Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Harare, 1st day

Late wickets allow Pakistan a way back

The Report by Devashish Fuloria

September 10, 2013

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Zimbabwe 237 for 8 (Masakadza 75, Taylor 51, Junaid 3-55) v Pakistan
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Junaid Khan bowled a testing spell in the first session, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Harare, 1st day, September 10, 2013
Junaid Khan picked up two crucial wickets after tea to rob Zimbabwe of the upper hand © AFP
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Zimbabwe allowed Pakistan to claw back into the match in the third session of the second Test in Harare after keeping the bowlers at bay for two-thirds of the day. The hosts had survived a treacherous morning session with only the loss of their openers before half-centuries from their senior batsmen, Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor, took them to 165 for 3 at tea. However, five wickets in the final session undermined the earlier good work.

Junaid Khan provided the first of the five breakthroughs when he had Malcolm Waller caught behind soon after tea, but it was Abdur Rehman who made the crucial dismissal when he trapped Taylor lbw while on the sweep. Taylor, who had been dropped at mid-off by Rahat Ali in Rehman's previous over, was a touch unlucky though as the ball hit him marginally outside the line of off stump.

But there wasn't much resistance from Elton Chigumbura and Richmond Mutumbami, the last of the recognised batsmen, and Zimbabwe's innings was caught in the downward spiral. Tinashe Panyangara and Prosper Utseya scored useful runs against the resurgent bowling and survived long enough to ensure the team will come out to bat on the second morning.

The pitch, which was thought to be under-prepared, mostly stayed true on the first day. The final score could be much less than what seemed possible at one stage, but with the nature of the pitch still unknown, it could be a good first-innings total.

For Zimbabwe though, apart from Masakadza and Taylor, none of the batsmen were able to apply themselves against Pakistan's tenacious bowling. Masakadza and Taylor had come together at the dismissal of Vusi Sibanda with the score on 31, but added 110 to settle the nerves after initial jitters. The century partnership between the two was a story of two halves: the first dominated by Masakadza and the second by Taylor.

In the initial phase, Masakadza looked to score freely while Taylor soaked up the deliveries. He stayed back against the spinners, but was quick to pounce on anything tossed up, preferring to hit over the infield. One such shot took him to his first half-century against Pakistan. Two overs later, he punched a quicker one to the cover boundary to bring up the fifty of the partnership, with Taylor scoring only 7.

In the next half though, Taylor assumed the role of the aggressor, announcing his intentions with aerial boundaries off Saeed Ajmal and Rehman. The run-rate hovered around 2.5, but when the opportunities came, Taylor made sure he was ready. He reverse-swept an Ajmal doosra, then creamed a full delivery from Rahat Ali to the cover boundary. When the partnership reached 100, Taylor had taken over the scoring, with 32 runs in the second fifty.

The free-scoring came after the batsmen had warded off the threat from Pakistan's seamers in the first session when the ball was darting around. Zimbabwe lost their first wicket off the second delivery of the day and only two runs were scored in the first 40 minutes.

The first over, bowled by Junaid, was almost unplayable and accounted for the wicket of Tino Mawoyo as the batsman was squared up by one that cut across him. The umpire was convinced the ball had taken the edge after the Pakistan team went up in a loud appeal. Replays showed that the ball might have hit the thigh pad along the way and not the bat, but Mawoyo, who has had a poor run of scores opening in Tests, had to go.

Rahat started in the same vein from the other end and with plenty of movement on offer, kept the batsmen guessing, as ball after ball, the batsmen played and missed. He bowled a slightly fuller length and a wider line than Junaid, and induced as many errors, but earned the wicket of Sibanda with a short one. He came back to pick another wicket towards the end of the day with the new ball.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by milwardk on (September 11, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

This is a brave fight by Zimbabwe. You have done your best. keep on improving. You just have to believe in yourselves. Lets see how the match goes

Posted by ishaak-ul on (September 11, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

excellent bowling by junaidh khan.. but why dropped nasir jamshed & khurram manzoor is in?

