Pakistan in Zimbabwe Test Series - 1st Test

Zimbabwe v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 221 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Khurram Manzoor will take strike on Pakistan comeback. Chatara has the new ball

Hamilton Masakadza wins the toss and Zimbabwe will bowl

Masakadza: "Always does a bit here early in the morning." When asked about batting last, does not think the wicket will deteriorate too much. So no Taylor, no Sean Williams, no Kyle Jarvis, no Graeme Cremer, the last three due to monetary issues. Zimbabwe have gone for the experienced offspin of Prosper Utseya for the lone slow bowler. Brian Vitori has been ignored, but Tino Mawoyo is back at the top of the order after recovering from groin surgery, and Taylor's absence means Sikandar Raza makes his Test debut

Misbah: "We do not mind batting first here. Stats show team batting first won last three games here." Mohammad Hafeez is fit enough to be playing, and Khurram Manzoor is also in for his first game for Pakistan since Jan 2010. Junaid Khan and Rahat Ali are the two quicks, and Pakistan won't mind bowling last on this pitch, considering the two spinners in Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman

Brendan Taylor is not playing this Test. His wife's had a baby and he's chosen to be with his family. Hamilton Masakadza will lead Zimbabwe

9.25am Today's pitch hasn't been used earlier in the series. Dirk Viljoen says there is a bit of moisture but the pitch is largely a dry one. There a few cracks around, and Viljoen is bothered by one around a good length, and thinks it might open up later. Bat first, bat big and use the cracks to make it difficult for the side having to chase

9.15am local time Welcome to our coverage of the first Test between Zimbabwe and Pakistan in Harare. Another day in Zimbabwe, another payment crisis kept at bay for a few more days. Here is the match preview by Nikita Bastian

0.1

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, right on target first ball, good length ball angled in to off stump, carefully defended

0.2

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, this straightens now from a slightly shorter length, bounces too, blocked safely

0.3

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, angled in fuller and tucked to square leg

0.4

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, again straightening, this was slanted in from wide of the crease to middle and leg, and Manzoor did well to not commit to the original line, played it straight and late towards mid on

0.5

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, comes forward now to a pitched up ball and drives to extra cover

Three slips, gully

0.6

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, into the pads, but Manzoor clips it straight to square leg, overbalancing on the stroke

End of over 1 (maiden) Pakistan 0/0
Khurram Manzoor    0* (6b)      TL Chatara    1-1-0-0
Mohammad Hafeez    0* (0b)     

ZCFOutkast: "Maruma for Raza would've made more sense since he can bowl leg spin. This adds more pressure on Malcolm because if he fails and Raza does well, then his out of the side when Taylor returns. Will get even trickier if Williams, Raza, Malcolm&Maruma are fighting for one slot."

Panyangara from the other end

1.1

Panyangara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, bowls it fullish and gets it to move away outside off, left alone

1.2

Panyangara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, hurled in good length, bounces and holds the line outside off, left alone again

1.3

Panyangara to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, early call for the single as Hafeez pushes a length delivery on off softly in front of point, swift response from the non-striker

1.4

Panyangara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, pitched up for the drive, a touch widish, and it is allowed to go past

1.5

Panyangara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, still fuller and much closer to off stump, Manzoor is forward to drive to extra cover

1.6

Panyangara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, good line, angled in and straightening on off stump, he adjusts late to defend onto the pitch

End of over 2 (1 run) Pakistan 1/0
Khurram Manzoor    0* (9b)      T Panyangara    1-0-1-0
Mohammad Hafeez    1* (3b)      TL Chatara    1-1-0-0

Awais Sohrab: "I am afraid, if the decision of bowling first backfires. If Pak are able to put 400 plus which they are capable, Zim will be in trouble with the bowling line Pak have."

2.1

Chatara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, lift and some away movement from just short of a good length, but not close enough to off to force him to play

2.2

Chatara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, makes him play now, from that short of a good length again, a lot closer to off stump, stabbed away to point off the back foot

2.3

Chatara to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, they take on extra cover for a sharp single, Hafeez would have been gone by a couple of feet had the throw, on the slide from the fielder, hit

2.4

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, FOUR, neat, opens the face late to a back of a length ball on off stump and runs it past the slip cordon, no one at third man so early in the day

2.5

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, tries to run it fine again, but it rolls towards point

2.6

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, overpitched and angled into middle and leg, clipped down to mid on

End of over 3 (5 runs) Pakistan 6/0
Khurram Manzoor    4* (12b 1x4)      TL Chatara    2-1-5-0
Mohammad Hafeez    2* (6b)      T Panyangara    1-0-1-0

John Ward: "Timmy Maruma has lost form with the ball and has virtually given it away for batting, so he can no longer be termed an all-rounder, even for his franchise, Mountaineers. So he is considered for batting alone, and I don't think he is quite up to it yet."

3.1

Panyangara to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, slanted into the pad from a good length, and Hafeez turns it through midwicket, Hafeez jogs back for the second, and there is no time to take the third, won't want to give the hamstring too much strain

3.2

Panyangara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, left alone outside off

3.3

Panyangara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, sharp bounce, and some away shape, from a good length, but starting outside off and easily avoided

3.4

Panyangara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, there is that outward movement again, good length, outside off, batsman shoulders arms

3.5

Panyangara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, diving stop at point makes non-striker hurry back as the throw comes in, it was an uppish punch off the back foot, as Hafeez rode the bounce

3.6

Panyangara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, worked to midwicket from off stump

End of over 4 (2 runs) Pakistan 8/0
Mohammad Hafeez    4* (12b)      T Panyangara    2-0-3-0
Khurram Manzoor    4* (12b 1x4)      TL Chatara    2-1-5-0

4.1

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, holds the line from a fullish length on off, but he's playing them straight and late

Nduru: "Bowling first was a cowardly decision from Hamilton, and his first blunder. If you can't back yourself to bowl a team out on day one, don't bowl first. why give them the chance of scoring a huge total, especially when batting conditions are not so difficult. Big loss for Zimbabwe in this test, I'm afraid."

