Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Harare, 4th day September 13, 2013

Harare promises thrilling final day

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Pakistan 230 and 158 for 5 (Manzoor 54, Chatara 2-29, Usteya 2-40) need another 106 to beat Zimbabwe 294 and 199 (Mawoyo 58, Rahat 5-52)
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This Test has been played with pay strife and load shedding as the sightscreens, but Zimbabwe were five wickets short of lifting that gloom momentarily. Misbah-ul-Haq stood between them and only their fifth Test win against teams other than Bangladesh, their first since 2001. It seemed they had given up a significant bit of their advantage as they lost their last six wickets for 78 and as the Pakistan openers attacked them for quick early runs, but Tendai Chatara and Prosper Utseya pulled Pakistan back with timely strikes.

Pakistan themselves were chasing a bit of a landmark: a win here will be their third-highest successful chase, and their first of a 200-run target in close to last 10 years. Having fallen behind over the first three days, Pakistan tried the classical big-team trick: bowl tight and let the opposition batsmen make the mistake, and try to demoralise them when they bowl.

The first part worked well. Rahat Ali led a bowling unit that aimed for the cracks as opposed to trying anything spectacular. The scoring stalled with in-and-out fields in place. Three of the six Zimbabweans to be dismissed today fell to poor shots. But when Pakistan's batsmen tried to dominate the bowlers, though, they couldn't keep it up for long enough. Chatara struck the first blows with wickets of Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali, and Utseya accounted for the dangerous Khurram Manzoor for 54, and Asad Shafiq.

That batting freely would be difficult was evident for the morning session. Rahat and Abdur Rehman began with the simple plan of landing the ball near the crack that runs down the middle of the pitch. The ball would jag either side after hitting the crack, and a wicket always looked around the corner. Rahat first got Vusi Sibanda, who batted at No. 6 because he was unwell on the third day.

The pressure - the two bowled the first 12.4 overs of the day for just 25 runs - was palpable. When Saeed Ajmal came on to bowl, Malcolm Waller saw release in a short and wide ball, but failed to keep it down and gave point the catch. Junaid Khan, the other change, hit the crack even more regularly. Once when he did, the ball moved away from Elton Chigumbura, beating his outside edge. From a similar area, the next ball didn't move, but the muscle memory had already drawn Chigumbura across, and the edge was taken.

The chaos continued after lunch when Brendan Taylor ended his fighting innings with a limp drive at a full and wide delivery. The lead hadn't yet reached 250. Richmond Mutumbani now began to attack, scoring 21 off the 25 balls he faced after Taylor got out. Those crucial runs added, he got a leading edge to Ajmal, followed shortly by a flailing pull from Tendai Chatara.

Chatara was much more effective when it came to bowling. The Pakistan openers had somewhat rattled the Zimbabwe bowlers a bit as they began to walk at them and drive prodigiously. By the end of the seventh over, they had reached 29. Only one of those 29 was run. Taylor then called on Chatara. Hafeez continued to walk down the wicket. His premeditation consumed him. First he pulled a ball he should have been cutting. If this one fell short of mid-on, the next early walk down the wicket resulted in a leading edge that was swallowed by mid-on. It was followed up by a beauty to Azhar, a length ball that held its line in front of off, squaring the batsman up and hitting the off stump.

All this didn't deter the first-innings half-centurion, Manzoor, who remained positive and kept attacking loose deliveries. The attitude seemed to rub onto Younis Khan too: they added they added 44 in 11 overs. Zimbabwe refused to let up, though. Utseya, despite being hit for two fours by Manzoor, troubled him with the dip he got. Soon after Manzoor reached his second fifty of the match, he fell to the dip. He pushed forward to defend, but the ball dropped shorter than he expected, and popped up for a bat-pad catch.

Younis soon moved too far across to a straight delivery from Brian Vitori, losing his leg stump. Between them, the top four hit 21 boundaries in 99 runs. Attacking the inexperienced bowlers seemed something that was discussed beforehand. With four wickets down for 100, though, Misbah went back to the way he has become used to. For company was Asad Shafiq. They defended and defended, but they - Shafiq in particular - never really looked comfortable. Vitori especially troubled him from round the stumps, a wide angle that has got him more than once in this series.

Shafiq's end, though, came to Utseya when he went back to cut a ball that wasn't short enough, and edged it through to Mutumbani. Misbah and Adnan Akmal saw off the remaining 9.4 overs without further incident, making sure neither team could sleep more comfortably than the other.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • BravoBravo on September 13, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    ZIM team has put their heart and soul in this match. If they win, they will deservedly win against a top notch team. The win by ZIM over PAK does not imply that PAK is not a good team, it simply means that ZIM has improved a lot in recent times. PAK has a better chance of winning this match as of now, but considering the fact, that morning session belongs to bowlers in Harare. The morning time pitch is Bowlers' paradise and Batsmen grave yard. Misbah is the key for PAK here. Nonetheless, it is going to be a thriller.

