Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Harare, 3rd day September 12, 2013

Pakistan claw back with late strikes


Zimbabwe 294 and 121 for 4 (Mawoyo 58) lead Pakistan 230 (Younis 77, Manzoor 51, Vitori 5-61) by 185 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Pakistan's collapse against the second new ball and determined batting from Tino Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza put Zimbabwe slightly ahead in the second and final Test. Zimbabwe's fast bowlers ripped through Pakistan on either side of lunch, the visitors collapsing from 211 for 4 to 230 all out. Mawoyo and Masakadza then built the lead to 185, but their dismissals, at the stroke of stumps, helped Pakistan to claw back.

Brian Vitori, in his first Test in nearly 20 months, did most of the damage with the ball, claiming his maiden five-wicket haul, while Tinashe Panyangara dislodged the solid Younis Khan for 77. Zimbabwe's efforts earned them a 64-run lead, to go along with a 78-run first-innings advantage in the first Test.

Pakistan's strategy in the morning seemed to be to try and get through to the ball change, due in 12 overs at the start, with their overnight pair of Misbah and Younis. That was a sensible thought, the pair having added 67 in a rebuilding effort the previous evening. But the manner in which both executed that strategy stalled Pakistan. Only 19 runs were added in the 12 overs leading up to the new ball, five of them from part-timer Elton Chigumbura.

Admittedly, as on the previous day, run-scoring wasn't easy on the pitch. The ball wasn't quite coming on, the medium-pace and disciplined lengths of the Zimbabwe seamers weren't helping and the cracks on the good length area would have been on the minds of the batsmen. Still, 48 runs from 28 overs in the morning session was too sluggish a scoring rate.

After successfully making it to the new ball in his chosen way, Misbah decided to change his approach. The second delivery Vitori bowled with the new one, a wide one outside off, Misbah lunged to drive and edged to first slip for 33 from 120 balls. It was the third successive time in the series Misbah had fallen after getting a start and also the third successive time he had given it away trying a forcing stroke against the run of play.

Asad Shafiq hung around for a while before he was bowled by a sharp incutter from Tendai Chatara, stuck on the crease in a dismissal identical to the way he had gone in the second innings of the first Test.

Pakistan ran only eight singles in the first session and went to lunch on 211 for 5, still 83 behind Zimbabwe's 294. After the break, Younis came out appearing intent to make amends for Pakistan's sedate start. He drove at everything that was pitched up. Panyangara gave him three successive such deliveries, wide outside off, all of which were driven. The fourth one was bowled into the pad. Younis, with his instinct to push forward, could not keep the flick down and midwicket took the catch.

It was mostly down to Adnan Akmal now, Abdur Rehman having gone lbw first ball to Panyangara. But unlike the second innings of the first Test, the wicketkeeper disappointed. He was beaten on the drive by Vitori, bowling from round the wicket, but went for a similar expansive stroke next ball, and was taken at second slip. Unlike Zimbabwe's last pair, there was absolutely no resistance from Pakistan's tail, Vitori snapping up the last two to end with 5 for 61.

Zimbabwe were hampered at the start of their second innings, the ill Vusi Sibanda unable to open. The offspinner Prosper Utseya, who usually bats at No. 8, was promoted instead, but did not last long. Mawoyo and Masakadza, though, hung in to get through the 14 overs till tea. The often unplayable zip and movement Junaid Khan had generated in the first innings was absent, and that allowed the duo to settle in. Both drove well off the front foot, especially against the spinners.

There were a few hiccups after tea, chiefly against Rehman. But luck favoured Zimbabwe. Masakadza played back and was beaten off two successive pitched-up deliveries from Rehman that stayed low, but just missed off stump. Rehman got the odd ball to kick from around the same spot, but was unlucky to miss the edge. When he found it, with Mawoyo on 52, Adnan dropped the catch.

