Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Harare, 5th day September 14, 2013

Zimbawe square series with historic win

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Zimbabwe 294 (Masakadza 75, Taylor 51, Junaid 4-67) and 199 (Mawoyo 58, Rahat 5-52) beat Pakistan 230 (Younis 77, Manzoor 51, Vitori 5-61) and 239 (Misbah 79*, Manzoor 54, Chatara 5-61) by 24 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It took a long time coming. The last time Zimbabwe won a Test against a team other than Bangladesh was in 2001, but they stayed patient through the final day even as Misbah-ul-Haq threatened to dash their hopes to win the second Test and square the two-match series.

Zimbabwe began the day just five wickets away. Pakistan weren't too far either: they needed 106 with Misbah still around. By lunch it became two wickets and 47 runs with Misbah still fighting it out. However, despite some quick runs post lunch it took Zimbabwe just one over with the new ball to mop up the Pakistan tail and spark wild celebrations in the ground, in the dressing room, and possibly all over Harare. Tendai Chatara bowled that over, completing his maiden Test five-for.

When the teams started after lunch, there were still four overs to come with the old ball, and Misbah was keen to make the most of it. He lifted the second ball of the second session over the umpire's head, but was fortunate it dropped just short of a diving mid-on fielder. Misbah curtailed his instincts for the next two overs, taking singles towards the end of each as he shielded Junaid Khan from the strike. In the 79th over, he pressed forward and blasted a full delivery over extra cover, then stole a couple of runs to deep cover before walking down the pitch and driving another full delivery past midwicket to the boundary. Off the fifth ball, he took a single to make it 11 off the over. In the 80th, he scored two more boundaries, but crucially for Zimbabwe, the second came off the last delivery, which meant Junaid would be exposed to the new-ball.

Chatara, who had taken two wickets earlier in the day, was entrusted with the new ball and his first delivery - an outswinger past the edge - set the tone as the cordon readied themselves. It didn't take long as Junaid got a thick edge of the fourth delivery, straight to Malcolm Waller at gully. Rahat Ali was the new batsman, and was on strike. He, too, got an away-going delivery and was lucky his edge fell just short of Waller. Misbah, either sensing it wasn't safe to leave the No. 11 even for one delivery or thinking the ricochet had gone far enough for them to take two runs, charged down the other end. He had one ball to face, and he had to make sure he kept the strike for the next over.

Mishah pushed the last ball softly towards cover, but after taking a couple of steps, he realised the fielder was too close. He tried to send the charging Rahat back, but by that time it was too late. The fielder lobbed the ball to the non-striker's end to complete an easy run-out, and the team erupted in ecstasy after completing their third Test win against Pakistan.

The start of the day was more sedate and planned. The home team didn't show any signs of restlessness as they stuck to their disciplined lines outside off and preyed on batsmen's patience. Adnan Akmal didn't last too long, falling in the fourth over of the morning to Chatara. Abdur Rehman provided more stubborn resistance. He partnered Misbah for 16 overs, but the stand didn't really threaten Zimbabwe as only 34 runs were scored.

Towards the end of that partnership, Rehman showed the first signs that Pakistan were getting a move on when he charged down the pitch against Prosper Utseya and smashed for four over mid-on. His eagerness to score - he almost drove a slower delivery straight to cover in the next over - finally consumed him as he poked at a length delivery, and was caught behind. Zimbabwe had an opening, and they widened it further with the wicket of Saeed Ajmal late in the session. Chatara pitched it just short of a length and got it to sharply jag back into Ajmal, who was hit in front of off as the ball stayed low. The bowler then sprinted towards the boundary in celebration knowing the team was slowly inching close.

The celebration paled in comparison with the scenes the eventual win brought about. The magnitude of this win for a team that was not even ranked in the ICC Test team rankings before the series, in circumstances that were testing the fabric of the game in the country, is huge. The signs were there. The team won a match in the ODI series, and competed hard in the first Test only to lose it at the end to some individual brilliance. There was a bit of Cool Runnings about it; only that the Zimbabwe team went one better than the Jamaican bobsleigh team to emerge winners.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • AbdulHanan on September 15, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Well played by Zim., credit shoul go to it. As far Pak, it should look into the defensive strategy, particularly Misbah should know staying at the crease till last moment doesn't make sense rather most important is how to win for the team. When A. Rehman joined him I told one of my friend who was watching the match along with me that Misbah should change his mind set right now and play like he was playing with his last man. should Play whole over aggressively, make some quick runs in the middle of the over and a single of the last or second last delivery. He was still so defensive that only 34 runs were scored in 16 overs (see the 6th column of this article). To be honest, If I am not partial Misbah's defensive strategy is the sole reason of Pak teams failure in the test and one day as well. Now this is a time for Misbah to step out his defensive policy or say good bye to cricket.

  • andrew27994 on September 15, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Many Pak fans fail to realise the fact that Misbah had to bat with the tail on a Day 5 track which we all know is the most difficult time to bat on. Misbah has to play for his own survival too. If he had got out, then what would Junaid and Rahat Ali done with 20-30 odd runs to score. Rotating the strike is a lot easier in an ODI match where there are many restrictions on the fielding side but not easy in a Test match where fielders can be placed anywhere. It was clearly the job of the tailenders to just hang in there. VVS Laxman has done the same thing as Misbah did while batting with tailenders. The only difference is that India's tailenders showed the will to survive ( like Ishant) but Pakistan's didn't. Rahat Ali is a pure example of that by losing his cool trying to get off strike.

  • BigINDFan on September 17, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Well done Zim! They played hard competitive cricket and overcame the individual brilliance of Ajmal, Younis and Misbah. Zim can only get better by playing more tests against the top ranked teams as they have the drive to succeed.

    For those who are calling for Misbah to change tactics or quit - how about PCB get some quality batsmen in the team so he can play freely. He is stuck with below par players or new players still to establish at test level. He is carrying Pak right now like VVS used to do so often for Ind. Why is Umar Gul not in the team?

  • t20cric on September 16, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    to prove themselves in FC to get back in the test team. They should also make Nasir play as a test opener cuz he is left handed and will probably do well in UAE. Ahmed Shehzad doesn't have a bad FC average as well and should be considered for a test opener. Pakistan should also try to put one of Umar Akmal or Sohaib Maqsood in the test team so that they can provide a boost in the run rate and finish the match well. In wicket keeping no matter if Pakistan choose Sarfraz, Akmal bros or Mohammad Rizwan they are all right handed batsmen. But Mohammad Rizwan or Sarfraz should be given a chance in test wicket keeping and U. Akmal should be just a batsman. with all that said Pak's batting line should be something like this.

    1 and 2. Nasir Jamshed/Ahmed Shehzad/Taufeeq Umar, 3.Haris Sohail, 4.Younis Khan, 5.Fawad Alam/Umar Akmal/Sohaib Maqsood, 6.Misbah-ul-haq, 7.Mohammad Rizwan/Sarfraz Ahmed/Adnan Akmal, 8.Rahat Ali/ Umar Gul, 9.Saeed Ajmal, 10.Abdur Rehman/Zulfiqar Babar, 11.Junaid Khan

  • t20cric on September 16, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    A cause for Pakistan's downfall in this test could be how repetitive and predictable the team was. All of the specialist batsmen on the team were right handers and the one man in the squad who was left handed (Shan Masood) was never given a chance. That meant that any Zimbabwe bowlers who were effective against right handers would take easy wickets. SA's bowling attack is even more dangerous for right handers. Pakistan's spin and fast bowling was balanced with one right handed spinner and fast bowler and one left handed spinner and fast bowler. But the thing is that all 4 of the fast bowlers who were selected have played very few tests; Junaid(11), Wahab(7), Rahat(4) and Ehsan(1). So they will want to get Umar Gul who has 47 tests. When it comes to batting then Pakistan need some left hand batsmen to combat SA's bowlers. 2 young and talented batsmen are Fawad Alam and Haris Sohail who both average 50+ in FC. These guys should be brought in instead of Azhar and Asad who will have cont..

  • t20cric on September 16, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Pakistani players need to learn how to make singles and rotate strike so that they can relieve some pressure and keep the runs flowing. If they knew how to do this then not only this test but but many other tests and ODIs would have been won by Pakistan. In this test in the second innings the top four except for Azhar were mainly scoring runs off 4s and not singles or doubles. There was many run outs for Pakistan in the test series as well including the one that won it for Zimbabwe. Pakistani batsmen should know when to run and when not to and it shouldn't be block or four. Pakistani tail enders should also learn how to bat so that they can score about 20 runs each pretty consistently.

  • t20cric on September 16, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Pakistan really disappointed in this match and now Moin Khan is saying it wasn't that bad cuz they only lost 2/7 matches. Pakistan is very unlucky to have these kinds of people who don't accept there mistakes and say something is alright when it clearly isn't. Judging by Moin's comments if he was in charge Hafeez would still not be dropped. PCB and selectors have to learn that being humiliated in the Champions trophy then losing to SA and struggling against Zimbabwe can't be made up by only beating WI. If the PCB is like this then definitely the players will think that only mediocre performances are enough as long as you've done good against India or done good in the past.

  • mjrt on September 16, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    ICC should take the Pakistan's test statuship away from them, and give it to Afganistan.

  • on September 16, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Whoo hoo, hoo, am so relieved. Well done Zim for holding your nerve to the end. Gosh it feels like we won everything even though we didn't but I am too happy to care. Well played. Now if ZC admin could get their house in order so we can host Sri Lanka and have some kind of continuity please.

  • on September 16, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Why dont these Pakistan supporters here just agree that Zimbabwe played the better cricket in this test and let it go? Do they really have to say that their Pakistan team was bad? You win some and you lose some.

  • AbdulHanan on September 15, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Well played by Zim., credit shoul go to it. As far Pak, it should look into the defensive strategy, particularly Misbah should know staying at the crease till last moment doesn't make sense rather most important is how to win for the team. When A. Rehman joined him I told one of my friend who was watching the match along with me that Misbah should change his mind set right now and play like he was playing with his last man. should Play whole over aggressively, make some quick runs in the middle of the over and a single of the last or second last delivery. He was still so defensive that only 34 runs were scored in 16 overs (see the 6th column of this article). To be honest, If I am not partial Misbah's defensive strategy is the sole reason of Pak teams failure in the test and one day as well. Now this is a time for Misbah to step out his defensive policy or say good bye to cricket.

