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

Pakistan claw back with late strikes

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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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  • MeijiMura on September 13, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    The first session of Day 4 will determine the outcome of the Test. If Taylor is able to bat through the session holding up one end whilst Waller and Chigumbura, the natural strokeplayers in the team, are able to contribute 20s or 30s then Zimbabwe's lead will exceed 250.

    I wouldn't want to be chasing anything over 250 batting last on a wicket with the cracks that this one has coupled with the low bounce. All Zimbabwe have to do is get a lead over 250, then bowl straight and take their chances when they come and they will win the Test.

    The weather will not be an issue.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on September 12, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Fantastic all round performance again by the ever impressing Zimbabweans. They should continue to believe in themselves because self-belief is the key to succesess.

    To be honest I think either side can still win this game, if Pakistan can make sure Zimbabwe dont get a lead of around 270+ then Pakistan can win but if Zimbabwe can get beyond 270 then I would favour Zimbabwe to win.

    Our batsman need to step their game up - Misbah needs to convert 50s into 100s, Khurram needs to control pressure and trust his game, Azhar will come good (he has had a few rough decisions against him), Adnan needs to concentrate more he has the ability to play gritty innings, Younis has been fantastib so far. But for me the big problem is Asad Shafiqs form he needs to score in the next innings he is a very important test player and will no doubt be important in the upcoming RSA and Sri Lanka series.

    I hope tommorow we play to win and not go in with a negative attitude to try and draw this game.

  • Philippe 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.

  • SherjilIslam 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • salmanatcricinfo 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....

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MeijiMura on September 13, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    The first session of Day 4 will determine the outcome of the Test. If Taylor is able to bat through the session holding up one end whilst Waller and Chigumbura, the natural strokeplayers in the team, are able to contribute 20s or 30s then Zimbabwe's lead will exceed 250.

    I wouldn't want to be chasing anything over 250 batting last on a wicket with the cracks that this one has coupled with the low bounce. All Zimbabwe have to do is get a lead over 250, then bowl straight and take their chances when they come and they will win the Test.

    The weather will not be an issue.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on September 12, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Fantastic all round performance again by the ever impressing Zimbabweans. They should continue to believe in themselves because self-belief is the key to succesess.

    To be honest I think either side can still win this game, if Pakistan can make sure Zimbabwe dont get a lead of around 270+ then Pakistan can win but if Zimbabwe can get beyond 270 then I would favour Zimbabwe to win.

    Our batsman need to step their game up - Misbah needs to convert 50s into 100s, Khurram needs to control pressure and trust his game, Azhar will come good (he has had a few rough decisions against him), Adnan needs to concentrate more he has the ability to play gritty innings, Younis has been fantastib so far. But for me the big problem is Asad Shafiqs form he needs to score in the next innings he is a very important test player and will no doubt be important in the upcoming RSA and Sri Lanka series.

    I hope tommorow we play to win and not go in with a negative attitude to try and draw this game.

  • Philippe 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.

  • SherjilIslam 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • salmanatcricinfo 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....

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • cric1984 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.

  • ICCexpert.... on September 13, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Please drop Misbah and hafeez for South Africa series. Send a younger team, even if they lose, we can start building a team for future, what is the fun of trying players like Hafeez, Farhat and even Misbah again and again. Misbah doesnt have a centuy in one dayers and has 4 0r 5 five centuries in tests and he is the captain of Pak, that says it all.

  • ICCexpert.... on September 13, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    hope pak lose this test and pcb finally gets rid of Misbah. His defensive technique in teh fielding and his strike rate of 27.5 in the test is pathetic. Pak needs to say good bye to Misbah, Hafeez, Farhat, Asas Shafiq.

  • -tanZeeEeel- on September 13, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    guys u knw that itz pakistani team.........they dont "overtake" ..... but they just "take over"... :) un-predictables on move ... again. B)

  • ifrakurshid on September 13, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    PAKISTAN is not yet back in the game until they take one or two wickets early friday game. Remember out 4 back in the hut 2 are tail enders and more batting is to come lets see Zimbabwe playing with 11 players and two umpires can win this match appears that bookies money doing the trick from out side, FINGER cross pak is set to chase 400 plus can the proffessor give a flying start to make a match to chase 400 plus.

