Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Ankit: "Can Taylor come for a day, bat out and go again tomorrow. Because without him, Zim batting looks fishy. Figures crossed though."

Kashif Muneer: "It's actually not that bad that Pakistan got wrapped up early as the pacers should be able to use the swing on offer. I expect Junaid to be too hot to handle for this Zim batting lineup. Ajmal and Rehman will be devastating too and I expect Zim team to score in the 150-175 bracket." Anyone thinks Zimbabwe have enough batting firepower to get the lead?

Chatara to Saeed Ajmal, OUT, no half-century for Ajmal, he's gone on the first ball he face today, his unconventional technique worked well for him yesterday, but today his weak attempt at keeping the ball out fails, the ball slants in between the big bat-pad gap and crashes into the top of off, Pakistan bowled out for 249

Saeed Ajmal b Chatara 49 (93m 65b 6x4 1x6) SR: 75.38

90 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | PAK: 249/9

  • Rahat Ali0 (1b)
  • Saeed Ajmal49 (64b)
  • Tinashe Panyangara20-2-71-3
  • Prosper Utseya23-1-55-2

Khurram Shah: "I am just waiting for the 1 ball that Rahat Ali will face today in the morning. Will he survive???" There's your answer, Khurram

Panyangara to Rahat Ali, no run, solid defence first up from Rahat, it was a length ball angling in, no trouble for the No. 11

9.30am Pakistan's last pair walking out now. Rahat Ali to face.

9.15am Hello everyone, all set for the start of day two. Saeed Ajmal's 49 helped Pakistan claw their way back on the first day, though overall it was a day Zimbabwe will be happy with.

The home side's bowlers have done a decent job, but can their batsmen deliver? There will be movement early in the morning, which should be a big test for the Zimbabwe openers.

Ishan Jain: "1 ball remaining in the over, 1 run for Ajmal to score 50, 1 wicket for Zimbabwe, 1 run for Pakistan to reach 250..OMG, now this game is just on the edge!"


That's stumps. Well Ajmal will be nervous no doubt from now till when Rahat Ali takes strike tomorrow to play out the final ball of the over. Ajmal's on 49 overnight.

Nevertheless a balanced day of Test cricket. This stand of 67 has really annoyed Zimbabwe who were looking to wrap it up by the evening. Their bowlers had a good morning session and hit back after Misbah gave it away. A satisfying day for Zimbabwe you should say. Pakistan's seamers will come out firing with the new ball.

That's it from us here. Do join us again tomorrow. Stories coming up from Firdose who's at the ground. Cheers!

Panyangara to Junaid Khan, OUT, rush of blood for Junaid! He was looking to smash that out of the ground, Panyangara pitched it up and moved it away and Junaid went for the big hit over the off side, thin edge to the keeper

Junaid Khan c †Mutumbami b Panyangara 17 (79m 53b 2x4 0x6) SR: 32.07

Panyangara to Junaid Khan, no run, this one moves away slightly and he moves across and looks to drive

mudasir: "This partnership reminds me of wasim vs saqlain's one...147 runs for 9th wicket patnership at sheikhupura."

Question is, can Ajmal score 257*?

Panyangara to Junaid Khan, no run, stays back and softly pushes it to the off side
Panyangara to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, full outside off and he steers it just wide of extra cover and sets off quickly, 49 now
Panyangara to Saeed Ajmal, no run, not sure what Ajmal's trying to do, softly pushes it down to the off side and thinks of setting off for a single

89 | 3 Runs | PAK: 248/8

  • Junaid Khan17 (50b)
  • Saeed Ajmal48 (62b)
  • Prosper Utseya23-1-55-2
  • Tinashe Panyangara19-2-70-2
Utseya to Junaid Khan, no run, pushed through quicker and he blocks forward and defends
Utseya to Junaid Khan, no run, goes through with the arm and beats him, the keeper fails to hang on
Utseya to Junaid Khan, no run, clips it with the turn and the ball drops towards backward short leg
Utseya to Junaid Khan, no run, stays back and defends
Utseya to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, stays back and clips it with the turn to the leg side
Utseya to Saeed Ajmal, 2 runs, tucks it towards midwicket and sets off, there are overthrows as the fielder fires the ball to the bowler

88 | 9 Runs | PAK: 245/8

  • Junaid Khan17 (46b)
  • Saeed Ajmal45 (60b)
  • Tinashe Panyangara19-2-70-2
  • Tendai Chatara22-6-64-2
Panyangara to Junaid Khan, no run, comes forward and across and he pokes at it and nearly gets an edge
Panyangara to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he clips it off his pads wide of square leg
Panyangara to Saeed Ajmal, FOUR runs, that was a lovely straight hit, length ball on off and middle, leans forward and lofts through the line, two bounces and down to the sightscreen
Panyangara to Saeed Ajmal, no run, nips back in and he clips him down to midwicket
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Zimbabwe 4th innings Partnerships

1st13TMK MawoyoV Sibanda
2nd1H MasakadzaV Sibanda
3rd5V SibandaSikandar Raza
4th30MN WallerSikandar Raza
5th9E ChigumburaSikandar Raza
6th31E ChigumburaR Mutumbami
7th1P UtseyaR Mutumbami
8th0R MutumbamiSW Masakadza
9th11T PanyangaraR Mutumbami
10th19R MutumbamiTL Chatara