Dominant Pakistan complete series sweep
Pakistan have completed a 2-0 sweep over Zimbabwe following an innings and 147-run win on day four of the second Test at Harare Sports Club.
Pakistan needed to make one strike after Zimbabwe, who were following on, ended on 220/9 at stumps of day three. Shaheen Shah Afridi delivered the last wicket getting the outside edge of Luke Jongwe. This also meant Shaheen would take his second five-wicket haul in Test matches.
After a dismal first innings 132, Zimbabwe were folded for 231 in 68 overs in the second. Regis Chakabva (80) and stand-in skipper Brendan Taylor (49 off 31) gave Zimbabwe something to cheer about but the hosts collapsed from 142/2. Jongwe, on debut, has made 37 runs from 70 balls.
Left-arm spinner Nauman Ali also picked up a five-for (5/86 in 21 overs). He had a match to remember as he struck an entertaining 104-ball 97 in Pakistan’s first innings where he studded a destructive stand of 169 runs with double centurion Abid Ali.
Pakistan whopped 510/8 after electing to bat first. Abid, the player of the match, made unbeaten 215 runs from 407 balls. Azhar Ali also scored a hundred – 126 – his 18th in Test career.
Pacer Hassan Ali ran riot in Zimbabwe’s first innings. He took a career-best 5 for 27 following his match haul of nine wickets in the first Test. The 26-year-old was adjudged player of the series.
Pakistan players’ next assignment is the PSL which is scheduled to resume in June. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, are expected to host Bangladesh for a full series in June-July.
Pakistan 510/8d in 147.1 overs (Abid 215*, Azhar 126, Nauman 97; Muzarabani 3/82)
Zimbabwe 132/10 in 60.4 overs (Chakabva 33; Hassan 5/27, Sajid 2/39)
Zimbabwe (f/o) 231 in 68 overs (Chakabva 80, Taylor 49; Shaheen 5/52, Nauman 5/86)
Pakistan won by an innings and 147 runs
Player of the Match: Abid Ali
Player of the Series: Hassan Ali