Pakistan sweep to victory over Zimbabwe in Harare

AFP, HARARE

Sun, Sep 08, 2013 - Page 20

Pakistan took nine wickets in an extended morning session to beat Zimbabwe by 221 runs on the fifth day of the first Test at the Harare Sports Club yesterday.

Zimbabwe, set an unlikely 342 to win, were bowled out for 120.

Left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan made the initial breakthrough, taking two wickets in his first eight balls of the day after Zimbabwe resumed at 13-1.

Then spinners Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal took over, finishing with four wickets apiece.

Left-armer Rehman, who followed up Junaid’s opening burst by taking the next three wickets, grabbed 4-36, while Ajmal wrapped up the tail to take 4-23. Off-spinner Ajmal finished with match figures of 11-118.

Zimbabwe were in trouble from the sixth ball of the day when captain Hamilton Masakadza gloved a short delivery from Junaid to gully. Overnight batsman Vusi Sibanda was out LBW in Junaid’s next over to reduce the home side to 19-3.

Sikandar Raza and Malcolm Waller provided some resistance with a fourth wicket stand of 30 before Waller swept Rehman to backward square leg where the Rahat Ali stretched to hold a catch.

Raza was dropped by wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal off Rahat when he was on 17, but made only seven more runs before he was caught at short leg off Rehman.

Elton Chigumbura hit 28 off 35 balls before he became Rehman’s third victim, caught at slip.

Wickets tumbled and play was extended when Zimbabwe were eight down at the scheduled lunch break, enabling Pakistan to complete an early victory.