Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 1st Test, Harare, 4th day

Younis double-ton shuts out Zimbabwe

The Report by George Binoy

September 6, 2013

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Zimbabwe 327 and 13 for 1 (Sibanda 5*, Mawoyo 2) need 329 to beat Pakistan 249 and 419 for 9 dec (Younis 200*, Akmal 64)
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Younis Khan and Adnan Akmal walk off the pitch for the lunch break, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 1st Test, 4th day, Harare, September 6, 2013
Younis Khan and Adnan Akmal steered Pakistan out of trouble with a century stand © AFP
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Margins of error are miniscule for an underdog striving to cause an upset in a Test, and Younis Khan capitalised on his reprieves to bury Zimbabwe's chances with his fourth double-century. He set the hosts the challenge of making their highest total in the fourth innings, in a little over three sessions, on a wearing pitch, against an attack led by Saeed Ajmal. Battling for a draw, the more realistic objective, was demanding in itself.

Zimbabwe had hope at the start of the day. Pakistan were 90 ahead and four down, and Tendai Chatara bowled Asad Shafiq in the first over. Another wicket in the next few overs would have exposed Pakistan's tail just around when the second new ball was available. Younis, however, found reliable company in Adnan Akmal, whose career-best 64 was the larger contribution in their 118-run partnership that swung the Test.

Zimbabwe had an early opportunity too, but they were left wondering what could have been if only they had taken it. On 83, in the first half-hour, off the first ball of the 76th over bowled by Hamilton Masakadza, Younis slashed and edged. Tino Mawoyo was not low enough at first slip, and the ball scurried between his legs.

There were no more chances in the first session. The new ball was given to Chatara and Tinashe Panyangara, and though they were disciplined, the pitch was placid and there were no alarms barring the odd delivery that held its line to beat Akmal's bat.

Younis slowed down against the new ball, and he eventually brought up his century by flicking the last delivery of the 85th over to the boundary. He did not play another rash shot but soon began to score more briskly, while Akmal broke stretches of defence with the occasional boundary, including a reverse sweep.

Zimbabwe did not go to pieces but the bite in their bowling was not as sharp and run-scoring was largely risk-free. At the end of the first session, Pakistan were ahead by180 and Zimbabwe had only one wicket to show for their morning's effort.

After the break, Younis and Akmal remained content with blocking. The first ten overs post lunch produced only nine runs and during that time Younis, on 117, slashed at Hamilton Masakadza once again, and once again he was dropped, this time by Malcolm Waller at gully. Pakistan's lead had not yet got out of hand, but Younis ensured it did.

Akmal brought up his third Test half-century and made 64, a personal best. He struck the first boundary of the second session, pulling Hamilton Masakadza, only in the 111th over. Younis, meanwhile, scored only three runs in the first hour but if his slow strike-rate was bothering him, there was no evidence of it. The key player in keeping the scoring down was Panyangara, who finished the innings with 14 maidens in 30 overs.

The wicket, when it finally came, was via a run-out. No other mode of dismissal seemed likely and even this error was out of the blue. Both batsmen were guilty of ball-watching after Akmal played to deep point and turned for the second without looking at his partner. The partnership had taken the lead beyond 200.

Pakistan had only scored 51 between lunch and tea and so when four wickets fell in a clutch - three to Prosper Utseya - Zimbabwe could have limited their target to around 250. Their bowlers, however, were tiring and Younis, batting with the last man Rahat Ali, began to open up. After passing 150, he began to slog sweep to the boundary and play the reverse of that shot too. And once he realised Rahat was making clean contact, striking several blows to and over the boundary, he didn't bother with farming strike.

The question remained about when Pakistan would declare and the longer they left it the more likely it seemed that Younis would be given the chance to score a double-hundred. Eventually, with ten overs remaining, Misbah-ul-Haq signalled from the dressing room that he had one more over. Three balls later Younis mowed one over the midwicket boundary and left the field with arms raised in triumph. His last-wicket stand of 88 with Rahat had set Zimbabwe a target of 342.

The day, which had begun so promisingly, got worse for Zimbabwe. Their openers survived seven of the remaining eight overs unscathed but Saeed Ajmal spun one into Tino Mawoyo's pads, trapping him plumb in front. Ajmal now has eight wickets in the Test, and has nine more tomorrow from which he can swell his tally.