  • andrew27994 on September 15, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Many Pak fans fail to realise the fact that Misbah had to bat with the tail on a Day 5 track which we all know is the most difficult time to bat on. Misbah has to play for his own survival too. If he had got out, then what would Junaid and Rahat Ali done with 20-30 odd runs to score. Rotating the strike is a lot easier in an ODI match where there are many restrictions on the fielding side but not easy in a Test match where fielders can be placed anywhere. It was clearly the job of the tailenders to just hang in there. VVS Laxman has done the same thing as Misbah did while batting with tailenders. The only difference is that India's tailenders showed the will to survive ( like Ishant) but Pakistan's didn't. Rahat Ali is a pure example of that by losing his cool trying to get off strike.

  • BigINDFan on September 17, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Well done Zim! They played hard competitive cricket and overcame the individual brilliance of Ajmal, Younis and Misbah. Zim can only get better by playing more tests against the top ranked teams as they have the drive to succeed.

    For those who are calling for Misbah to change tactics or quit - how about PCB get some quality batsmen in the team so he can play freely. He is stuck with below par players or new players still to establish at test level. He is carrying Pak right now like VVS used to do so often for Ind. Why is Umar Gul not in the team?

  • t20cric on September 16, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    to prove themselves in FC to get back in the test team. They should also make Nasir play as a test opener cuz he is left handed and will probably do well in UAE. Ahmed Shehzad doesn't have a bad FC average as well and should be considered for a test opener. Pakistan should also try to put one of Umar Akmal or Sohaib Maqsood in the test team so that they can provide a boost in the run rate and finish the match well. In wicket keeping no matter if Pakistan choose Sarfraz, Akmal bros or Mohammad Rizwan they are all right handed batsmen. But Mohammad Rizwan or Sarfraz should be given a chance in test wicket keeping and U. Akmal should be just a batsman. with all that said Pak's batting line should be something like this.

    1 and 2. Nasir Jamshed/Ahmed Shehzad/Taufeeq Umar, 3.Haris Sohail, 4.Younis Khan, 5.Fawad Alam/Umar Akmal/Sohaib Maqsood, 6.Misbah-ul-haq, 7.Mohammad Rizwan/Sarfraz Ahmed/Adnan Akmal, 8.Rahat Ali/ Umar Gul, 9.Saeed Ajmal, 10.Abdur Rehman/Zulfiqar Babar, 11.Junaid Khan

  • t20cric on September 16, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    A cause for Pakistan's downfall in this test could be how repetitive and predictable the team was. All of the specialist batsmen on the team were right handers and the one man in the squad who was left handed (Shan Masood) was never given a chance. That meant that any Zimbabwe bowlers who were effective against right handers would take easy wickets. SA's bowling attack is even more dangerous for right handers. Pakistan's spin and fast bowling was balanced with one right handed spinner and fast bowler and one left handed spinner and fast bowler. But the thing is that all 4 of the fast bowlers who were selected have played very few tests; Junaid(11), Wahab(7), Rahat(4) and Ehsan(1). So they will want to get Umar Gul who has 47 tests. When it comes to batting then Pakistan need some left hand batsmen to combat SA's bowlers. 2 young and talented batsmen are Fawad Alam and Haris Sohail who both average 50+ in FC. These guys should be brought in instead of Azhar and Asad who will have cont..

  • t20cric on September 16, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    Pakistani players need to learn how to make singles and rotate strike so that they can relieve some pressure and keep the runs flowing. If they knew how to do this then not only this test but but many other tests and ODIs would have been won by Pakistan. In this test in the second innings the top four except for Azhar were mainly scoring runs off 4s and not singles or doubles. There was many run outs for Pakistan in the test series as well including the one that won it for Zimbabwe. Pakistani batsmen should know when to run and when not to and it shouldn't be block or four. Pakistani tail enders should also learn how to bat so that they can score about 20 runs each pretty consistently.

  • t20cric on September 16, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Pakistan really disappointed in this match and now Moin Khan is saying it wasn't that bad cuz they only lost 2/7 matches. Pakistan is very unlucky to have these kinds of people who don't accept there mistakes and say something is alright when it clearly isn't. Judging by Moin's comments if he was in charge Hafeez would still not be dropped. PCB and selectors have to learn that being humiliated in the Champions trophy then losing to SA and struggling against Zimbabwe can't be made up by only beating WI. If the PCB is like this then definitely the players will think that only mediocre performances are enough as long as you've done good against India or done good in the past.

  • mjrt on September 16, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    ICC should take the Pakistan's test statuship away from them, and give it to Afganistan.

  • on September 16, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Whoo hoo, hoo, am so relieved. Well done Zim for holding your nerve to the end. Gosh it feels like we won everything even though we didn't but I am too happy to care. Well played. Now if ZC admin could get their house in order so we can host Sri Lanka and have some kind of continuity please.

  • on September 16, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Why dont these Pakistan supporters here just agree that Zimbabwe played the better cricket in this test and let it go? Do they really have to say that their Pakistan team was bad? You win some and you lose some.

  • visionbangladesh1 on September 15, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    Ah.. reminds me of Younis Khan. He once said that ICC should revoke Bangladesh's test status and give it to Afghanistan instead for loosing a test match against Zimbabwe. May I request the same thing now? Shall we revoke pakistan from test cricket and allow afghanistan to play against the big boys? :P Cricketers should learn to be respectful to other teams. Because you never know, you might be in the same position couple of months from now? :)

  • Shan156 on September 15, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    @Faizan Khan, what has Pak. achieved in the last few years other than that 3-0 win over England. I do concede that Pak. were too good for Eng. in that series who looked clueless against Ajmal. But, Eng. improved slowly but surely against spin and managed a draw in SL and a win in India (something that Pak. can only dream). Pak, OTOH, lost to SL and were absolutely creamed by SA. But, Pak. fans continued to say that they were the only team that was capable of beating SA. All along, some of us were saying that Pak. needs to perform all over the world and Pak. fans were blowing their trumpets too early. Now, this defeat to Zim. has shown their true place in the cricketing world. They deserve their #6 ranking.

  • donaldiftikhar on September 15, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    There are no words in any dictionary to explain the current pak team, the whole nation is extremely disappointed with there performance not only this series but since a long time now, however they still keep on watching these gamblers which i really do not understand why and how.

  • coolitbaby on September 15, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    @BuddhikaSanjeewa83 mate i always see lankans complaining about one thing or the other, and making excuses for their consistently sub-par performances and pathetic rankings. some days it is the weather, then pitch, sometimes lighting, and sometimes umpiring. if all else fails blame bcci and ipl. and regarding less test matches for sri lanka understand this - all test playing nations are bound to follow icc's ftp program. icc ensures that all countries play identical number of test matches within a stipulated time. after that it is upto the respective boards to organize additional test matches. if you feel that sl is not playing enough tests you should vent your frustration at sl board. not at icc or bcci.

  • golgoal on September 15, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    @BuddhikaSanjeewa83 "ICC gives lot of test matches to Aussies,England,India and SA. but very less test 4 ZIM,SL,PAK,Bang." I suggest you first understand how FTP works before making such senseless comments. All test playing nations are required by the FTP to play a certain minimum amount of games in the specified period. ALL countries, playing SAME number of minimum games. After that it is upto the individual boards, however many additional tests they want to schedule. Stop complaining now.

  • CricketingStargazer on September 15, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Well done Zim! That said, the team who you would most expect to be the victims were always going to be Pakistan. How is it that a side that beat England 3-0 last year and looked utterly brilliant is now struggling against Zimbabwe? It is hard not to feel that Pakistan save their best efforts for certain sides and that, against others, the motivation is simply lacking.

    Anyway, you can only beat what is in front of you and Zimbabwe have been the better side from start to finish. Now, can they move on from this win and become competitive on a regular basis?

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on September 15, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Congrats Zimbabwe weldone.sorry 4 pak brothers. Zim proves they can win any opposition if they have matches. can't understand ICC treat different countries different way. ICC gives lot of test matches to Aussies,England,India and SA. but very less test 4 ZIM,SL,PAK,Bang. and they don't give Test Status to Ireland which could be a very good Test Nation.

  • on September 15, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    I am indian first of all.. The reason for loss is pakistan selection comitee.. They dont select a good squad at all. Look at harris sohail he avgs 52 in first class cricket.. But he is yet to debut ... Fawad alam 3tests scored an 167 and gets dropped ... Hafeez no fifty in past 5 tests doing nothing with the bat remains in the playing eleven... My xi for test against SA will be 1. Khurram manzoor 2. Fawad alam 3. Azhar ali 4. younis khan 5. Misbah 6.Harris sohail 7.Umar akmal(wk) 8. abdur rehman 9.saeed ajmal 10.junaid khan 11.Rahat ali.. This team can do wonders for pak test team

  • on September 15, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Congratulations!! Zimbabweans proved their professionalism to the cricket |World!!

  • OttawaRocks on September 15, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Congrats to Zimbabwe. During the last session, several Pakistani fans were boasting about how Misbah would lead a comeback like Inzmam did against Bdesh years ago. Yeah right, show more respect to Zimbabwe. This day is all yours Zimbabwe, now go celebrate.

  • Imthiyaz_Haniffa on September 15, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Being a Sri Lankan I sill remember the first test win of SL and joy I had that time. I feel the same joy with Zimbabwe's victory. What a way they played. Hats off guys..keep up the good work. Zimbabwe deserve more TESTs in their FTP with major Test nations.... ICC and ZC should focus on this in order to promote Test matches

  • on September 15, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    well done ZIM. u guys r really playing good in home ground.

  • thE_baCk_beNcHer on September 15, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    THANK YOU Mr. TUK TUK for your defensive mindset that we are now losing to teams like Zimbabwe.. Why were Pakistan on back foot throughout the series ?? It Just kills me inside. I'm very angry with MR.Tuk Tuk Policy ok TUK TUK TUK TUK and not even attacking in the field. and what is Mr. minnow Basher Hafeez doing in there ?? WELL PLAYED ZIMBABWE. YOU deserved that !! BEST OF LUCK

  • andrew27994 on September 15, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    The real heroes of this match were Zimbabwe's tailenders who scored 86 runs between them in the 1st innings.

  • andrew27994 on September 15, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Well deserved victory for Zimbabwe. They have been playing some really good Test cricket of late with the exception of that awful tour to New Zealand. Full marks goes to the ground staff for preparing such sporting Test match pitches. Pride for ZC is restored.

