The test series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe did start irrespective of the payment issues by the board of the host nations.
And the first test match between Zimbabwe and Pakistan at Harare ended in a win in Pakistan's favour after the visitors' experienced campaigners came to the party in the last two days.
In the first innings of the match, Pakistan struggled against Zimbabwe's pace attack of T Chatatra and T Panyangara. The visitors were 3 for 27 at one stage until Misbah Ul Haq came in to rescue them. Misbah scored 53 and Azhar Ali scored 78 in the first innings to take Pakistan to 249. Saeed Ajmal contributed with the bat by scoring 49.
Meanwhile in the second innings, Pakistan's 'talented' bowling attack couldn't get so much from the pitch like the Zimbabweans. Zimbabwe ended up on piling 327 runs in reply to Pakistan's 249. Saeed Ajamal was once again the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan taking 7 wickets for mere 95 runs.
Zimbabwe now had a lead of 78 runs.
Pakistan came to bat under a lot of pressure after heavy criticism since no batsman was able to even reach a three figure mark. And they were once again in trouble as their opening pair failed to deliver once again in the match and were reduced to 3 for 23. In no time Younus Khan, Pakistan's most experienced campaigner came to bat.
He initially was watchful but as the time passed, he went on piling runs and runs. He was involved in two crucial partnerships in the same innings. One with Misbah, who scored yet another fifty while the other with Adnan Akmal who scored a hard fought 64 off 154 balls. Both of them made sure that there's no way for Zimbabwe to come back in the match. Pakistan declared their innings on 419-9 after Younus scored yet another double century for his team. This was his fourth. Zimbabwe now needed 341 runs to win.
As soon as the Zimbabweans came to bat, the chances looked slim. Not only because of the threat of Ajmal and Rehman, but because the batsmen were never good enough to play the wear and tear of the fifth day pitch.
In no time the team was reduced to 58 for 5 - Ajmal took no time to show his magic. In his second spell, he took two wickets in one over and that marked his fourth 10 wicket haul of his test career. Ajmal's twin strikes came just before the scheduled lunch break, which prompted the umpires to extend the session by 15 minutes. Pakistan took the remaining nine wickets on in the first session of the fifth day itself to get an emphatic victory.
Younus Khan was adjourned the man of the match for his outstanding 200* which is also his third double in a wining cause for Pakistan.
Brief scores-- Pakistan 249 (Azhar Ali 78, Misbah 53) and 419 for 9 dec (Younis 200*, Akmal 64) beat Zimbabwe 327 (Waller 70, Chigumbura 69, Raza 60, Ajmal 7-95) and 120 (Ajmal 4-23, Rehman 4-36) by 221 runs.
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