Zimbabwe finish day two at 52-4, trailing visitors by 458 runs
Abid Ali’s brilliant batting followed by top-class bowling performance has put Pakistan on course for a Test series win against Zimbabwe.
The home team were reduced to just 52-4 at the end of the second day’s play in Harare on Saturday, trailing the visitors by 458 runs in the first innings.
Regis Chakabva was not out on 28 off 71 balls with the help of four fours whereas Tendai Chisoro was one not out off 19 balls.
For the Green Caps, pacers Shaheen Shah Afridi, Tabish Khan, Hasan Ali and off-spinner Sajid Khan claimed a wicket each.
Earlier, Pakistan declared their first innings just after the tea break at the score of 510 for the loss of eight wickets.
Opener Abid Ali went back to the pavilion 215 not out off 407 balls with the help of 29 fours.
For the home team, pacer Blessing Muzarabani was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed three wickets.
An unbeaten 166-run partnership for the eighth-wicket between Abid and Nauman Ali helped Pakistan in posting a mammoth first-innings total against Zimbabwe in the second Test.
The visitors added 152 runs in the afternoon session without losing a wicket and finished at 505-7 at tea.
Abid went on to score his maiden double-century in international cricket and remained not out on 215 off 407 balls with the help of 29 fours.
He was well-supported by Nauman who is now just seven runs short of his maiden century in international cricket as he went back to the pavilion at the score of 93 not out off 103 balls which included eight fours and five sixes.
Earlier, Abid’s marathon knock has helped Pakistan in staying on course for a big first-innings total against Zimbabwe in the second Test.
The visitors scored 85 runs while losing three wickets in the opening session on day two and finished at the score of 353-7.
Nightwatchman Sajid Khan, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan and fast-bowler Hasan Ali were the players dismissed in the first session as they went back to the pavilion after scoring 20, 21 and nought respectively.
Luke Jongwe, Donald Tiripano and Tendai Chisoro managed to claim a wicket each for the home team.