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Posted by ZCFOutkast on (September 7, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

@mikaelnorm "Like the look of Panyangara a lot. Mixes up the "heavy ball" with some impeccable lines and lengths, moves it a little off the seam and could well be Zim's most promising seamer since Heath Streak."

I agree with you wholeheartedly on this. I've watched so many seamers play for us since Streak. For a long time I ascribed that title to Watambwa who was quick and very impressive. Ian Nicolson, Travis Friend, Kyle Jarvis&Ed Rainsford were also quick but sprayed it all over the place. The former two retired&faded away, but the the latter two had injuries, cut back a bit on pace to gain a some control to take wickets. Rainsford the better of the two as Jarvis was just way too expensive. As late starters, Shingi&Mpofu needed a lot of work. Chatara needed a lot of work too, and Vitori is all natural talent.

However, Panyangara was the only one who has looked the finished article from day one! One can argue Watambwa, but for me PANYANGARA IS VERY MUCH OUR BEST SINCE STREAK!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

well done Pakistan. having under pressure for atleast 3 1/2 days, atlast won by big margin of221 runs. best efforts n using his big experience by Younus Khan n best spin duo of ajmal n Abdur Rehman Pakistan should hve to make some changis by including Faisal Iqbal n Wahab Riaz. zimbabvians will b much tough opponent in next test by including Brenden Tailor n Williams in batting.

wish all the best for Pakistan

Posted by   on (September 7, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

Currently,Misbah is the only consistent player in the team. WC 2015 waiting for you big man.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

Great performance by Pakistan. Younus and Ajmal should be hiven the man of the match award jointly

Posted by   on (September 7, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

Pakistan played them out of the match in little over one-day's time. Shows their laid back approach through out this series. Still a good win from Pakistan in just over 4 days time after so much criticism. Little do they understand that at times they played our spinners and our opening bowlers with more grit and confidence, than any of the top sides we have played against...namely England and SA. Wish you all the very luck in the next game, and hopefully we will see another competitive test match. Cheers to Test cricket:)

Posted by   on (September 7, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

People criticizing Pakistan's performance should not forget that home conditions always help the home teams to perform better. Plus to the Indians, please realize that Pakistan has not been playing at home, with no teams visiting Pakistan grooming talent becomes a problem on overseas tours, no IPL participation and rising from the ashes of 2010, I think we have done very very well.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

all the critics should have got their answers after this performance by Pakistan.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

junaid tooo...

Posted by   on (September 7, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

Pakistan look in a gud position......... there is a chance they can win. gud luk to them

Posted by   on (September 7, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

I think its best time for Pcb to say gud bye to misbah from ODIs. Although he is batting excellenltly but we have to think future n i think misbah has no seat for wc 2015. Named a young captain Asad shafiq Umar akmal Will be gud choices

Posted by bhatmanzoor on (September 7, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

juni loooks in hurry .... ovralll he s good attackng bowler ....... but i cn say nly attackng fst bowler left in pak team nw

Posted by   on (September 7, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

@battler can u please give some examples of those results? matches pakistan have lost when in this position?

Posted by Little_Aussie_Battler on (September 7, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

Zimbabwe can still win, particularly with Pakistans record of curious results over the last few decades.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

Younis has always been a great player...it is the temperament that is missing in all the present day pakistani batsmen. none of the youngsters showing the class of batsmen like miandad, inzi, zaheer, etc. granted zimbabwe are not the team that causes fear in other teams but he is one of those who is mentally tough!

Posted by dontlikecricket on (September 7, 2013, 7:04 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. To be fair I don't expect any less from him. Every series he has made centuries under pressure, either be against England, SA and ZIM. 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. Again well done Younis.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

very nice bating younis bhai,

Posted by smartguy786 on (September 7, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

Great Innings from Younis khan, I hope the young batsmen eg Azhar Ali and Asad learned how to bat long innings /

Posted by AdilKhans on (September 7, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

Good Knock by younis under pressure, it will be really tough for zimbabwe to play for draw all the best zim:-)

Posted by   on (September 7, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

well don younis, misbah, adnan, rahat. Hafiz is not test match stuff need to be replaced with tufique or umer amin. Asad & umer akmal should keep with team with rotation policy

