Zimbabwe 294 (Hamilton Masakadza 75, Brendan Taylor 51; Junaid Khan 4-67, Abdur Rehman 3-47 and 199 (Tinotenda Mawoyo 58; Rahat Ali 5-52)
Pakistan 230 (Younis Khan 77, Khurram Manzoor 51; Brian Vitori 5-61, Tinashe Panyangara 3-43) and 239 (Misbah-ul-Haq 79, Khurram Manzoor 54; Tendai Chatara 5-61)
Zimbabwe won by 24 runs.
Zimbabwe recorded their 11th win in 21 years of playing Test matches, when they beat Pakistan in Harare on Saturday.
The hosts won by 24 runs in the second and final Zong Presents Haier Cup Test match at Harare Sports Club – only their fifth win against a major Test nation and their third against Pakistan. It was also the most significant Test victory for Zimbabwe since they beat India in 2000-01.
The victory enabled Zimbabwe to level the series 1-1 following the loss in the first Test when they were beaten by 221 runs after they had crumbled on the final day, at the same venue last Saturday.
And yet the match could easily have gone either way!
Pakistan resumed their second innings on their overnight total of 158 runs for five wickets, requiring 106 runs to win and with five wickets in hand. Considering that one of them was their captain Misbah-ul-Haq (27*) who has been exemplary on the tour by leading from the front, the chase appeared well within the Pakistan means.
And Misbah was Captain Fantastic again, reaching his 21st half-century before lunch. It came off 142 balls and included five fours. Lunch found Misbah on 58 and Pakistan 217 for eight, 46 runs away from victory.
Then came the new ball soon after lunch and with it came Zimbabwe’s victory.
Tendai Chatara was the architect of the Pakistan demolition. He started off with a brace and added to it with key interventions which undid the tourists, on his way to a career-best five wickets for 61 runs and the player of the match award. He bowled for 23 overs.
First for Chatara on the day, and his third of the innings, was Adnan Akmal whom he got leg before wicket after he had added just three to his overnight 17. Chatara successfully set his snare again just as they were opening the dining room doors for lunch, and trapped Saeed Ajmal (2) lbw.
Then he completed his fiver when he forced Khan (1) to edge a straight delivery to Malcolm Waller at gully.
Zimbabwe had set their game plan well to attack the other end because Misbah was not going anywhere. Seeing the havoc being wrought around him and standing with the last man, Misbah thought it better to retain the strike for the 81st over. But Rahat Ali took too long to respond to his call for a quick single and quick action by Hamilton Masakadza to throw to Panyangara at the non-striker’s end saw Rahat (1) run out.
Misbah was left stranded on 79. And his opposite was left celebrating the end of a remarkable two weeks that started with the birth of son Mason and ended with a remarkable victory by number nine on the Test rankings over number four, pushing Pakistan down to sixth.
Pakistan’s Younis Khan was adjudged player of the series.