4.2

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, leans forward and opens the face to run a similar delivery to the slips

4.3

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, there is sharp carry on occasion from just short of a good length, even good length, but so far they have left well

4.4

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, crouches forward to a pitched up ball around off and blocks

4.5

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, just outside off, back of a length, angled in, he tries dabbing it past the cordon, but chops it close to the pitch

4.6

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, appeal for lbw now as he slips it in full into the pad, but that was too much angle and easily missing leg, Manzoor hasn't looked comfortable with this line though

End of over 5 (maiden) Pakistan 8/0
Khurram Manzoor    4* (18b 1x4)      TL Chatara    3-2-5-0
Mohammad Hafeez    4* (12b)      T Panyangara    2-0-3-0

5.1

Panyangara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, lovely delivery, angled in, good length, and swings away late and kicks past Hafeez's prod

5.2

Panyangara to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, Hafeez does the sensible thing for an opener against the new ball, pushes softly to the off side and gets to the other end

5.3

Panyangara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, lifts from a good length now and holds the line, hits the bat high as Manzoor defends into the pitch

5.4

Panyangara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, good length outside off now, slight away shape, left alone

5.5

Panyangara to Khurram Manzoor, FOUR, overpitched around off, and Manzoor's pushed it firmly past the non-striker, once it beats mid on, that's enough

5.6

Panyangara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, that almost took off stump, Manzoor left it early, probably thinking it would hold its line as so many have done this morning, but it carried in with the angle, lucky

End of over 6 (5 runs) Pakistan 13/0
Khurram Manzoor    8* (22b 2x4)      T Panyangara    3-0-8-0
Mohammad Hafeez    5* (14b)      TL Chatara    3-2-5-0

6.1

Chatara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, bouncing outside off, left alone

6.2

Chatara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, slanted in from wide of the crease, but still far enough outside off to be left

6.3

Chatara to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, Chatara's struck with the new ball, good length delivery angled in to off stump, Hafeez, as he does so often, pushes from the crease as it bounces extra, and the edge carries to second slip

Mohammad Hafeez c Sibanda b Chatara 5 (26m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 29.41

Azhar Ali at No 3

6.4

Chatara to Azhar Ali, 1 run, whoa, first ball kicks from back of a length at Azhar's throat, he fends it off the splice square to the leg side

6.5

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, straightening and bouncing on off stump, played out

6.6

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, pushed off the front foot to cover

End of over 7 (1 run) Pakistan 14/1
Khurram Manzoor    8* (24b 2x4)      TL Chatara    4-2-6-1
Azhar Ali    1* (1b)      T Panyangara    3-0-8-0

7.1

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, pitched up widish and moves further away

waqar: "Hafeez should focus on only t20 and odi and leave test cricket spot to a better replacement."

7.2

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, good length into the pad, clipped to square leg

7.3

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, lots of bounce from a good length as it moves away after being angled in, disciplined stuff

7.4

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, nice, holding the line on off stump, pitched up, he is squared up a touch and it runs to point off a thick edge

7.5

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, moves across and outside off stump to defend a length delivery

ZCFOutkast: "Way go boys!!! One more - Ali before he gets into his marathon stride!"

7.6

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, 1 run, excellent line around off stump, he played for the straightening this time, it didn't, carried in, and scurried square on leg off a thick inside edge

End of over 8 (1 run) Pakistan 15/1
Azhar Ali    2* (7b)      T Panyangara    4-0-9-0
Khurram Manzoor    8* (24b 2x4)      TL Chatara    4-2-6-1

8.1

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, well forward to a pitched up delivery to push to covers

8.2

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, skiddy good length delivery outside off but starting too far

8.3

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, gets on his toes, rides the bounce on this short of a length ball to punch to covers

8.4

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, plays out a length delivery to point with an open face

8.5

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, early shout of no as he turns a length delivery on off to midwicket

8.6

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, pitched up on off stump, has to play at it, pushes softly off the front foot

End of over 9 (maiden) Pakistan 15/1
Azhar Ali    2* (13b)      TL Chatara    5-3-6-1
Khurram Manzoor    8* (24b 2x4)      T Panyangara    4-0-9-0

9.1

Panyangara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, slanted in sharply to off and middle from wide of the crease, but dealt with without fuss as he firmly pushes down the track

9.2

Panyangara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, holds the line late as he crouches forward, wants the single but cover is onto the ball quickly

9.3

Panyangara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, turned off the pad to square leg, they have been finding that fielder regularly today

9.4

Panyangara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, kicks from a good length but too wide outside off

9.5

Panyangara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, lunges forward, and even as the length delivery bounces a tad, is able to push it back safely to the bowler

9.6

Panyangara to Khurram Manzoor, 1 run, turned off the pad to midwicket, and by the time mid on runs across, they complete the single

End of over 10 (1 run) Pakistan 16/1
Khurram Manzoor    9* (30b 2x4)      T Panyangara    5-0-10-0
Azhar Ali    2* (13b)      TL Chatara    5-3-6-1

Zuhair: "Never understood why Hafeez never gets the slack despite massively under-performing. He averages 30 with the bat excluding games against Zim and BD"

10.1

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, 2 runs, flows forward and drives to extra cover's left, where there is a misfield

10.2

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, good length delivery defended towards point

10.3

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, stretches forward again but point runs in quickly to prevent the single

10.4

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, pushes a back of a length ball to extra cover

10.5

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, attacks an overpitched ball but the drive finds extra cover

10.6

Chatara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, bowled full on the off stump line, patted back to the bowler

End of over 11 (2 runs) Pakistan 18/1
Khurram Manzoor    11* (36b 2x4)      TL Chatara    6-3-8-1
Azhar Ali    2* (13b)      T Panyangara    5-0-10-0

11.1

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, lift from a good length, and some away shape, but he's not following it outside off

11.2

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, fullish into the pad and turned wristily past square leg, fine leg runs around

11.3

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, 1 run, gets some bat on this one just in time, front foot was planted across and the line was right on middle

11.4

Panyangara to Khurram Manzoor, no run, stretches forward to a pitched up ball and trots out, but extra cover is around and he has to get back

11.5

Panyangara to Khurram Manzoor, OUT, he's been given, that is a quick offbreak, this has to have hit a crack, was angled in alright, but pitched far outside off and then changed direction alarmingly, Manzoor had little chance of keeping it out, even as he flashed from the crease, hit at the top of the pad in front of off, height has to be an issue here, but not for umpire Martinesz

Khurram Manzoor lbw b Panyangara 11 (48m 38b 2x4 0x6) SR: 28.94

Younis Khan, in to bat for Pakistan for the first time in nearly six months

11.6

Panyangara to Younis Khan, no run, another shout for lbw but Younis was stretching far forward, and was probably outside the line