Posted by mikaelnorm on (September 7, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

Zimbabwe missed a trick today - had Panyangara been given the new ball I think they'd only be chasing around 230 (by no means an easy target but a potentially gettable one). Like the look of Panyangara a lot. Mixes up the "heavy ball" with some impeccable lines and lengths, moves it a little off the seam and could well be Zim's most promising seamer since Heath Streak.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (September 7, 2013, 3:16 GMT)

Younis Khan proved that he is great player. PCB should give chance Fasial Iqbal in place of Asad Safiq.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (September 7, 2013, 3:14 GMT)

I am seeing Younis batting for years, he is a player who take some time in setting. If Khan couldn't out under 50 runs, then no one world class bowler can stop him to get Century.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (September 7, 2013, 3:09 GMT)

Great performance from Younis Khan, he is world class Test team batsman.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

Only few can deny the fact that Pakistan Cricket team has the ability to make any cricket match interesting against any opponents. The last day is going to be tough for the Zimbabwe team.

Posted by abdullahiqbal on (September 7, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

Pakistan bowling is good they have world class bowler Ajmal juniad Rahman and rahat ali but their batting lining is onley youns misbah and ali they should change hafeez and khuraam Thierry replacement tufeeq and young akmal

Posted by   on (September 7, 2013, 2:17 GMT)

That s problem with people who can fix their own team and their hunger for money and start to blame out of context rather than u should be worried about your players honesty , because it happened again and again

Posted by   on (September 7, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

save pakistan by younas khan

Posted by Yarms on (September 7, 2013, 0:58 GMT)

Being an India supporter .... Hats off to Younis. .. I love the way he plays his cricket always with a smile on his face no matter what the situation. He is a true sportsman and a gracious team an and opponent.

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (September 6, 2013, 22:48 GMT)

Younis Khan is a class test batsman and the master of 2nd inning batting. Personally he in my opnion he is one of the best test bats to come out of Pakistan, in the league of Javed Miandad. Worst part is few years down the line people will say it was a test double against minnows. But what they wont know is Zimbabwe have been anything but minnows in this test. And they wont even know the situation Younis Khan was in and the pressure he was under. But I guess that is part an parcel.

Secondly people have been criticizing Misbah for declaring late in the day and for letting Younis reach his landmark ... (I am the biggest criticizer of Misbahs captaincy but this is one decision I am happy with) ...Reason being because it will maintain a good relationship between the captain and his best batsman. It will also give youngsters a platform to play their best knowing the captain will back them when they reach a landmark. And the main thing when a player has scored big it boosts the team morale.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 22:41 GMT)

Well done Younis! It was a treat to watch. Also don't forget the gem of an innings by Rahat. The last wicket stand really helped the matters for Pakistan. Hoping for a win! and like Ian said.. Pakistan Zindabad! :-)

Posted by GrindAR on (September 6, 2013, 22:31 GMT)

It does not undermine the bowlers efforts. It was just he had few lives and capitalized on it. Fair to say, YK stood on situation when demanded him. However the result is, it was a very competitive display by ZW. Except Ajmal, no one was even half effective. So, we can very well say, Ajmal is their thorn in their heals.

Posted by kc69 on (September 6, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

Well i believe this is a career saving hundred from Younas Khan because he had faced enough criticism about his previous failures(even in 1st innings).But once again as one of my Pakistani friend said - "what a day has come to Pak cricket that we need a savior from defeats against teams like Zimbabwe". Win or lose i still believe Zimbabwe have done themselves proud.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

Hafiz should be only in the one day side He can never succeed in the test Nasir Jamshad should come back This new chap Khurrum Manzoor is no good

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

younis misbah and adnan n hafeez n shafiq alltogether saved the match with adnan n younis playing major part .............dont forget 16 runs contribution by hafeez dont forget 15 runs contribution when misbah got out and beganing to look that we didnt make even 100 runs lead but shafiq came n score 15 runs with youins in 30 runs partner ship then came blast adnan akmal from the akmal brothers talented family he scored 64 runs major contribution in 118 runs partner ship with younis at that time younis want want some body to stick with him n he done lot more wat he wishes he contributed major well done lill boy proud of you.........they played their major inning after start of day 4 with new ball n they played it very smartly .tremendiously well ...............adnan out on 287 then ajmal rehman junaid out on 339 younis still their pakistan no where of thinking about declaration of their innings i thing they wana give him a chance to score double century n he scored well done sir

