Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2nd Test: Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare, Sep 10-14, 2013
Zimbabwe won by 24 runs
Played at Harare Sports Club
10,11,12,13,14 September 2013 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150

Junaid ready to run in. Mawoyo on strike, Sibanda the non-striker

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Usman: "Its 4 am here in USA east coast and I'm up, wide awake, waiting to see Pak play. Now this is what you call a true fan."

"Misbah is blocking, criticise him Hafeez is hitting and failing, criticise him Our critics want Bradman and Lara in every batsman...." Naeem Qamar feels someone has to criticise the critics as well

Jamshaid thinks matters run deeper than form and fitness: "It's not Hafeez's form, give him a flat track and watch him spring to form in Tests"

Ashraf Mobashar blurts it out for all to read: "The problem is not Hafeez's fitness, it's his form."

Ahsan Manzoor: "Although Misbah has responded to the critics by his performance but he also needs to take some part of the advice and be a little more aggressive in the second test."

9.45 am Already a couple of sizeable, long cracks running around good length on the pitch. It is a fresh wicket but the Harare square has seen 11 international games alone this year. There is a greenish tinge, probably to try and hold it together as long as possible. But it also means the first session will be hard for the batsmen, says Dirk Viljoen. The grass is thicker and greener on one side of the wicket, and Viljoen feels the fast bowlers will bowl into that end

9.30am Taylor wins the toss and Zimbabwe will bat

Brendan Taylor says he does not want to bat last on this pitch, which has had less than three days of preparation after the first Test ended on Saturday. With Taylor returning after sitting out the first Test to be with his fiancee and newborn son, Sikandar Raza is unfortunate to miss out. Brian Vitori replaces Shingi Masakadza, who was one of the three Zimbabwe quicks who had to bowl on and on in the first Test. Only one spinner for Zimbabwe then

Misbah: "I never believe toss is anything in the game. I don't mind bowling first. They don't have many spinners, so even if we are batting last, it does not matter." Pakistan are unchanged. So Mohammad Hafeez is presumably fit, and Khurram Manzoor and Rahat Ali rightly get another chance

While we wait for Zimbabwe's final game of 2013 to start, you can sample the match preview, and also find out why both sides are concerned about the pitch

Sajid: "batting first seems a wise decision on this pitch of harare ... now if taylor and co could post a decent score than we will have another exciting test match to witness... one thing is for sure.. inclusion of taylor is a big boost for zimbabwe ...."

Azeem: "Avoid batting last is probably the only reason by Zim to bat"

9.20am Welcome to our coverage of the second Test between Zimbabwe and Pakistan in Harare. Toss coming up in ten minutes

0.1

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, no run, on target first ball, and beaten first ball, good length ball pitches outside leg and rips across the prod

0.2

Junaid Khan to Mawoyo, OUT, Junaid needs just two deliveries, and umpire Davis raises the finger, similar delivery, pitched outside leg, zoomed across the right-hander, was even closer to him this time, there was a noise as it passed him, and flew to the keeper, could have hit the back thigh pad, Mawoyo was casually walking towards square leg even as Pakistan were appealing, he did not seem to think he was in trouble, replays suggest it was the thigh pad

TMK Mawoyo c †Adnan Akmal b Junaid Khan 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.3

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, oh dear, oh dear, he pads up first ball, Junaid screams out the appeal, but umpire Davis says no this time, this pitched on leg stump, so no doubts there, it moved in as well, but hit above the pad, going over

0.4

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, forward now to defend a good length ball

0.5

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, Junaid is looking like striking every ball, rips a length delivery past another uncertain prod

0.6

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, half a shout for leg before, Masakadza is hit on the pad before bat can come down on the length delivery, this is sharp stuff from Junaid, probably going over

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 0/1

    • H Masakadza 0 (4b)
    • V Sibanda 0 (0b)
    • Junaid Khan 1-1-0-1
1.1

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, fullish and slanted across, straightens outside off, left alone

1.2

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, left alone again outside off, good carry to the keeper

1.3

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, now this almost carries to backward point, Sibanda likes to cut, there is not a lot of width here, there is plenty of bounce, and he fails to keep the shot down, luckily, it dies at the fielder's feet, inches in front

1.4

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, straightens from back of a length, pushed away

1.5

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, big movement into the right-hander, there was a lot of angle as it started across, but pitched outside off and came in, that is a lot of deviation, but was a safe leave

1.6

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, this was not safe at all, this nearly took out off stump as Rahat got it to move in again, Sibanda had already shouldered arms on the original line

End of over 2 (maiden) Zimbabwe 0/1

    • V Sibanda 0 (6b)
    • H Masakadza 0 (4b)
    • Rahat Ali 1-1-0-0
    • Junaid Khan 1-1-0-1
2.1

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, Junaid's hitting the pads more than Zimbabwe are finding bat on ball, but this length ball pitched just outside leg stump

2.2

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, and nearly again, Junaid half turned around to belt out another appeal but realised there was an inside edge this time

Nduru: "It's not fair that Zimbabwe have to be on the wrong end of poor umpiring decisions! They struggle enough without losing wickets in that way."