    Pakistan, on the other hand played some dreadful cricket especially their batsmen. I think the time has come to drop Hafeez and Asad Shafiq from the Test team. I think the latter should be dropped from all formats. Pakistan should try players like Haris Sohail and Fawad Alam instead. The latter is a very useful part time spinner. I feel really sorry for Misbah who has to lead a team with such mediocre batsmen.

  • on September 15, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    It's a great day for cricket; seeing the joy on the faces of the players, feeling and emotions they will never forget. The game of cricket wins in the end. congrats to both teams

  • on September 15, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    Pakistani team are champions at making other teams look like champions.very disappointed at top order batsmen failing again and again. If this goes on no No hope for the 2014 World Cup or any other series ,people incharge work fast Time is running out.Merit not hierarchy is the solution.

  • Mervo on September 15, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    Well done Zims. Two well matched sides played an excellent test match.

  • on September 14, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Welcome back to test cricket - Zimbawe

  • Sports4Youth on September 14, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (September 14, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

    I appreciate your well thought comments. Regarding UMAR AKMAL I do not have any doubts about his talent. My frustration is that he did not do even 50% justice to his talent. CARELESS. That is the reason why I want him to wait out a little more. You may have noted that I said that eventually he will get into the team. But before that let him realise the importance of playing Test cricket. It is my feeling that by getting into the team at an early age had got to his head and he was taking his place in the team for granted. Also he needs to develop the temperament for Test Cricket.

    Regarding GUL my frustration is the same. He has been around for 10 years but no improvement at all. Still he is the same guy. Last few years his pace is down to about 130 kmph. So better invest in younsters like SADAF, RAHAT, ADIL etc. After all only by trying you got Junaid, Irfan & Rahat. I say lets forget GUL, W.RIAZ, SAMI ETC.

  • on September 14, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    first of all well done zimbabawe only wish that your cricket board can pay your salaries and has a look at itself and not let talented players leave for county cricket so many players like goodwin and ervine that could have or still can ply for you. pakistan has to be the only country in the cricket world that dosent pick players on merit so many players have given up domestic cricket as year after year they perform but dont get picked for national team if pak dont get in solid players in the team the team will keep on struggling for me asad shafiq has one tour too many rahat ali dont we have better bowler then him in domestic cricket are their no keepets in pak apart from akmal brothers and plz dont pick sarfraz bring back asim kamal even if he can play 3/4 years the guy was solid professer should be dropped get babar azam and sami aslam in the team make azhar ali VC moin khan should make some tough decisions regarding pak future i rather lise the next series then take this team

  • LongLiveTestCricket on September 14, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Congrats to ZIM. A very fine result for the exceptional discipline showed by them in this test series. Wish them all the best!!

  • Chaudry_Cricket on September 14, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    First of all Congratulations Zimbabwe you bowled, fielded and BATTED better than us and deserved this win. I wish that your board sorts its financial problems out and strives hard for Zimbabwe cricket because you have talented and passionate cricketers. All the best for the future.

    Pakistan adminastrators need to wake up from their slumber and give our beloved cricket a new direction. The first step should be to replace captains for test Younis with Azhar as vice captain. In odi Umar Akmal should be made captain and allowed to bat at 4. Hafeez should be dropped from test forever and made to bat at 6 for odi and should continue as t20 captain. Misbah should continue as senior batsman in tests and odi. New team managment should be introduced I think Zaheer Abbas as batting and head coach, Wasim Akram as bowling coach and Julien Fountain as fielding coach. Above all we need to change our cricket adminastrators and a whole new domestic set-up needs to be introduced.

  • on September 14, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    There's no cool runnings about this, Zimbabwe is an excellent cricketing nation and deserve this, they've been through hell and continue to work hard in adversity. This is a sensational result, I am so impressed with them!

  • on September 14, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwe.Very pleasing to see this.This is more embarrassment and humiliation for Pakistan than what India faced in England and Australia in tests..

  • ThilankaK on September 14, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    1 st test almost won & 2nd test won by 24 runs !!! WOW !! now Bangladesh going to bottom of the rankings ! I think Bangladesh deserve that , ICC should remove Bangladesh from the test playing nations list ! because they can't win the test match & they're having very ordinary players !

  • Crick_Expert on September 14, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Agree with Javed Ahmed that PAK TEAM CAPT should be changed with middle order batsmen. PCB should hire/fire players to improve TEST cricket team. Younis Khan should be back as TEST CAPT. AFRIDI should be back as ODI CAPT. PAK should drop Misbah, Hafeez, Asad Safiq, Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal from TEST team, and groom Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Sohiab Maqsood, Shan Massood.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on September 14, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Pakistan's ability in both batting and bowling is severely limited these days, but Zimbabwe have come on leaps and bounds which is great to see.This puts Bangladesh as the worst test team in the world, then Zimbabwe who closely follow Pakistan, then Australia and India above them. This Pakistan side are going to get absolutely smashed by South Africa.

  • Crick_Expert on September 14, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Kingsland Selection Board Lahore PAK, pleasure to announce PAK new team for TEST and ODI/T20.

    TEST TEAM: 1)Nasir Jamshed 2)Ahmed Shahzad 3)Khurum Manzoor 4) Younis Khan(CAPT) 5) Sohaib Maqsood 6) Shan Massood/Haris Sohail 7) Umar Umin 8)Umar Akmal(WKT) 9)Ajmal 10)Rehman 11)Junaid

    ODI/T20 TEAM: 1)Nasir Jamshed 2)Ahmed Shahzad 3)Hafeez 4) Sohaib Maqsood 5) Razzak/Umar Umin 6)Umar Akmal(WKT) 7) AFRIDI(CAPT) 8)Shan Massod 9)Ajmal/Rehman 10)Junaid 11)Irfan

  • deathstar01 on September 14, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Congrates Zim. Great great victory for you. Congrates to the whole nation. Taylor is a great captain. I would rank him among top ten cricketers now-a-days.

  • abhi.khanna on September 14, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Absolutely Delighted With The Result. What a Win For Zimbabwe Just Goes On To Tell You That You Dun't Need 11 Great Players To Win. You Need 11 Commited And Dedicated Players To Win. You Could See In Their Body-language That How Badly They Wanted To Win...One Of The Most Incredible Test Victories Ever By Any TEST Playing Nation. I Hope All Those Contracts And Money Issues Get Sorted With Their Cricket Board Because They Certainly Have The Hunger To Challenge Big Teams Congrats-Zimbabwe

  • on September 14, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Full credit to the Zimbabwe team..Three cheers !!! good luck for the future !!

  • on September 14, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    congratulation for the zim team.unity is strength.

  • reality_check on September 14, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    There is no secret to it. Simply put, Pakistan's batting has been atrocious for last few years. In this series, Pakistan's bowling has also been below average.

    Pakistan won in UAE on the backs of Ajmal and Rehman's spin and the simple fact that England cant play spin even if their life depended on it ... atleast in that series.

    This is what happens when, because of internal bickering, politics and cronyism in PCB, you push out senior players like Inzi and Yousuf before their replacement is ready. Now Pakistan is left with young and inexperienced hit and miss T20 batsmen and Misbah at the other extreme. There is no Yousuf or Inzi with a straight bat in the middle to hold and build a test innings. Pakistan's weak test batting has been openly exposed in SA and now in Zim.

  • Ajayvs on September 14, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    The significance of experience showed in this match. Whatever people may say having experienced players in test line up is precious especially in batting department. While arguing Pakistan needs Misbah the captian has some merit, argument of Pakistan needing Misbah the batsmen is a no brainer. Hell they need him. If Pakistan can shore up their batting line up with couple of talented batsmen(especially their openers),with the bowling talent they have they will be up and running again.

  • on September 14, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    To be very honest, it is heartening to see Zimbabwe winning. They have been rewarded for their patience, unity and selflessness. Remember the days when Kerry Pecker introduced limited overs cricket with colored clothes when even legends like Imran Khan chose to play for Kerry Pecker rather than Pakistan? Here's the Zimbabwe team who are not even paid their dues for the matches that they're playing for their country yet they have put in so much effort. It might sound strange coming from a Pakistani but I am happier with Zimbabwe's win. Pakistan deserved to lose when they chose other things over merit as the selection criteria for this tour. Taufiq Umar was dropped cruelly. Any person who follows and understands cricket, knows that the selection was not done on merit and Taufiq should have been given chance instead of Hafeez.

    On the brighter side, this win will give Zimbabwe the much needed self belief and confidence to bring back their glory days as well as people in their empty stands

  • t20cric on September 14, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    For test wicket keeping Adnan is a good wicket keeper but not such a good batsman, Umar Akmal is a good batsman but inexperienced wicket keeper (and doesn't like wicket keeping), Kamran Akmal can be both a good wicket keeper and batsman but seriously lacks consistency. Sarfraz Ahmed is a good wicketkeeper but as a batsman hasn't gotten a chance against easy opposition or in favourable conditions. Maybe Sarfraz should be given a chance as wicket keeping. Umar Akmal should be in the test team but only as a batsman.

  • t20cric on September 14, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Pakistan have to give some new players a chance in all formats. In all ODIs and T20s against SA and SL Pakistan should include both Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood if they are fit to play. Depending on there performances (they will probably both bat good) they should play in tests as well. In test matches Pakistan should bring in Fawad Alam and Harris Sohail in place of Azhar and Asad. With 2 of Fawad, Harris, Umar and Sohaib in the middle order Pakistan will have a young middle order and batsmen who average between 40-50+ in 1st class. Younis should be made captain cuz if you play defensively then you cant win you must attack to win and under Misbah Pak will always play defensive. For openers Pakistan can pick 2 of Taufeeq Umar, Nasir Jamshed and Khurram Manzoor. In the spin department Pakistan can try out Zulfiqar who has pretty good 1st class bowling stats. IN fast bowling Pakistan can pick 2 of Junaid Khan, M. Irfan, Rahat Ali, Umar Gul. Rahat should be given a chance in ODIs.

  • Hira1 on September 14, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Congrats Zim! really deserve this win. Its time for Pak to change all the coaches who are just bringing harm to the team rather bringing any benefits.............Pak need some agression either from captain or coach. Since there is no replacement for Misbah so time to bring in some agressive coach like Mohsin Hassan Khan.