Posted by The_Yousafzai on (September 6, 2013, 21:36 GMT)

I hope and pray that YK remain in the same form and mood against SL n RSA. Really a fantastic test player to watch. Having brilliant temperament and technique. Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman, the real treat for Zimbabwe tomorrow. The first session will decide, which way the match is going. I hope Pakistan make early inroads in the morning but if Zimbabwe resist in the first session then they a fair chance to draw the test as there are no chancing of wining for Zimbabwe. And I am pretty confident that Pakistan will rap it easily....Best of Luck Pakistan

Posted by Shah343 on (September 6, 2013, 21:24 GMT)

Younis is great and so is misbah also great. Saeed Ajmal is probably going to take 10 wicket haul. M. hafeez is a serious problem. Rahat ali(35 runs), Saed ajmal(50 runs), and junaid khan(25 runs) have scored more run then hafeez(21) in these 2 innings and in this 1 match. how can he justify himself for a opener in tests! Sure he preforms in the sub continent and in t20s but tests he does not preform outside the subcontinent. he should not be opener in tests.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

great inning played by great player!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

However catches were dropped, it was pressure created by Younus that made zim fielders under pressure. Weaker pakistani batting made zim the underdogs otherwise they can be simply pushed aside as shown by indian A team visiting them for limited overs. Also panyangara did not play against india so they may have paid for it to the cash strapped zim baord. Younus's batting was a treat to watch completely a class ahead despite the age. Age has been on the side of both him and Misbah as opposed to indian counterparts as in india they are not just concentrating on the game they also get other businesses to run.

Posted by Fineline on (September 6, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

Younis Khan and Misbah ul Haq are world class players.They have shown this by their performance.Misbah being the most consistent in both formats while Younis scoring tons almost every series.The career of Hafeez is in danger for certain so he has to score something in the next test match otherwise the next test match can be the last for him.

Posted by Zahid-Bajwa on (September 6, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

Younas khan played an outstanding inning which will help him to play good in next games, most importantly he avg. 50+ and Pakistan needs player like him to give good fight in upcoming series with SA and SL in Dubai. we should not forget to appreciate the way ZIM. given fight in this tour by wining 1 ODI and getting close to win test match, but cricket world and ZIM fans require from them such profarmance on consistent basis.

Posted by Harmony111 on (September 6, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

Well played Younis Khan. In the last 10 yrs, he has played some lovely innings for Pakistan but for some reason I think he has not been given the kind of respect he deserves. He chose to resign immediately after winning WT20 for Pak cos he was fed up of internal politics. 1 year back ppl were asking for his head but here is is, saving one more test for Pakistan when defeat looked imminent and now Pak might even win this match. A bigger worry is Mohd Hafeez. For some reason he is just not the same player abroad. In the SC he is an amazing bat, I still remember his 25 ball 55 vs India earlier this year and his 86 vs South Africa but in the longer format & even in ODIs, he is hardly the same batsman. Asad Shafiq is another one who has not quite blossomed since the WC. Is Umar Akmal injured cos I dont' know why is not in the team. He has all the talent to be as good as Virat Kohli and be called as the best young batsman in the world but somehow he too is yet to find his sweet spot.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

Its a good thing that Pakistan is playing a blend of youth and experience. It takes special innings like today by Younis to make match winners. Younis has always been someone i have admired as a batsman and a captain. I am sure playing with him will be benificial for the youth in the side. As for Hafeez he has a big ? hanging over him. Lets hope he can find some form soon or else he will be benched in the longer version of the game. Pakistan Zindabad.

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (September 6, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

@BowledYa I am not trying to do anything but now I am happy with some fight from Younis Khan he is real match winner and now that he has performed I am hopeful that our bowlers will do the job now.

Posted by bouncer709 on (September 6, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

Once again Younis Khan proved he have plenty of cricket left in him, He is so good to convert 50 into century, a lesson for youngsters. He also proved that he is more fit than youngsters. Looking at the performance of new boys in ODI, Younis deserves to be in ODI team. and hopefully he will play 2015 WC.