2.3

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, pitched up outside off stump, pushed away to point

2.4

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, not really coming forward on this length ball and stabs it off the toe end to gully

2.5

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, there is an appeal almost every second delivery here, Masakadza is thrusting forward this time, and is hit on the pad flap, too high, but living on a very slippery edge

2.6

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, Junaid Khan you beauty, he sends one more whizzing past the outside edge, these ones are starting outside leg, and the right-hander has to play at them, fortunately for him, he does not

End of over 3 (maiden) Zimbabwe 0/1

    • H Masakadza 0 (10b)
    • V Sibanda 0 (6b)
    • Junaid Khan 2-2-0-1
    • Rahat Ali 1-1-0-0
3.1

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, angled across full, straightens, but this line is good enough to leave without trouble

3.2

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, moves in on the stumps now, rolls away off the pad

3.3

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, blocked off the back foot

3.4

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, now Rahat into the act, different from Junaid, pitches it full on off stump for the drive, it swings in a tad too, inducing the batsman even more to go for the stroke, and when he does, it moves away to beat him, super

3.5

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, this is wider outside off ans safely left alone

3.6

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, pitches back of a length and jags back in, hitting him on the body

End of over 4 (maiden) Zimbabwe 0/1

    • V Sibanda 0 (12b)
    • H Masakadza 0 (10b)
    • Rahat Ali 2-2-0-0
    • Junaid Khan 2-2-0-1

Taylor did not want to bat last. Batting first is not looking any easier at the moment

James: "So, what's going on here? Lively pitch, top class bowling or indifferent batting? A combination of all 3 I suspect."

4.1

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, 1 run, pushes forward and gets a thick edge to point for a single

4.2

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, he is playing off the back foot, but is still hurried in playing this one, jabs it towards gully

4.3

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, forward this time, and defends

4.4

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, fine leave, this was not too short but kicked at him, he pulled bat inside the line quickly

4.5

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, leans forward to defend and the motion takes him outside the crease, pat arrives the throw from short leg, hits the stumps, but Sibanda is back by then, no let-up here

4.6

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, played out to point

End of over 5 (1 run) Zimbabwe 1/1

    • V Sibanda 0 (17b)
    • H Masakadza 1 (11b)
    • Junaid Khan 3-2-1-1
    • Rahat Ali 2-2-0-0
5.1

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, hurls it full outside off from wide of the crease but after Junaid's relentless barrage, these ones are a lot easier to leave

5.2

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, much better delivery, pitched good length and holding the line on middle, defended off the front foot

5.3

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, normal left-hander's delivery slanted across the right-hander, left alone

Nduru: "The first hour of a test is crucial and seldom easy for the batting side. If you choose to bat first, you must back yourself to guts it out and get through it, which is what Zim must do."

5.4

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, he's decided to chase this full delivery, it was quite wide, Pakistan go up in appeal for caught behind, but didn't seem to be bat involved

5.5

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, similar delivery, not as wide as the previous one, this time he lets it go

5.6

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, back of a length, going across, he drops the wrists and lets it pass

End of over 6 (maiden) Zimbabwe 1/1

    • H Masakadza 1 (17b)
    • V Sibanda 0 (17b)
    • Rahat Ali 3-3-0-0
    • Junaid Khan 3-2-1-1

Junaid round the stumps

6.1

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, a different set of troubles now for Zimbabwe, Junaid angles it in now, so you cannot look to leave, then he takes it away, and you are beaten

6.2

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, bowled fuller and it is driven back strongly, but Junaid is in the way and has taken pace off it

6.3

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, length ball left alone outside off

6.4

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, angled in good length, he comes forward and pushes to mid on

over the stumps

6.5

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, good length delivery, going across, allowed to carry on

NABEEL ALAM: "Junaid is leaking runs." Terrible economy rate really, 0.25, these young fast bowlers will do anything for wickets

6.6

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, pitches outside leg, Sibanda misses and takes it on the pads

End of over 7 (maiden) Zimbabwe 1/1

    • V Sibanda 0 (23b)
    • H Masakadza 1 (17b)
    • Junaid Khan 4-3-1-1
    • Rahat Ali 3-3-0-0
7.1

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, hits the bat hard from back of a length, is jabbed away square on off

7.2

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, nicely forward this time to defend a good length delivery towards gully

7.3

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, sharp delivery, angled across close to off, straightens and bounces, left alone

7.4

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, hurled too wide this time

Syed Hassan Raza Shah: "With the type of swing Rahat producing here , he can impress any one on the nets but to establish his place in International team he must take some wickets also ."

7.5

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, beaten now, tried to cover the line of this short of a length ball but his feet were not moving, the ball was, away, and zipped past the edge

7.6

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run

End of over 8 (maiden) Zimbabwe 1/1

    • H Masakadza 1 (23b)
    • V Sibanda 0 (23b)
    • Rahat Ali 4-4-0-0
    • Junaid Khan 4-3-1-1
8.1

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, hits the pad with a fuller delivery but this clearly pitched outside leg

8.2

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, pitches it up and slants it across, Sibanda moves forward a touch late but is able to push it away firmly

8.3

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, 1 run, tries the short ball now, but it starts too far outside leg and Sibanda manages to mishit a pull past short leg

8.4

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, on target now, good length on middle and leg, he goes across and defends

8.5

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, how many times have we seen this happen this morning? Beaten on the push as a length delivery jags across

8.6

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, 4 runs, driven through midwicket and even as Ajmal seems to have plucked it back about an inch before the rope, they have run four anyway

End of over 9 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 6/1

    • H Masakadza 5 (26b)
    • V Sibanda 1 (26b)
    • Junaid Khan 5-3-6-1
    • Rahat Ali 4-4-0-0

Rahat round the stumps

9.1

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, FOUR, rushes on and jags in from just short of driving length, Sibanda is caught on the crease, but picks up four with a thick insid edge

9.2

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, 1 run, gets off strike with a single to cover

9.3

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, pushes forward and defends towards point

9.4

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, tries to use the angle and work it square, but finds short leg in the way

9.5

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, pushes forward and shoulders arms, even as this length delivery moves in sharply after pitching good length, safe in the end

Fatir: "In such conditions, I reckon Pakistan are sorely missing the 3rd seamer here." Will have to wait on that till the spinners have bowled

9.6

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, he is getting it to move in from round the stumps, Masakadza moves forward but cannot get bat to it, is hit high on the pad