  • Truthseeker570 on September 14, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    todays defeat just shows how much pakistans cricket has declined over the years,the exexception of misbah younis ajmal and junaid I'm afraid the rest of player's are not worthy to be selected again in my opinion, we need some old faces like razzaq yasir hameed m.yousuf taufeeq umar... its mind blowing why they keep presisting with hafeez, personlay he should not play for pakistan again in all formats. just by his presence in the team brings negativity and above all the exclusions of players like razzaq and m. yousuf who should be in the team can no longer play for pakistan, why are the selectors so docile and keep ignoring the real cricketing greats of pakistan cricket.

  • grahaam on September 14, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Well for the Zim guys a moment in time, beating Pakistan on an unsure wicket is great, the coaches need massive praise for guiding these obviously attentive and dedicated players to this level....even in the midst of a pay dispute (or no pay at all dispute). To see Chindoka at the presentation was upsetting (I am sure not only to me) He is the guy that took control of ZC when all was well with progress, integration and abilities respected by all in International cricket , with a solvent structure. His time has seen controversy, financial ruin, player revolts and general failure. It is because of his administration that these great young players will not play international cricket for another 9 months, losing all momentum from this series. Look how Zim were against India and how these 2 series of international cricket helped them to this grand finale. All to disappear for another year.....

  • t20cric on September 14, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Good job Zimbabwe for getting a much deserved win but unfortunately their reward for this win is no international cricket for a few months. I hope this loss can bring some good changes to the Pakistan team and they really needed the loss cuz the to bring changes cuz losing against SA wasn't taken as a big deal since they are a good team but now they have lost to zimbabwe showing that they actually need changes. Hafeez should be dropped and i hope he himself decides to retire from tests so he never gets picked again. If he had scored 30-40 runs in at least 1 inning in both tests then Pakistan would have won both tests more easily.Hafeez also didn't contribute in bowling and bowled just a few more overs then Younis and didn't get any wickets. Positives from this series are Younis back in form, Khurram batting good in 2nd test, Rahat getting a 5-for and good bowling from Junaid and Rehman. But the negatives far out weigh the positives.

  • mzm149 on September 14, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Playing XI for South Africa test series should be: Nasir Jamshed, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younus Khan, Misbah ul Haq, Umar Amin/ Umar Akmal, Adnan Akmal, Abdur Rehman, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan.

    Umar Amin can be preferred over Umar Akmal for his medium pace. Zulfiqar Baber, Harris Sohail and Wahab Riaz could be other three to make it to squad. Asad Shafiq and Hafeez don't deserve a chance even in 15 player squad.

  • Legaleagle on September 14, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Absolutely fantastic performance by Zimbabwe. This win is even more special given that they not only have to struggle with politics in their country but also financial crisis. They truly played like they want to prove something. Zimbabwe's fielding, batting and bowling showed intent and belief that they can do it.

    Pakistan, on the other hand, has been playing in their consistent inconsistent fashion. Their performance is like a patchwork at its best. Its unfortunate that they cannot find and groom so many existing talented players. Misbah is not a hero for last man standing. His understanding of the game as a captain is flawed which results in these situations.

    This win by Zimbabwe is a strong signal to teams like Bangladesh, who are consistent non-performers. This is how its done! Well done Zimbabwe!!

  • zarasochozarasamjho on September 14, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Pakistan came to Zimbabwe knowing very well that their batting (which only gets tested in real cricket ie test cricket) is very brittle - and has been so for approx the last 4 years. They insist to include batsmen such as Hafeez because of nepotism, and politics of which Misbah is also guilty. But fact remains that batting is still going to be poor as Pakistan does no longer produce good batsmen. Our bowling too is going down. The aggression that Pakistan has displayed historically since Mushtaq Mohammad took over in the 1970s has now completely gone. Agressive batting does not mean 4s and 6s but rotating the batting - always, as Miandad or Asif or Mushtaq did when boundaries were not easily available.

    Hats off to Zimbabwe; they played as a very disciplined unit throughout the series and kept Pakistan under pressure throughout. Remember that the 1st test that Zimbabwe lost, they could have won it and they were superior to Pakistan in 3.5 of the 5 days.

  • ZCFOutkast on September 14, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Memorable win for our boys. Pak will rightly kick themselves because they have far too much quality to be losing against us, but we deserved it. Younis&Misbah were graceful in defeat, and for that I have a lot of respect for these two legends.

    This series has demonstrated why as fans we need to have strong belief in ZC. The inclusion of Panyangara was the turning point in our fortunes against quality sides. The young bowlers fed off his class&discipline. No doubt top management was solely responsible for his inclusion from the outset. The same goes with Utseya. This pragmatic approach to things, instead of the gung-ho preferences of some which would have given Pak guaranteed victories, is what I have long called for. ZC were also criticised for ditching Streak for WI, but Chatara grew better without him, while Panyangara never needed him.

    Makorokoto! Proud of you boys! With Kasuza,Chari,Musoko,Mugava&Mushangwe in the wings the future is bright! Let ZC policies continue to bear fruit!

  • on September 14, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    @shan156, How easily you can say that they had one good year of cricket and that too in UAE. For a team that is playing away from home for over 4 years and manage to put on a solid performance against the number 1 side on a neutral venue. It is another story that they have adapted to the situations there nicely and play like it is there second home. Congrats to Zimbabwe none the less they deserved it fully:)

  • Jits_SRTian on September 14, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Yawn the old line of our streets having 100 mph bowlers and the great saeed ajmal the magician. Well.. Anyways great for zimbabwe. Good spirit shown by them. I hope they become a better team and not just a practice side for second grade teams from around the world!!! Cheers for cricket

  • on September 14, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    HAHA...Mr Younis,remember u said that ICC should take away BDs test status n give it to Afgan ? Well, I think its time to think about ur countrys status now....drawing a series against ZIM ... with no jarvis n williams...this team is even weaker than the team that beat us .... :D

  • on September 14, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    congratulations zimbabwe,this type of victory was now long overdue for zim..keep it up zim guys and i hope this is a start of something big..

  • Shan156 on September 14, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Very happy for Zimbabwe. They needed this victory desperately and hopefully this win will do miracles for test cricket in that country. Also, they have put Pak. in their place when Pak. fans were flying high after one good year of cricket and that too mainly in the UAE. Can anyone believe that this was the same team that Pak. fans talked up so much that they were considered genuine contenders to challenge SA and reach the summit of the test rankings? lol.

  • SL-USA-Lions on September 14, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Why does it take so long for a post to upload? Come on Cricinfo... Where is my first post?

    Congrats Zimbabwe. Well done... Thess guys need a support system from ICC as the governing body and from the other full member ICC teams how are far superior than them at the moment. I wish they could field a viable team as in the late 90's and early 00's when they could go up against any team on any given day.

    AFRICA UNITE... It's a shame their neighboring BIG BROTHER South Africa doesn't support the Zimbabwe team with resources, guidance and cricketing opportunities. Ho about a bi-lateral series of at least ODI's to give these guys some international exposure rather than let them stagnate without any international matches for one and a half more years... That my friends is ridiculous these days taken into consideration all the cricket that's been played all over the world...

    Just imagine what the Windies record would have been if they played the same amount of cricket & T20's back then?!!

  • balajik1968 on September 14, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    The match was won and lost in the Pakistan first innings, when their lower order fell embarassingly apart. That said, well done Zimbabwe. Pakistan now needs to look at a serious revamp of their team. Manzur should be persisted with. Hafeez has to be dumped. They should look to seriously revamp the team. Misbah has done a good job, but Pakistan should look for his successor. Misbah and Younus may have max 2 years more, after that it looks scary. Shame really, from the country which produced the likes of Hanif Mohammed, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam, Salim Malik and others.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on September 14, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Posted by Sports4Youth on (September 14, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

    I appreciate your comments upon my thoughts on what the selection should be. Overall, I want to stress that Yasir Shah must be brought into the test team due to his legspin and his ability to bat in the lower order with the tail. He is definitely more useful than Abdur Rehman overall although I'm not saying Rehman is a bad player. A great left-arm spinner, but Yasir Shah leapfrogs him in all aspects (especially in fielding). As for Gul, well I have a feeling he will come back much stronger and quicker, he should ALWAYS be used as a third seamer and his reverse swing is vital. Plus, who else other than the talented Umar Akmal? I hate seeing a spineless batting order, we must invest in talented youth batting or bowling around experienced players. Nothing more.

  • on September 14, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Zimbabwe's victory reminds me a well-known occurrence, when in 1954 Pakistan defeated England by twenty-four runs in fifth and final test match in Oval and series was drawn. Next day the schools in Pakistan were closed to celebrate this victory. Pakistani team should not be dishearten on their timidity (except Misbah and Yunus). These funny things do happen in the game of cricket.

  • batman_gothamcity on September 14, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Many people blaming Pakistan , ought to know that Zimbawave are no pushovers and until 2001 had been a very good Test side and all the sub continent teams have struggled . Full credit to them for a good win . Secondly people critcising Misbah is also hard to understand , ok his team is not winning but see his contributions and he always gives 100 percent , without his contributions in recent times then the scorecard would cut a sorry figure . In fact he and Younus Khan looks to be proper Test batsman .

  • on September 14, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    heads should roll now. Hafeez is not for tests. Simple. Not for his bowling only. we cant afford to have a 5th JUST bowler in team when batting is struggling.

    Asad has also disappointed and 1 innings in few is not enough. Azhar has aslo been on & off this year.

    Adnan may be good keeper but pakistan can not go with simply just keeper. we need a batting keeper.

    Many people saying to change captain, i am also with this thought but not this time. Because younas has already refused many times. and if there is no misbah then Hafeez will be automatic choice as he has been termed as future savior of paksitan for last 2-3 years. and he should simply not be in test side. no way near. Asad and Azhar's place may also be in danger and making them captain is not right choice. If some how younas steps up then its a good idea.

    Problem is that we have kept hafeez as voice captain for too long & never looked anywhere else. for me its misbah or younas but no way hafeez as test captain.

  • on September 14, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    ZIM :

    Well done. they deserved it. They showed good fight back in both tests. Dicipline and Hard work finally paid off. With all the off field events going on and not getting paid, this is remarkable win and effort. they will get better by more tests. ICC should step in and help them to get more tests. At Least the SL series should go ahead.