  • Philippe on September 13, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    & PAK did that again. their standard has gone down like anything in last few years. They can compete only with teams like Bangladesh, IRE, Zim but while playing big matches like Champions trophy, WC, major test series they are total fail. Desperately need few world class players, these jamshed, hafiz, misbah, younis khan type players wont' solve any purpose. they are just passing time of their career playing internationally.

  • hotcric01 on September 13, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Zimbabwe are favorite for win.Pakistan's performances are really pathetic both with the bat and ball.Their top order and lower order are the weakest in the world.Apart from Younis there are no top class test batsmen.However Zimbabwe's improvement is really appreciable. They should be given more chances and financial support to their board.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on September 13, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    of the four wickets fell yesterday, 2 of them are bowlers. And 4 batsmen still there, zimb are clearly on top. Need another 150 runs, with 1andhalf session for pak, zimb may win.

  • Equanimous on September 13, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    Misbah ul haq's strike rate was 27.50 . Not test quality. Can you imagine what that kind of an innings does to the morale of rest of the team. This is not the first time he just sat there like a scardy cat until he got out.

  • smudgeon on September 13, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    I think if Zimbabwe can add another 150+, they should be out of the woods. The pitch isn't going to get any better, and I wager Pakistan will find it tough to get to 200...but you can't predict that with any certainty when you take into consideration Younis Khan & Misbah. Looking like an excellent finish to what have been an intriguing pair of tests!

  • Anti_ZCFOutkast on September 13, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    Andy Waller's expert coaching has really turned Zimbabwe around. We are very lucky that ZC for once saw sense and appointed the best candidate instead of making a political appointment and hiring cricket enthusiast Steve Mangongo.

  • on September 12, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    some thing near 300 or above make real trouble for Pakistani batting line up because we have witnessed the last innings of the previous match

  • malepas on September 12, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    I heard Ramiz Raja saying about re-setting the onjectives for this Pak team, I think yes Misbah has got lots of 50's to show for but his style of very defensive leadership is hurting Pakistan. How can u 170 odd for 3 and still scoring little over 2 runs per over? and that against Zim bowling attack(no disrespect to them off course) yes, they were very accurate but common how on earth u can allow medium pacers to bowl at u when u r settled,,the morning period actually hurt Pak, Misbah's style and approach has transcend to the whole of Pak batting line-up, look at the Zim batters playing and their run rate,. its just shocking to see the general approach of Misbah and its not working any more,,even if PAK goes to win this match(highly improbable though) I think PAK team is not impressive at all, the leadership,direction,team selection,,everything just doesn't look right about this PAK team, how many times Ajmal and Younas keeps saving them. Needs an immediate re-shuffle.

  • on September 12, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Now I don't want to take anything away from Zimbabwe as they are an honest cricket playing bunch just trying to immproves the fortunes of Zim cricket, so hats off to them. But truthfully having watched Pak test cricket for over 30 years, I am angry about the lack of brain/ guile the Pak team and maybe the coach have. Firstly defensive cricket works if you have a Boycott in your team, some one who will stay in but will pretty much get a hundred at a v slow rate but staying in like Misbah/Younis did only kept Zim tails up ! You have to be far more positive if you want to keep the advantage. Why is Irfan not playing ? The only bowling trump card we have. Junaid was knackered in the second inning - like an overworked Moroccan donkey ! Adnan is dropping vital catches ! Pak batting is now like Canadian batting ! SA will murder PAK again ! Lack of ruthlessness / winning mentality is prevalent in the test team, even though they get very few tests. It's worst test team that I can remember !