Feel sorry for Asad Shafiq, when he was in form PCB played in/out with him, now he is struggling and his career is in danger. He need a good inning to rebuild his confidence.

Posted by t20cric on (September 6, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

YOunis Khan saved the test for Pakistan today. Zimbabwe have dominated the first three days but on the 4th day they gave it all away and wasted all their hard work. Saeed Ajmal looks on track to get a 10-wicket haul and if Abdur Rehman can get some wickets it will be very helpful to Ajmal. Hafeez should bowl this innings to justify his selection in the team and with his bowling the runs may be harder to get and he may take a wicket or two. Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq have to step up there game and play more consistently. Good luck Pakistan hope you win cuz its highly unlikely you will lose from such a commanding position.

Posted by PAK_CricFan on (September 6, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

wow man what an inning from him... i ve been a fan of him from his debut and watched his all 100's but this one is like Inzi's 100 against BAN in multan and tomorrow pakistan bowling will surely castle zim and win this test match with healthy margin... i think khurram manzoor is lacking technique of an opener cos getting nothing against this medium pace bowling proves that ... in both innings he was playing far away from the body and against swinging ball u can afford that... now they must give chance to SHAN in place of khurram and try faisal also as he is been touring n part of test squad for more than a year without even playing or what merit as his first class record shows him an average player. try him also at opening or make a opening pair of Azher/faisal/khurram(if touring selection com thinks he needs an other chance) with shan maqsood. try young blood now cos pakistan got SA n SL next to play where might not be the case for experiments.

Posted by roook on (September 6, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

Hafeez is much of a debate now he is not got even a half century in last 12 inning he has faced and got three ducks. Nasir jamshad is dropped and hafeez is retained for what performance?. Unfortunately if our selectors can put label on younis khan that he is a test player than put put the label on hafeez as not a test player at all and please donot play with youngster.

Posted by CricketChat on (September 6, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Just happened as I predicted after yesterday's play; Pak will get a lead of 300+ and Zim will fold for under 200. After taking a decent lead in the 1st innings and having Pak on the mat early in the 2nd innings, Zim let Pak back in the game in a big way. Zim must build a decent bowling attack to have any chance against the big boys. A test win against Pak would have give the kind of boost that 2nd tier team like Zim a big shot in the arm. Now, they will have to wait longer.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 17:22 GMT)

Great knock by one of the best cricketer,he showed the great character and the way he worked with Adnan and Rahat showed his class,simply superb.

Posted by Desihungama on (September 6, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

Asad Shafique is turning out to be real disappointment. Him and Azhar Ali arrived on the scene together and Azhar is now miles and leaps ahead of Asad. I guess it is time to try Umar Amin/Harris Sohail in Tests. On Younis, I expected this from him as he is a man for crisis and Best 2nd innings batsman in the world, stats speak for themselves.

Posted by zindaaa on (September 6, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

Super-fit Yunis Khan has shown that a lot of cricket still left in him. HE is better than most of young player and the only player with Misbah to provide stability in the middle order. Yunis with sound techinque is a world class player and always try to build partneship, which is lacking in pakistan bating line-up.He must be recalled for one day cricket because no younger player have the potential and ability to replace him soon.

salute to YUNIS KHAN

Posted by Scrop on (September 6, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

Most unattractive player in the history of the game!!! Never the less, a good knock by Younis. If he had failed and Pakistan lost, it would have been his last test series.

Posted by roook on (September 6, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Hafeez should be rested for the next match he is unfit and khuram manzoor should be given atleast one more match to prove himself

Posted by SaadRocx on (September 6, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Openers are a big concern for Pakistan at the moment..PCB needs to decide the fate of Hafeez before the UAE series against South Africa..and need to find a decent opener for us..otherwise Steyn will get him out all the time in UAE..both of Pak openers are ordinary at the moment..Pak team just relies on Misbah,Azhar,Younis and Ajmal to perform ..rest of them are just ordinary and Asad is out of form..

Posted by Herath-UK on (September 6, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

It is 'old' blood coming to the fore. Younis is in Sanga's mould though he hasn't played to his potential always. When Pak plays against Sri Lanka I would like always him to be out early as he has this potential for big scores. Congrats to him, he definitely saved Pak from the ignominy that was looming large yesterday. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by Tmalik on (September 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Well Done Younis, only thing if you could score quicker - but i give discount being frist test after SA tour, you are capable of this show regularlly....