  • on September 14, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Pakistan have themselves to blame. They were poor in both matches. in 1st they were saved by only 1 man. And in 1st innings of this match their collapse of 19/5 proved too costly. They were at good position with 210/4 but lost it there. Not much contributions from hafeez, azhar & asad meant there was always too much on younas & misbah. Manzoor played well for 50s in both innings. Adnan is a good keeper but his batting needs to improve. He has played couple of good innings in career but we need more from keeper when your batting line up is so fragile. Pakistan should have sent in rahat ahead of rehman to smack a few and that could have put more pressure on ZIM. In the end a moment of craziness from rahat & junaid lost it in 3 balls. Not to forget contributions of ZIM no 8-11 in 1st innings ( 86 runs ). Paksitan tail did not chip in anything. Hafeez has no place in tests. Even ajmal has greater average than hafeez. Shafiq's head also in line. Azhar has poor year as well.

  • SanketGandhare on September 14, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    This has to be one of the best games of test cricket. While both teams tried to give their best, Zimbabwe considering there off-field issues and being one of the lesser experienced teams as far as test cricket is concerned, deserved to win this match. While bowling wise there was not much difference between the two sides as Junaid was excellent for Pak and the Zim bowlers were very disciplined, batting-wise Pak sometimes were too defensive which probably hurt them. I really wish the Zimbabwe team to build on this win and win more matches.

  • on September 14, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Misbah needs to end his international career now. We lost test series under him in SA, humiliating performance in Champions Trophy and now this. Time to say bye bye to Captain Tuk Tuk and coach Watmore. They hve brung nuthing and Misbah cannot bring anything good to Pakistan cricket. Why you think that Misbah couldn't even get in the team permanently till in his mid 30s. Bcuz he wasn't good enough infrnt of out great players like Inzi and yousuf etc. Misbah doesn't have what it takes as he have never played with our great players. Younus on the other hand is a better batsman cuz he played alongside with Inzi and yousuf and he can pass that knowledge to youngster. Example is Asad Shafeeq, he scored a nice test 100 against SA in SA while playing with younus. And anytime he playing with Misbah, he can't score. It's just a bad influence. There are players who have talent but no guidance and we need that to groom young players. And I think we all agree on dropping Hafeez so lets change.

  • on September 14, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    I would suggest that Younus khan should become the test captain Irfan and Umer Akmal should be part of the test side Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali should be out Umer Gul should also return to the test side I am not sure Rahit and Junaid should continue Javed Ahmed

  • on September 14, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Pakistan needs some Changes in the ODI and Test Squad. Younis Test Captain Team: Khurram, Nasir, Younis, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Fawad Alam, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid, Umar Gul, Irfan.

  • on September 14, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Pakistan needs some Changes in the ODI and Test Squad. Younis Test Captain Team: Khurram, Nasir, Younis, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Fawad Alam, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid, Umar Gul, Irfan.

  • on September 14, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Pakistan's batting supply really seems to have dried up. After Mohd. Yousuf, Younis Khan and Misbah, they haven't produced a single world class batsman. There have been talented players like Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali etc. But all of them don't seem to be moving in to the next gear.

  • on September 14, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Although I admire Misbah for all his contributions, it is time for a change of strategy. He does not leave enough room for a finish 0 he has too few few overs to when he switches to his gear 4 from gear 1 or too few wickets left to take big risks, like today. Instead of a 80/20 ratio, (first 80% of the innings slow batting, rest 20% in blinding speed) he needs to pace it out better than stick to his extreme modes. Jonathan Trott starts like Misbah but catches up gradually in the latter half of his innings smoothly moving up gears. When Misbah is plodding the batsman at the other end starts feeling the pressure to score and gets out in the bargain often. So Misbah has to change his mindset - if taking all the burden on himself and encouraging others to contribute more. Or else, the time has come for Pak to look for a replacement.

  • TwohedulAzam on September 14, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Congratulations Zim and Pakistan for showing how test cricket should be played. This is also shows Zimbabwes ability as a test team. Recently when they had done 1-1 against Bangladesh everyone thought they have done nothing great as nobody wants to show any respect to Bangladesh as a test team but it's time people come out of their prejudice and give the respects this two bottom ranked teams deserve. In that Bd Zim series Zim won the first test but Bd came back strongly won the 2nd test.

  • on September 14, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    This test series against Zimbabwe was suppose to be practice matches for Team Pakistan before the real thing against South Africa and Sri Lanka. However, the way Pakistani batsmen batted apart from Yunus, Misbah and Manzoor (second test) it seems they were not facing Zimbabwean bowling attack but walking on minefields. Hafeez and Shafiq totally disappointed and this should be the the end of Hafeez's test career. Azhar and Adnan played just one good innings. However, both Azhar and Shafiq should be persevered with but soon they will have to proof that they have the character, mental strength, temperament and technique to play test cricket. Adnan as a wicket keeper / batsman is no Prior, Dhoni, De Villiers, or Haddin. Recently I saw Rashid Latif's interview who seems to believe Kamran has improved his keeping. If that is the case he should be in the test team, he has a good test record as a batsman otherwise it should be Sarfraz. One also now expects Umar Akmal to be in test XI.

  • cric_gates on September 14, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Congrats!! ZIM....I beleive that earlier series with Mighty Indian provided them the real mental toughness.They had played against a very strong side earlier even though they lost it but that proved to a good for their mentality. Pakistan is becoming a real inconsistent team in the world.they really needs to produce some big run getter with temperament and consistency. I see nobody after Misbah n Younis.

  • KarachiKid on September 14, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Zimbabwe played really well, especially their pacers. Impressive. They deserved to win and if Mawoyo had not dropped Younus in first test, it could have been 2-0 for Zimbabwe. Pakitan's pathetic batsmen are getting worse day by day. Azhar and Asad both are small time modiocre batsmen. Hafeez does not belong to test cricket. Younus and Misbah are old horses but team can make a 100+ score without these two. The bench strenght is also pretty weak. Very disappointing situation. The bowling is also just above average not world class. Only Ajmal is world class. Rehman on a helpful track can be a handful. Junaid and Rahat are not "thinking" bowlers. Just above average but not match winners.

  • Truthseeker570 on September 14, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    todays defeat just shows how much pakistans cricket has declined over the years,the exexception of misbah younis ajmal and junaid I'm afraid the rest of player's are not worthy to be selected again in my opinion, we need some old faces like razzaq yasir hameed m.yousuf taufeeq umar... its mind blowing why they keep presisting with hafeez, personlay he should not play for pakistan again in all formats. just by his presence in the team brings negativity and above all the exclusions of players like razzaq and m. yousuf who should be in the team can no longer play for pakistan, why are the selectors so docile and keep ignoring the real cricketing greats of pakistan cricket.

  • on September 14, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    This test series against Zimbabwe was suppose to be practice matches for Team Pakistan before the real thing against South Africa and Sri Lanka. However, the way Pakistani batsmen batted apart from Yunus, Misbah and Manzoor (second test) it seems they were not facing Zimbabwean bowling attack but walking on minefields. Hafeez and Shafiq totally disappointed and this should be the the end of Hafeez's test career. Azhar and Adnan played just one good innings. However, both Azhar and Shafiq should be persevered with but soon they will have to proof that they have the character, mental strength, temperament and technique to play test cricket. Adnan as a wicket keeper / batsman is no Prior, Dhoni, De Villiers, or Haddin. Recently I saw Rashid Latif's interview who seems to believe Kamran has improved his keeping. If that is the case he should be in the test team, he has a good test record as a batsman otherwise it should be Sarfraz. One also now expects Umar Akmal to be in test XI.

  • jmcilhinney on September 14, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    This was a home game for Zimbabwe but, nevertheless, as a fan of an England team that was beaten 3-0 by Pakistan not too long ago, I heartily congratulate Zimbabwe on a very well-earned victory.

  • TheProfPak on September 14, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    This setup was written on the wall and it has to happened one day or another. Pakistani selectors kept persisting with Hafeez and dropped Taufeeq Umar for no reason. More than anything, its the negative mentality of Misbah that's causing problems to all new batsmen. I think, he is not too old to be a positive captain. We need a fighting and positive minded captain. Long live test cricket!

  • on September 14, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    There is a lot to blame on PCB They should bring in professional cricketers and should kick out Dave Whatmore as a coach Hafeez should be just playing in T20 Azhar, Shafiq, Adnan Rehman Junaid Rahit should be all out of the team Pakistan team should be sorted out by an honest PCB chairman Javed Ahmed

  • on September 14, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    I am extremely happy that we lost today, because that way we are pointing out the changes that need to be made. If we won here by a wicket, no one would have mentioned anything about our poor performance. Hafeez and Azhar Ali have to go, I mean opening and playing one down are the most important positions, where likes of Azhar and Hafeez are pathetic. Need to include Shoaib maqsood, shan masood with khuram manzoor in the openers slot and usman salahuddin with fawad alam as well in the middle order against SA and SL. Congrats to Zimbabwe on a wonderful victory, and best of luck to Pakistan for the future.

  • roook on September 14, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Misbah is great player but he is no captain for the last three he could not develop a stable batting line-up . Both Azhar Ali and Asad shafiq are limited players with only few strokes and no footwork. With this team which is struggling against medium pace attack what will SA bowling attack will do with them.

  • Sports4Youth on September 14, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    At almost 33 HAFEEZ does not have too much cricket left in him. So giving him too many opportunities to regain form could be a big waste. Anyways, his career has always been like this. He could never cement his place in the team. Probably his best is behind him.

    If the selectors have to give a long rope to the batsmen then the way to go forward would be to go with Khurram, Jamshed, Azhar, Shafiq, Taufeeq etc who have a good part of their cricketing carreer still ahead of them.

    Also for Wicket keeping SARFRAZ AHMED should be given a decent go.

    But most importantly when will SADAF HUSSAIN get a look?

  • ball_boy on September 14, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Regarding the seniors apart from Younis,wat experience are you imparting to the team,Boom Boom if u boom for just one match in 10 then its better to blood a junior years younger than you who would boom for 1 match in 10 but at least he will boom for more years than u ultimately coing of age and reaching the purple patch of every sportsman career.Your patch is gone only thing you can teach your juniors but suffice to sayits either you or Hafeez.At least Hafeez plays well against us must to my annoy but at least he ticks one box of criteria[for pak fans no doubt] more than you.Other than this Ajmal is holding his end the bowlers their duty,batsman aside 2 experienced players viz younus and Malik you dont want any seniors hogging on 2 the six places incl WK.U akmal [WK/Batsman]N Jamshed[persevere with him cause he has hit a rough patch,A Shehzad cause is young and blooded,K Manzoor [pot to hold one end and score.,needs expe]among the 3 i dont know much about the other potentials but -----

  • CrazyforcricketIII on September 14, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Well done- Zimbabwe, you deserved to win. I am a Pakistani fan but wondering where is the new talent we keep on talking about. There were quite a few young players in this team but nobody performed execpt Khurram. Asad, Azhar and Adnan have been given many chances but they did not show up to play. Nobody knows how to bat even in front of a mediocre bowling. Only performers were the old horses like Yunus and always dependable Misbah- who get the worse of criticism. Pakistan need to shape up in a hurry otherwise more disasters are coming soon!!