  • kc69 on September 12, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    I think Zimbabwe still have a very good chance of winning.All depends on tomorrow which is very crucial because Zimbabwe need to hang on at least 2 sessions(not getting all out as they are used to) and put Pakistan to bat in the final session.I believe any target above 250 for Pakistan in 4th innings would be a tough one given Younis Khan and Misbah wickets come early.Zimbabwe had already earned the respect of many international teams just finish this match with honor.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on September 12, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    I have a feeling that this match is far from over but again excellent performance but Zimbabwe so far but as we all know that they are just lacing consistency. Pakistan might have the last laugh and for Zimbabwe they'll have to give 100% to snatch a win from the jaws of unpredictable and most fearsome opponent as far as I know our team we never were consistent but on our day we can do anything and can win any game.

    Best of luck to both teams, may the best team wins I have some greed of watching a great match.

  • ivehadit on September 12, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Pakistan was on a roll at the end of the day, grabbing wickets every 2 balls. Why did the umpires not let them bowl out the over?

  • Herath-UK on September 12, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Zim efforts should be appreciated & it is unfortunate that they could not sponsor Sri Lanka tour due to lack of funds. They need more exposure to Tests & will lament the loss of opportunity to play with greats like Sanga & Mahela. Here again it will be a case what Younis produces with the bat in the second time. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on September 12, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    pak can beat any team . they need to make a bit change

  • on September 12, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Zimbabwe dominated the first test for 3 days and 5 balls before Pakistan started to fight back and in the end Zimbabwe crumbled. They have now dominated most of the 3 days of this tests. But having said, Pakistan will definitely increase the pressure on them in the last 2 days and if they are able to manage the pressure, they will have a very good chance of winning this one.

  • t20cric on September 12, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Pakistan have put them in a really bad position again. The only hope they have now of winning or getting a draw is by continuing this wicket-taking spell and bowling Zimbabwe out within the first session with the lead not far above 200. Then when Pakistan bats Hafeez will definitely get out quick but Khurram, Azhar, Misbah and Younis will have to play sensibly, rotate strike and get respectable scores. Abdur Rehman is bowling much better then Ajmal in this match with 4 more wickets then Ajmal and economy rates in both innings being under 2. After this test Pakistan will have to make big changes in the test team like dropping hafeez and making younis captain as well as bringing in Umar Akmal, Amin, and Gul in the team

  • ZCFOutkast on September 12, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Well, well, well! Pakistan! What have you done! For once the extra slow batting you've been practising this series will bear its fruit! A lead of 185 for Zim, with Taylor plus Malcom,Vusi,Chigumbura&Mutumbami to come, there's no way you will chase less than 350! With all due respect to Ajmal,Junadi&Rehman, this is Zim's match to lose.

    Having said that, cricket is such a funny game. Zim had an opportunity to bowl Pak out to chase a manageable total yet they lost by 200 runs, now Pak have gone from candidates to declare well ahead at the close yesterday, to conceding a sizeable deficit&facing a big 4th innings chase today.

    Brilliant work from Vitori. At the Rocks Panyangara softens them up while Vitori picks them up. The new ball pair for that franchise was at it again! Unlike the last match which was over as a contest long before the end, this is promising to be a nail biter! What is certain is that Zim will reach their 2nd consecutive 5th day in a Test(minus NZ&the two wins vs BD)!

  • Rahul17_1983 on September 12, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    two minnows fighting makes great spectacle

  • JohnyPaki on September 12, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    It was not Chatara but Panyangara trapped in Rehman's last over.

  • RameshSubramaniam on September 12, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Do not forget 2 out of 4 wickets are bowlers. Zimbabwe can score another 115 runs because Taylor, Chigs and Waller all can rotate strike and core

  • roook on September 12, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    With this team Pakistan donot have any chance against South Africa and srilanka.

  • GrindAR on September 12, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    one so called minnow after Ireland who have the guts to create nightmares to opposition is Zimbabwe. I wish ICC help them grow with better support structure. Its sad to see There is only two prominent nations from Africa to represent Cricket. It is the same state in its birth nation USA. Can ICC realize the wisdom it need to gain and hold (both financially and well being of the sport's supreme body)?

  • ali14pakistani on September 12, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Well don't worry for a team which has so much turmoil back home, then no home ground to boost their morale, they have done very well, and yes what's the bet - Pakistan will win, prepare for a Zimbabwe collapse a la Sri Lanka in their early days and Pakistan to chase and achieve score of round 200 odd.