  • t20cric on September 13, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    It will be an exciting last day and Adnan has a good chance of cementing his spot in the test team. MIsbah will have to score a 50 and if Adnan does as well then Pakistan will win. With only 106 runs to get in about 90 overs the required run rate is about 1.2 so no one in the remaining line up has to play crazy shots just rotating the strike will do it for them. If Pakistan did not lose 5 wickets and lost 3 wickets instead then they would have been favourites to win this match but because of the wicket of Younis Zimbabwe stay alive. Khurram Manzoor played well to get to his fifty today and his two fifties in this match show that he can succeed by playing both defensively and aggressively. Pakistan will just have to watchfully rotate strike to take an easy win

  • SL_rockz on September 13, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    After 12 long years, the wait is going to be over....Only Misbah is in between a monumental victory for Zimbabwe cricket after 2001. Can you imagine a day like tomorrow has taken 12+ years to come for ZIM cricket...But when it has reached never miss it guys...Go take what was lost from you within past 12 years.... As for Pakistan, they are playing a terrible test cricket.....They should regroup as a unit not around a one batsman or two.

  • on September 14, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Pakistan have lost to Zim previously when they had Saeed Anwar, Inzi, Malik, Rashid , Basit, waqar , Waseem and Mushtaq in the Team, this Team is nothing comparing to that one, I still believe as long as Misbah is there, Pakistan has chance to Win. It's easy to make comments from your living room while sitting on sofa, Show some respect , this guy plays good in every single match wether it's ODI and T20, Pakistan stopped producing Great players since Afridi was introduced to international cricket, Younis and Yousaf came to lime light because they followed Miandad and Inzi, Now days almost every single guy wants to be Afridi. Pakistan don't need PPL in T20, they could introduce PPL50/50. That might help Pak youngsters and would be ideal for preparation of WC2015.

  • on September 14, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Misbah should keep the score board ticking over because if he gets out it will be curtains for Pakistan. In case the chase is narrowed down by Misbah, there is some chance that tail Enders can make the remaining runs.So, Misbah , please keep the score board moving, an odd boundary here n there is very much required.

  • Solid_Snake on September 14, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Why am i alive to see this day..Ohh God

  • gillani2005 on September 14, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Still chance for PAK to win this match as Misbah is the big obstacle for ZIM victory, ZIM is doing full efforts to win, but we can't say anything as we know that many times PAK has changed the history.

  • on September 14, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    seen so many bad comments about Misbah recently. tuk tuk, slow player.... he is your only good player everyone else throws away their wickets, so he can't attack and play dominantly he has to lead the team and consolidate. Easy for you to say he's crap, he's the only thing left in Pakistani cricket

  • romirom on September 14, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    akmal gone and misbah not in a mood to score. He just blocks n blocks. One gud delivery and pak will create history...

  • FAB_ALI on September 14, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    As long as Misbah is there, I would fancy Pakistan to win.

  • BravoBravo on September 13, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    ZIM team has put their heart and soul in this match. If they win, they will deservedly win against a top notch team. The win by ZIM over PAK does not imply that PAK is not a good team, it simply means that ZIM has improved a lot in recent times. PAK has a better chance of winning this match as of now, but considering the fact, that morning session belongs to bowlers in Harare. The morning time pitch is Bowlers' paradise and Batsmen grave yard. Misbah is the key for PAK here. Nonetheless, it is going to be a thriller.

  • t20cric on September 13, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    It will be an exciting last day and Adnan has a good chance of cementing his spot in the test team. MIsbah will have to score a 50 and if Adnan does as well then Pakistan will win. With only 106 runs to get in about 90 overs the required run rate is about 1.2 so no one in the remaining line up has to play crazy shots just rotating the strike will do it for them. If Pakistan did not lose 5 wickets and lost 3 wickets instead then they would have been favourites to win this match but because of the wicket of Younis Zimbabwe stay alive. Khurram Manzoor played well to get to his fifty today and his two fifties in this match show that he can succeed by playing both defensively and aggressively. Pakistan will just have to watchfully rotate strike to take an easy win

  • SL_rockz on September 13, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    After 12 long years, the wait is going to be over....Only Misbah is in between a monumental victory for Zimbabwe cricket after 2001. Can you imagine a day like tomorrow has taken 12+ years to come for ZIM cricket...But when it has reached never miss it guys...Go take what was lost from you within past 12 years.... As for Pakistan, they are playing a terrible test cricket.....They should regroup as a unit not around a one batsman or two.

