Abid hits double century as Pakistan leave struggling Zimbabwe on ropes

By: AFP      Published: 08:53 PM, 8 May, 2021
Abid hits double century as Pakistan leave struggling Zimbabwe on ropes

Pakistan took total control on the second day of the second Test against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on Saturday, outclassing the home side with both bat and ball to take a big step towards sealing a 2-0 series victory.

Zimbabwe were 52 for four at the close in reply to Pakistan's 510 for eight declared, 458 runs behind.

Opening batsman Abid Ali made 215 not out and Nauman Ali slammed 97 before being stumped off a wide.

The Zimbabwe innings got off to a bad start when 36-year-old debutant Tabish Khan struck in his first over before a run had been scored.

Three more wickets fell before the close and Zimbabwe looked in desperate trouble with Roy Kaia not coming out to bat after being struck a heavy blow on his left knee while fielding at short leg on Friday.  

Kaia was Zimbabwe's top-scorer with 48 when Zimbabwe were routed by an innings and 116 runs in the first Test of the two-match series. 

He did not return to the field and seemed to be walking with difficulty on a heavily-strapped leg on the boundary edge on Saturday.  

Zimbabwe went into the match with three leading batsmen missing because of injury.

Zimbabwe's bowlers competed reasonably well until lunch on Saturday but took a hammering during the afternoon as Abid and Nauman plundered 169 off 199 balls for the eighth wicket.

The innings ended in bizarre circumstances. 

Nauman was 93 not out at tea. He hit the first ball after the interval for four but lifted his back foot after left-arm spinner Tendai Chisoro bowled a wide. 

Wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva reacted quickly and took off the bails, with a television replay confirming that Nauman was out. 

He had hit 97 off 104 balls with five sixes and nine fours.

Having scored most of his runs behind or square of the wicket in scoring his first 150, Abid blossomed with some handsome drives during the afternoon. 

Abid faced 407 balls and hit 29 fours in beating his previous highest score in Tests of 174 against Sri Lanka in Karachi in 2019/20.

Tabish, a veteran of 598 wickets in 137 first-class matches, shared the new ball with Shaheen Shah Afridi, who started with a maiden over. 

Tabish set up Tarisai Masakanda with a series of deliveries outside the off stump then trapped the batsman leg before wicket with a full delivery which snaked back.

Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi and off-spinner Sajid Khan all took wickets as only Regis Chakabva, on 28 not out, was able to reach double figures.

Zimbabwe v Pakistan 2nd Test scoreboard

Scoreboard at close of play on the second day of the second Test between Zimbabwe and Pakistan at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Pakistan, first innings (overnight 268-4)

Imran Butt c Tiripano b Ngarava 2

Abid Ali not out 215

Azhar Ali c Shumba b Muzarabani 126

Babar Azam c Kasuza b Muzarabani 2

Fawad Alam b Muzarabani 5

Sajid Khan c Chakabva b Tiripano 20

Mohammad Rizwan c Ngarava b Chisoro 21

Hasan Ali c Chakabva b Jongwe 0

Nauman Ali st Chakabva b Chisoro 97

Extras (b7, lb8, nb2, w5) 22

Total (8 wkts decl, 147.1 overs) 510

Did not bat: Shaheen Shah Afridi, Tabish Khan.

Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Butt), 2-248 (Azhar), 3-252 (Babar), 4-264 (Fawad), 5-303 (Sajid), 6-340 (Rizwan), 7-341 (Hasan), 8-510 (Nauman)

Bowling: Muzarabani 29-6-82-3 (1w), Ngarava 24-5-58-1 (2nb, 1w), Jongwe 17-1-68-1, Tiripano 22-5-83-1 (2w), Chisoro 40.1-7-131-2, Shumba 15-1-73-0

Zimbabwe, first innings

K. Kasuza b Hasan Ali 4

T. Musakanda lbw b Tabish Khan 0

R. Chakabva not out 28

B. Taylor c Mohammad Rizwan b Shaheen Afridi 9

M. Shumba lbw b Sajid Khan 2

T. Chisoro not out 1

Extras (b4, lb3, w1) 8

Total (4 wkts, 30 overs) 52

To bat: R. Kaia, L. Jongwe, D. Tiripano, B. Muzarabani, R. Ngarava

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Musakanda), 2-23 (Kasuza), 3-40 (Taylor), 4-47 (Shumba)

Bowling: Shaheen Afridi 9-3-16-1 (1w), Tabish Khan 10-3-22-1, Hasan Ali 6-3-7-1, Nauman Ali 2-2-0-0, Sajid Khan 3-3-0-1

Match situation: Zimbabwe trail by 458 runs with six wickets remaining in the first innings