End of over 10 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 11/1

    • H Masakadza 5 (30b)
    • V Sibanda 6 (28b 1x4)
    • Rahat Ali 5-4-5-0
    • Junaid Khan 5-3-6-1
10.1

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, 1 run, well done, confident forward stride and solid push on the off side close to the pitch, they take on Junaid for the run, and even as the fast bowler rushes for the ball, a call comes from the cordon that they have already made it

10.2

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, caught on the crease and hit high on the pad as Junaid moves it in from back of a length

10.3

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, FOUR, lucky again, after so many misses, when Pakistan produce an edge, it flies between gully and point, excellent delivery, angled in sharply to the pad, Masakadza tried to turn it to leg, but it straightened sharply to ping the leading edge

10.4

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, 2 runs, on the pad again and this time he pushes it comfortably through midwicket

10.5

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, left alone outside off

10.6

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, tries to drive off the front foot but mishits it to mid on

End of over 11 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 18/1

    • H Masakadza 11 (35b 1x4)
    • V Sibanda 7 (29b 1x4)
    • Junaid Khan 6-3-13-1
    • Rahat Ali 5-4-5-0

James: "Probably good news for Zimbabwe that Irfan isn't playing. He and Junaid would be scary on this wicket."

Younis Khan has been called on to perform the role of a third seamer

11.1

Younis Khan to Sibanda, 1 run, gets big inswing first ball, Sibanda is reaching for it forward and inside edges to fine leg

11.2

Younis Khan to Masakadza, no run, gentle length ball, not too much inswing, left alone

11.3

Younis Khan to Masakadza, no run, comes forward and defends to extra cover, covering for the bit of inward shape

11.4

Younis Khan to Masakadza, no run, widish length delivery, he takes a step forward and lets it go

11.5

Younis Khan to Masakadza, no run, steady stuff now, easily punched from the crease to mid on

11.6

Younis Khan to Masakadza, no run, gets him to drive with a pitched up ball, straight to extra cover

End of over 12 (1 run) Zimbabwe 19/1

    • H Masakadza 11 (40b 1x4)
    • V Sibanda 8 (30b 1x4)
    • Younis Khan 1-0-1-0
    • Junaid Khan 6-3-13-1

The pitch has done something, but that has been the normal first-hour stuff you would expect on a greenish wicket

12.1

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, right forward to defend a length ball to the bowler

12.2

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, 2 runs, opens the face and squeezes a pitched up ball through cover

Saniya: "It's weird watching Younis Khan bowl...."

12.3

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, bouncer angle din now, comfortably ducked under

12.4

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, defends off the front foot and thinks about the single but this is straight to extra cover

Shahbaz Salamat: "I feel there is similarity in the bowling style and speed between Younis Khan and MS Dhoni....i think both should bowl regularly not in test even in ODIs...."

over the stumps

12.5

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, FOUR, nicely done, moves forward and eases a full delivery past the bowler, who is annoyed with himself

12.6

Junaid Khan to Sibanda, no run, good leave, this climbs steeply from short of a length, and goes over the stumps

End of over 13 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 25/1

    • V Sibanda 14 (36b 2x4)
    • H Masakadza 11 (40b 1x4)
    • Junaid Khan 7-3-19-1
    • Younis Khan 1-0-1-0
13.1

Younis Khan to Masakadza, no run, pushes a length ball back to the bowler

Kelvin Nkabinde: "I don't understand the ideology and thinking behind dropping Sikandar Raza who performed very well on debut against a good Pakistan bowling attack. Tino Mawoyo who has struggled could have been dropped. sibanda and masakadza should have opened and Raza could have been fitted in the middle order batsmen slot."

13.2

Younis Khan to Masakadza, no run, harmless good-length stuff, easily defended to cover

13.3

Younis Khan to Masakadza, FOUR, full and wide, and Masakadza, who hasn't had much to get after, attacks it, dismissing it powerfully past extra cover

13.4

Younis Khan to Masakadza, no run, moves in to off and middle, is punched away to midwicket

13.5

Younis Khan to Masakadza, no run, some excitement this time for the fielders, Masakadza is late in getting forward, the length ball comes in, hits the pad high, and goes towards the two slips

13.6

Younis Khan to Masakadza, no run, good one, came in sharply from outside off, safely left alone

On another day, Pakistan could have had several wickets by now. On another day, Mawoyo would not have been given out. Zimbabwe have come through the first hour one down. They'll take it. Kanishkaa Balachandran will take you through the second hour now

John Kachere: "As a realist and a Zimbabwean, I think if we can drag this match to day 5 again, it will be a victory"

End of over 14 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 29/1

    • H Masakadza 15 (46b 2x4)
    • V Sibanda 14 (36b 2x4)
    • Younis Khan 2-0-5-0
    • Junaid Khan 7-3-19-1

Thanks Abhishek. Looking at the way Junaid has bowled, you would think Pakistan should have claimed five by now

14.1

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, he sprays that wide outside off from over the wicket, he is not interested in chasing that

14.2

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, much better this time, lands outside off and it straightens before reaching the keeper

14.3

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, makes him play this time, on middle and he stays right behind the line and defends

14.4

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, this was short of a length fired outside off, he watchfully leaves it to the keeper

14.5

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, bends it closer to the off stump and he's drawn forward to defend

Mehreen: "It is a bittersweet feeling that the same team will take field against SL in Oct with the exception of maybe an opener and Irfan"

14.6

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, that was a nice looking drive, on the front foot and off the meat of the bat but straight to mid-off

Farhad: "I think pakistan missing Wahab riaz, in this wicket he will be better then Rahat."