  • Riz000 on September 14, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Im so happy today congratz Zim for the victory and being a pakistani fan I'm so glad of the result as this will be a serious notice to pcb selectors im expecting Hafeez to take the exit door for ever from tests and odis i also want to see Asad sahfiq and azhar ali replaced by umar akmal and harris sohail and umar amin problem with Azhar ali is he is to slow and boring hopefully if we can find a serious pace bowler we will be alright

  • BigMachine on September 14, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    A massive win for Zimbabwe. Like many, I gave Zimbabwe little chance before the start of this series and coupled with the untimely retirement of their leading strike bowler, I feared an embarrassing couple of results lay ahead. Zimbabwe have shown great character and fight and proved that their talent locker isn't empty. This is now crunch time for Zimbabwe and they have to keep this team together however being Zimbabwe, you wouldn't bet on it.

  • Crick_Expert on September 14, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Very disappointed batting performance from PAK side. Misbah should retire from cricket now. Hafeez should play ODI only.

    Adnan Akmal, Azhar Ali and Asad Safiq should send home now. PCB should hire Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Shan Massood, Umar Umin, Umar Akmal(WKT), Haris Sohail.

  • on September 14, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Pakistan need add reliable options to there middle order as soon as possible

    Azhar,Shafeeq gave good start early in there carrier but they are unable to shine in recent times.

    Hafeez should be shifted to down order in lower middle order for both test and ODI

    Nasir & Shehzad should open in all 3 formats.

    Umar Akmal should bat at No.3 in all formats.

  • 3ddy on September 14, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Good job zimbabwe , soon pakistan is gonna reach minnows level with this administration system where major players dont get replaced no matter how poor they are performing. Fawad Alam, a perfect test batsman is not given not chance , he only has 3 test in bags where he averages above 43 , far above then 90% of pakistani batsman in current squad.

  • Crick_Expert on September 14, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Very disappointed batting performance from PAK side. Adnan Akmal, Azhar Ali and Asad Safiq should go home now. PCB should hire Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Shan Massood, Umar Umin, Umar Akmal(WKT), Haris Sohail.

  • tickcric on September 14, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Congrats Zimbabwe a great victory for you & a great victory for cricket. This Zimbabwean players playing at the international level receive peanuts as match fees compared other Test playing nations. With limited exposure & scarce resource at their disposal they have done more than punching above their weight they have pulled of a miracle. This is fantastic. Icc's wealth has got no value if it can't reach professional players like the ones in Zimbabwean team.

  • shoaibIqbal87 on September 14, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Well done Zim. Poor cricket from Pakistan. Time to change captain and some other's...

  • Crikdan on September 14, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Wel, well, well Misbah at it again first it was Sep 24 when he was last man out after a masterclass in the 2007 ICC T20 final against India and now its Sep 14 and Misbah playing another lone hand with little support from the others--- the same script. On the contrary Kudos to Zim, Taylor's men stitched a historic win!!!

  • chechong0114 on September 14, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    What a wonderful day for Zimbabwe cricket they have shown and proven that they can still compete with the best test playing nations in this great game. Now the board has to get down to some serious brass tax and figure out a way to make the game a financially lucrative entity and this has to become a number one priority for them. In all my years watching cricket they have been always looked on as one of the lowly test playing nations, with sub standard stadiums and low key contests. This African nation has to break itself out of that spell and work to making this game what it can be a national passion, they need to implement some aggressive marketing strategies by finding a way to employ some business blood into the executive ranks and push for more test series with the bigger teams and find ways to fill their stadiums and pay their players better. It is not as hard as it may seem to them it can be done, if they are willing to listen and comply their cricket can be saved.

  • Crick_Expert on September 14, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Congrat to Zimbabwe ! PCB should say bye to Misbah, Hafeez, Azhar, Asad Safiq, Adnan Akmal, from TEST TEAM. PCB should hire Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Soaib Maqsood, Shan Massood, Umair Amin, Umark Akmal, Haris Sohail.

  • ICCexpert.... on September 14, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Solution : Make Yunis captain as he has a few years of test cricket left in him, groom a younger player under him and make him the vice captain (Umar Amin or Azhar Ali) Make Afridi the ODI captain and make Umar Akmal his deputy. Include players like Sharjeel Khan, Naveed Yasin (Multan), Shoaib Maqsood (Multan), Usman Salahuddin (Lahore), Harris Sohail( Sialkot). Bulit a team for future by getting rid of Misbah, Hafeez, Shafiq, Ajmal.

  • on September 14, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket team needs drastic changes. Only youngsters with their fresh and new approach can change the current situation. India realized this and suddenly they are a much improved team now.But I am not sure what cricket establishment in Pakistan is waiting for!!!

  • on September 14, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Well-done Zimbabwe, although i loved to see Pakistan win but this result is good as well. it gives a reality check to Pakistani team and management more like reality check to previous reality checks :D

  • Shaaan_K on September 14, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwae....Our youngsters failed us in this series. Azhar and Asad (two of our future middle order batsmen) did not contribute in this series. I would stilll persist with these two though as this is a good learning experince for them.

    Hafeez needs to go from the team and a new opener should be slotted in who can give you 40's.

    Also, Misbah has to think about his future in all form of cricket. His idal replacement in test could be Fawad Alam or Umar Akmal. YK should lead the test side once Misbah is retires. I can see YK playing few more years of TEST cricket only.

  • on September 14, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Welcome back Zimbabwe .It was a pleasure and a treat watching you fight with every thing you got.Putting aside the fact you are not being payed you showed real character and courage to stand up.

    Pakistan oh Pakistan why why why do you do this.Every fan of Pakistan has a love/hate affair with it.Recently more hate than love.Taking nothing away from Zimbabwe it was a poor performance taking in account you played what you supposed to be your best xi.

    It time for Misbah to step down as a captain.I sincerely respect and thank him how he managed the team after the 2010 crises but now its time to move forward. Hafeez should be dropped and Nasir/Ahmad shezad should be given a run for at least 4 to 5 tests.Asad shafiq looked like he didnt belong play Umar Akmal in his place.I dont think khurram can survive against proteas attack but he performed and should be persisted

    Until these steps are taken say good bye to test championship 2017.

  • IAS2009 on September 14, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    the test match was lost when misbah and YK added 48 runs in first session of play on second day, after that new ball destroyed Pakistan, Pakistan team management and for sure Misbah has to realize how to play test match with plan, in SA 2nd test Misbah and Azhar Ali did the exact thing playing super slow when the ball is between 35 over old till 85th over, once the the new ball came in steyn destroyed Pakistan lineup, in all test matches the theme is 3-4 down by 30 over new ball damage, middle order rescue by misbah (in terms of over played only, no score to show up). In 2nd time Pakistan played positively on 5th day test wicket but it was too late. One thing for sure they need to remove Hafeez from test matches, his 10-25 runs do not worth their position in team, he only plays when AR is not playing and i think Abdur-Rehman is better option in test matches to get wickets. Asad Shafique has not done himself favour in this series, he was the key in many situations and threw is wicket.

  • on September 14, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    What was the hurry that Rahat Ali ran like that? 2 full sessions to score 25 runs!!! No point in protecting Rahat also as he had proved in the previous test that he is a more capable bat. Well all can be down to inexperience and too much T20 and ODIs. Well done Zim.

  • ICCexpert.... on September 14, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Time to change Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, and Misbah as captain.

  • on September 14, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    well done zim. you have made us proud.

  • on September 14, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwe. Definitely needed a win like this to keep things going. Hopefully this can lead to more positive things.

  • ARFB on September 14, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Unfortunately whenever a weak team wins against Pakistan,they dont get full credit because of Pakistan being the most unpredictable team, But this time i urge all fans to give full credit to Zimbabwe. Pakistan didn't played poor but Zimbabwe outplayed them & i am saying after following the match for whole 5 days.The way Vittori & Chitara bowled was superb. They were so consistent on off stump line & at the end of the test match, fully exploited those cracks on the pitch.Their bowlers did the kind of bowling that test cricket requires to take 20wickets. The best thing is that in this test match they kept their nerves the whole time & didn't got under pressure even after getting bowled out for 199. They didn't lost control in any session and WERE ALWAYS ON TOP OF PAKISTAN.Full credit to Zimbabwe.

  • Jda123 on September 14, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Pakistan are a poor cricket team.

    They will stick with the same team as they go to the UAE and will lose badly their also.

    Umar Akmal is needed in the team, Shafiq, Hafeez, Ali should all be out, Manzoor against SA has no chance but he likely will stay.

    Pakistan all through out this year have been poor.

  • Fineline on September 14, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Misbah is the most unlucky captain I have ever seen and is leading the worst Pakistani team.Misbah,Younis and Manzoor were the only contributors in the series.No performance from Asad,Azhar and the one and only Hafeez who has destroyed his own test career.After every series we have to discuss the issues related to Pakistan cricket which shows the caliber of our team.

  • Sports4Youth on September 14, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (September 14, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

    in your team selection i agree that Nasir Jamshed, Taufeeq Umar, Fawad Alam, Sadaf Hussain should be a part of the test squad. Also i agree that no place for Hafeez now, enough is enough.

    But I DO NOT AGREE that Gul, Adnan, Umar Akmal should be in that squad.

    .

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on September 14, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Well this is definitely the low point of Pakistan cricket. Losing an ODIs to Zimbabwe is acceptable but when you lose a test match to them, it's a major wake-up call. Pakistan team's batting weaknesses have been exposed in a big way as they're now finding it hard to compete with lesser teams. Someone will need to step up for them or it's going to take years to find a bunch of talented young players to take this team forward from here.

  • on September 14, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    I am really happy that pak lost this match.my dear cricket mates its time to go back to our basic quality I.e aggression. Victory always hide many bad things but this loss has shown many things.my suggestions are 1.change the captains of odi and test.give yonus khan test captaincy and afridi/razzaq odi captaincy. 2.mibah, yonus, azhar ali should play only tests whereas hafeez should be drop from test side and should bat down the order in odis . 3.change the coach.bring inzi or mohisn khan as batting+head coach. 4.introduce new player in odis and bring umer akmal in test cricket too. 5.asad shafiq should be the vice captain in test and odis and umer akmal in twenty20s. 6.asad shafiq is a class player, just give him confidence. Believe me he will perform.