End of over 12 (3 runs) Pakistan 21/2
Younis Khan    0* (1b)      T Panyangara    6-0-13-1
Azhar Ali    5* (16b)      TL Chatara    6-3-8-1

Shingi Masakadza is brought on by his brother

12.1

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, a loopy full toss straightening very late, he adjusts and pushes it away

12.2

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, good length, left alone outside off

Two slips and a gully

12.3

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, plays a full one expecting it to hold the line, it doesn't and he survives with a thick inside edge

12.4

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, 1 run, leans nicely into the drive but mid off runs to his left and puts in a big dive to save some runs

12.5

SW Masakadza to Younis Khan, no run, moves in from back of a length and bounces on off as he stabs it away

12.6

SW Masakadza to Younis Khan, 1 run, overpitched into middle and leg, he leans forward and nudges it fine

End of over 13 (4 runs) Pakistan 25/2
Younis Khan    1* (3b)      SW Masakadza    1-0-4-0
Azhar Ali    8* (20b)      T Panyangara    6-0-13-1

Humair Amil: "In just over 20 years Pakistan has completely forgotten Imran Khan's legacy. Imran was a huge believer of specialist players and not bits and bobs cricketers like Hafeez. Hafeez should not be playing Test matches."

13.1

Panyangara to Younis Khan, no run, Younis Khan is up against another lbw appeal, but again he is moving forward and is struck comfortably outside the line

13.2

Panyangara to Younis Khan, 2 runs, confusion, Azhar wants the third run after Younis runs a good length ball through the cordon, had the throw been at the bowler's end, he was in huge trouble

13.3

Panyangara to Younis Khan, no run

13.4

Panyangara to Younis Khan, no run, this is nice stuff from Zimbabwe, another pitched up delivery holds the line just outside off, and Younis runs it on the bounce to slips

13.5

Panyangara to Younis Khan, no run, this one is angled in now, Younis is moving across thinking of the movement, but it carries in and he has to adjust quickly

13.6

Panyangara to Younis Khan, OUT, oh dear, who would have thought Zimbabwe would have Pakistan three down early in the morning, Younis unlucky here, can't be blamed much, was coming forward to defend, althought not fully, the length delivery bounced, took the bat and onto the crease, Younis, whose forward push by then had taken him a few steps down the pitch, could only watch it roll into the stumps, would have had a chance of preventing that had he been closer

Younis Khan b Panyangara 3 (11m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Whatever the format, Pakistan's crisis man, and captain, walks in to another crisis. Alagappan Muthu will take you till lunch

End of over 14 (2 runs) Pakistan 27/3
     T Panyangara    7-0-15-2
Azhar Ali    8* (20b)      SW Masakadza    1-0-4-0

Thanks, Abhishek. It's been fascinating cricket here by Zimbabwe

14.1

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, on and around the corridor again and he guides it to point off the back foot

14.2

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, full and at the stumps brings out a calm front foot push down the ground from Azhar

14.3

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, oh, more shape for Shini. The batsman is forced to be squared up a little as he plays this good length ball off the front foot square on the off side

14.4

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, gets across to cover the line of the ball, shaping away and defends it safely

14.5

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, 1 run, down leg side gives a leak to the pressure being set up as Azhar clips it down to fine leg and takes the single

Misbah to take strike

14.6

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, and its the broad face of Misbah's straight bat that ends the over. Fullish ball targeted at the stumps and he comes forward to defend it solidly

End of over 15 (1 run) Pakistan 28/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    0* (1b)      SW Masakadza    2-0-5-0
Azhar Ali    9* (25b)      T Panyangara    7-0-15-2

15.1

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, lovely line again, just outside off and this Azhar comes forward to this full delivery and pushes to the covers

15.2

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, just a little back of a length allows the batsman to move back and push it down the pitch

15.3

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, and once he gets fuller, he gets a little help. Azhar manages to cover the away swing of the ball as he blocks it

15.4

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, opens the face to push the length ball out to point off the backfoot

15.5

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, big stride forward from the batsman as he covers the stumps and pushes this full length ball back to Panyangara

15.6

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, and there's the variation. This fullish ball swings inward and takes the inside edge down to square leg. Probing bowling from Panyangara

Tinashe's bowled eight overs on the trot now

End of over 16 (maiden) Pakistan 28/3
Azhar Ali    9* (31b)      T Panyangara    8-1-15-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    0* (1b)      SW Masakadza    2-0-5-0

16.1

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, outside off gets the open face of Misbah's bat, dangerous shot there as there are two slips in place and one of them fields the ball.

16.2

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, just a tad shorter and outside off and Misbah pulls his bat well up and over his shoulder to leave it alone

16.3

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, solid back foot defence to that one bowled on middle stump

16.4

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, angled in a bit and he looks to work this fullish ball off his pads

16.5

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, room offered, but Misbah doesn't capitalise. The three wickets must be playing on his mind as he dabs this short and wide ball out to cover

16.6

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, its a battle of patience out here. lovely length on and around off stump and Misbah persists with the dead bat

End of over 17 (maiden) Pakistan 28/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    0* (7b)      SW Masakadza    3-1-5-0
Azhar Ali    9* (31b)      T Panyangara    8-1-15-2

17.1

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, Outside off and he opens the face to dab it off to point

17.2

Chatara to Azhar Ali, 1 run, A little shape away and the batsman guides this behind square to beat point and

17.3

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length ball just outside off, that one has good bounce and carry, Misbah smiles after he lets that go, acknowledges the quality in that one

17.4

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, full and wide, and dangerous from Misbah, he reaches out for it and is not in control as he sends that looping over point, for a moment you thought there was a chance of a catch but it was well wide of the fielders

17.5

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, well outside off, Chatara needs to be a lot closer to the stumps to worry Misbah

17.6

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, angling in from wide of the stumps, blocked down the track by Misbah

End of over 18 (3 runs) Pakistan 31/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    2* (11b)      TL Chatara    7-3-11-1
Azhar Ali    10* (33b)      SW Masakadza    3-1-5-0

18.1

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, this one rises on the batsman but he goes back to ride the bounce and nudges the ball with soft hands behind square on the leg side

18.2

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, this one doesn't interest the batsman, but it's got good shape and bounce and is on the corridor just outside off

18.3

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, more bounce for Shingi but he fends this back of a length, rising ball into the off side

18.4

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, pitches outside off and holds its line as the batsman raises his bat and lets it through

18.5

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, just back of a length and he goes back to block it down the ground

parag: "hope today there will be no blames for a MISBAHish innings"

18.6

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, Good length ball on middle and solid defence again from Azhar to end the over.