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

Pakistan chances of wining the match looks very bright. its turn to Ajmal n Abdur Rahman to use the 5th day wicket which must help them. All n all Pakistan in a very good position to win match. its all due to Younus khan best efforts using his experience n keeprr Adnan Akmal. Pakistan must hve to produce good quality crickters in very near future other cricket team can b like Pakistan hockey team who couldnt qualify 4next world cup. wish all the best for Pakistan team.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

Pakistan may end up winning this test match but undoubtedly Zimbabwe have played better cricket so far. Zimbabwe would have been in a winning position had they held on to two chances given by Younis Khan. Team Pakistan batting definitely needs shaking up and I am convinced Hafeez should not be in the test XI. The selectors cannot drop Manzoor after one outing and he must be given few opportunities to see whether he has it in him to be a test opener. Shafiq was also disappointing, failing in both innings but he must be persevered with as he has shown that he has potential. Once everyone is fit and available probably Pakistan's best test XI would be: 1. Jamshed / Manzoor, 2. Azhar, 3. Shafiq, 4. Younis, 5. Misbah, 6. Umar Akmal, 7. Sarfraz / Adnan, 8. Gul. 9. Ajmal, 10. Junaid, 11. Rehman / Wahab / Irfan. Opening with Azhar and promoting Shafiq to number 3 would give more responsibility to these two batsmen and with Umar coming in at number 6 will make a far better batting line up.

Posted by BowledYa on (September 6, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

@ Captain_Tuk_Tuk - Pakistan has an incredible ability to raise their game (or drop it) to the level of the competition. That's why we beat #1 England 3-0 in the last test series against them. You can't discount (no matter how much you try you will fail) the immense role Misbah has played as a captain and as the most consistent batsman for Pakistan since he took over. My concern is none of the younger batsmen have seemed to learn from Misbah and Younis.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

Outstanding Performance by Younis Khan and superb batting by Adnan Akmal and suprisingly great batting by Rahat Ali as well.

Posted by naeemhussain on (September 6, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

Younis Khan is my favourite batsman I think he can play for another five years he is super fit and scoring runs at the same time.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

Younis khan has a great record of second inning, one of best in the world of third or fourth inning and he has a tendancy to score big hundred and he has proved it yet another time by scoring a timely match saving 200. Bit late declaration, i think YK did not bothered if he would have remained not out around 170 or 180, He was in a sort of situation against india in his historic 267 and then 83 not out and declaration by Inzi and it never came up as a disappointment, wins are more important than personal records.

Posted by grahaam on (September 6, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

Zimbabwe should play some shots rather than sit back and try and see out the draw, sitting back wil be catastrophic with more wickets coming the way of the out of touch and previously over rated Mawoyo, that does at least mean an easier selection for the next Test bringing back Williams and Taylor (both in form) class batsman with all round abilities.

Posted by cricketstarbest on (September 6, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Wickets felt on each day: 1st day: 9 wkts 2nd day: 8 wkts 3rd day: 7 wkts 4th day: 6 wkts and 5th day it will be definitely 5 wkts it means Pak cannot win the result can be either DRAW or ZIM win, but Pak cannot win. This is the law. Bad luck Pakistan

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (September 6, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

Zimbabwe have been really impressive. They are still likely to lose this game - now. But if they had taken just another wicket when Adnan joined, then the Pakistan tail would have been exposed with a win for Zimbabwe the most likely result. The amount of pressure they have put on Pakistan - still the 4th ranked team is amazing. As a Pakistan support, I wish them well (but just lose to Pakistan). Final word for Younis, who has most possibly saved the blushes of Pakistan with a fantastic if a bit lucky innings. But a 50 after 10 test innings is not acceptable even to a poor Pakistani batting line up. He must be out if he does not become consistently better.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

What a innings by Younis Khan.... superb one...

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

well done by younas. he played beautifully for his 200. Well supported by Adnan Akmal & Rahat Ali. Adnan & Younas took Pak to little but safety . Poor adnan , could have made a 100 there and played positive. I think it was younas khan's errors but end result is good.