  • GrindAR on September 12, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    This series is more competitive in the aspects of the game than the ashes

  • on September 12, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Misbah is totally to blame. Not as much a batsman but as a captain. He seriously does not know what to do, how to progress the inning and how to make critical decision. His good record as a captain mainly bcuz of our strong bowling and it's always one person who make or break the game never a team performance. Most of jus wins are bcuz of Ajmal rising to the occasion. The way they batted in the morning was pathetic. If you know that pak batsmen hve issues with new moving ball then why not try to score when there's old ball still in play and honestly even for test standards you cannot have your strike rate below 30 unless you tryn to kill the time and looking for a draw. I may leave Misbah in the lineup as a batsman even thou I really dislike his style of batting but definitely get rid of him as a captain. I hope PCB take some actions regardless of the results of this series.

  • SaadRocx on September 12, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Pakistan deserve to lose this test match cause of the pathetic inconsistent performance first in the First test math (3 1/2) Days then this...It'd be an eyeopener for them..Hafeez should be removed permanently from the Test Squad...He gets out scoring nothing and puts pressure on the middle order..Its better to remove him before SA tour of UAE..

  • Desihungama on September 12, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Not that I am blaming but Misbah and Yunis should have really scored around 3 runs per over at least, that would have bumped our total knowing there is no else to bat after them. Shafique has been a failure. Our openers do not score, our tale is long and do not score and that leaves only three players in middle order we can rely on. It's about time Misbah is aware of these facts and try to score bit more. Now, we will be possibly looking at 260-270 to win which is highly doubtful they'll get anywhere close to it. Only positive from this series will be other teams taking note of Zimbabwe's gradual improvement which is great for cricket.

  • grahaam on September 12, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Hats of to the Zimbabwe coaching guys who have clearly changed the attitude of the players who are now positive in all departments , creative and capable. Problem is next time they play an International match they will be back to square one. No international cricket for 9 months I am told? What ever is the board running ZC doing ? it is disgraceful that the players do their bit but the board, having squandered ICC monies cannot now provide cricket for these honest hard working young men. Do not ask the ICC to help this board any more , ask the ICC to sanction this board out, and install a new cricket loving board guided by former players and astute business people. With the number one priority CRICKET.

  • KarachiKid on September 12, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Misbah the batsmen: Indispensable in this pathetic Pakistani batting lineup. Misbah the captain: Defensive. He also seems to have a mental block while batting. Batting without scoring and then getting out to a lose shot. HAFEEZ is definitely NOT a test player.

  • on September 12, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    What an outstanding performance from Zimbabwe. Had Younis Khan not scored in first test, Zimbabwe would create history.

  • on September 12, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Pakistan got it wrong again Irfan should be playing rather than Rahit Ali Hafeez should be out

  • on September 12, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Zim have played well and we haven't. We should not forget home conditions, home atmosphere, home knowledge. Any team at home can be difficult.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on September 12, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    This is Zimbabwe's win, subject ti weather. Pakistan batting is not good enough to score 200 in the 4th innings - against any test team. Minor miracle is required - expectations only from the ageing stars Misbah and Younis - and assuming Pakistan is not chasing much above 200 - a very tall order! Well played Zimbabwe, as they knew Pakistani batsmen, including excellent ones like Misbah are incapable of rotating the strike.

  • on September 12, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    @ Rohit...misbah's haters would never understand your point. Although I completely agree with you :) all these people need are captains like afridi or hafeez who are just second tier cricketers.

  • on September 12, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    ooops pak did it again...we r used to this mess...Thank God its gonna b 1-1 and not 2-0 in favour of zim

  • asim229 on September 12, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    @Rohit.If we play without misbah and hafeez then we may struggle in one series but will become a much better team in the future.Thats why these guys even play when injured bcse if they dont and someone else performs better than people will know that they were useless.People in 90s used to think that indian team wont survive wo Dravid but they became from average to No1 team when they got a better leader in form of Dhoni and Kohli.Trust me pak have plenty of talent but these guys dont let anyone settle.