End of over 15 (maiden) Zimbabwe 29/1

    • V Sibanda 14 (42b 2x4)
    • H Masakadza 15 (46b 2x4)
    • Rahat Ali 6-5-5-0
    • Younis Khan 2-0-5-0
15.1

Younis Khan to Masakadza, 2 runs, Younis drifts towards the pads and he is easily whipped away wide of square leg, fine leg chases

15.2

Younis Khan to Masakadza, no run, gets it to curve towards the off stump and he lunges forward and defends

15.3

Younis Khan to Masakadza, no run, outside off and he doesn't offer a shot, Adnan fails to gather, he is up to the stumps

15.4

Younis Khan to Masakadza, no run, little shorter and he tries to cut it away but can't beat cover

15.5

Younis Khan to Masakadza, no run, Younis bowls from wide of the crease, fuller and he doesn't offer a shot

15.6

Younis Khan to Masakadza, no run, gets it to move back in and he punches it down to mid-on

Mpola7: "Zim Selectors are doing a poor job. They persisted with an out of sorts Maruma and it cost us the T20s & ODIs. Now Sikandar plays well, you still persist with an out of sorts Mawoyo. Always playing a batsman less."

End of over 16 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 31/1

    • H Masakadza 17 (52b 2x4)
    • V Sibanda 14 (42b 2x4)
    • Younis Khan 3-0-7-0
    • Rahat Ali 6-5-5-0

Two slips in place

16.1

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, no run, angles it towards middle and he stays just behind the line and defends

16.2

Rahat Ali to Sibanda, OUT, he's dragged it on! Sibanda goes for an aggressive shot and pays the price, it was short outside off and angling across from over the wicket, Sibanda shaped to pull but ended up getting an inside edge, the ball hits the base of the leg stump, he's on his knee after hearing the death rattle

V Sibanda b Rahat Ali 14 (75m 44b 2x4 0x6) SR: 31.81

16.3

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, lands outside leg and hits his pads on the back foot and an optimistic shout, that was way outside leg

16.4

Rahat Ali to Taylor, 4 leg byes, Rahat strays down the leg side and Taylor goes back and works it away off his pads to fine leg

16.5

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, hits it off the middle of the bat, short of a length outside off and he punches it to cover

16.6

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, confidently played off the front foot now, full on the stumps and driven back to the bowler

Shaheryar Ali: "@farhad,, Wahab Riaz would have been more erratic and way-ward as we have witnessed in the past, same like Rahat. But atleast Rahat can bring the bowl back in to the Right-handers. That is always a big-plus. Wis he could maintain a probing line-and-length like Juny.."

End of over 17 (4 runs, wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 35/2

    • BRM Taylor 0 (4b)
    • H Masakadza 17 (52b 2x4)
    • Rahat Ali 7-6-5-1
    • Younis Khan 3-0-7-0

Saeed Ajmal for the first time. Slip and short leg

17.1

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, little turn and he comes forward and knocks it to the on side

17.2

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, flatter and gets it to turn, knocked to the on side

17.3

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, flatter one and he comes forward and defends

17.4

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, flatter one and he comes forward and defends

17.5

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, 2 runs, he goes back at the crease and punches it to the off side

17.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, 1 run, goes back at the crease and he gets an outside edge wide of slip

Turn already in his first over to good signs for Ajmal

End of over 18 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 38/2

    • H Masakadza 20 (58b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 0 (4b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 1-0-3-0
    • Rahat Ali 7-6-5-1
18.1

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, FOUR, probably the shot of the morning so far, this was a pacy half volley outside off, forward and across and driven wide of cover, good timing

18.2

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, little short of a length, he goes back and defends

18.3

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, this was fuller and on the stumps and he comes forward and defends

18.4

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, nice line by Rahat, just a shade outside off and good carry to Adnan, well left as well

18.5

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, that's another confident drive off the front foot, good balance, comes across behind the line but can't get it past cover

18.6

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, good length on middle and leg and he defends on the back foot

Adeel: "Rahat Ali has got a few things going for him. He is tall. Has pace and can bring the ball back in. His action could be better. He need more of a jump to generate more bounce and needs to brings his arm over nearer to his ear. I noticed a notable difference he bowled with a round arm then a higher point of delivery."

End of over 19 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 42/2

    • H Masakadza 24 (64b 3x4)
    • BRM Taylor 0 (4b)
    • Rahat Ali 8-6-9-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 1-0-3-0
19.1

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, no run, gives it more air, he comes forward and defends

19.2

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, 1 run, gets on the back foot and shuffles and clips with the turn to the leg side

19.3

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, SIX, slogged away, tossed up on middle and off and he gets on his knee and slogs him over deep midwicket

19.4

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, tossed up slower and he comes forward and defends

19.5

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, looked like the doosra, punched to the off side

19.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, flatter and quicker and defended

Naeem: "We are short of specialist batsmen, irony is that our specialist batsman (Younis) wants to or is forced to become an all-rounder. Do we lack good bowlers in our team? This shows that our team does not understand its problems clearly."

End of over 20 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 49/2

    • H Masakadza 30 (68b 3x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 1 (6b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 2-0-10-0
    • Rahat Ali 8-6-9-1
20.1

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, lands it outside off and he moves it away slightly, he moves across and leaves it alone

20.2

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, similar delivery, angles it across him and Taylor isn't offering a shot

20.3

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, this was a tester for Adnan, really kicked up off a fullishg length outside off, Adnan had to collect it in front of his face and he fumbled as the momentum led him to fall backwards

20.4

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, this time he strays down the leg side

20.5

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, fires it outside off on a good length, good pace and carry to the keeper

20.6

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, this one moves away a bit more and has Taylor feeling for it across the crease, stifled appeal

Farhan: "@Naeem. How does bowling few overs by Younis Khan makes him an allrounder. It is a tactic used frequently, where relatively unknown bowlers are used here and there to upset the batsmen. So just chill..."