  • on September 14, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Pakistan have lost to Zim previously when they had Saeed Anwar, Inzi, Malik, Rashid , Basit, waqar , Waseem and Mushtaq in the Team, this Team is nothing comparing to that one, I still believe as long as Misbah is there, Pakistan has chance to Win. It's easy to make comments from your living room while sitting on sofa, Show some respect , this guy plays good in every single match wether it's ODI and T20, Pakistan stopped producing Great players since Afridi was introduced to international cricket, Younis and Yousaf came to lime light because they followed Miandad and Inzi, Now days almost every single guy wants to be Afridi. Pakistan don't need PPL in T20, they could introduce PPL50/50. That might help Pak youngsters and would be ideal for preparation of WC2015.

  • on September 14, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Misbah should keep the score board ticking over because if he gets out it will be curtains for Pakistan. In case the chase is narrowed down by Misbah, there is some chance that tail Enders can make the remaining runs.So, Misbah , please keep the score board moving, an odd boundary here n there is very much required.

  • Solid_Snake on September 14, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Why am i alive to see this day..Ohh God

  • gillani2005 on September 14, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Still chance for PAK to win this match as Misbah is the big obstacle for ZIM victory, ZIM is doing full efforts to win, but we can't say anything as we know that many times PAK has changed the history.

  • on September 14, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    seen so many bad comments about Misbah recently. tuk tuk, slow player.... he is your only good player everyone else throws away their wickets, so he can't attack and play dominantly he has to lead the team and consolidate. Easy for you to say he's crap, he's the only thing left in Pakistani cricket

  • romirom on September 14, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    akmal gone and misbah not in a mood to score. He just blocks n blocks. One gud delivery and pak will create history...

  • FAB_ALI on September 14, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    As long as Misbah is there, I would fancy Pakistan to win.

  • cricket_bukhar on September 14, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    In my opinion Zim has a little upperhand. This all depends on how Misbah and Adnan plays in the the morning. The match is 60-40 in Zim favour.

  • saadfarrukh1 on September 14, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    @ texan bue completely agree with you.i think azhar can open the innings for pakistan and hafeez and asad should be replaced by umar amin and umar akmal.khuram manzoor should be given another chance but if he doesnt perform selecttaufeeq for him

  • esmail_97 on September 14, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Hats off to the Zimbabweans for such a commendable effort. Throughout this series they have put in more than a 100% effort and have fought tooth and nail against a quality opposition. Never has there been a point in this series where they have lacked the fight and the hunger to compete and win a test match for their country. Infact Zimbabwe have played brilliant cricket, even better cricket than Pakistan at times and as a result they have been on top for most of this series. If Zimbabwe do go on to seal victory it will be a hard fought and a well deserved win. Despite the off field 'not being paid' saga they have performed to their potential and have won my respect by displaying great qualities of sportsmanship and nationalism. On the other hand this is a tricky situation for Pakistan and a golden opportunity for Misbah to see this through to the end and shut out his critics for good. In all this has been a fascinating test series hopefully the final day will be another cracker.

  • on September 14, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    i think zim will wrap up the pak inn in just first hour and they will win this match by atleast 70 runs. be ready for celebration zimbabians.good luck zim.

  • on September 14, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Pakistan team has a capability to come back like in first test.. no doubt Zimbabwe played very well in both tests and gave very hard time to a test no 4 team. but I still think that misbah can lead Pakistan to victory.. best of luck Pakistan <3

  • calcu on September 14, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    If Zim doesnt win, I will never watch cricket again:(

  • TexanBlue on September 14, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    The series against Zimbabwe should open up the eyes and minds of the PCB and the selection committee before they take on RSA. They must get one message across every player's mind; they'll lose their place if they don't perform over a period of time no matter how big that player may be. Hafeez should be the first to get the cut and replaced immediately with Taufiq Umar only and not by the likes of Farhat or Jamshed. Asad Shafiq should be the next one, to be replaced with Umar Akmal and not by Faisal Iqbal who's also past his used by date. Azhar Ali should be put on last warning. Current Pak batting is way too one dimensional; all right handers and almost all play in the same style. We need one left hander like Amin or Sohail and one aggressive player like Akmal. Leave Hafeez out of RSA tests or he'll continue to fail and continue to put pressure on the middle order. We don't need batters who make 15's and 20's and who can't convert their 50's into big hundreds. Brave show by the Zims.

  • on September 14, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Zimbabwe victory in Harare will be comparable to English victory in Ashes. A great achievement.

  • on September 14, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    I think chatara is the man for Zim to remove Misbah and Akmal from the crease. I am sensing a victory here for Zimbabwe. First hour of play is very important for Zim. The first fresh spell of Chatara should be an aggressive one. Best of luck Zim.....

  • Chanred on September 14, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Looking at the bigger picture, for the sake of the future, I wish and pray Zim win. It will help Cricket in a big way in Zim and worldwide. Of course there will be grave consequences in Pakistan but what is Pakistan without these kind os upheavals. Go Zim Go.