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 7:00 GMT)

hey i just drooped in 2 inquire da zim fans about da comments comming from pakistani fans compared 2 doze of bangladeshz fanz,,,,,wot do u guyz say????

Posted by Haleos on (September 11, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

Either Zim batsman are good or Pak bowling is losing its shine. I suspect it is the combination of both. Good luck Zim. Now there should be a 5-day match series between Zim, Afghanistan, Ireland and Bangladesh. Top two teams retain/get the test status the last one is demoted to/remains affiliate nation. It will be a close series with Zim and Ireland coming top with Afghanistan close third.

Posted by android_user on (September 11, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

nice bowling by pakistan but credet goes to junaid

Posted by Shan156 on (September 11, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

I wish Zimbabwe win this test. It would help cricket in that country immensely.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (September 11, 2013, 1:46 GMT)

Well tried ZIM but you need more efforts to make this game decisive. You can do it if you bowl good. But Pakistan is not an easy one. Good luck to both teams.

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (September 10, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

I don't seem to understand how Hafeez was not dropped after the first test heck I don't understand how he even made it into the test squad after the South Africa series. I mean how bad does he have perform in order for Misbah and Whatmore to drop him, he is not the next Gary Sobers that he is so undroppable. Jamshed was dropped after two test and Hafeez got all 3 tests in RSA and now both in Zimbabwe. RIDICULOUS!!!!!. Don't know when Misbah and Whatmore will grow some brains and drop Hafeez.

On the bright side Junaid was amazing today the best part was that he was getting the ball to swing in (inswinger) to the batsman. Because he does at times struggle with inswing. But today he was consistant and was an absoulte delight to watch. Rahat I don't know he has o,k pace, good bounce, has a good inswinger but his action needs work especially his jump. When he bowls an awayswinger he bowls too wide to intrest the batsman. One dimesional bowler. Needs more variations and to work on fielding

Posted by   on (September 10, 2013, 21:21 GMT)

Iam heartened wiyh what i have seen with Zimbabwe, they do have some good strokeplayers, and i like the look of Chatara as a quickie, they lack discipline no doubt, but would urge all the boards to give them more tests, Their is clearly some talent their, and a good groundwell of support domestically.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

Pak should go with imran farhat nd khurram/shah as opener. Asad/hafeez/azhar at 3. Younus at 4. Misbah at 5. Umer akmal at 6. Rehmah at 7 gul/wahab/any other new face pacer at 8. Ajmal junaid nd rahat at 9 10 11 respectively for the South Africa test match.

Posted by android_user on (September 10, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

I agree that hafeez should have been dropped as Pakistan is 1-0 in the series. Hafeez might be the difference maker but now we have 5 playera who we can depend on. younus ajmal rehman junaid and misbah. youngsters should have been given the chance. now the series is almost over. for the test tour to south Africa. I think they should take either imran farhat or taufeeq umer who ever is in good form. I would give khurram manzoor another chance but would also like shah mehmood as hus replacement. azhar ali and asad shafiq as no.3 or even hafeez at 3 and bringing asad or azhar at 5. younus at 4 misbah at 6 then rehman at 7. ajmal at 8. junaid at 9 rahat ali should be kept as he will gain experience. at 10. I would like Gul to be back. either Gul or irfan who ever is fit. otherwise wahab riaz. or maybe a new fast bowler to the tour.

Posted by riverbaby11 on (September 10, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

It is sad to see Zimbabwe not getting a chance to play more test cricket - they are holding up well in both departments for the most part against a top team. Even if no one else pitches in Zim and Bangla should play two 3 test series each year between them selves.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (September 10, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

Good batting from Zimbabwe side. Hope match will be interested. PAK Team should chance to new players, Shan Massood, Sohaib Maqsood, Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir Jamshed..Couldn't understand Mr. tuktuk plan and why Asad Safiq and Khurum Manzoor included in PAK TEAM.?

Posted by aa61761 on (September 10, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

Opening in Test and ODI are completely different things. In ODI there are fielding restrictions therefore technique takes the back seat and even the batsmen with flawed technique are able to score some runs. In Test there are no restrictions and bowler sets field according to his plan therefore any batsman with flawed technique always fails no matter how many chances are given. Hafeez will never succeed as a Test opener no matter how many chances are given.

