Zimbabwe managed to gather a 32–run lead to end Day Two at 281 for seven in the first Test against Pakistan at Harare. Sikandar Raza (60) and Maloclm Waller (70) build the stage for their team to surge ahead of Pakistan’s total of 249 with a solid 127-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Resuming post tea at 163 for three, Raza and Waller continued to strengthen their partnership when both came together at the score of 68. Pakistan pacers who tested the batsmen paid the price for being erratic in their approach. Saeed Ajmal too was left with little turn to trouble the batsmen but eventually ended being the most productive for the team picking wickets late in the day.
Raza completed his fifty on debut with a boundary off Junaid Khan. In the next over though, Ajmal found the much needed breakthrough dismissing Waller for 70. After a few overs, Ajmal enticed Raza who tried to hit hard and was caught but skipper Misbah-ul-Haq at midwicket.
Ajmal then dismissed keeper Richmond Mutumbami while Rahat Ali managed to remove Prosper Utseya late in the day. Elton Chigumbara though managed to hold on to a confident 40 and was accompanied by Shingi Masakadza at stumps on second day.
In the morning, Zimbabwe took little time in wrapping up Pakistan’s innings by dismissing overnight batsman Saeed Ajmal (49) on the second ball of the day.
With a handy lead and three more wickets left, Zimbabwe would be keen to accumulate as many runs as possible to take firm control of the Test after claiming honours at stumps on both days.
Pakistan 249 (Azhar Ali 78, Misbah-ul-Haq 53, Saeed Ajmal 49; Tendai Chatara 3 for 64, Tinashe Panyangara 3 for 71) trail Zimbabwe 281 for 7 (Malcolm Waller 70, Sikandar Raza 60; Saeed Ajmal 4 for 77) by 32 runs