  • an_alcoholic on September 14, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    insa allah ....zimbabwe will win

  • yousafdawar on September 14, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    today match situation bring me back in past 10 years ago where as pakistan played vs bangladesh .261 target and last day of test pakistan required 113 runs to win and 4 wickets in hand. than came inzi and played remarkable innings and pakistan win by 1 wicket.

  • MichaelBurton on September 14, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    This situation on the 5th day could be tough not only for Pak but also for strong teams like SA, Eng and Aus.

  • xtrafalgarx on September 14, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    If Pakistan are struggling against Zimbabwe, they will never be a top side again.

  • on September 14, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    first pak shouldvthrow out Azhar Ali and asd shafiq. those two are burden for thecteam and bring umar amin and harris sohail in the squad.

  • Fijicricket on September 14, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    Pakistan will always be great competition for teams like Zimbabwe, Kenya, ireland. Pakistan supporters just waste their time comparing their team to India , England,Australia.

  • on September 14, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    all the best to zimbabwe. they played well.

  • on September 14, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    its not 50/50 chance for both teams. keeping in record Pakistan never b a good chaser. even Misbah dont hve ability to score this score. its 5th day wicket ultimately help bowlers . after misbah n adnan no player has any ability .90/10 chance in favour Zimbabwe.But My wishes r always for My Pakistan. can make any maricle wining game. good luck Pakistan.

  • msbsaad on September 13, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Even though Misbah and Akmal are pakistan's only hope right now, it's all misbahs fault . First of all misbah didn't choose the right player he should have given haris sohail a debut rather then asad shafiq who hasn't performed in a long time. Misbah isn't agood captain he is the worst a giving debuts, Hafeez hassn't been performing in test matches he gives younsters a chance. Hafeez should be dropped from the test side and Shafiq from all formats. Fawad alam and umar akmal need a tset chance.

  • on September 13, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Pakistan gave 60 extra runs in first innings to zim but did not give 50 more in the second innings so whatever advantage zim got in first innings was taken back by pak. Now pak have to keep their positive intent going and chip away on the 100 runs target. Misbah is the miandad of pak team and if he is there then result is well known.

  • on September 13, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    It will be first 30 runs which will make around 75 needed and then pressure will shift to zim. Pak have shown positive intent and with this they can win the game. Otherwise only today was enough for zim to win the game. Zim bowlers were hit all over the place today and a fifty scored tomorrow will see pak through. On the other hand with just five good balls needed the match can any time swing in the favor of zim.

  • on September 13, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Misbah will play for a draw as per usual defensive strategy. end of the day he will lose.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on September 13, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    Basically if Zimbabwe need the wicket of either Misbah or Adnan to win and Pakistan need these two to stick in and at minimum have a 100 run patnership.

    Pakistan seriously need to get their batting in odrer otherwise South Africa and Sri Lanka will have a very easy series victory against us.

    The form of Asad Shafiq is worrying because he is a fantastic player (proved his worth in South Africa with a century and half century) he looks to be out of form lets hope he finds form soon as he is a important player in our test batting.

    Manzoor played freely and with confidence and we show how fluent he became as the innings progressed. (Hence proving what I always rant about that playing without pressure and confidence is the way forward).

    Rahat bowled o.k and deserved a 5fer (congratulations).

    This test match is tilted I would say 60-40 in Zimbabwe's favour. And you know what very well done to them they have played fantasticlly well. Good luck to both teams.

  • on September 13, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    wao wao again the match is on misbah shoulder without him we will be worse than bermuda

  • mahjut on September 13, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    Apart from loving the fight of Zimbabwe it is both nice to see Sid writing about Zimbabwe and PK supporters suddenly finding themselves looking at their nemises (Misbah) as what he truly is, their saviour (top page of comments doesn't have a single negative thing to say of him :) )

  • on September 13, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    I think Pakistan should learn a thing or two from Zimbabwe who are a weak side and Pakistan has shown us that they are even weaker. Zimbabwe normally struggle against any opposition but they treating Pakistan like kids.

  • warneneverchuck on September 13, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Aftet watching this series it is confirmed that icc shud invest more on teams like zim and Ireland which r morw talented than ordinary teams like BD

  • on September 13, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Can Misbah imitate what Inzamam did against Bangladesh in Multan in 2004..? That innings is still remembered, would this HAQ like to climb on the same wall..? It's all about temperament and composure. Riveting, its gonna be.

  • on September 13, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    I think misbah is the main diferent

  • mzm149 on September 13, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Hafeez should be kept away from playing XI in UAE vs South Africa as far as possible!!!

  • Omarrz on September 13, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Pakistan is going to lose this one for sure. There is no way Adnan can stay there for too long. Rehman is a crap, I don't know how he ever got so many fifties in domestic cricket.

  • tuktukrock on September 13, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Match is even. Pakistan are still the favourates.

