders.

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | September 3, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    yaar how pakistan can keep batting so pathetically all the time. please at least learn to hold the cricket bat before thinking about playing cricket.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | September 3, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Pakistan find it tough going against Zimbabwe on a flat pitch. Their standards have clearly slipped, they just don't have the players at the moment.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | September 3, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    @ mzm149 Shan Masood wasn't played because he has a FC average of 34.82 after 56 FC games, hence a half fit Hafeez is miles better than him and more valuable to the team as an allrounder.

    Also, U. Akmal is the best player of swing, seam and a rising ball in Pak but his temperament is a problem but I think, he should be persisted with and hope he matures quickly (like Ind did with Rohit).

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    good fight back by Ajmal & Junaid... hope ajmal gets his 2nd 50.. Apart from misbah & azhar no one else stood up. some poor batting helped good disciplined bowling by ZIM.

    Even misbah & Azhar fall on ordinary shots.

    I dont think Nasir would be good choice. he has been poor in Odis since india series. best choice would have been toufeeq umar who will be the 1st choice opener in UAE . and did well in last series he played.

    with the ball moving around i think ZIM will have to bat really well on this pitch to take some lead in this match.

  • POSTED BY grahaam on | September 3, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    If Zim nip the last wicket first thing they will probably regret it, if the ball and pitch offer the normal early swing and movement, the openers will struggle with the extra pace. If the medium pace of Zim can cause probs then I suspect real pace may be more than they can cope with...Encouraging for Zim but a long way to go.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | September 3, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Such days have come that we Pakistan batting has to rely on Ajmal..What a team we got here.Good job Whatmore & PCB..Now we can't even bat properly against teams like Zimbabwe.That small hope i had about the bright future of Pak batting,that hope was crushed today..

  • POSTED BY malepas on | September 3, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    @gyusuf6: Chill Bro, you need to understand that Pak test side is one of the best in the world and their last 3 years record speak for itself, we need to remember that most of our test players are rusty as its been 7 months they last played test cricket, but still I think score around 250 should be more then enough as the wicket is doing all sorts. As for the Younas is concern, he is a top quality test player and has proved time and again, so don't worry about him but yes I'm worried about Hafeez as our test opener, I think its time to give him some rest off the test team and Pak should play Toufeeq Umer(why he got dropped, only God knows) and Azhar as opener and bring Umer Akmal at 5, this will balance the team out. Lastly, Zim bowled very well within themselves today, so full credit to them as well.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Good cricket by the hosts on the first day amidst financial issues off field......

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | September 3, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Had they included Nasir Jamshed in place of overhyped Khurram Manzoor, he would have scored better. Why did they play with injured Hafeez at the expense of young Shan Masood? I hope Assad Shafiq regains his form because he is a quality test player. Only players who can play seaming and swinging balls in Pakistan team are Azhar Ali and Nasir Jamshed.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | September 3, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    While taking example of sachin you should also remember the kind of batting line up India has. Pakistani batting line up is a completely different story . If misbah wouldn't score we know what would happen to pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | September 3, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Chill Pakistani bros remember Pakistan is 1st team in 100 years to score less than 100 in 1st innings and win a Test match. Though it was UAE but still hopes are high, I have a feelings that show is not over yet.

  • POSTED BY nasimmushtaque on | September 3, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Guys, who support blindly to Misssbah should understand that it is good to score runs, but it is important that how do u score them, there is lot of critics even blame Sachin Tendulkar that most of the time when India needed him to score runs, he failed, but every body can see his runs, so where does misssbah stands

  • POSTED BY gyusuf6 on | September 3, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Frankly, other than Misbah and Azhar pakistan seems to not have the talent nor the ability of a quality test batsmen to replace retired players like Md Yousuf and Inzamam. The so called talented player like Nasir Jamshed is Good in subcontinent but have not done anything anywhere to even claim himself a International test player. That is SAD!!!!Whatever we gripe about Misbah, he and Azhar Ali is the true test batsman with the temperament and patience. Hafiz is a bust, he can not play a moving ball even against the Zimbabwe pacemen and sadly he claim himself to be the opener. If that is what coming from the new pakistani batting pipeline pak is in deep trouble and forget about wining a test match against the South Africans. They would not last against the SA fastmen in the next series. Although i forgot to mention Yunus khan who in his prime was probably considered world class test batsman but he is unfortunately out of form and lots of Pak fans, I'm sure want him retire.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 3, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Show some respect to the Number One All rounder in World Cricket. He will be alright

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | September 3, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Is there one more upset going on. Pakistan batsman are losing wickets against some tight and ordinary bowling.

