Mawoyo bats through as Zimbabwe post 412

Tino Mawoyo spent a total of 645 minutes at the crease hitting 20 boundaries during the course of his innings © AFP


By CricketCountry Staff


Bulawayo: Sept 2, 2011


Mohammad Hafeez scored and unbeaten half-century as Pakistan reached 116 for loss of one wicket on day two of the first Test against Pakistan on Friday.


The visitors still trail by 296 with nine wickets in hand.


Kyle Jarvis got the only breakthrough for the hosts claiming the wickets of opener Taufeeq Umar.


Hafeez was not out on 79, while Azhar Ali was batting on 27 when stumps were called.


Earlier, Tino Mawoyo became the third Zimbabwean player to carry his bat as the opener made 163 not out in his side’s first innings total of 412.


The 25-year-old picked up where he left off on Thursday as he stone-walled the Pakistan attack. Resuming on 82 he went on to reach his maiden Test century and then, as wickets fell around him, pushed on past the 150-mark.


When last man Chris Mpofu was bowled by Aizeez Cheema to signal the tea interval, Mawoyo had become the 47th batsman in the history of Test cricket — this is the 2006th Test match — to carry his bat.


The only two Zimbabweans to do it before him also achieved the feat against Pakistan. Mark Dekker made 68 not out in Rawalpini in 1993 while Grant Flower hit 156 not out on this ground in 1998.


Resuming on 245 for four, Zimbabwe lost Craig Ervine early when he gave Juanid Jhan his first Test wicket, caught and bowled by for 49, ending a fifth wicket partnership of 94 with Mawoyo.


Debutant Greg Lamb, however, dug in to add another 95 with the opener for the sixth wicket.


Mawoyo had a major stroke of luck when he was on 98 as Adnan Akmal missed a straightforward stumping off Saeed Ajmal.


It was his second chance as Sohail Khan dropped him on the boundary when he had made 25.


There was a little bit of uncertainty as he reached his century. Mawoyo thought he was running a leg-bye only to realise it was his all-important 100th run when the umpire failed to signal the extra.


Mawoyo spent a total of 645 minutes at the crease hitting 20 boundaries during the course of his innings.


Only David Houghton, who made 266 in 675 minutes against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo in 1994 and Flower, whose 201 not out against Pakistan in Harare in 1995 spanned 654 minutes, have produced longer innings for Zimbabwe.


When Lamb fell for 38, the Zimbabwe tail fell apart but they still got the side across the psychological 400-odd mark.


Saeed Ajmal bowled with guile and variation that often confused the Zimbabwe batsmen but he was out of luck by finishing with four for 143. It fell to Aizaz Cheema to clean up with tail and he helped himself to four for 79.


Tea was delayed for almost 30 minutes at the request of ul Haq with Zimbabwe eight wickets down at the scheduled time.


Brief Scores: Zimbabwe 412 (Tino Mawoyo 163*, Craig Ervine 49; Aizaz Cheema 4 for 79) lead Pakistan 116 for 1(Mohammad Hafeez 79*, Azhar Ali 27*; Kyle Jarvis 1 foe 16) by 296 runs


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