  • on September 13, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Wonderful show of skill bu Zim. Their potential is abundant and Jarvis might the regretting his decision of leaving such a good promising team in search of t20 money. Only INdia and Zim have been able to groom such great deal of young talent. The difference being indian counterparts belong to a rich board and zim to a cast strapped one We should expect such exciting performances by indian and zim youngsters.

  • on September 13, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    being a Pakistani iam very depressed to see the performance of pakistani.. But Zimbabwe tried really hard.. best oof luck to both of them

  • Major85D on September 13, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    What happened to team Pakistan? we are hoping for a win against zimbabwe. sorry, but it`s zimbabwe. india came here without dhoni and other top players and crushed them 5:0 in ODI and we are hoping for a win. And everyone hopes for misbah, he is the reason, why pakistan gets down in world cricket. why does he score the most runs? because he is the most selfish player in cricket history, HE wants to be the hero in every game and puts pressure to the other batsmen. His tacitc is all about to be the hero, tuk tuk tuk and at the end he has 50+ runs. R.I.P Pakistan cricket.

  • on September 13, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    inzi did against BD in Multan, now its Misbahs turn.

  • grahaam on September 13, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Many great comments from people throughout the cricket world, pleased to see Zimbabwe playing well against Pakistan , I think the most impressive thing has been in this test which was hastily around at this venue and definitely an under prepared pitch. Batting has proved difficult and Zim would have collapsed 6 months ago on this track. SERIOUS QUESTION NOW! what can be done for the players?, they have done their bit , trained hard (mentally and physically ) for little reward and unknown payment dates. These guys would have been hoping to earn a few more dollars against Sri Lanka but the board cannot afford this tour. Can the ICC set about an ultimatum were they force the current board to retire and recognise a new board approved of by the other test playing nations. The ICC have funded ZC beyond the obligations to all test countries, How can any honest member of the Highest level of international cricket (ICC) LET THIS CONTINUE? The ICC has tried finance as a solution, PLAN B now!

  • KarachiKid on September 13, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    This Pakistan batting line up is the worst in world cricket at the moment and the worst lineup Pakistan has ever had, its worse than when Pakistan first entered test cricket (and by some margin). Hafeez is NOT a test player. Azhar and Asad are both small innings players, they cant score big hundreds. Misbah though solid CANNOT score a century. Plus Mishah is a useless captain. What a shame that Pakistan fans had to do with this pathetic batting lineup. The bowling lineup is mediocre apart from Saeed Ajmal. There is no bowler that can set batsmen up and get him out. Like Akram, Akhter or Asif could do. Junaid and Rahat are both ordinary bowlers that cannot "outthink" a set batsmen. Only Ajmal and to some exten Rehman can do that.

  • kc69 on September 13, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Odds are in favor of Pakistan and Misbah's wicket is the key.However after such an excellent performance in this series Zimbabwe deserve to win at least once.All the best to both sides,i think Pak is going to get over the line this time again.

  • captainpermod on September 13, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    chasing a target of more than 250, no way Pakistan team can chase it. Even their mor established batsmen of 90's were not good chasers. I saw the gloomy face of Misbah while batting, the situation demands too much from him which he definitely not capable of. Blocking is his strength and no one should ask him to score runs as well.

  • on September 13, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Adnan Akmal will be the Key, because he is a stroke player and Pakistan need runs in this situation. Runs are very critical and Adnan Akmal must contribute.

  • on September 13, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    No place for Hafeez and Asad Shafiq. Bring back Umar Akmal & Umar Amin.

  • Fineline on September 13, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Its Misbah again to save Pakistan.He is only reliable and consistent player in our ODI and T20 Team.Inshallah Pakistan will win this match with the help of our Legend Misbah ul haq.Good luck

  • on September 13, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Its all depends on Misbah and tail enders should contribute as Pakistan can do it Inshallah :)

  • on September 13, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Irrespective of the result, this series will be remembered for Zimb. dominance.Pakistan have been on the back foot most of the times against what we all considered a minnow and a non starters.Hopefully this will prove a last test for many of these players particularly some young and senior batsmen Havent they all struggled, no consistancey. Even Pak. bowling has been below par against relatively inexperienced batting line up. Not a lot to celebrate and not a lot to lookforward to. Our glorious period seems to be over, atleast for a decade

  • on September 13, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Match is in Zimbabwe favor right now. Pakistan fragile line up can cost them yet again. Pakistan lost little too many wickets, if the score line was for loss of three wickets then it would hve been Pakistan. Misbah is no Inzi and he's Not Mr Dependable, he had never gotten Pakistan over the line. He only had been a mere spectator on the other side holding his wicket so someone else can win it. In this case it's inexperience Adnan and knowing the unreliability of Akmal brothers he may get out early as well with ball giving trouble In the morning. Positive batting by some of the pak batsmen but the problem as usual is that they don't know how to pace their innings. Hafeez should just stick with T20 cricket, he's not a test material. Azhar is not a proper batsman, he doesn't have stroke availability. He can only block and hang around, no need for him. Asad Shafeeq have the capability but need a proper guidance. Seem to me he's always stuck batting with Misbah and that's not gonna help him