  • on September 12, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    The way TEAM PAKISTAN are batting in this series seem to suggest that they are not facing bowling of minnow Zimbabwe but that of England, South Africa and Australia. If TEAM PAKISTAN cannot score runs against minnow Zimbabwe what chance does this batting line up have of success against top teams particularly when playing away from home. If TEAM PAKISTAN want to maintain and improve its test ranking then drastic shake up is required. The batsmen who are not performing need to be dropped and every player up to number eleven should be capable of scoring some runs. I cannot understand why Rahat batted number eleven given he batted reasonably well in the last test. Perhaps he should be moved up the batting order to number 8.

  • on September 12, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Shocking batting from supposedly the most experience players in the team. I understand it is a test match but 48 from 28 overs and without sending disrespectful to Zimbabwe but lets be honest their bowling attack is below average. After facing over 223 balls Younus should have passed 3 figures yet only makes 77. While Tuk Tuk faces 120 balls and get only 33,

    I think Pakistan played this test series in order to get some confidence going into most challenging series yet no one from the 11 have stood up embarrassing performance from everyone bowlers included.

  • Rohit... on September 12, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    To all who are bashing Misbah - PCB should try to play a Test Series without Misbah... I would love the scoreline... Pakistan failing to reach 3 digits in all innings and white washed... Not just a simple White-wash but White-Wash with Innings defeat in All Matches... Why don't try this against SA???

  • mzm149 on September 12, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Arya Grover: With the score at the end of day's play, I don't think your wish will be granted.

  • on September 12, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Three wickets in the last three overs for the day? As unbelievable as the last five wickets for peanuts! The two teams seem to be competing as to who can be MORE unpredictable!

  • on September 12, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    well i think i wrote a bit early. 3 quick wickets in end. but still ZIM on top. pak will need some bowling magic early on tomorrow. Hamilton's Lbw was close. May be umpire's call. Night watch man also gone.

  • on September 12, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    nice to see zim. playing like this they should set target of 350-400 that pak. cannt acheve that

  • on September 12, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    the way match is progressing,its clearly looking like that Zim will win...but for that they will have to have a lead of 350+ runs........go Zim go

  • likeintcricket on September 12, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    All other teams could post a 600+ on this wicket against some rookie bowling. Only Pakistan can do amazing stuffs like this and they beat England 3-0 just last year. Sometimes it is tough to swallow this and now they can't take the wickets.

  • Smiling on September 12, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Tired of making excuses for Pakistan. Come on selectors, put politics aside for once and choose a balanced hungry side. Often all it takes is knowing how to get that correct weight so all the players contribute yet feel they are worthy parts of a confident team. You have the talent, why don't you want the best chance of winning? Sometimes dropping players out of form gives them the hunger to get back in...and sometimes a rest is as good as a holiday!! But how do you change the PCB mind sets. Now that's a challenge!!

  • on September 12, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    ZIM on top. and this day has made this test match to win for ZIM.

    1st taking 6 wickets for 20 runs. and now this 2nd wicket partnership. Giving nothing away. It will be hard for pak to win from here . Draw still a possibility.

    211/4 to 230 /10.. thats an amazing collapse in a test match. Asad shafiq is not looking good at all. he is better than this but scoring runs is important. only talent not enough. Younas khan played well until that brain fade.

    well played ZIM. once again they showed good discipline and fight back. their no 8-11 scored about 86 runs and bowled really well.

    The most hurting part for pakistan is not the lead or collapse of 20/6. Hurting fact is that 2nd wicket ZIM partnership is taking game away from Pak. 48 overs and just 1 wicket. Now only a magic spell tomorrow morning can save paksitan.

    The will have to bat very very & very well to even save this 1.

  • on September 12, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    A Chaudhry: What about Younis to get 9 wickets for 20 runs and Pakistan to Chase 200 tomorrow by Saeed Ajmal getting 76 runs

  • on September 12, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    I think Zimbabwe should win from here they are the deserving winners. and it will not surprise us because we deserve this. The pitch which is absolutely doing nothing and Pakistan only manages 230 against the team like Zimbabwe. And it just because Pakistan not playing their natural game. I mean they are in some kind of shell and don't want to come out from it. As they don't know how to play test cricket.