Rehman's perseverance finally brought him just reward, with only two more overs left, as Mawoyo was trapped in front on 58 with an arm ball. Four deliveries later, Rahat rapped Masakadza on the pad, and umpire Steve Davis upheld the appeal, replays suggesting the ball may have missed off on the angle. Two deliveries later, Rehman struck again, having the nightwatchman Chatara pop one to short leg. Zimbabwe's lead was 15 short of 200, but Rehman had ensured Pakistan were still in the game.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • PV on September 13, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    100 no.s of time I saw misbah doing this thing in all formats. He gives himself room upto the 2-3 stumps outside the leg stump & then played the ball right on pitch.. LOL! his attitude is hurting the games overal....l played by Pakistanis.

  • Sherjil on September 13, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    look at the strike rate of Pakistan in the whole series.....clawing around 2. something,and that too against Zimbabwe, says it all. Their mindset is totally negative, I don't know their batters are playing to for a win or just going there and blocking everything. Got to say, Pakistan batting is going nowhere with this kind of attitude, throw in a couple of natural stroke players, they will definitely help instill a positive attitude among Pak batsmen.

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    I think that the current state of Pakistan Cricket in absolute turmoil. See the worst ever tournament performance of Champions Trophy, Disastrous SA Tour, And now a nightmarish performance in Test Cricket. I think they should be banned from playing Test Cricket any more. The way they approach test matches is ridiculous as per new standards set by RSA, England and India. Current Bread of test Players in all fields are no match to the likes of Hashim Amla, Cook, Bell, Petrison, Dhoni, Kohli, Sangakara, etc. So please stop Pakistan from playing test Cricket as they are embarrassing the whole nation badly.

  • achint on September 13, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Where 250+ will be difficult, 300+ will be impossible for pak

  • Manesh on September 13, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    300+ runs will be hard for Pakistan especially some aged players happy with personal milestones only!

  • salman on September 13, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    I am Pakistani fan all the way...but this team Pak team is patehtic and worst of all time...Misbah approach destroying Pak team in both formats he plays...he brought 90's tectics in the team with defensive mood....whats the point scoring 33 runs in 120 balls its useless better if he would have attacked and then got out atleast number of balls he faced he would score 60 plus....thats make a diffrence......Zim deserve to win this match they played better i wish them good luck to win this....

  • Android on September 13, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    zimbabwe already get 185 lead n lot of batting of 4recognized batsman to to come. its looks get 300 plus lead . its very hard for Pakistan batting to score 300 plus in fourth inning. its now 85 percent chances in favour of Zimbabwe. dont know wat happened to Pak team,team playing for only 4players Younus misbah Ajmal n Abdul Rehman only. Pak batsmen forgot to play on front foot,without this no cricket all. fast bowlers concerntrate on speed n short pich bowling wuth out any movement. future of pakistan is towards declined. domestic structre of cricket is also below international standered now. qualiry palayers r not born.

  • Dummy4 on September 13, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Ah ,this was bound to happen ,the team whose opener is scoring at the rate 7.01 per test ,what can any expect from that team and is still playing . Unfortunate is that, he will not be dropped even after this medicore performance , as pakistan has decaleared him the saviour of pak ckt. ,this is really sad day for pak ckt. i mean this is not what the legacy of imrans ,waqars and akrams deserve , they should produce cricketer like youns ,yousf and inzi once more . How much i am missing that legend skill wise i,e Asif , he was genious with ball ,pak standard of ckt. has really fallen they should arise once again like team of 80s and 90s and produce a team of greats in which once again there will waqars ,imrans ,akrams ,miandads and co.

  • Android on September 13, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    mzm 149 dont forget that 2 out of 4 batsman that out were knight watchman.still plenty of batting remaining.taylor,waller,vusi,chingumbra and dont forget the tail of zimbabwe they can easily pass the 300 mark which is almost impossible for pak in 4th inn with this form and attitude.my wishes is still with zim.i am not a big fan of zim but i want better team to win which is zim not pak.

  • Zeeshan on September 13, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Good to see that pakistan is giving chance to young players like Asad Shafiq, Khurram Manzoor, Rahat Ali but the problem is that they are doing nothing against team like Zimb so how can they perform against SA. Pakistna is playing with almost his full bowling strenghth. At this pakistan pakistan s missing bowler like GUL. Pakistn have problem in his batting side. I dont know which senior or young player will play against SA. Just Umar Akmal is not playing in tnis series which can be palyed against them. Very Horrible pasition of Paksistan Team. Very Bad.