  • Hira1 on September 13, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Ziim deserve to win this test and I hope this time they dont loose just because of their inexperience. Pak seriously needs to learn from this series and its high time to get rid of David Whatmore and Mohammd Akram as coaches and replace them with Mohsin Hassan Khan and Aqib Javed

  • Crick_Expert on September 13, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    PAK TEST needed young players like, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Umair Amin, Sohaib Maqsood, Shan Massood. Younis Khan should be PAK TEST CAPT.

    Very disappointment performance from Azhar Ali, Asad Safiq, Khurum Manzoor, Misbah, they really need rest.

  • roook on September 13, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Zimbabwe, deserves a victory; they are under paid with lack of facilities and still have shown such commitment and determination. Pakistan have achieve nothing from these tour but have exposed how fragile and desperate the situation is for them.

    If this is the best Pakistan can perform against unranked test team please donot play against SA, Srilanka we will get nothing more than utter disappointment and embarrassment.

  • Crick_Expert on September 13, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    MISBAH mr. tuktuk should bye to TEST cricket now & give chance to new players.

  • Crick_Expert on September 13, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    PCB should read my past comments, where I clearly mentioned they should get rid of Misbah, Asad Safiq, Azhar Ali and Khurum Manzoor. PAK TEAM must give chance to new players in TEST like Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Shan Massood, Umar Amin.

  • Crick_Expert on September 13, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Interested match..Let see how Mr. TUKTUK save the match and his Capt.

  • on September 13, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Great bowling by Zimbabwean bowlers, but we still don't know that tomorrow will be a big upset in Test history, or Pakistan will clinch the series to maintain their ranking???? Both teams are trying their best to get success for their future in cricket..... I am from Pakistan but I support both team.... ICC need to help Zimbabwe.... Zimbabwe have talent....

  • spellbinder76 on September 13, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Time to say good bye to Asad Shahfiq, Azhar Ali and Hafeez from test matches. Mohammad Yousuf, Ahmad Shahzad and Fawad Alam should be considered for test matches.

  • on September 13, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    If Misbah and kami wil b able to have a partnership of 60 more runs tomorrow then Pakistan have a very good chance to win this test match.if zim... strikes early then Pakistan have no chance.Good luck Pakistan.

  • Desihungama on September 13, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Taufeeq Umar in place of Hafeez, Umar Akmal replacing Asad Shafique and Irfan for Rahat will make a contending playing eleven against SA tour. I don't see Pakistan winning this one but I will be equally glad if Zimbabwe wins.

  • on September 13, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    actually match is still in balance ;only difference could be wicket of misbah, now if he gets out early zim will win otherwise pak can win by playing positive cricket .tail enders needs to stick in as well. BEST OF LUCK PAKISTAN

  • on September 13, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    zim have missed an opportunity to seal the game, with just 106 run remaining & 5 wkt in hand pak are definitely favorite. Although cricket is a funny game but still i think pak being the more experienced side have an upper hand, still lets hope to have a nail biting finish & better side win the game

  • mensan on September 13, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Zimbabwe got a chance to regroup. They may devise some strategy overnight. Pakistan must rotate strike to win.

  • calcu on September 13, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Zimbabwe, you beauty!!

    Nobody in the world could have thought that Zim will even challenge Pak in tests and here they are, on the verge of winning one! They have proved the world how strong they are and should never be looked as underdogs. However, the match is not quite over yet. It will be a massive heartbreak if they lose from here.

    For winning, they must get rid of misbah as soon as possible. If they get him,then I am sure the remaining wickets will follow soon.

  • on September 13, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    final day... only misbah can save the match for pakistan..good luck team pak

  • Nishant2012 on September 13, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    i hope zimbabwe win this.. they have worked hard and they deserve this win but you never know pakistan is an experienced side. Experience of misbah might come into play. letz hope zimbabwe secure victory

  • on September 13, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    263 is a big total for Pakistan .. Even strong teams like Africa,India.England struggle in chasing this target in 4th innings .. And Pakistan are always worst run chasers ..

  • on September 13, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    to win a test against a top side takes lot of skill,and consistency. What good progress when compared with bangladesh, its just about time zimbawabe dont just give tough fight, but get the taste of success. as i have heard from test cricketers, winning a test is ultimate glory.its special.

  • Karthik78 on September 13, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Yes Misbah is there and Pak has good chance of winning the test. In last match, Younis helped to win and now it is Misbah's turn. This is the benefit of playing senior players. Here Pak clearly shows they are lack of good upcoming batsmen. Anyway good luck for Pak and Zim.