  • on September 12, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    I hope Zimbabwe win this test match. Not only do they deserve to win, but we deserve to lose. It took a kick up our butt in the champions trophy to get our ODI team in order; Malik, Kamran, Farhat were replaced with Umar Akmal, Umar Amin and Haris Sohail, and the results were there to be seen immediately in West Indies. PCB is historically and traditionally a reactive cricket board, and not a proactive one. Loss to Zimbos is the perfect kick PCB needs to induct young talent like U.Akmal, Amin, Harris into the test side as well. Hafeez doesn't belong in test cricket and Misbah belongs in a retirement home.

  • on September 12, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    definetly zim should win here from this position.90 for 1 with lead of 64 zim is in strong position and only team to deserve win in this match.only two more good session and zim will top on.target around 325-350 will not be easy for pak in 4th inn. as there batsman are not in prime form execpt younis khan but it will not easy for yk also to save match single handly.best of luck for zimbabwe.

  • on September 12, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Zim are showing their true mettle, I think their new coach Waller is bringing the best out of the boys and more games against the likes of SA will make them stronger, I am impressed by Utseya he has shown that he is a team player and and has more to offer

  • on September 12, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Anwar was great player for Pakistan, he was best during his era, when cricket was hard and he played most of his matches against world class players, likes of McGrath ,Warne,Gillespie, Ambrose ,wash,Bishop, and many others Test cricket and rules av been changed since. Specially LBW decisions.

  • on September 12, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Zim playing really positive. tomorrow will tell

  • D-Ascendant on September 12, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Someone please hand Brian Vitori an IPL contract. That way he can singlehandedly pay the Zim players' salaries.

  • on September 12, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    @wam70..absolutely,many fans calls anwar as better than Younis Khan but they forget that Younis has performed better than Anwar in tests..maybe they are looking only at the ODI exploits of Anwar but test is the main criterionto judge a batsman

  • on September 12, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    What happened to Pak Batsman? I can see only one player Younis......Where is the legacy of Miyadad's, Inzy, Salim Malik? Pak Selectors, please look for genuine talent or thanks to Younis otherwise by this time Pak would have been 1 down instead of 1 up and rest assure, this match is already in testing time...... what could i say about passionate people have a poor team. Can't play with Zim.....uffffffff.

  • fahad_pakistani on September 12, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    pakistan r doing what has bcum a norm nowadays: cracking under pressure and not valuing their wickets. miandad wud never hav defended like that, he wud hav wanted to get zimbabwe on the back foot early in the morining by attacking their weak medium pace trundlerz.

  • heathrf1974 on September 12, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    This is great for Zimbabwe and shows the first test was no fluke. After this series they should look to play more test cricket and soon.

  • Crick_Expert on September 12, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Younis Khan should be PAK TEAM CAPT. Shamful batting from PAK side, PCB should fire all responsible persons immediately.

  • Crick_Expert on September 12, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Shameful batting from Mr. Tuktuk and Asad Safiq, both shouldn't be in TEST game anymore.

  • Crick_Expert on September 12, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    What a TEST MATCH without any plan, PCB should bye to MR. TUKTUK, Asad Safiq, Kurum Manzoor to safe Pakistan Test Status.

  • romirom on September 12, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    pak should lose tis game. Than only the batsman like hafeez, misbah, shafiq will be droped n bring young guns lik maqsood, sohail, umar akmal. Same on pak team. They are looking minnios team against zim. It would be acceptable if the opponent cud be saf. But...

  • wam70 on September 12, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Younus is among the top 4 batsmen ever produced by Pakistan Miandad 52.57, Yousuf 52.29, Younus 52.06 and Inzi 50.16. I know we most of us believe Inzi is the 2nd best batsmen ever produced by Pakistan after Miandad though Statistics show he is clearly better than Inzi.

