Pakistan 249 (Azhar Ali 78, Misbah-ul-Haq 53; 3-64, 3-71) and 419 declared (Younis Khan 200*, Adnan Akmal 64, Misbah-ul-Haq 53; Prosper Utseya 3-137)
Zimbabwe 327 (Malcolm Waller 70, Elton Chigumbura 69, Sikandar Raza Butt 60; Saeed Ajmal 7-95) and 120 (Elton Chigumbura 28; Saeed Ajmal 4-23, Abdur Rehman 4-36)
Pakistan won by 221 runs.
Zimbabwe failed to stand against the Pakistan bowlers and collapsed in 40 overs on the fifth and final day of the first Zong Presents Haier Cup Test match.
Resuming 329 runs behind and with nine wickets remaining in their second innings, Zimbabwe soon had seven wickets left. The first wicket to fall was that of number three Hamilton Masakadza, after facing just eight balls and putting up one run. The stand-in captain was caught by Azhar Ali at gully from the bowling of Junaid Khan. Then in the next over, Khan struck again: trapping Vusimuzi Sibanda leg before wicket, after the opener had added just one run to his overnight total of five.
Zimbabwe were now tottering at 19 for three. However, there was still hope because the Pakistan second innings had started off in an equally precarious manner with the tourists at one point 23 for three and coincidentally at the same point – after 10.2 overs.
But then Pakistan had Younis Khan. And Misbah-ul-Haq. And Zimbabwe did not have both. Or even one of them!
And so their situation got worse when, in the 24th over, Malcolm Waller’s sweep of Abdur Rehman found Rahat Ali at backward square leg. Waller had made 17 runs and a 30-run partnership with Sikandar Raza Butt, which was almost as good as it got for the hosts. He left it at 49 for four.
Raza Butt (24) was the next to fall, again to Rehman when he could only push his ball to Azhar Ali. And it was Rehman again for the sixth wicket, which was that of Elton Chigumbura who was caught by Mohammad Hafeez. That the all-rounder’s 28 was Zimbabwe’s top knock tells the story of the home batting.
Wickets fell at regular and close intervals. Thus six down for 89 up after 33.4 overs became seven for 90 in 34.4 overs, when the normally reliable Prosper Utseya was bowled by Ajmal for a duck.
Then two balls later Ajmal snared Shingirai Masakadza plumb, again for a duck, and it was now eight for 90.
Rehman would go on to get Tinashe Panyangara (6) leg before wicket, to finish with four for 36 in 13 overs. Ajmal capped the day for the Pakistan spin with another lbw dismissal of Tendai Chatara who swiped at and missed a doosra which then him in front of middle stump.
The story of the home batting again: Chatara’s total of 13 runs was the fifth best for Zimbabwe, with the rest of the batsmen perishing in single digits.
The second and final Zong Presents Haier Cup Test match between Zimbabwe and Pakistan is at the Harare Sports Club, starting 1000 hours local time on Tuesday.