End of over 21 (maiden) Zimbabwe 49/2

    • BRM Taylor 1 (12b)
    • H Masakadza 30 (68b 3x4 1x6)
    • Rahat Ali 9-7-9-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 2-0-10-0
21.1

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, spins and he softly pushes it to the on side

21.2

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, 1 run, waits for the turn and works it to the leg side

21.3

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, no run, flatter one and he comes forward and defends

21.4

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, no run, tossed up outside off and he comes well forward and defends

21.5

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, 1 run, slower through the air and worked wide of midwicket

The Bans: "and supporters always shock me with selection blame. When Mawoyo was out against bangladesh with an injury we couldnt find a replacement and now he is back we want him out for Raza a batsman with only 1 first class century from some seasons ago. The only querry is on Elton on why he is playing as a specialist batsman?"

21.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, FOUR, lovely shot! Tossed up on middle and leg, Masakadza went well forward and got to the pitch of the ball and lofted crisply through the line down to long-on

End of over 22 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 55/2

    • H Masakadza 35 (71b 4x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 2 (15b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 3-0-16-0
    • Rahat Ali 9-7-9-1
22.1

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, angles it across him and he leaves it alone

22.2

Rahat Ali to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor keeps on the back foot and punches it away wide of midwicket

Imran: "@Farhan I agree, it's not asking Younis to be an all rounder, but by introducing him so early, the indication is that Pakistan have made an error and are one seamer light"

22.3

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, this one hurries on to him and hits him on the hip and rolls to the off side

22.4

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, hits his pads and lobs up towards gully where the fielder appeals for a catch, Rahat was appealing for the lbw but that was pitching outside leg, no bat as well

22.5

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, angles it across the right-hander and he leaves it alone

22.6

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, fuller and he tries to force this away across the line but gets an inside edge back to the bowler

End of over 23 (1 run) Zimbabwe 56/2

    • H Masakadza 35 (75b 4x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 3 (17b)
    • Rahat Ali 10-7-10-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 3-0-16-0

Junaid replaces Ajmal

23.1

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, comes round the wicket, Taylor prefers to stay back at the crease, manages to flick it to the onside

Rey: "@The Bans, in as much as Raza has a single 1st class century, he impressed on debut and that is what matters in the context of this series. Elton has been too costly as a bowler and i see him transforming to a full time batsman, which can yield better results"

23.2

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, little shorter in length and he goes back and he knocks it to the on side

23.3

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run

23.4

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, Close call for Taylor as he stays back to a ball that kept a bit low, managed to defend it in front of off stump

23.5

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, he stays back and knocks it to the off side

23.6

Junaid Khan to Taylor, 1 wide, the bouncer this time and it comfortably clears Taylor, wide called

23.6

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, shorter in length and he stays back and knocks it to the off side

Fatir: "The only solution to this all rounder debate would be a seaming all rounder. I think Hafeez needs to make way for a player who can bat and bowl decent medium pace. We didn't have any such all rounders after Abdul Razzaq."

End of over 24 (1 run) Zimbabwe 57/2

    • BRM Taylor 3 (23b)
    • H Masakadza 35 (75b 4x4 1x6)
    • Junaid Khan 8-3-20-1
    • Rahat Ali 10-7-10-1

Change of ends for Ajmal

24.1

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, fuller and flatter and driven to mid-on

24.2

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, FOUR, poor ball, bowled short outside off, looking for turn, didn;t spin much, he goes on the back foot and punches it wide of cover

24.3

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run

24.4

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, FOUR, risky! This was the quicker one that straightened, Masakadza poked his bat out and got an outside edge that went past slip

24.5

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, flatter one and he comes forward and defends

24.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, pushed through a bit fuller and he plonks forward and defends

End of over 25 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 65/2

    • H Masakadza 43 (81b 6x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 3 (23b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 4-0-24-0
    • Junaid Khan 8-3-20-1
25.1

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, stays back at the crease and steers it to the off side

25.2

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, drifts towards the pads, skids through and he knocks it off his pads

25.3

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, outside edge but drops short of second slip, he pushed at it with soft hands and one bounce to Younis

Farooq: "@Fatir: Hammad Azam the best available replacement for Abdul Razzaq but he needs to be given more chances ...."

25.4

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, he angles it towards the stumps and he stays back and defends

25.5

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, bangs it in short and Taylor quickly ducks under that bouncer

25.6

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, switches to a good length this time and Taylor defends on the back foot

End of over 26 (maiden) Zimbabwe 65/2

    • BRM Taylor 3 (29b)
    • H Masakadza 43 (81b 6x4 1x6)
    • Junaid Khan 9-4-20-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 4-0-24-0

Should be the last over before lunch. Two slips and a short leg

26.1

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, he stays back and defends to the on side

26.2

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, quicker one, skids through and he gets an outside edge wide of slip

26.3

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, he gets forward and nudges it to the on side

26.4

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, smashes a full delivery down the pitch and Ajmal manages to stop it, he's in pain

26.5

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, looked like the doosra, he stays back and punches it down the track

26.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, round the wicket this time, a touch short and he forces it to mid-off

12pm: That's lunch and slow going for Zimbabwe after opting to bat. That's primarily because of some superior seam bowling from Junaid and Rahat, who threatened to nip out half the side by the first hour. But Masakadza broke the rut with some positive strokes. A lot will depend on him, since Taylor is back after missing a game. Pakistan would have benefited with a third seamer, to give the two main bowlers a break. Plenty of Ajmal and Rehman to follow. Join us at 12.40pm. Abhishek will take over then.

Tariq: "Bilawal bhatti can be a prospect for a bowling all-rounder, needs some work on his batting. But surly this can bat. No issues in his bowling though."