  • on September 12, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    if Zimbabwe continues with a positive approach to this test match they might find themselves on the winning side which will be a big victory for them considering the fact that its been years since their last test match win against big teams. They worked hard and they surely deserve to win this time

  • wam70 on September 12, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    @rk0007 for your information Younus test average is 52+ which is better than Inzi 50+ and much better than Anwar 45. If they are legends than surely is Younus also.

  • Equanimous on September 12, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    @ Muhammad Tasha Nasser an sari. That is a pretty old excuse. To blame the pitch for low scoring rate. Pitch plays a role but is not everything . If you do not play according to the merit of the ball and keep blocking bad balls. It will allow bowlers to tie you down and captains can set field easily thus restricting you. You have to make the opposition think by trying to manipulate things a little bit. Even Don Bradman would never score a century if he blocked 20 bad balls every time he batted. Although pitch is important. In pakistan's case it's about the mindset. They are scared. Do you think Adam gilchrist would have scored at 2 runs an over on this pitch. Great work by zim. Kudos to them.

  • Equanimous on September 12, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    I hope Zimbabwe wins this test match. They are mentally stronger than Pakistan. Misbah's defensive approach has turned the team into scared kittens. They allowed Zimbabwe to bowl to them and made their jobs much easier. This man's mental lethargy will continue to show in the team's culture for generations to come. He thinks defensiveness and test cricket are synonymous . He couldn't be more misguided . Zimbabwe have played positively. They deserve to win. I am rooting for them.

  • on September 12, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    the most interesting fact. rahat ali stayed yet again not out. 2 matches so far. 3 innings nd 3 times not out

  • on September 12, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    an interesting turn of event. maeakadza taylor and waller are the key wickets

  • on September 12, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    all of the critics should know. in a test match the pitch plays an important role. you are not playing a test match at multan at a flat pitch where u can score at 4 an over or more and the bowlers have nothing to get from the pitch

  • on September 12, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    ZIMBABWE needs to play more and more competitive tests with other big sides for them to improve their performance and to keep that consistency in terms of game time and fitness in its best possible standard...also our first league and and other lower leagues need to be functional and competitive to feed off into the defunct and sub standard franchise league

  • on September 12, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Hence proved.....Zimbabwe is a better test side than Pakistan,

  • on September 12, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Zimbabwe players average age of current test match= 24.8 While Pakistan= 32.09

  • on September 12, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Pakistani teams mood looking not to be serious in morning when they score only 49 runs in almost 30 overs Shameful batting Shameful captaining I pray that zimbabwe win this match so that we throw tuk tuk out of team

  • on September 12, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    211/4 to 230 /10.. thats an amazing collapse in a test match. Asad shafiq is not looking good at all. he is better than this but scoring runs is important. only talent not enough. Younas khan played well until that brain fade.

    well played ZIM. once again they showed good discipline and fight back. their no 8-11 scored about 86 runs and bowled really well.

    This small session after lunch has changed it towards them and a good handy lead.

  • on September 12, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    that is some collapse. Out of no where pakistan collapsed. ZIM's tail added value able 86 runs and pakistan tail just 19.

    Some good disciplined bowling by ZIM after lunch. Brain fade by Younas & misbah. asad failed yet another time. He is better than that.

    A very handy lead for ZIM. and if they add up 200-240 , it will be hard for pakistan to chase while batting 4th.

  • 263_zimbo-sun on September 12, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    One thing i have noticed in this Pakistan tour is that they have been competitive especially in the first innings. Pakistan had to dig deep to beat Zim. Zim has already established a 64 run 1st innings lead which is quite commendable. Even the way the got the last 46 runs was quite good. Win or lose, i hope the bhoyz will be competitive.

  • calcu on September 12, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Question: When was the last time that Zim got a first innings lead in 2 consective test matches against a top 8 side? Or has it happened the 1st time? Only a person with extreme cricket knowledge can answer it!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 12, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Congrats to Vitori and ZIM. yesterday Pak fans celebrated 7000 of YK. But they forgot that their team was in trouble. It is shame that Pak conceding 1st innings lead to a team like ZIM. Even a player like Vitori can thrash them!

  • CrICkeeet on September 12, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    A team batted 104+ overs still nt able 2 take lead in reply of under 300 score! their attitude look lyf they r trying 2 save (draw!) a match 2 avoid inngs defeat!

