Only Test, Bulawayo, Sep 1 - 5 2011, Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe
412 & 141
(21.4 ov, target 88)466 & 88/3
Pakistan won by 7 wickets
player of the match
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• The Report by Nitin Sundar

Pakistan ease to seven-wicket win

Pakistan surged to seven-wicket victory in Bulawayo, as Zimbabwe paid the price for throwing away ten sessions of hard work in one poor session on the fourth day

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Scorer: M Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Abhishek Purohit
Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe412/10(150.4 overs)1st INNINGS
Tino Mawoyo*163 (453)
Craig Ervine49 (106)
Saeed Ajmal4/143(54)
Aizaz Cheema4/79(28.4)
Pakistan466/10(156.1 overs)1st INNINGS
Mohammad Hafeez119 (177)
Younis Khan88 (265)
Greg Lamb3/120(28)
Ray Price2/69(50.1)
Zimbabwe141/10(56.3 overs)2nd INNINGS
Tatenda Taibu58 (131)
Kyle Jarvis*25 (81)
Aizaz Cheema4/24(11.3)
Pakistan88/3(21.4 overs)2nd INNINGS
Azhar Ali22 (37)
Ray Price2/35(10.4)

That will be all from us for this Test. Join us for the ODI series which begins from September 8 at 9.30 am local time (12.30 pm Pakistan time). This is Abhishek Purohit signing off on behalf of ESPNcricinfo. Thanks for all the feedback. Cheers

Mohammad Hafeez is the Man of the Match. Hafeez: "I am very happy and satisfied, we were away from international cricket for three months, we worked hard in the training camp. My plan was to play aggressively, I thought that if I played out too many balls, it would bring pressure on me. My bowling is up to the team requirement, I will give credit to the fast bowlers. The captain used me really well. It was a good Test wicket, the more you play on such pitches, you learn."

Misbah-ul-Haq: "I am pleased with the way we played, we were under a bit of pressure when they made 410, our bowlers did a tremendous job. We went with three seamers as there was a bit of green grass on the wicket, credit to their batsmen, they put us under pressure. We responded very well after that, I am really proud of my team. We were hopeful with the way the wicket started turning on the second and third day, we were sure if we bowled in the right channels, we would create pressure, and we got them cheaply in the end. I am happy about Cheema, the way he bowled, his attitude, he is a very hard worker."

Brendan Taylor: "Lot of credit to Mawoyo, he was outstanding, lots of positives but we have to improve. I think it was nerves followed by quality bowling, we let ourselves down a bit technically (in the second innings). Dropped catches did not help, there will be regret, but credit to Pakistan. We will keep improving. Harare (against Bangladesh) was a totally different wicket, lot quicker, we managed to get both games to five days."

Pakistan have wrapped up the win in just under two hours on the final day. Not many jitters in the small chase after Hafeez blazed away again. Pakistan were given the opening by Zimbabwe's jittery batting yesterday, and they barged in. Before that, they accumulated resolutely to get past Zimbabwe's total, helped by Hafeez's ton and those numerous dropped catches from Zimbabwe

Tino Mawoyo's marathon knock the big positive for Zimbabwe. Apart from that, a pretty solid debut for Greg Lamb, and Jarvis continues to improve. A timely welcome to Test cricket for Vitori after his fairytale debut against Bangladesh. He has lots of time to go back and work though

Miher: "Actually Pakistan is adding too much grit to middle order, Misbah, Younis, Azhar and Asad Shafiq (if he comes in) aren't even able to rotate strike. which puts too much pressure on the hitters...

Miandad and Moin were slow in difficult conditions but they always managed to rotate strike." They need all the grit they can find Miher. Those four names provide a pretty solid look to the middle order

Price to Misbah, FOUR runs

Misbah does it for Pakistan with a graceful straight loft to the long off boundary, just goes through with the shot, big followthrough, the ball trickles in to the boundary

Price to Misbah, no run

appeal for lbw as Misbah misses his slog sweep, that was going down leg

Price to Misbah, no run

guided on the off side, Younis wants the run, isn't getting it, too many men close around the bat in that region

Price to Misbah, no run

nudges straight to short leg off the front foot

Pakistan's immovable objects doing it their way

end of over 214 runs
PAK: 84/3CRR: 4.00 
Misbah-ul-Haq2 (4)
Younis Khan14 (28)
Greg Lamb4-0-21-0
Ray Price10-2-31-2
Lamb to Misbah, 1 run

fires it in full and quick, he turns it wristily past midwicket

Lamb to Misbah, no run

very full delivery, he goes for the sweep, straight to backward square leg

Lamb to Younis, 1 run

low full toss, Younis is happy to ease it down to long on

Lamb to Younis, no run

turning in on middle from round the stumps, Younis goes back to defend

Lamb to Misbah, 1 run

gets forward and nudges with the turn past short leg

Lamb to Younis, 1 run

lunges forward and drives with the spin along the ground to long on

James: "Like the look of Azhar Ali. Seems to add some grit to the Pakistan middle order."

end of over 201 run • 1 wicket
PAK: 80/3CRR: 4.00 
Misbah-ul-Haq0 (1)
Younis Khan12 (25)
Ray Price10-2-31-2
Greg Lamb3-0-17-0
Price to Misbah, no run

turns away and stays low, Misbah pats it away on the off side

Simba: "Taylor, Is Mpofu an infield cheerleader? give him the ball at least he will make better contributions."

Price to Azhar Ali, OUT

Zimbabwe hold on to a catch in the outfield, Azhar wanting to get it done with, goes for a heave, but the edge flies high in front of point, Lamb settles under it, it pops out on the first attempt, but he takes it on the second

Azhar Ali c Lamb b Price 22 (60m 37b 4x4 0x6) SR: 59.45
Price to Younis, 1 run

confusion, confusion, Younis wants the single, no he doesn't, he still wants it, Azhar has to alternate between accelerating and braking before putting in a valiant run to get to the danger end in time as the throw comes in from square leg

Price to Younis, no run

whipped off the pads to short fine leg

Price to Younis, no run

tossed up slowly outside leg, blocked down the track

Price to Younis, no run

eases a full toss to mid on, Azhar wants the single but has to get back

end of over 195 runs
PAK: 79/2CRR: 4.15 
Azhar Ali22 (36)
Younis Khan11 (21)
Greg Lamb3-0-17-0
Ray Price9-2-30-1
Lamb to Azhar Ali, no run

turning in down leg, nudged towards square leg

round the stumps

Lamb to Azhar Ali, no run

played out on the leg side

Lamb to Azhar Ali, FOUR runs

Azhar is getting this done with in a hurry, goes aggressively after Lamb, with the turn, not in total control but gets it over mid on to deep midwicket boundary

Lamb to Azhar Ali, no run

defended back to the bowler

Best performances - batters
Tino Mawoyo
TMK Mawoyo ZIM
163 runs (453)
20 fours
0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
68 runs
6 fours
0 six
Mohammad Hafeez portrait
Mohammad Hafeez PAK
119 runs (177)
19 fours
1 six
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
32 runs
8 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammad Hafeez portrait
Mohammad Hafeez PAK
Aizaz Cheema
Aizaz Cheema PAK
Match details
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
TossPakistan, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan tour of Zimbabwe
Player Of The Match
Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez
Match numberTest no. 2006
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days1,2,3,4,5 September 2011 - day(5-day match)
Test debut
Aizaz Cheema
Aizaz Cheema
Greg Lamb
Greg Lamb
Junaid Khan
Junaid Khan
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Ian Gould
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Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
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Jeremiah Matibiri
Reserve Umpire
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Owen Chirombe
Match Referee
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David Boon