End of over 27 (maiden) Zimbabwe 65/2

    • H Masakadza 43 (87b 6x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 3 (29b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 5-1-24-0
    • Junaid Khan 9-4-20-1

Back for the second session. Rehman to start right away after lunch, there is a slip and a forward short leg

27.1

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, pushes forward and defends a tossed up ball on off

27.2

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, good length, tossed up again, middle and off, Taylor smothers it

27.3

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, this one is angled in and he turns it to midwicket

27.4

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, drags it flat and shortish outside off, but Taylor does not attempt to attack it, pushes it away

27.5

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, quicker, fuller, right on off stump, Taylor bends forward and defends

27.6

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, presses forward to a flighted ball on middle and turns it to midwicket

End of over 28 (maiden) Zimbabwe 65/2

    • BRM Taylor 3 (35b)
    • H Masakadza 43 (87b 6x4 1x6)
    • Abdur Rehman 1-1-0-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 5-1-24-0

Junaid, round the wicket

28.1

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, good length delivery angled in, defended

28.2

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, FOUR, gets it to straighten from a good length outside off, Masakadza pushed at the ball, it took the toe end and raced past the slips

28.3

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, comes forward and defends to point

28.4

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, 1 leg bye, angled in sharply, hits the pads and rolls away square on the leg side

28.5

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, pitched up, Taylor reacts a tad late but no harm done as he comes forward to block

28.6

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, jumps across outside off and gets behind the line of a short of a length ball

End of over 29 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 70/2

    • BRM Taylor 3 (37b)
    • H Masakadza 47 (91b 7x4 1x6)
    • Junaid Khan 10-4-24-1
    • Abdur Rehman 1-1-0-0
29.1

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, floated up on middle and leg, he defends to short leg with a big forward stride

29.2

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, gathers himself and lunges forward to block one on off

29.3

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, slight turn for Rehman this time, Masakadza defends off the front foot

29.4

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, reaches forward and plays it out to cover

29.5

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, much more bite off the pitch now as this one hurries and bounces, Masakadza is surprised as it hits the defensive bat hard

29.6

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run

Amid all the concern, this pitch has held up superbly so far, but this is only the second session of the game

End of over 30 (maiden) Zimbabwe 70/2

    • H Masakadza 47 (97b 7x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 3 (37b)
    • Abdur Rehman 2-2-0-0
    • Junaid Khan 10-4-24-1
30.1

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, moves across to defend an angled length delivery to the leg side

30.2

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, appeal for leg before, but even though Taylor was in the crease, he was hit well above the roll as he missed one that nipped in

30.3

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, now this one straightens outside off, and Taylor wary of coming forward, is beaten as he prods

30.4

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, plays out a good length ball to the off side

30.5

Junaid Khan to Taylor, FOUR, nice one, it kicked and held its line from just back of a length, Taylor was squared up, but the thick edge ran along to the third man boundary past gully

30.6

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, hops and looks to work it to leg with the incoming angle, but gets a leading edge towards cover

End of over 31 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 74/2

    • BRM Taylor 7 (43b 1x4)
    • H Masakadza 47 (97b 7x4 1x6)
    • Junaid Khan 11-4-28-1
    • Abdur Rehman 2-2-0-0
31.1

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, FOUR, Rehman tosses it up, but angles it too much into the pad, and Masakadza whips it over midwicket to reach his fifty, he stuck it out against the new ball and is looking solid now

31.2

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run

31.3

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, lunges forward to defend to point

31.4

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, goes back as Rehman angles it in from wide of the crease, punched to midwicket

31.5

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, flatter delivery, he goes right back again and blocks softly

31.6

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, straightening on off stump, Masakadza stretches forward to keep it out

End of over 32 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 78/2

    • H Masakadza 51 (103b 8x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 7 (43b 1x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 3-2-4-0
    • Junaid Khan 11-4-28-1
32.1

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, Taylor is not liking this angle from Junaid, here he gets another thick edge towards point as he looks to defend a length ball

32.2

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, no issues with the full ball as Taylor pushes solidly to mid on

over the wicket now

32.3

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, Junaid goes past the edge now on the changed angle, Taylor is very hesitant to come forward, pokes from the crease at a length ball leaving him

32.4

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, pitches outside leg, good length, Taylor pushes to midwicket

32.5

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, jumps across and plays out a short of a length ball to the leg side

32.6

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, this was overpitched but Taylor could not take advantage as he was late in coming forward, mistimed the drive to mid on

End of over 33 (maiden) Zimbabwe 78/2

    • BRM Taylor 7 (49b 1x4)
    • H Masakadza 51 (103b 8x4 1x6)
    • Junaid Khan 12-5-28-1
    • Abdur Rehman 3-2-4-0
33.1

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, stayed a tad low outside off, Masakadza is playing off the back foot and keeps it out

33.2

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, FOUR, gets some width on this length ball and cuts hard in front of square past the diving man at cover

33.3

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, 2 runs, he's gone after Rehman again, saw this flighted on middle and leg, and got down for a slog sweep, didn't get hold of it too well, it plonked down in the outfield at vacant wide long on

33.4

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, nicely bowled, tossed it up a lot slower, Masakadza got forward in time in the end

33.5

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, punched to mid on

33.6

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, tossed up and turning away a bit outside off, pushed away

End of over 34 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 84/2

    • H Masakadza 57 (109b 9x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 7 (49b 1x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 4-2-10-0
    • Junaid Khan 12-5-28-1

Junaid round the stumps

34.1

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, this is a full toss but Taylor has not managed any power or placement in pushing it to mid off

34.2

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, quick, skiddy length ball bouncing and straightening outside off, left alone

34.3

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, got bat before pad just in time as this angled length ball arrived

34.4

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, overdoes the angle, sends it down leg from back of a length

34.5

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, full delivery turned off the pad to midwicket

round the stumps

34.6

Junaid Khan to Taylor, no run, he bowls it short, even as it is looping past him, Taylor tries to ramp it over the keeper, misses

End of over 35 (maiden) Zimbabwe 84/2

    • BRM Taylor 7 (55b 1x4)
    • H Masakadza 57 (109b 9x4 1x6)
    • Junaid Khan 13-6-28-1
    • Abdur Rehman 4-2-10-0
35.1