End of over 19 (maiden) Pakistan 31/3
Azhar Ali    10* (39b)      SW Masakadza    4-2-5-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    2* (11b)      TL Chatara    7-3-11-1

19.1

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Chatara goes for a fishing trip outside off and he gets Misbah to follow him, but he plays with soft hands to ensure he isn't in much trouble. Still dangerous ploy. He could have left that

19.2

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, widish again and Misbah meets it off the front foot and pushes it into the off side

19.3

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, just back of a length outside off and Misbah lets this one go. Safer play from the captain

19.4

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, angled in and manages to get a little shape away, but Misbah who's come fully forward smothers the movement and gets just enough bat on it

19.5

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, lovely timing. he errs on the fuller side and this ball, also angled down leg is clipped smartly by Misbah off to the square leg boundary

19.6

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, straight drive, not so well timed as the last but Misbah is getting the pace of this wicket now. Meets this full ball confidently and pushes it down the ground

End of over 20 (6 runs) Pakistan 37/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    8* (17b 1x4)      TL Chatara    8-3-17-1
Azhar Ali    10* (39b)      SW Masakadza    4-2-5-0

20.1

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run

20.2

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, this one is outside off and as such holes no interest to Azhar Ali. Good sensible batting

20.3

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, 1 run, and once the bowler comes toward him, he moves back in his crease and pats it into the midwicket region to get a single.

20.4

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, a bit of shape and its well negotiatied by Misbah as he doesn't commit and waits for this length ball to reach him before opening the face to point

20.5

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, this one's shorter and Misbah gets firmly behind it and blocks it back to the bowler

20.6

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this time, Misbah shows a little more intent to the short and wide ball. he hasn't given it everything but its enough to beat the man inside the circle and fetch a single

Khurram Quaseem: "The Mega Shock Absorbents are out there on both ends. After that a mini one (Asad) is yet to come. But a lot will decide how Pakistan will progress in this match by the performances of these 2 out there."

End of over 21 (2 runs) Pakistan 39/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    9* (20b 1x4)      SW Masakadza    5-2-7-0
Azhar Ali    11* (42b)      TL Chatara    8-3-17-1

21.1

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, pure elegance. It's a juicy half-volley well outside the line of off stump and Misbah climbs into it with a flowing cover drive. Top class shot

21.2

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, and Chatara responds in kind. Unplayable. Bowls this fullish ball from wide of the crease and Misbah comes forward to cover the line of the ball but it pitches and gets jagged movement away to beat his dead bat all ends up

21.3

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full again and this one is driven down the ground with more authority

21.4

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, nibbles just outside off stump and Azhar lets it go safely

21.5

Chatara to Azhar Ali, 1 run, angled into the pads and Azhar has been good there all morning. Comes forward and flicks it through straight midwicket

21.6

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, lovely line and length from Zimbabwe and it continues with Chatara probing at the corridor. Misbah is not interested

ZCFOutkast: "Nothing MISBAHish about Misbah's innings. He's starting to go at a canter! But looking like getting out sooner rather than later as well."

End of over 22 (6 runs) Pakistan 45/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    14* (24b 2x4)      TL Chatara    9-3-23-1
Azhar Ali    12* (44b)      SW Masakadza    5-2-7-0

22.1

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, full and just shaping in to the batsman and he works it off the front foot to mid-on

22.2

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, full and aimed at off stump and he defends it

22.3

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, Shingi goes just a touch fuller and it gets the drive from Azhar and mid-off gets into play

AbdulRauf: "But the mini one is a lot more capable than the big one (Shahid Afidi)"

22.4

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, fuller ball, this time more on middle and its nudged down the ground again

22.5

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, gets back on the off stump and the batsman comes forward to block it solidly

22.6

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, oh, thats a crisp cover drive. No runs though with the man at short cover making the stop just in the nick of time. Tino Mawoyo is the man but he's clutching his thumb. Seems to be in a little trouble and yes, he's going off the field.

End of over 23 (maiden) Pakistan 45/3
Azhar Ali    12* (50b)      SW Masakadza    6-3-7-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    14* (24b 2x4)      TL Chatara    9-3-23-1

23.1

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, on a good length outside off and Misbah shoulders arms

23.2

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, Misbah has been impressive on the drives today and he pulls out another one. Gets forward and has to wait for this one just a little, but he has his eye on it all the way and meets it at the perfect time as this whistles off to the extra cover boundary

23.3

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, oh and he goes for a waft outside off. Terrible ball, shorish and wide and he flashes hard to no avail.

23.4

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run

23.5

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full and on the middle stump. Misbah comes forward and defends it down the pitch

Subodh Yeole: "@Abdul: I guess u are the first person to consider Afridi as Shock Absorber.. :p"

23.6

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, keeps it outside off and Misbah learns from his flash and leaves this well alone

End of over 24 (4 runs) Pakistan 49/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    18* (30b 3x4)      TL Chatara    10-3-27-1
Azhar Ali    12* (50b)      SW Masakadza    6-3-7-0

24.1

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, A little nip there for Masakadza, but the fullish ball is a little too wide to interest Azhar

24.2

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, FOUR, loses his line there and the batsman pulls out a lovely, punchy drive. Stays balanced and doesn't try to over hit the ball. Timing takes care of the rest as the fielder escorts it to the boundary

24.3

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, drags the length back just a bit and is rewarded with a dead bat

24.4

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, tempts the batsman outside the off stump with this back of a length delivery but Azhar leaves it alone

24.5

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, off the shoulder of the bat. Masakadza gets good bounce here and the batsman can only stab it off into the off side

24.6

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, comes well forward and blocks this full ball down to mid-on

Zeeshan Waqas: "When Misbah plays aggressively than usuall(as he is doing now), my heart pounds very hard as if he is gonna get out"

Nadeem Abdullah: "Subodh Yeole: "@Abdul: Rather a Shock Provider! (Afridi)"

End of over 25 (4 runs) Pakistan 53/3
Azhar Ali    16* (56b 1x4)      SW Masakadza    7-3-11-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    18* (30b 3x4)      TL Chatara    10-3-27-1

Bowling change, Elton Chigumbura into the attack

25.1

Chigumbura to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, and he's wayward to start. Lazy ball well outside off and Misbah doesn't bother with it