  • Snambidi on September 13, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Pakistan in grave situation .one more wicket if they miss then the match would take a change in the fortunes.Zimbabve has every chance of winning this Test.

    Any how Misbah can return earlier to India to take part in Champion IPLLeague which starts on 17th in which Misbah team takes part

  • on September 13, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Come on Zimbabwe, go for it. You know you can do it. Masakadza and Taylor have been really good - congrats to them, and Mawoyo proved me wrong by playing possibly the most important half-century of his life. The African side have got a fantastic chance here.

  • Zahidsaltin on September 13, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Even if Pakistan wins, dont forget that Zimbabwe won 7 days play out of the 9 which have been played in the two tests. Had it not been for a single persons (Younis) extraordinary contribution, Pakistan had surely lost both the matches. So question is, how are they going to face Saouth Africa if they don't select deserving players.

  • Zahidsaltin on September 13, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    It is time for Pakistan selectors to do the right. Bring in Taufiq Umar and Umar Akmal instead of Hafiz and Asad Shafiq. Non of the two are able batsmen. Asad Shafiq is being promoted as being a good bat but I never regarded him sech. Even a midocre batsman batting at 5 or 6 should at least have an average of 40+ because he bats when swing and shine eases up.

  • tuktukrock on September 13, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Match is Equally balance but i think Zim has a fair chance to win. have feeligns for misbah always in tough sitution as inzi were in past.

  • on September 13, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    crédit t zimbabwe 4 the way they hav fought in the whole séries,but with pak requiring 106 more runs t win i can see pak winning this ma tch especially with misbah still batting,but the pak managment need t see who the useless players are n kick um out 4 good,it is no point selecting failed players again n again.

  • on September 13, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Pakistan still need 106 & ZIM 5 wickets. I think ZIM ahead at moment.

    ZIM worked really hard. They bowled with discipline and never gave any easy runs.

    Last 2 recognized batsmen in middle. Hafeez has to be dropped. Azhar is also an on & off player. Asad is better than this but a continuous failure no.

    Manzor played well for his 50 But nothing much from azhar and hafeez meant too much required from middle order. Younas was bowled cheaply behind his legs. and that has tilted it towards ZIM. Asad as well gone so a lot depends on Adnan & Misbah now.

    They should send Rahat ali next. he is better than rehman. Pak do need some contributions from ajmal junaid & rahat like 1st test.

    19/5 collapse is proving to be too much costly now for pak. that lead of 65 has made huge difference.

    Exciting day tomorrow.

  • romirom on September 13, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    misbah is the last hope.he needs to play a gem of an innings. right now misbah is not loking good. not middling the ball. hop he continues and win a game for pak.

  • xtrafalgarx on September 13, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    It's 50/50 who is going to win because Pakistan still have a couple of class players but i have been heartened by zimbabwe's competitiveness in this test series, at least they were not walkovers as people expect but put up a fight.

  • on September 13, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Both team chance 50-50

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on September 13, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    @cricketstarbest You spoke too soon Misbah is still there, I am always criticizing Misbah looks like he'll be hero this time and joke is on me this time. I still believe Pakistan are the favorite to win this one Zimbabwe lack experience and patience to handle the pressure but they are back in the game for sure and I am always cheering for underdogs.

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    i still think pakistan is going to win

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    With Younis gone, Pakistan are sure to lose. No one can save them from defeat now. Only miracle can save Pakistan. This test is fully in the favor of Zimbabwe.

  • Resultpredictor on September 13, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Congrats Zimbabwe for victory.

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    100/4: Younas bowled behind his legs. I think Hard for pakistan now.

    What are they doing? younas scored 29 and 5 fours, manzor 11 fours in 54. not much singles.

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    I think pak

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Manzoor played well for his 50 but not much from hafeez and azhar means a lot depend on misbah & Younas now. Asad is also out of shape in whole series and adnan akmal is on & off . you never know from him. 91/3

    This partnership of misbah & younas will be critical. if they can bring the target below 100 that would be great for pakistan.

    The 1st innings collapse of paksitan looks the deciding factor in this match now.

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    I bet pak will win

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    i still think pakistan is going to win

  • Solid_Snake on September 13, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    @ Cricket Analyst:Just an advice..Leave someone else do the Analysis lol.. It's Zimbabwe not SA or Eng that you are so confident of winning today.Also a wrong question was asked here..The question should have been 'Who else here other than Cricket Analyst thinks that Pak would lose this match'

  • appkhi on September 13, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    How many chance Azhar Ali need to show he is a useful player? he is failure for the past few years and still able to make space in team. Match still in Pakistan they lost two wickets but there was not hope from Hafeez and Azhar Ali

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    who will score 204 runs.hafiz n azhar out as usual. so all depends on younus again. match in favour zimbabwe by 80/20. until some thing dramaticalyy in favour pakistan. how many times younus survive pakistan. some hope from manzoir too.