  • POSTED BY Riz000 on | September 3, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    @ SyedArbabAhmed M haffez will never be rested or dropped because if they choose Harris sohial or another good youngster he may make a century or tons of runs then people like haffez their place will be in question/danger unfortunately that's how PCB works

  • POSTED BY roook on | September 3, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Pakistan have not good quality backup player to replace seniors i am afraid there is any plalyer good enough or proofed his caliber at international level so far. Zimbabwe has made pakistan look ordinary and that is worry some.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | September 3, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    This is ridiculous for a team ranked no. 4 now. Pakistan has class players but they can never string together a good 6 hours.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 3, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    The odis were so dead that it would be insane to expect tests to be watchable

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Draw looms just because Misbah is in??? A defeat looms too at the same time if Misbah doesnt perform. A team consists of 11 players and this team needs to settle down as this is the best talent available, consistency need to be maintained in team selection, too many changes and too many trial and errors will not help. Misbah and Azhar need to build up from the disastrous start. I hope we will not start hearing the TUK TUK story again as in this scenario, things need to be rebuilt and concentration and patience is the key.

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | September 3, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Misbah is a good Test match player but in ODIs I don't think so but in Test match he is good captain as well as great player, I hope he scores 100 in Test match. He is too slow to do it today though but he has got a few days to get his 4th Test 100. Hope that Pakistan takes the series but with Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq in side alongside with Misbah if Pakistan are 250-6 by the end of the day Zimbabwe won't mind that.

    One more thing, I doubt this Pakistani bowling attack is good enough to win a Test match in Zimbabwe had they been playing in UAE that was a different story. And its well known fact that in Test matches bowlers win matches not the batters like in limited overs cricket. Pakistan has got talent but simply no experience pace attack to make the most of their resources.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | September 3, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Misbah in with in first hour. Draw looms...

  • POSTED BY SyedArbabAhmed on | September 3, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Why almost injred, senior M.Hafeez is playing? This Pakistani side looks very much the main side, I can hardly see anyone new is tested.Nothing has gain from this tour so far

  • POSTED BY SyedArbabAhmed on | September 3, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Why almost injred, senior M.Hafeez is playing? This Pakistani side looks very much the main side, I can hardly see anyone new is tested.Nothing has gain from this tour so far

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | September 3, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Misbah in with in first hour. Draw looms...

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | September 3, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Misbah is a good Test match player but in ODIs I don't think so but in Test match he is good captain as well as great player, I hope he scores 100 in Test match. He is too slow to do it today though but he has got a few days to get his 4th Test 100. Hope that Pakistan takes the series but with Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq in side alongside with Misbah if Pakistan are 250-6 by the end of the day Zimbabwe won't mind that.

    One more thing, I doubt this Pakistani bowling attack is good enough to win a Test match in Zimbabwe had they been playing in UAE that was a different story. And its well known fact that in Test matches bowlers win matches not the batters like in limited overs cricket. Pakistan has got talent but simply no experience pace attack to make the most of their resources.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Draw looms just because Misbah is in??? A defeat looms too at the same time if Misbah doesnt perform. A team consists of 11 players and this team needs to settle down as this is the best talent available, consistency need to be maintained in team selection, too many changes and too many trial and errors will not help. Misbah and Azhar need to build up from the disastrous start. I hope we will not start hearing the TUK TUK story again as in this scenario, things need to be rebuilt and concentration and patience is the key.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 3, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    The odis were so dead that it would be insane to expect tests to be watchable

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | September 3, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    This is ridiculous for a team ranked no. 4 now. Pakistan has class players but they can never string together a good 6 hours.

  • POSTED BY roook on | September 3, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Pakistan have not good quality backup player to replace seniors i am afraid there is any plalyer good enough or proofed his caliber at international level so far. Zimbabwe has made pakistan look ordinary and that is worry some.

  • POSTED BY Riz000 on | September 3, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    @ SyedArbabAhmed M haffez will never be rested or dropped because if they choose Harris sohial or another good youngster he may make a century or tons of runs then people like haffez their place will be in question/danger unfortunately that's how PCB works

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | September 3, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Is there one more upset going on. Pakistan batsman are losing wickets against some tight and ordinary bowling.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 3, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Show some respect to the Number One All rounder in World Cricket. He will be alright