25.2

Chigumbura to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, gets his radar back immediately as this one is just back of a length on middle and Misbah defends off the back foot

25.3

Chigumbura to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, oh, seems like that was a false dawn for Chigumbura. Pressure relieving here as Misbah gets a short and wide half-tracker and puts it away with a rasping cut shot

25.4

Chigumbura to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back on middle and Misbah presents a straight bat

Mawoyo has his hand stuck into a cup, possibly with ice to soothe his thumb

25.5

Chigumbura to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, oh, now he's outside leg and the batsman flicks it easily down to fine leg

25.6

Chigumbura to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, comes from wide of the crease again and is driven solidly down the ground

Mawoyo is back on the field now

Nouman: "3 Boundaries in last 14 runs, Please Pakistan learn how to take singles and rotate strike atleast in TESTS"

End of over 26 (7 runs) Pakistan 60/3
Azhar Ali    18* (57b 1x4)      E Chigumbura    1-0-7-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    23* (35b 4x4)      SW Masakadza    7-3-11-0

First sign of spin this morning. Prosper Utseya into the attack. Lunch is ten minutes away. Slip and short leg in place.

26.1

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, and there's some turn straight away. Misbah waits for it as he goes back and clips it to short midwicket

26.2

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, a little fuller this time but Misbah seems to have decided to play off the back foot. Defended down the ground

26.3

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Yes, its going to be a back foot ploy to the off spinner. This one is turned down to fine leg for a single

26.4

Utseya to Azhar Ali, no run, Utseya gets slower and tosses it up more to counter the plan and Azhar comes forward and blocks it to the off side

26.5

Utseya to Azhar Ali, no run, full face of the bat meets the fullish ball on off, if a little flatter in trajectory

26.6

Utseya to Azhar Ali, no run, flighter on middle and its safely defended to end the over

Partnership 34 from 78 balls

Emon: "Humm! I cant remember an ODI innings of Misbah where his strike rate was so high (near 65) in first 35 balls."

End of over 27 (1 run) Pakistan 61/3
Azhar Ali    18* (60b 1x4)      P Utseya    1-0-1-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    24* (38b 4x4)      E Chigumbura    1-0-7-0

27.1

Chigumbura to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, half-an appeal from the bowler as he raps Misbah on the pads. Fullish ball on middle, but with Chigumbura coming from wide of the crease and the ball hitting him above the knee-roll there was no real trouble there

27.2

Chigumbura to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, he's full and at the stumps and Misbah defends it safely down the ground

27.3

Chigumbura to Misbah-ul-Haq, 3 runs, strays on the pads and both batsmen have looked the most comfortable there and this time Misbah comes forward and eases it through midwicket for three runs

27.4

Chigumbura to Azhar Ali, FOUR, Chigumbura is not helping Zimbabwe here. This one is even further down the leg side and its clipped gleefully down the the fine leg boundary

27.5

Chigumbura to Azhar Ali, 1 run, Oh dear. More dollies down the leg side and Azhar picks it off his back foot to rotate the strike

mudasir: "gone r the days,when yousf and younis would play 8-9 sessions together and making double hundreds against betr bowling attacks than zim."

27.6

Chigumbura to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run

End of over 28 (8 runs) Pakistan 69/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    27* (42b 4x4)      E Chigumbura    2-0-15-0
Azhar Ali    23* (62b 2x4)      P Utseya    1-0-1-0

28.1

Utseya to Azhar Ali, no run, nicely flighted on middle and its pushed back to the bowler

28.2

Utseya to Azhar Ali, 1 run, this one, tossed up as well, is punched into the covers hard off the front foot

28.3

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, Oh, Shingi should have done more there. Prosper is not too happy as he shepherds the ball to the boundary when he should have tried to dive. Full and loopy ball draws Misbah into a drive through the covers and though it was well-timed it shouldn've have gone to for four

28.4

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, he isn't unafraid of flighting it though and Misbah plays this down the ground with soft hands

28.5

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, comes right forward to smother the turn and defends it back down the ground

28.6

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, just a tad down leg, but Misbah's dab is too soft to fetch any runs

And that's lunch. A brilliant showing by Zimbabwe, considering all their off-field issues. Chatara and Panyangara extracted appreciable movement and their discipline was impeccable, as a result of which Pakistan are now three down. But Misbah and Azhar have stuck it out well, waiting for the bowlers to bowl on their pads our wide of the off stump and every time they did, both batsmen capitalised. Join us in half an hour's time when Abhishek will be back to take you through the first hour of the second session.

SaadSidd: "Oh Misbah! What would we do without you? (just imagined Pakistan's fate in the last 20 ODIs and Tests .... had Misbah not "anchored" during the many batting collapse(s)!! )"

Farooq: "Misbah can bat with some freedom because he knows that Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq can be counted on to be sensible. In one dayers if he gets out its only Afridi and co to follow and they are not very consistent."

xenon: "If anchoring an innings is such an important attribute of Misbah, why does he not come as an opener or at one down? Why he always waits for a batting collapse?" Let it be told, Misbah-ul-Haq, that you can never win

End of over 29 (5 runs) Pakistan 74/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    31* (46b 5x4)      P Utseya    2-0-6-0
Azhar Ali    24* (64b 2x4)      E Chigumbura    2-0-15-0

Welcome back for the second session. Misbah is engineering another Pakistan recovery, and he's also in a busy mood. Panyangara will start off after lunch

29.1

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, gentle good length delivery moves away outside off, and is left alone

29.2

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, pitched up to off and middle now, pushed down the pitch with a big forward stride

29.3

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, FOUR, edged, but there are only two slips, and it flies between them and gully, nice delivery, pitched full, inviting the drive, Azhar lunges at it, it straightens, takes a thick edge and finds the gap

29.4

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, 1 run, well doe by Azhar, pushes softly in front of mid on and pinches the single

29.5

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, superb delivery, angled in good length, bounces and straightens, hitting the bat high and scurrying towards the cordon

29.6

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, lift, away shape, but starting too far and Misbah lets it go

Terrific first over after lunch, spot-on

End of over 30 (5 runs) Pakistan 79/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    31* (48b 5x4)      T Panyangara    9-1-20-2
Azhar Ali    29* (68b 3x4)      P Utseya    2-0-6-0

Ahmed: "Misbah haters are Afridi lovers"

30.1

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, too full outside off, Azhar does not go after it, pats it back to the bowler

30.2

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, another one lifts from around a good length, holds the line too, Azhar stays in the crease and brings it down

30.3

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, overpitched again with that slithery action of Chatara's, Azhar pings mid off with a checked push

30.4

Chatara to Azhar Ali, FOUR, Chatara's been overpitching through this over, and this time he pays for it, gives Azhar width, and the batsman capitalises, stretching forward and driving it square past point, whose chase is futile

30.5

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, better, pulls the length back a few inches, and gets a leave from the batsman

Ali Shahzad: "@Ahmad: I love them both(Misbah&Afridi)."