  • JD04 on September 14, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Congratulations to all Zimbabwean players & staff who inspite of challenging conditions have been able to pull off a dramatic win! Good for the game of cricket.

  • on September 14, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Great win for Zimbabwe. As I have been saying through out this series, Zimbabwe was simply just playing better than Pakistan. And for Pakistan, can we PLEASE now get rid of Misbah. C'mon if you don't get rid of this man specially as a captain then there is no hope for future cricket in Pakistan. You need a complete overhaul, you have been trying this for years now. It's not Wrking get rid of him and Watmore. What is he doin anyways, you can have a local coach, don't need a foreigner to coach us. Waqar was doing great as a coach so was Mohsin khan why let them go to hire this Watmore? And fire the PCB itself lol, they don't kno how to select a team. I really hope that they mke these changes so us fans won't have to suffer in next two series. Misbah is a stupid captain and he cannot lead. People are blinded by his so call patience in batting and useless fifties he's always scoring. He wastes too much time, doesn't rotate the strike when there is another batsman, put extra pressure.

  • on September 14, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    this was on the cards. Many many congratulations to Zimbabwe. Some how i am happy that Pakistan loose. This is the eye opener for chief heads of Pakistan cricket hope that they will select a young blood for SA and SL tour who knows how to fight.

  • kc69 on September 14, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Well Zimbabwe looked really different compared to the previous series against India.Especially after their win against Pakistan in first ODI potrayed Zimbabwe as a quality cricket side which gave Pakistan a fear for defeat.Moreover Zimbabwe had clearly dominated this test series(both matches) it took some brilliance from Younus Khan to save the day for Pakistan in first test but as they say not everyday is Sunday and neither Mishbah can be the successful finisher.Well done Zim i hope to see a rise in your cricket for getting back Zimbabwe cricket to its past glories (as a competitive side which runs fear into any opposition).

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on September 14, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Zimbabwe played well all credit to them and congrats to them from core of my heart but Pakistan played very much defensively as this article shows only 57 runs in 27 over when they knew that new ball is coming. Misbah is responsible you can never win a match with this defensive mindset. We need new leaders for sure.

    I was cheering for Zimbabwe as they performed brilliantly I am not taking any credit away from them hats off to them and enjoyed there celebration after the match.

  • Sports4Youth on September 14, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Of the four opportunities that SARFRAZ AHMED got in Test cricket one was against Australia and three against SA. All were tough opponents in their conditions. In all those games even the reguler batsmen failed to make any impression at all, then how can they blame Sarfraz. All the good opportunities like WI, NZ, Zim & Bangla etc is going to Adnan, yet he is not showing any improvement. I think it is high time that they stick to Sarfraz now for a while and give him a decent go.

  • Army_rangers on September 14, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Congratulation for ZIM for displaying excellent cricket amidst crisis in the offfield frm indian fan..but i feel really sad for pak especially their batting..except younis and misbah none of other batsmans are up to the international standards..coaches and selectors must realise that u cant win the match only with bowling..i wonder y they are nt considering yousuf..he had proved himself the best..

  • golgoal on September 14, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Wonderful win for Zim. Congrats guys. Pak exposed yet again. I predicted at the beginning of series that Zim will win 2-0 but younis saved pakistanis. Pakistan somehow has to find another 5 batsmen, 4 bowlers, and 1 wicket keeper who is of international quality. Currently 7-8 of the players in this team will not even find a place in Kenyan team.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on September 14, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    I urge for the the Test squad for the SA series to be this: Misbah-ul-Haq, Abdur Rehman, Adnan Akmal, Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali, Junaid Khan, Taufeeq Umar, Rahat Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Younis Khan, Umar Gul, Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Yasir Shah, Nasir Jamshed, Fawad Alam, Ehsan Adil, Sadaf Hussain

    The mind set should be positive and IMAGINATIVE! You have to be IMAGINATIVE with your players, PLAY YOUR BATSMAN IN THEIR COMFORTABLE POSITION. Umar Akmal must play at number 5 with Misbah dropping to number 6. This is at the expense of Asad Shafiq who should not deserve another chance at all.

  • Herath-UK on September 14, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Pak bowling seemed to have lost the cutting edge & does not look other than an average unit.Ajmal was not the weapon he was reputed to be and no fast bowler stood out exceptional, especially comparing with the Zim bowlers. However it is the batting, there is no one except the two old warriors. Hope (tongue in cheek) Pak remains the same until after the Sri Lanka series. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Izzmail55 on September 14, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    I'm sorry to say but Pakistan is no longer a world class cricket team

  • and1son on September 14, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    It's me again friends and enemies. Firstly, Zim won the match not Pakistan losing the match because if you looked at every match someone has to lose it and another to win it e.g if Zim had lost you would look at being 133-1 to 199 all out being dismal. Secondly Zim should not be happy but rather look at their weaknesses (batting) like chigumbura not being a true allrounder and people like sibanda who need runs not the title of being aggressive. Thirdly, no more this rubbish about Ireland being better than Zim. To settle it we should have the 'I'm Better Than You' tour to settle it once and for all. Lastly, stop looking backwards but forwards, yes Taibu, Price, C Ervine, S Ervine, Ballance, Jarvis etc would have made the team better but THEY MADE THEIR CHOICES (no blame to them) but the available team IS THE ZIM TEAM! good result though. Many painful watches prior and once in a while they make me happy

  • mahjut on September 14, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    won't go so far as to say this is the happiest day of my life but it's up there!!! Sadly, maintaining the gains we've made may be extremely difficult with no test cricket for probably another year :( There is no ectascy in Zim cricket without just a tinge of misery.

    Ok, back to the good: very spirited batting backed up by patient, accurate and even, a times, quick bowling by Zim.

    Well done Guys!!!

  • reason-galore on September 14, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    well if you have an opener like hafeez then how can you win against even minnows... he is not the worst player if he plays at #7 but as an opener? that is a joke considering the fact that he is a bowling allrounder rather than a batting one... mediocrity at its best... and they are getting worse and worse...

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    @Posted by Sports4Youth on (September 14, 2013, 11:36 GMT): sarfraz is also a failure. got plenty of chances and mostly he looks poor batsman than even ajmal. we have to move forward from akmal or sarfraz. may be rizwan or any other keeper from domestic level.

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    The only area where Pakistani cricket team is consistent is in being inconsistent!!! After beating England 3-0, they now loose to Zimbabwe. No offense meant to Zimbabwe though, who played lionheartedly. For a team that is brimming with as much talent as Pakistan, there can be no excuses, especially from their batsmen. It is because of them that even their world-class bowlers have to sometimes face the music, for no fault of theirs.

  • Tornado1 on September 14, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    great victory by Zimbabwe, they played well but look we have to blame ourselves. Hafeez is our test opener but our best batsman of this era Umar Akmal hasn't been part of test team since 2,3 years since Misbah wants to see him as a keeper. Our best keeper/batsman is Zulqarnain or may be Sarfraz. I wish Misbah takes the responsibility and resign as a captain. i wish Younus khan comes back as captain of Test side.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on September 14, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    I made a comment at the beginning of the series that Pakistan will be exposed thoroughly. Pak needs an honest reality check. Only 2-3 players in the Pak team are international quality. Rest are not good enough even for gully cricket. Time to strenghten the domestic cricket structure and have proper league games in pakistan.

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Zimbabwe's performance has done justice to the game of cricket and one of the best wins of 2013..

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on September 14, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Hence proved Misbah can't win anything not even Test match. We need a new captain Misbah can play as a batsman but we need Younis Khan as Test captain and Afridi as ODI captain now enough is enough, a loss against Zimbabwe is a nightmare.

  • Stark62 on September 14, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Fawad, Harris, Younis, Misbah, U. Akmal and Salahuddin (in order of highest FC average) are the only 6 batsmen in FC, who are averaging 45+ but yet, only two of them are playing Test cricket and they are the backbone of Pak's batting line up, coincidence much?

    Heck, why not look at the FC averages of Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting, Kallis or our very own Miandad, Yousuf or Inzamam.

    My point being, if you have a mediocre FC average then you won't be a success in intl. cricket either, where the quality is raised by 2x e.g. Shafiq has a FC average of 38.44 and a Test average of 38.34, just look at the resemblance.

    OUT: Shafiq, Faisal, Masood, Riaz, and maybe Hafeez (but his off-spin will be vital in the UAE, so play him against SA).

    IN: Fawad, Harris, U. Akmal, Zulfiqar and Sadaf Hussain (long overdue).

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    This is testament that Zimbabwe is improving as a test cricketing nation. As a West Indian, I believe that the next time we play them, we really have to watch our backs carefully. Nevertheless, congrats to the Zimbabwean cricket team on it's historic victory.

  • half_blood-prince on September 14, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    some people sayin that tailender made the difference..give it a break guyz how can you suppose your tail to perform when your batsmen couldnt score..i think pak just want to improve their bowling and compromising with batting.

  • Kimiiceman on September 14, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Great win, we have to accept that both the Teams have problem in playing Test match in their home. we need to salute ZIM team, they don't even have funds in their board to travel the next venue still the team won a test match against PAK.Congrats ZIM Team.

  • riverbaby11 on September 14, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Great win for Zim and Test Cricket , onwards and upwards boys.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on September 14, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    First of all, congratulations to Zimbabwe for a fantastic and historic test win. I would like all Pak fans to read this and understand that we have curbed our attacking cricket into a lethargic and cautious approach. Our batsmen used to attack with relentless boundaries, I shall repeat this, boundaries. If any form of run is available on any delivery whether it be just a single run, it must be taken! I hope for a sensible choice in the Test squad for the SA series with players that are EQUALLY amazing and talented in the XI or on the BENCH. I'm sorry to say this but Asad Shafiq is a mediocre batsman that I have been watching for quite some time. He is just another Faisal Iqbal and must be replaced with Umar Akmal. A lack of left-handed batsmen is also a concern.

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Congratz to Zim they need that victory to improve there cricket.

  • Truthseeker570 on September 14, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Congratulations a great victory to Zimbabwe.. However to pakistan commiserations, the batting let down again and without Younis and Misbahs contributions it would have probably been 2:0 to Zimbabwe. Selectors would need to be sacked and ashamed of themselves, hafeez I have always doubted his ability. He doesn't have the technique to play in Tests and even one day cricket please get rid of him and replace him with taufeeq umar or Yasir hameed, he is another reason why the likes of Razzaq and M. Yousuf are no longer in the team.