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, goes back to a length ball and defends to the bowler

35.2

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, 1 run, forces a flighted ball to mid on, who is now deep enough to allow an easy single

35.3

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, angled in, he defends to forward short leg

35.4

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, straightens from a fuller length on off, Taylor presses forward

35.5

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, this comes in with the angle, Taylor is on the crease and turns it to short leg

35.6

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, bat well in front of pad on the forward push to block

End of over 36 (1 run) Zimbabwe 85/2

    • BRM Taylor 7 (59b 1x4)
    • H Masakadza 58 (111b 9x4 1x6)
    • Abdur Rehman 5-2-11-0
    • Junaid Khan 13-6-28-1

round the stumps

36.1

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, hits the pad with this full ball as Masakadza misses the push to mid on , but this is slipping down leg

36.2

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, 1 run, works a back of a length ball to vacant midwicket

36.3

Junaid Khan to Taylor, 1 run, comes across, opens up and turns a pitched up ball from the crease to square leg, not the best place to play this kind of length from

36.4

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, this nearly banged into the helmet, Masakadza thought he could sway inside the line of this bouncer, but it kept coming in, and then some more, missed by an inch or two

36.5

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, no run, played out to mid on

36.6

Junaid Khan to Masakadza, 1 run, tucks a short of a length ball behind square leg, but fine leg runs across to keep them to one

End of over 37 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 88/2

    • H Masakadza 60 (116b 9x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 8 (60b 1x4)
    • Junaid Khan 14-6-31-1
    • Abdur Rehman 5-2-11-0
37.1

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, 1 run, eases a full ball angled in, to deep mid on

37.2

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 1 run, nudges this length ball off the pad to fine leg

37.3

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, brings bat down from a massive backlift to push a tossed up delivery to short leg

37.4

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, 1 run, goes back to punch a length delivery to long on, which is what mid on has turned into now

37.5

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 1 run, pushed mid off, who is wide and deepish as well, Pakistan starting to push the field back

37.6

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, drives a flighted ball to extra cover

End of over 38 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 92/2

    • H Masakadza 62 (120b 9x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 10 (62b 1x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 6-2-15-0
    • Junaid Khan 14-6-31-1

Ajmal on

Jeremy: "Everybody criticizes Misbah Ul-Haq when he scores at a slow rate, meanwhile look at the strike rate of Brendan Taylor and I don't see anyone complaining."

John Kachere: "For the Zim team, the brief is SIMPLE: GLUE YOURSELF TO THE CREASE. Runs will come later on for now stay there! Do not throw your wicket away"

38.1

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, no run, defends in the air but there is no one at silly point

38.2

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, no run, full and quickish ball turned to short leg from around off

38.3

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, no run, goes across early to work with the slight spin to short leg

38.4

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, 1 run, turns a full delivery to mid on, who has been brought up for Ajmal, but is still not close enough to prevent the single

Mid on goes back now for Masakadza

38.5

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, comes forward to defend a flighted ball to off

38.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, 1 run, pushes forward, gets a thick inside edge that runs to short fine leg

End of over 39 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 94/2

    • H Masakadza 63 (122b 9x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 11 (66b 1x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 6-1-26-0
    • Abdur Rehman 6-2-15-0
39.1

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, goes back to a flighted ball, but it comes slowly off the pitch, and he is able to defend with ease

39.2

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, full delivery hit hard into the pitch, bounces at Rehman who cannot stop it, parries it away

39.3

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, 1 run, attacks an overpitched ball but there is protection at deep mid off

39.4

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, comes forward to smother it

39.5

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, punches a good length delivery to mid off

Nduru YeNgwena: "The survival trick is working well for these 2 at the crease. It's test cricket, the marathon of this bat and ball game"

39.6

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, again he is right forward to defend to the off side

End of over 40 (1 run) Zimbabwe 95/2

    • BRM Taylor 11 (69b 1x4)
    • H Masakadza 64 (125b 9x4 1x6)
    • Abdur Rehman 7-2-16-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 6-1-26-0

Nina: "Over the years I've seen unwarranted criticism of Kallis, Misbah, Dravid, Laxman and so on. At the end of the day their cricketing sides would be MUCH worse without them. Cricket isn't all about fours and sixes. You also need technically sound players with mental toughness. All of the above have that, learn to appreciate it!"

40.1

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, pushed back to the bowler

40.2

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, 1 run, knocks an overpitched ball on middle and leg to deep mid on

40.3

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, FOUR, mid on is not back for Taylor, and he lofts this flighted delivery over him to pick up his first boundary, off his 70th delivery

40.4

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, 1 run, now the man goes back and Taylor picks up a single along the ground to him

40.5

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, spinning into the pad, Masakadza forces it away, into short leg

40.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, 1 run, comes on the front foot, gets a thick inside to square leg

End of over 41 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 102/2

    • H Masakadza 66 (129b 9x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 16 (71b 2x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 7-1-33-0
    • Abdur Rehman 7-2-16-0
41.1

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, goes back to punch a length ball to the bowler

41.2

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, 1 run, pushes a full delivery to deep mid off for one

41.3

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, presses forward to defend to silly point

41.4

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, pushes a length delivery to cover

41.5

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, angled in full to off, he comes forward to smother it

41.6

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, FOUR, nice, Taylor takes on this flighted delivery and plays his swift, straight, hold-the-followthrough loft over the bowler

End of over 42 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 107/2

    • BRM Taylor 20 (75b 3x4)
    • H Masakadza 67 (131b 9x4 1x6)
    • Abdur Rehman 8-2-21-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 7-1-33-0

Mazher Arshad: "Its birthday of the coach Mohammad Akram, who turns 39 today. Interestingly, the coach is younger than the captain of team, Misbah-ul-Haq."