30.6

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, good length, widish outside off, Azhar shoulders arms

End of over 31 (4 runs) Pakistan 83/3
Azhar Ali    33* (74b 4x4)      TL Chatara    11-3-31-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    31* (48b 5x4)      T Panyangara    9-1-20-2

MalikMurad: "Performing bad intially in the series has become a normal trend for Pakistan."

31.1

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, too wide a line to interest Misbah at the moment, all the bounce and away movement is wasted

31.2

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, much better line, closer to off stump, fuller length too, they are getting consistent away movement, this one straightens late, is defended

31.3

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, bowled full on off stump, Misbah stretches forward to keep it out

31.4

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, shout for lbw as one of the rare ones comes in with the angle, hits Misbah on the pad on the forward push, struck just outside the line, top decision by umpire Martinesz

31.5

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, goes back and across this time to block a length ball

31.6

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, ovepitched to off stump now, Misbah cannot find any timing as he looks to on-drive, mid on gets around

End of over 32 (maiden) Pakistan 83/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    31* (54b 5x4)      T Panyangara    10-2-20-2
Azhar Ali    33* (74b 4x4)      TL Chatara    11-3-31-1

Asad: "There's no such thing as Misbah haters and Afridi lovers. There are fans of Pakistan Cricket and idiots!"

32.1

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, pitches it up and slants it in, Azhar gets a thick edge behind point as he pushes forward

32.2

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, bounce from a good length, hint of straightening outside off, played out from the crease

Rehan: "Misbah and Afridi can't be compared at all.Totally different in charisma,style,attitude and technique.Neither could change what he possessed in the beginning.Both excellent team mates."

32.3

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, tight line just outside off stump as Chatara puts some more effort on this length delivery, Azhar moves across to push to point

32.4

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, presses forward bat and pad together to defend to mid off

32.5

Chatara to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, into the pad this time and turned past square leg

muhammad sikandar: ""@xenon if openers and top order dont perform its not the headache of Misbah,if they can^t then they should leave there spot and only misbah and four bowlers should play""

32.6

Chatara to Azhar Ali, no run, runs a length delivery to point

End of over 33 (2 runs) Pakistan 85/3
Azhar Ali    35* (80b 4x4)      TL Chatara    12-3-33-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    31* (54b 5x4)      T Panyangara    10-2-20-2

33.1

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, does not commit too much and plays out a length delivery, getting slightly squared up in the end

33.2

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, pitched up and holding the line on off, superb discipline, Misbah defends

33.3

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, starts far outside off and moves away a tad, left alone

Ahmed: "without misbah and afridi. pakistan cricket would be boring."

33.4

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, reaches forward to block a pitched up delivery outside off

33.5

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, and then the one that comes in with the angle from wide of the crease, they have used it pretty well, Misbah is upto it, stays in the crease and nudges it square

33.6

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, is late in coming forward to this pitched up delivery but gets bat in front of pad just in time

End of over 34 (1 run) Pakistan 86/3
Azhar Ali    35* (81b 4x4)      T Panyangara    11-2-21-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    32* (59b 5x4)      TL Chatara    12-3-33-1

James: "Looks like the key to batting on this wicket is to get past the new ball, but Pakistan, of course, have two excellent spinners."

34.1

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, skiddy length delivery outside off left alone

34.2

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, stretches forward to defend to extra cover

34.3

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, plays at a back of a length delivery outside off from the crease and guides it to point, hit the bat close to the splice that one

34.4

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, shorter and wider, Misbah goes hard and powerful at the cut, and backward point's dive is in vain

34.5

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, lifting from short of a length, angled in a bit, Misbah lets it go

34.6

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, squeezes an overpitched ball to mid off with a forward stride

End of over 35 (4 runs) Pakistan 90/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    36* (65b 6x4)      TL Chatara    13-3-37-1
Azhar Ali    35* (81b 4x4)      T Panyangara    11-2-21-2

35.1

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, just outside off stump, pitched up, Azhar defends

35.2

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, lots of bounce and away shape from a good length, Azhar lets it go

35.3

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, more bounce, from a good length again, Azhar takes a step out and shoulders arms

35.4

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, on off stump now, makes him play, Azhar gets the front foot out to push to the bowler

35.5

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, FOUR, overpitched into middle and leg, he does not go hard at it, but his push is firm and right in the gap to the right of mid on

35.6

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, pitched up on the off stump line, Azhar presses right forward

End of over 36 (4 runs) Pakistan 94/3
Azhar Ali    39* (87b 5x4)      T Panyangara    12-2-25-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    36* (65b 6x4)      TL Chatara    13-3-37-1

Farooq: "There was a comment earlier that somebody else should be tried instead of Hafeez but the question is who? We need somebody who can bat and bowl, otherwise we end up with only four bowlers which is not a good idea for a 5 day test match."

36.1

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, off and middle, they are attacking the stumps more now, Misbah is up to defend it towards mid on

36.2

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, lunges forward again and blocks a length delivery on off

36.3

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, had some width on this length ball and opened the face but could not get it past gully

36.4

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, beaten this time, Chatara gets the length delivery to hold the line widish outside off, Misbah chases it with a prod

36.5

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, focusses again and immediately leaves the next one

36.6

Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, moves across now, and stretches forward to push one past cover

End of over 37 (1 run) Pakistan 95/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    37* (71b 6x4)      TL Chatara    14-3-38-1
Azhar Ali    39* (87b 5x4)      T Panyangara    12-2-25-2

Awais: "It takes great will and courage to watch Azhar Ali and Misbah playing together in a test match but in the end they will do the job for us. We need more players like them than mere entertainers."

37.1

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, pitched up, with slight angle, and then moves away, left alone

37.2

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, pitched up to off stump, a forward push takes the ball to cover

37.3

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, steps forward, opens the face and runs a bouncing length ball to gully

37.4

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, lunges forward and brings bat around front pad to turn this angled delivery through square leg

Khair: "The solution is to keep Hafeez but not as opener but as an all-rounder. Shafiq or Azhar can step up to be the opener."