  • Mahfoozsalim on September 14, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwe, keep it up, you can beat any team in the world if spirit of winning remains in the heart. Once again congratulations.

  • AsimJafri on September 14, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    I must say it wasn't Zimbabwe who beat Pakistan rather it was Pakistan who give it away on the platter to them, through their poor batting.

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    congratulations Zimbabwe gritty win well derseved.. hope this is the turnaround Cricket Zimbabwe wanted

  • Sports4Youth on September 14, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    @ Posted by Khurram S Chaudhry on (September 14, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

    Regarding Adnan Akmal : he has a first class batting average of 26, in that case how much can we expect from him.

    Sarfraz Ahmed has a first class batting average of 40, he should be a better choice if you expect some runs from your keeper.

    .

  • bouncer709 on September 14, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    It was expected, and people who were waiting for Misbah to win this game are naive about cricket, another innings from Misbag that make his average high, but could not win game for Pakistan. In ODIs he tries to hit few shots in last over and here in test he tried to play big shots on last wicket. Being a captain you lost to Africa, then champions trophy, now against Zimbabwe, Now please step down as a captain and stop supporting player like Hafeez, and don't make Pakistan cricket team like hockey team.

  • house_of_stone on September 14, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Awesome result!!! Well done Zim, some great performances from all members of the team and well done to the coaching staff, you just beat the number 4 ranked team in the world. Am sitting in my office in a cold, wet London and that has made my week. Now if only ZC were to get their office in order we might see more performances like this.

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Good job Zimbabwe but it is also a reflection how much Pakistan has declined as a cricketing nation. Let us be honest other than ajmal there is not a single player from this team who would make it to a Pakistani team from even 10 Years ago

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Pakistan have themselves to blame. They were poor in both matches. in 1st they were saved by only 1 man. And in 1st innings of this match their collapse of 19/5 proved too costly. They were at good position with 210/4 but lost it there. Not much contributions from hafeez, azhar & asad meant there was always too much on younas & misbah. Manzoor played well for 50s in both innings.

    Adnan is a good keeper but his batting needs to improve. He has played couple of good innings in career but we need more from keeper when your batting line up is so fragile.

    Pakistan should have sent in rahat ahead of rehman to smack a few and that could have put more pressure on ZIM. In the end a moment of craziness from rahat & junaid lost it in 3 balls.

    Not to forget contributions of ZIM no 8-11 in 1st innings ( 86 runs ). Paksitan tail did not chip in anything.

    Hafeez has no place in tests. Even ajmal has greater average than hafeez. Shafiq's head also in line. Azhar has poor year as well.

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Ah! The sweet taste of victory; so well deserved and so long coming. A little more performances like these and we will not be hesitating to sell diamonds to fund tours.Well done boys, you have done what most opposition has failed to do in a while by giving a scintillating performance. This performance put to shame the Ashes tour of this year which was a one sided drubbing of Australia.

  • Reececonrad on September 14, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Im not even from Zimbabwe, but I jumped in the air fist pumping, that was a very good performance by the Zimbabweans and I hope they go from strength to strength.

  • Jadejafan on September 14, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    I can understand a 'major' team losing to minnows in limited over but a test match lol hate to see what will happen to this Pakistan team once without their seniors like Misbah whom I feel for. Zimbabwe could've quite easily won the entire series since they played so well.

  • mark2011 on September 14, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Congratz to Zim for the historic win...good effort by them and well fought back by Misbah as always been...it was a even mact at the end Zim was luck enough to cross the winning line...its good for the whole cricket world that these teams started doing well and record wins under their names...so conratz again to jubilant Zim... this series they have shown good performance even in ODIs... bright future for Zim as well as for world cricket...!!!

  • calcu on September 14, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Zim have humilated Pak!! Reality check for pakistan!

  • Anwar-Lara on September 14, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    well played Zimbabwe.. for Pakistan some panic buttons need to be pressed now,, after beating England 3-0 ,this is where we are under Mr Whatmore..

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Great match n Zimbabwe deserved to win

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    congratulations to Zimbabwe

  • Gareth_Bain on September 14, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Brilliant result!

    I truly hope this leads to Zimbabwe getting a fairer future tours programme! At the very least we (South Africa) should start playing them more frequently!

    @MattyMatty: Also Taibu. On the other hand, while those players are definitely talented, I can't help wondering if some are disruptive to team unity? Much like the dilemma WI has/ has had where some of their better players have been involved in strikes and so on.

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Well Played Zimbabwe:)Historic Win

  • CrICkeeet on September 14, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Wooo....... Bravo ZIMBABWE! They really surprised me....... gr8 per4mnce

  • DataQue on September 14, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Awesome win by Zimbabwe! Kick out Hafeez from the test team! Remove Misbah from the Test & ODI captaincy! Younis should be the Test captain & Afridi should be ODI captain! Drop Haffez from T20 captaincy as well and give the job to Umer Akmal!

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Lone Batsman's from pak side were Khurram , Younis and Misbah and the tail-ender saeed ajmal; is this all Pakistan batting line up? doesn't the other batsman's bear any responsibility? . I dont think zimbabwe have done great here but instead batting for Pakistan is horror's. Where's abdul razzaq, Yousaf they can still bat around. Too much new blood and little experienced players mean this is the result just like what australia is experiencing

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    ZIM :

    Well done. they deserved it. They showed good fight back in both tests. Dicipline and Hard work finally paid off. With all the off field events going on and not getting paid, this is remarkable win and effort. they will get better by more tests. ICC should step in and help them to get more tests. At Least the SL series should go ahead.

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    very well played both teams.. Misbah u beauty... congrats Zimbabwe they really deserve to win this game..

  • kc69 on September 14, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Wow...well deserved victory for Zim...keep up the good work boys...you need a lot more respect than you get...was a series clearly dominated by Zimbabwe(if not Younis Khan in first match)

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Congratulation Zim all the way from Bangladesh..a good test to watch..BD should learn to prepare some unprepared wicket to win a test a match in unconventional way.

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    @Posted by Sports4Youth on (September 14, 2013, 10:51 GMT): Farhat is not part of squad . he backed out because of family reasons.

    Problem is that Dropping hafeez is a big decision which i dont think misbah can make. Remember 2 months ago what happened when both have to come to tv again and again to say they both are friends and nothing going on in dressing room.

  • Sports4Youth on September 14, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    trying out the younsters was the best thing that has happened in this tour for Pakistan.

  • Sports4Youth on September 14, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    I must admit that the one thing that Misbah did right in this series is that he kept FAISAL IQBAL, IMRAN FARHAT & W.RIAZ on the bench and preferred to test Khurram Manzoor & Rahat Ali.

    This is something which he was lacking earlier on. But now I think that with the passage of every match it is becomming more and more clear that HAFEEZ has lost it. Soon a decision will have to be taken about him.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on September 14, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Add Jarvis, Ballance and Ervine to this side, with Andy Flower as coach and Zimbabwe would be beating Australia!

  • on September 14, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    one Misbah-ul-Haq vs Zimbabwe LOLS " BATMAN RETURNS"

  • on September 14, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    ESPN is the most favorable live cricket Chanel of all over the world...

  • on September 14, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    47 for PAK & 2 Wickets for ZIM.

    ZIM look favorites . Their hard work, discipline & commitment finally paying up.

    Adnan's batting has a question mark. He has played some good innings but need more from keeper when your batting is as fragile as this pakistan team.

    Pakistan have themselves to blame. 1st innings collapse from a good position then not much contributions from big players in 2nd innings.

    They also missed a trick by not sending Rahat Ali ahead of Rehman or Ajmal. he can hit hard and may have hit few to put pressure on ZIM as they have not many runs to defend. He had played 2 good innings vs ZIM & SA.

    Over to misbah but making 47 alone without much support from other end in this much pressure is hard.

    Hafeez should now be kicked out of Test team. Asad's head also in line. Azhar Ali has had a poor year as well.

  • on September 14, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    47 for PAK & 2 Wickets for ZIM.

    ZIM look favorites . Their hard work, discipline & commitment finally paying up.

    Adnan's batting has a question mark. He has played some good innings but need more from keeper when your batting is as fragile as this pakistan team.

    Pakistan have themselves to blame. 1st innings collapse from a good position then not much contributions from big players in 2nd innings.

    They also missed a trick by not sending Rahat Ali ahead of Rehman or Ajmal. he can hit hard and may have hit few to put pressure on ZIM as they have not many runs to defend. He had played 2 good innings vs ZIM & SA.

    Over to misbah but making 47 alone without much support from other end in this much pressure is hard.

    Hafeez should now be kicked out of Test team. Asad's head also in line. Azhar Ali has had a poor year as well.

  • on September 14, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    ESPN is the most favorable live cricket Chanel of all over the world...

  • on September 14, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    one Misbah-ul-Haq vs Zimbabwe LOLS " BATMAN RETURNS"

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on September 14, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Add Jarvis, Ballance and Ervine to this side, with Andy Flower as coach and Zimbabwe would be beating Australia!

  • Sports4Youth on September 14, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    I must admit that the one thing that Misbah did right in this series is that he kept FAISAL IQBAL, IMRAN FARHAT & W.RIAZ on the bench and preferred to test Khurram Manzoor & Rahat Ali.

    This is something which he was lacking earlier on. But now I think that with the passage of every match it is becomming more and more clear that HAFEEZ has lost it. Soon a decision will have to be taken about him.

  • Sports4Youth on September 14, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    trying out the younsters was the best thing that has happened in this tour for Pakistan.

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    @Posted by Sports4Youth on (September 14, 2013, 10:51 GMT): Farhat is not part of squad . he backed out because of family reasons.

    Problem is that Dropping hafeez is a big decision which i dont think misbah can make. Remember 2 months ago what happened when both have to come to tv again and again to say they both are friends and nothing going on in dressing room.

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Congratulation Zim all the way from Bangladesh..a good test to watch..BD should learn to prepare some unprepared wicket to win a test a match in unconventional way.

  • kc69 on September 14, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Wow...well deserved victory for Zim...keep up the good work boys...you need a lot more respect than you get...was a series clearly dominated by Zimbabwe(if not Younis Khan in first match)

  • on September 14, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    very well played both teams.. Misbah u beauty... congrats Zimbabwe they really deserve to win this game..