Zim Board XI v Pak Academy, 2nd match, Harare, 4th day September 2, 2008

Manzoor leads Pakistan Academy to six-wicket win

Cricinfo staff

Pakistan Academy 366 (Alam 101, Manzoor 89, Cremer 4-83) and 267 for 6 (Manzoor 115, Majeed 63) beat Zimbabwe Board XI 328 (Ngulube 91, Chakabva 60, Talha 4-89) and 304 (Maruma 60, Kasteni 55, Majeed 4-80, Ali 3-42) by six wickets

Khurram Manzoor played a captain's role with a 127-ball 115 to guide Pakistan Cricket Academy to a series-clinching six-wicket victory over the Zimbabwe Board XI in Harare.

Zimbabwe went in to the final day leading by 172 in the second innings with seven wickets in hand and a realistic chance of at least avoiding defeat. But poor bowling allowed the tourists to stroll home quite easily at the end.

Resuming overnight on 210 for 3, Zimbabwe added 94 as they struggled against the new ball, especially the pace and swing of right-armer Anwar Ali, whom the top-order had handled quite comfortably on day three. Timycen Maruma, who looked good when the Zimbabweans were offered the light yesterday afternoon, added just four before he was bowled by Ali for 60.

The only batsman on the day to face up to the Pakistanis was Graeme Cremer (35).

The pick of the bowlers, whom Manzoor rotated cleverly, was the offspinner Raheel Maheed, who dismissed Sam Mwakayeni, Regis Chakabva and Prince Masvaure to end with a four-wicket haul.

Pakistan Academy cleaned up the Zimbabwe tail 20 minutes after lunch, facing a target of 267. They did that with aggression, their opening batsmen Raheel Majeed and Manzoor putting on 91. Majeed was particularly belligerent with 63 from 43, smashing six fours and two sixes. Fawad Alam, fresh from his first innings century, scored nine before he was caught behind by Regis Chakabva off right-arm seamer Mike Chinouya. But from there it was smooth sailing for the tourists, runs coming too softly against a weak attack.

Manzoor stepped up a gear up as the bowling deteriorated; the line and length was atrocious and there was no genuine pace ball from the seamers. He found the boundary eight times in his innings, falling to left-arm seamer Prince Masvaure, drawing a reflex catch from Tafadzwa Ngulube. But he had done enough for his side.

Masvaure also removed Ali Asad for 39, but Naeem Anjum (28) and Anwar Ali (2) saw the tourists home.