Posted by grahaam on (September 10, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

As stated before the selection should have kept and included in form batmen, Taylor should have kept wicket with Raza opening at the expense of Mawoyo, who needs to be re-trained after long spells out of the game.The other hole should have been filled by Williams whos reasons for not playing in the first test, are understood fully by all those who live a normal world. This is not a 5 match series, so changes should have been quick and precise,

Posted by Riz000 on (September 10, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Guys i Cant believe my eyes when i saw the same team unchanged from 1st match I was shocked i mean what will it take to drop Hafeez? this guy averages 8 from last 8 test matches has not got a single 100 against likes of Aus Sa Eng and the guy has been playing since 2003 i just dont know what to say im sure many fans will agree with me what was the point of taking Shan Masood,harris sohail faisal iqbal on tour?? seems they are tourists more then players

Posted by asim229 on (September 10, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

Pakistan selection process is funny in the last 3 years since Afridi quit as captain.They give control to two or three seniors for the whole team and keep playing them despite their failures but are very harsh on other player and youngsters and drop them after one failure.Is it better to play someone like Imran farhat or Kamran Akmal who have the average around 30 and make a big score once every 3 to 5 innings or someone like Hafeez who have the average of 8 for the last 1 year. They drop Umar Akmal in the past many times that he lacks temperament when he was playing better than most others. Even in the last WI ODI series he was scoring around a SR of 100 and had average of 50+ so why do they want to improve his temperament.

Posted by PakEditor on (September 10, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

Congratulations to Taylor on his newborn. Must be invigorating.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

Like majority of Pakistani fans I am disappointed that Hafeez continues to be in the final XI. They should have given a chance to Shan Masood, he could not do worst than Hafeez and possibly we may have discovered someone who has the temperament, mental strength, character and technique to play test cricket. Now that he is in the XI I hope TEAM PAKISTAN do not open with him but he swaps places with Shafiq. Azhar Ali can open with Shafiq batting at 3. Hafeez may find he is suited at number 6 and may discover himself. I would have also preferred Wahab Riaz in the XI but I do not have a problem with Rahat being given another opportunity to proof himself with the ball. I just hope he makes a bigger contribution than just taking one wicket as he did in the last test.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

really bad decision by the umpire mawoyo given out.

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

If khurram manzoor flops again what we will do revert back to nasir jamshad, hafeez or Imran Farhat. The problem is PCB is not maintaining A team like warner was send south africa to get some run with south africa A. Currently India A is playing with South Africa A. But I doudt that current strategy of PCB trying new batsman in every series will serve any good. Pick the best from A team and will give all new blood more confidence and maturity.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (September 10, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

Hafeez in once again with poor form but powerful lobby. Shan masood have to wait until he become mature. And you know maturity comes with age, so we all have to for 5 more years for Shan's debut, Just Like Anwer Ali. Our management and old big fishes always destroy new talent. When they deserve to be part of team they keep them out sitting in a dressing. Our management give them chance in front of teams Like South Africa, Australia, etc so They lose their confidence, moral gets down and their self belief is gone by one or two poor performances and than thrown out of team. Where For the rest of life they keep striving for a chance.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Misbah conservatism conitnues

Posted by   on (September 10, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

hafeez should be dropped shan masood the youngster must be given a chance

Posted by   on (September 10, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

Younis Khan bowling in 12th of the first inning on day 1. What's wrong with PAK bowling?

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (September 10, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

Why Hafeez in again ???

Posted by   on (September 10, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

Shaan Masood should be given a chance instead of hafeez.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

Hafeez again in. ZIM batting would have been more stronger if Taylor Keeping wickets and Sikandar in . Good decision at toss. if they can manage good 1st innings total then it will be a good match. batting 4th may not be easy.

Wrong decision by umpire to give Tim out. Umpiring standards have been on lower side during this tour.

Posted by Haleos on (September 10, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

Mawoya is a sitting duck. He is one of the main reasons Zimbabwe was not able to win the first test.

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