  • Philippe on September 12, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Mr. maskurul if you say younis khan as legend pakistani cricket then I think your knowledge of cricket is 0. you don't know the definition of legend. seeing the performance merely in 1-2 series in 3-4 years is not a parameter to judge legend. Legends in PAK cricket are Akram, Imran, Miadad, Inzy, Anwar & few more.

  • Philippe on September 12, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    I am not amazed at all! this normally happens with Pak team. the bad point about misbah is that he is just too defensive in all formats of the game. he takes the game to such a level where nothing can be done to save it. & he is still in pakistan team. LOL.

  • Resultpredictor on September 12, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Now i think everyone will agree with me that Pakistan will concede a lead of 50-60 runs and will lose this test easily.just wait till tomorrow afternoon, everyone will know what im saying.

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Too much defensive cricket by Pakistan team. Pak gets into shell and allow their opposition to operate without any chalenge.

  • maskurul on September 12, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Younus Khan is the cricket legend of Pakistan. He always choose to take challenge. Pakistan team can't think their existence without this cricket legend.He is the role model of cricket. When Pakistan cricket team was seeking good performance from him he proved himself with great accuracy. when Pakistan team was seeking good performances in middle order board had to be selected him. This veteran cricketer proved himself Pakistan cricket team is valueless with out younus.

  • Mervo on September 12, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Pakistan are really struggling in this match and Khan is so slow. Most unlike him but I guess it is a regular wicket that is not a dry spinning one and thus Ajmal also did poorly. Some reality in this for Pakistan when Zimbabwe cause them so much trouble.

  • calcu on September 12, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Go Zimbabwe! Dismiss the tail quickly and get a 1st innings lead!

  • calcu on September 12, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Go Zimbabwe! Dismiss the tail quickly and get a 1st innings lead!

  • Mervo on September 12, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Pakistan are really struggling in this match and Khan is so slow. Most unlike him but I guess it is a regular wicket that is not a dry spinning one and thus Ajmal also did poorly. Some reality in this for Pakistan when Zimbabwe cause them so much trouble.

  • maskurul on September 12, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Younus Khan is the cricket legend of Pakistan. He always choose to take challenge. Pakistan team can't think their existence without this cricket legend.He is the role model of cricket. When Pakistan cricket team was seeking good performance from him he proved himself with great accuracy. when Pakistan team was seeking good performances in middle order board had to be selected him. This veteran cricketer proved himself Pakistan cricket team is valueless with out younus.

  • on September 12, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Too much defensive cricket by Pakistan team. Pak gets into shell and allow their opposition to operate without any chalenge.

  • Resultpredictor on September 12, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Now i think everyone will agree with me that Pakistan will concede a lead of 50-60 runs and will lose this test easily.just wait till tomorrow afternoon, everyone will know what im saying.

  • Philippe on September 12, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    I am not amazed at all! this normally happens with Pak team. the bad point about misbah is that he is just too defensive in all formats of the game. he takes the game to such a level where nothing can be done to save it. & he is still in pakistan team. LOL.

  • Philippe on September 12, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Mr. maskurul if you say younis khan as legend pakistani cricket then I think your knowledge of cricket is 0. you don't know the definition of legend. seeing the performance merely in 1-2 series in 3-4 years is not a parameter to judge legend. Legends in PAK cricket are Akram, Imran, Miadad, Inzy, Anwar & few more.

  • CrICkeeet on September 12, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    A team batted 104+ overs still nt able 2 take lead in reply of under 300 score! their attitude look lyf they r trying 2 save (draw!) a match 2 avoid inngs defeat!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 12, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Congrats to Vitori and ZIM. yesterday Pak fans celebrated 7000 of YK. But they forgot that their team was in trouble. It is shame that Pak conceding 1st innings lead to a team like ZIM. Even a player like Vitori can thrash them!

  • calcu on September 12, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Question: When was the last time that Zim got a first innings lead in 2 consective test matches against a top 8 side? Or has it happened the 1st time? Only a person with extreme cricket knowledge can answer it!