Rahat ali can hit it good. looked much better than junaid & rehman. should move him up in order.

I think just 5-7 overs late declaration but it was for younas khans 200 so understandable. we dont want another miandad-imran episode. 98 overs will be enough.

Important thing is that tomorrow morning the ball will not be that old and rahat and junaid can take more benefit from it.

Ajmal do need some support . specially from rehman.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

Well played Younis Khan!! great innings of 200*. now bowlers need to unsettle batsmen in last few overs today. ajmal will hopefully bowl them out tmrw

Posted by Solid_Snake on (September 6, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Younis Khan you Beauty...Great Batting..Keep it up :)

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (September 6, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

Leading by 291 and not declared yet???? i hope we are not playing for a draw here..

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Shame on pakistan team .the way they are playing against a team like zimbabwe..its not acceptable..u should inmprove guys...

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (September 6, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

@CrICkeeet There is something known as experience? These senior plays should groom younger players. We sure got talent what we are lacking is grooming. Seniors job is more than performing, they must build team for the future.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (September 6, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

Same name r backing this pak team. younis, misbah, ajmal..... nt sure what happened aftr misbah nd younis retired... its nt so far away! d current new batsmen r well enough 2 gift zim, ireland bowlers a wicket!

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (September 6, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

@Khurram S Chaudhry Now you see why I was saying that sending Azhar Ali at number 3 was a bad move and why I had that much faith in Younis Khan he scored 1 innings which is equal to two innings fro Misbah. Now its really up to our bowlers, Zimbabwe bowled well and now its our turn to do they same.

I'll give credit to Zimbabwe but Pakistan looks pretty ordinary side can they beat a Test match to number 1 side even in UAE?

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

at tea the game is equally balanced. if pakistan score 50 plus runs more,will b in good position. its difficult 4 ZIMBABWE TO SCORE 280 OR MORE in fourth ining against quality spinners of Ajmal n Abdur Rehman. good luck for Pakistan.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

a whole day to go. and a bunch of ppl who think they know cricket are saying pak is aiming for draw. how outrageous!!!

Posted by roook on (September 6, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

The problem is Pakistan doesnot maintain a decent A team. India, Australia, South Africe, Srilanka all have their A teams. What we are doing is testing youngster on foreign pitches which he has no idea selection should be based on A team performances.

Posted by romirom on (September 6, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

pak are playing for draw. Just 34 runs in 23 overs in this sesions. Same on u guys.

Posted by esmail_97 on (September 6, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

Yet again Younis Khan proves that he is the go-to man for Pakistan in test cricket. when the pressure was on he batted with grit and determination and brought up a well deserved 22nd ton. Now thanks to younis's heroics this is starting to look really dicey for Zimbabwe, a 4th innings chase in excess of 300 against ajmal and co is asking for too much from them.

Posted by Riz000 on (September 6, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

@Ali Hasan i tell you what will happen to younus khan's position once he retries is we will have so called Legend hafeez abusing that middle order position as he is a failed opener but he will try in middle order pcb wont have a problem as long as he is in the team

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

Younis khan the Mr. cricket of pakistan, delivers when needed. Younis khan is easily pakistan's pure test player in the side. He knows how to convert 40's, 50's into a hundreds. Comes back in the side after 6-7 month breaks and makes an impact. I wonder what happens to his slot when he retires?

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

younus&adnan good batting&match saved

Posted by Zafar_Khan_12889 on (September 6, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

Well played younis khan, what about next test squad for pakistan? Do you think next test match play for hafeez, manzoor or asad shafiq..?

Posted by roook on (September 6, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

Asad shafiq is currently out of form umar amin would be a better choice he got some runs and is aware of conditions. With your top order horror show we can take out of form player in the lower order

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

Starting to look like its going to turn into a tall order for Zim, really need some quick wickets after lunch, chasing anything of note will be tough against Ajmal. Excellent knock by Younis to extract his team from the mire. Zim bowling just lacking that one bowler with a bit of punch.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

Younis is a real man of crisis in test cricket for pakistan, he showed again his class, adnan akmal also batted well, now pakistan will win INSHA-ALLAH!!!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

well played younus khan. what is wrong with assets shafiq even in test. pak can defend 290 or 310 runs could be good total.

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