37.5

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, he went for the pull, it was short and Misbah fetched it from outside off to smash it in the air past midwicket's dive, took it from around chest height

37.6

Panyangara to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, follow-up delivery is fullish and right on off stump but Misbah is waiting with a defensive push forward

End of over 38 (6 runs) Pakistan 101/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    43* (77b 7x4)      T Panyangara    13-2-31-2
Azhar Ali    39* (87b 5x4)      TL Chatara    14-3-38-1

Dr Ridhwan: "Misbah haters don't understand cricket. i am a great fan of him since 2007. the only one solid batsman who is Reilable."

Waller comes in at short leg as Utseya is introduced, not much happening for the quicks this session. Slip in as well

38.1

Utseya to Azhar Ali, no run, goes back to a flighted ball and defends

38.2

Utseya to Azhar Ali, no run, stretches far forward now and pushes to cover

38.3

Utseya to Azhar Ali, no run, even more flight now, Azhar knocks it from outside off to mid on

38.4

Utseya to Azhar Ali, 2 runs, flighted generously again, but starts wide, and is squeezed past cover

38.5

Utseya to Azhar Ali, no run, turns a full delivery down the ground but mid on cuts it off

38.6

Utseya to Azhar Ali, no run, slow flight, wide outside off, he spurts forward and pushes to extra cover

End of over 39 (2 runs) Pakistan 103/3
Azhar Ali    41* (93b 5x4)      P Utseya    3-0-8-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    43* (77b 7x4)      T Panyangara    13-2-31-2

John: "Misba Haters - I can't even believe this group exists. This team would be nothing without him. Defensive captaincy apart, he is their only true reliable batsman."

Shingi is back

39.1

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, 3 runs, starts with a full delivery that straightens, but onto the pads and is picked through square leg, slows down in the outfield and fine leg is able to reach it

Two slips, gully

39.2

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, holds the line late on off stump, but he smothers it off the front foot

39.3

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, another one straightens around off stump, he comes across and blocks off the back foot

39.4

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, rides the bounce and gets on his toes to punch to extra cover

39.5

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, pitched up now, moving away all the time, but Azhar shoulders arms after a forward stride

39.6

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, overpitched now on middle and leg, Azhar could have tried to go finer but he is conscious of the straightening and plays it with a straight bat to mid on

End of over 40 (3 runs) Pakistan 106/3
Azhar Ali    41* (98b 5x4)      SW Masakadza    8-3-14-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    46* (78b 7x4)      P Utseya    3-0-8-0

40.1

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tossed up high and full, defended off the front foot

40.2

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full delivery driven hard but straight to extra cover

40.3

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, turns an overpitched ball from off past midwicket's dive, but there is a man in the deep there

40.4

Utseya to Azhar Ali, no run, bat in front of pad as he blocks

John Kachere: "WANTED: Misbah Wicket before Tea! REWARD: Full salary to bowler and fielder"

40.5

Utseya to Azhar Ali, no run, comes out now but is not to the pitch and pushes back to the bowler

40.6

Utseya to Azhar Ali, 1 run, excellently-judged single, pushed softly to the left of mid on, who is not exactly rushing to the ball and it is quite safe in the end

End of over 41 (2 runs) Pakistan 108/3
Azhar Ali    42* (101b 5x4)      P Utseya    4-0-10-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    47* (81b 7x4)      SW Masakadza    8-3-14-0

Rehan: "Umar Amin should be there in playing XI in place of Younis Khan. Young talent must be given chance at least against a weak side."

41.1

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, there has been lots of bounce from good length today, another one lifts from that area, shapes away a tad, Azhar leaves

41.2

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, overpitched and into the pad, and he is lucky Azhar's clip flies straight to midwicket

41.3

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, just short of driving length, he comes across to push to mid on

41.4

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, lots of carry from a good length as it shapes away outside off

41.5

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, tight defence off the back foot as another one holds the line from short of a length

41.6

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, he was across early but this one came in with the angle, and he adjusted to turn it to mid on, rushed out for the single but was wisely sent back

End of over 42 (maiden) Pakistan 108/3
Azhar Ali    42* (107b 5x4)      SW Masakadza    9-4-14-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    47* (81b 7x4)      P Utseya    4-0-10-0

Jebran Ali: "@John Kachere : I don't think they are gonna get either of them that easy."

42.1

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, Misbah is down early for the reverse sweep, slip rushes to his right early too, but Misbah hits the tossed up ball past him

42.2

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, spins in sharply but Misbah is not bothered, he is back in the crease and nudging it through square leg, and comes back for the second to reach another Test fifty in his noble task of leading another Pakistan recovery

round the stumps now

42.3

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, stretches forward to defend down the track

42.4

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, starts leg stump and spinning down, nudged easily to fine leg

Backward short leg in now

42.5

Utseya to Azhar Ali, no run, full and angled across the right-hander, who smothers it

42.6

Utseya to Azhar Ali, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, crisply turned out to deep square leg

End of over 43 (6 runs) Pakistan 114/3
Azhar Ali    43* (109b 5x4)      P Utseya    5-0-16-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    52* (85b 7x4)      SW Masakadza    9-4-14-0

43.1

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, moving away after being angled in just back of a length, defended

43.2

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, similar line, touch fuller length, Azhar immediately pulls bat out of the way

43.3

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, FOUR, delivered from closer to the crease, fuller delivery, Azhar lunges forward and opens the face to squeeze it past gully

43.4

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, this swings in now, from a fullish length, Azhar adjusts well to push it to mid on

43.5

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, sharp bounce now from back of a length, Azhar is surprised as he fends it away close to the pitch on the off side

43.6

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, good length but slightly widish and Azhar shoulders arms right away

That will be drinks, and even as the partnership approaches 100, Alagappan will take you through till tea

End of over 44 (4 runs) Pakistan 118/3
Azhar Ali    47* (115b 6x4)      SW Masakadza    10-4-18-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    52* (85b 7x4)      P Utseya    5-0-16-0

Thanks, Abhishek. Pakistan are taking liberties outside the off stump but Zimbabwe haven't been as menacing as they were in the morning. But that's not to say things have been easy, though

Utseya to continue

AQEEL SHAIKH: "very disopointing that batting again failed but why they have not taken the best fast bowler who is having the best height to bowl bounced and get the wickets i dont know what selectors are thinking.... any body can answer" More calls for Mohammad Irfan

44.1

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, flighted and angled toward off stump. Misbah smothers the turn with a big stride forward and dead bats it

44.2

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, shorter ball is turned around behind square on the leg side off the back foot for a single

44.3

Utseya to Azhar Ali, no run, gives it a little more loop and Azhar gets into a strong drive down to mid-off

backward shortleg, forward short leg and slip in play.