  • on September 13, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Is there any one who still thinks that Pak can win. I thnk he is in deep hallucination. The fact is Pakistan cannot chase anything above 200. Accept the fact and Praise Zimbabwe who are going to win just there 3rd test against Pakistan.

  • Equanimous on September 13, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Hafeez getting out to a leg stump half volley . Try to blame that on the wicket.

  • Riz000 on September 13, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    thanks god hafeez is out now i hope they drop him for gooood

  • calcu on September 13, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    @just test lover Back in 2001 vs Ind. I hope that the 12 year wait ends!

  • wanatawu on September 13, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Hafeez is gone, still 9 to get Zimbos.

  • on September 13, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    loved the comments by chishty mudahid ''hafeez got a bit carried away, pulling deliveries from off side.''

  • just_Test_lover on September 13, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    When last did Zimbabwe beat a top 6 test nation

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

    yuppi! My wish fulfill. Hop now selector will kick hafez out of saf and srilanka tour. Hop tis cud be hafez last test.

  • on September 13, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Paksitan bowled well to limit target to 264.

    However they have to bat well in 4th innings to win from here. I would say 60-40 in favour of ZIM.

    A lot depends on to 3 of Pakistan. Hafeez & Manzoor started very well and raining 4's

    But just as i was thinking that may be hafeez is back , he got out . 30/1.

  • romirom on September 13, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    20 for 0 without any singles. Pak batsman lacks the techniq of taking singles which huts them against quality team.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Zim needs to bowl decisively in the first 15 overs then victory is guaranteed

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Had a gut feeling Pakistan will win this match

  • romirom on September 13, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    hafez sud get out early so that selector kick him out of test team. If he score even fifty he wil retain his place.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    The match will go this way: Pakistan will score around 100-120 for the loss of 4 wickets today. The match will be over by second session tomorrow, Pakistan all out for 180-200 and an easy win for Zimbabwe. This will definitely happen. No one can deny this. Just wait till tomorrow afternoon.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    target 264 golden chance for zim to win this match.if they mamage to take 3-4 wickets for 80-90 runs today they will be happy.not easy for pakistan to chase 250+ in 4th innings but on his day pak can do anything.it would be good if zim could score 20-30 more but good target.interesting to see pakistan chase.best of luck zim.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    hopefully if pakistan stay at the crease they should win.but this is pakistan. ..anything can happen.

  • Andre117 on September 13, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    My prediction: Pakistan all out for 210. Zimbabwe win by 53 runs. MoM - Brian Vitori with 9 wickets.

  • Smiling on September 13, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Have to agree. If Pakistan pull this off me thinks it will be a miracle. But then, I kinda like miracles!

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    game on! pakistan needs to bat positive in order to win. on the other hand zimbabwe needs to ball 10 wicket taking deliveries to win. balling at the right areas and history will be made. as I m a pakistan fan. with all my heart I hope pakistan wins.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Pakistan need a Hafeez's century here.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    game still in favour of zimbabwe by 60/40 if zimbabwe get lead of 260/ 270.

  • on September 13, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Agreed with Nofil yes it's hard for Pakistan with this batting line up ..

  • on September 13, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Pakistan are the worst chasers so I don't think they will b able to chase a target of more than 200.. It's a golden chance for Zimbabwe ..

  • on September 13, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    they are ahead 200 never easy

  • on September 13, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    they are ahead 200 never easy

  • on September 13, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Pakistan are the worst chasers so I don't think they will b able to chase a target of more than 200.. It's a golden chance for Zimbabwe ..

  • on September 13, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Agreed with Nofil yes it's hard for Pakistan with this batting line up ..

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    game still in favour of zimbabwe by 60/40 if zimbabwe get lead of 260/ 270.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Pakistan need a Hafeez's century here.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    game on! pakistan needs to bat positive in order to win. on the other hand zimbabwe needs to ball 10 wicket taking deliveries to win. balling at the right areas and history will be made. as I m a pakistan fan. with all my heart I hope pakistan wins.

  • Smiling on September 13, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Have to agree. If Pakistan pull this off me thinks it will be a miracle. But then, I kinda like miracles!

  • Andre117 on September 13, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    My prediction: Pakistan all out for 210. Zimbabwe win by 53 runs. MoM - Brian Vitori with 9 wickets.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    hopefully if pakistan stay at the crease they should win.but this is pakistan. ..anything can happen.

  • on September 13, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    target 264 golden chance for zim to win this match.if they mamage to take 3-4 wickets for 80-90 runs today they will be happy.not easy for pakistan to chase 250+ in 4th innings but on his day pak can do anything.it would be good if zim could score 20-30 more but good target.interesting to see pakistan chase.best of luck zim.