Ajmal round the wicket

42.1

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, angles it across the right hander who takes a step out and shoulders arms

Sightscreen issues now, advertising pops up on it, is then covered

42.2

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, full delivery on the pad but Masakadza cannot beat short leg with the tuck

42.3

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, punched to the bowler off the back foot

42.4

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, comes forward to defend to extra cover

42.5

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, on the pad, this time Masakadza forces it past short leg, but there is short fine as well

42.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run

End of over 43 (maiden) Zimbabwe 107/2

    • H Masakadza 67 (137b 9x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 20 (75b 3x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 8-2-33-0
    • Abdur Rehman 8-2-21-0
43.1

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, straightens on off stump, he comes across and defends

43.2

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, 1 run, flat and quick delivery punched to deep mid off

43.3

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, pops up to vacant short leg as he looks to turn it square

43.4

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, no run, tossed up high, he pushes forward, defends past silly point

43.5

Abdur Rehman to Masakadza, 1 run, thick inside edge off the front foot on the leg side, keeper runs after it, but they rush through in time

43.6

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run

Kanishkaa Balachandran to take you through till tea now. Abhishek Purohit signing off

End of over 44 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 109/2

    • BRM Taylor 21 (78b 3x4)
    • H Masakadza 68 (140b 9x4 1x6)
    • Abdur Rehman 9-2-23-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 8-2-33-0

Thanks Abhishek

44.1

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, he goes back at the crease and defends

44.2

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, flatter one and he stays back and defends

44.3

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, full on middle and leg and driven back to the bowler

44.4

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, flatter one and he clips it towards midwicket

44.5

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, flatter one and he plonks forward and defends

44.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, flatter one and he defends to the on side

End of over 45 (maiden) Zimbabwe 109/2

    • H Masakadza 68 (146b 9x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 21 (78b 3x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 9-3-33-0
    • Abdur Rehman 9-2-23-0
45.1

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, Rahat comes over the wicket, Taylor stays back at the crease and softly pushes it to the off side

45.2

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, fullish outside off and pushed on the front foot to the off side

45.3

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, angles it across him and he safely shoulders arms

45.4

Rahat Ali to Taylor, 1 run, he bowls it short of a length and he stays back and knocks it to the on side

45.5

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, no run, fuller in length outside off and he pushes it towards mid-off

45.6

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, 1 run, bangs it in short and he stays back and fends it to the on side

End of over 46 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 111/2

    • H Masakadza 69 (148b 9x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 22 (82b 3x4)
    • Rahat Ali 11-7-12-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 9-3-33-0
46.1

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, continues round the wicket, goes back and punches it to mid-on

46.2

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, close call! He went back and chipped it in the air, one bounce to mid-off who may have been a bit too deep

46.3

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, gets forward and tucks it to the on side

46.4

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, tossed up and he gets forward and defends

46.5

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, plonks forward and defends

46.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, flatter one and he gets well forward and defends

Mubashir: "Great fight shown by Zimbabwe specially from Masakadza. I believe this test will be more entertaining and competitive than first one."

End of over 47 (maiden) Zimbabwe 111/2

    • H Masakadza 69 (154b 9x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 22 (82b 3x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 10-4-33-0
    • Rahat Ali 11-7-12-1
47.1

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, fires that outside the off stump and he gets across and leaves it alone

47.2

Rahat Ali to Taylor, 4 byes, that really took off, short of a length and it kept rising, Taylor tried to upper cut it and it cleared Adnan and first slip

47.3

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, this one moves across him and he defends to the off side

47.4

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, this goes across him and doesn't bounce as much, left alone

47.5

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, drifts down the leg side and Taylor shuffles and fails to connect as he tries to flick it away

47.6

Rahat Ali to Taylor, 3 runs, gives him a bit of width and he moves across and punches it wide of cover and point

End of over 48 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 118/2

    • BRM Taylor 25 (88b 3x4)
    • H Masakadza 69 (154b 9x4 1x6)
    • Rahat Ali 12-7-15-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 10-4-33-0
48.1

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, FOUR, the reverse sweep! Flatter one from Ajmal from round the wicket, Taylor got in position early and finds the gap at third man

48.2

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, 1 run, drops it in front of mid-off and calls early for the single

48.3

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, on the pads and he gently nudges it down to short fine leg

48.4

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, flatter one and he looks to sweep, struck on the pads and he appeals, may have pitched outside leg

48.5

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, stays back and defends with soft hands

48.6

Saeed Ajmal to Masakadza, no run, goes back and clips with the turn to the on side

Aqib Merchant: "Great resistance shown by Zimbabwe but I don't see them crossing 250. I believe after this pair their resistance will crumble."

End of over 49 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 123/2

    • H Masakadza 69 (158b 9x4 1x6)
    • BRM Taylor 30 (90b 4x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 11-4-38-0
    • Rahat Ali 12-7-15-1
49.1

Rahat Ali to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length and he goes back and tucks it to the on side and sets off

49.2

Rahat Ali to Masakadza, 1 run, drifts down the leg side and he tries to nudge it away, clips the pads

49.3

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, short of a length outside off and he goes back and defends

49.4

Rahat Ali to Taylor, FOUR, edgy! This was full and wide outside off from round the wicket, Taylor drives away from the body, not much foot movement, ball flies past gully

49.5

Rahat Ali to Taylor, no run, drifts back in and he stays back and defends

49.6

Rahat Ali to Taylor, FOUR, comes over the wicket this time, Rahat errs by overpitching wide outside off and Taylor plays a more assured drive this time off the front foot, bisects cover

End of over 50 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 133/2

    • BRM Taylor 39 (95b 6x4)
    • H Masakadza 70 (159b 9x4 1x6)
    • Rahat Ali 13-7-25-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 11-4-38-0
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