44.4

Utseya to Azhar Ali, no run, shorter again and he clips it off to short midwicket

44.5

Utseya to Azhar Ali, no run, keeps it on the stumps as Utseya hopes to build some pressure. Azhar comes forward and pushes it into the leg side

44.6

Utseya to Azhar Ali, no run, fullish on middle again and its worked off the front foot to midwicket

End of over 45 (1 run) Pakistan 119/3
Azhar Ali    47* (119b 6x4)      P Utseya    6-0-17-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    53* (87b 7x4)      SW Masakadza    10-4-18-0

Jebran Ali: "@Aqeel : Irfan is an outstanding bowler but he is having major fitness issues probably due to his runup and action having some faults needs to be worked on. Therefore being saved for Southafrica vs pak starting october 14."

45.1

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, just short of a length and Shingi continues to extract bounce as Misbah goes back and defends

45.2

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, on and around off again and Misbah dabs it out to point with a slightly open face

45.3

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, goes tighter on the stumps this time but Misbah's straight bat is impenetrable

45.4

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, a little room there as Misbah goes across on his back foot to punch this shortish ball out to cover

45.5

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, comes a little closer to the stumps at the bowling crease and targets the stumps at the other end. Good length ball easily defended

45.6

SW Masakadza to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, and there's evidence of the danger posed by Shingi all day. Beautiful shape away and the batsman is beaten. Fullish ball, just outside off fetches the forward defensive prod, but there is just that perfect bit of movement to go past the outside edge

End of over 46 (maiden) Pakistan 119/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    53* (93b 7x4)      SW Masakadza    11-5-18-0
Azhar Ali    47* (119b 6x4)      P Utseya    6-0-17-0

46.1

Utseya to Azhar Ali, 1 run, just on the pads there and he turns it down between midwicket and square leg

46.2

Utseya to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, Oh, that's a brilliant grab. Sibanda with another catch and he sends the Pakistan captain packing. Tosses it up and Misbah ventures down the track to give it the big heave-ho. But the ball dips a little to mess with his timing and he doesn't get the height he wants as short midwicket leaps into the air and pulls out a blinder

Misbah-ul-Haq c Sibanda b Utseya 53 (134m 94b 7x4 0x6) SR: 56.38

Asad Shafiq comes out to bat

46.3

Utseya to Asad Shafiq, no run, he continues to use his flight well and the Shafiq presents a good straight bat

46.4

Utseya to Asad Shafiq, no run, comes forward again and blocks it back to the bowler

46.5

Utseya to Asad Shafiq, no run, tossed up again and Asad blocks it without fuss

46.6

Utseya to Asad Shafiq, no run, squirts off the inside half of the bat to square leg

End of over 47 (1 run) Pakistan 120/4
Asad Shafiq    0* (4b)      P Utseya    7-0-18-1
Azhar Ali    48* (120b 6x4)      SW Masakadza    11-5-18-0

47.1

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, this one is angled in and the batsman has to adjust as he plants his foot forward, but the bat comes down just in time

47.2

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, this one finds the blockhole, wide outside off. There's no feet from the batsman who's been in for 122 balls but he still digs it out

47.3

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, dips on one knee and caresses this widish full delivery off to the covers

47.4

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, he keeps it full, searching for movement. The batsman comes forward and pushes to mid-off

47.5

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, indipper has Azhar in a little bit of bother again. He has to play around his front pad as he hits this down to mid-on

47.6

SW Masakadza to Azhar Ali, no run, and a short ball to keep the batsman on his toes. It doesnt have much bite though and the direction is well outside off, allowing Azhar to leave it go easily

End of over 48 (maiden) Pakistan 120/4
Azhar Ali    48* (126b 6x4)      SW Masakadza    12-6-18-0
Asad Shafiq    0* (4b)      P Utseya    7-0-18-1

James: "Full pay for Sibanda and Utseya, as demanded by John Kachere, please."

48.1

Utseya to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, he's shortened his length there and Shafiq goes right back in his crease and accepts the offering as he slaps it off to the point boundary to get off the mark

48.2

Utseya to Asad Shafiq, no run, he's back at the stumps, giving the ball air again and Shafiq goes back to turn it square on the leg side

48.3

Utseya to Asad Shafiq, no run, dances down the track as he sees the ball tossed up and drives down the ground

48.4

Utseya to Asad Shafiq, no run, indecision with the footwork there as that fullish ball on the stumps catches the outside edge and goes past slip.

48.5

Utseya to Asad Shafiq, no run, goes right back now and dabs it down the ground

48.6

Utseya to Asad Shafiq, no run, clips this full ball off his pads to forward short leg

End of over 49 (4 runs) Pakistan 124/4
Asad Shafiq    4* (10b 1x4)      P Utseya    8-0-22-1
Azhar Ali    48* (126b 6x4)      SW Masakadza    12-6-18-0

Tinashe Panyangara is back

49.1

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, Oh, wasted effort there. Well wide of off stump and the batsman watches it go safely to the keeper

49.2

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, FOUR, doesn't learn as he presents another short and wide ball and Azhar, having been stuck in the forties for a while now, pounces on it as he cuts it through the in field to bring up his half-century

49.3

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, still shortish, but he's tighter with his line this time and the batsman pushes off the back foot down the ground

49.4

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run, darts in sharply but the batsman, on his back foot, dabs it out to point

49.5

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, no run

Elsewhere Aaron Finch is smiting the Scottish bowlers to all parts. He is148 and Australia have 12 overs left to play

49.6

Panyangara to Azhar Ali, FOUR, and that's 2000 in Test cricket for Azhar Ali. Shortish ball on the pads and dealt with easily as he picks it off dead square all the way to the boundary

End of over 50 (8 runs) Pakistan 132/4
Azhar Ali    56* (132b 8x4)      T Panyangara    14-2-39-2
Asad Shafiq    4* (10b 1x4)      P Utseya    8-0-22-1
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