Pakistan fightback despite Zimbabwe's dominance on Day 1 of first Test at Harare

Saeed Ajmal was unbeaten on 49 at the end of Day One of the first Test against Zimbabwe at Harare © Getty Images

Sep 3, 2013

Pakistani off-spinner and handy batsman Saeed Ajmal was on the verge of scoring a half-century when Pakistan ended Day One of the first Test against Zimbabwe at Harare at 249 for nine.

Ajmal was unbeaten on 49, after putting on a 76-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Junaid Khan. It was the second highest partnership in Pakistan’s fist innings against Zimbabwe in the first Test.

Tinashe Panyangara picked up three wickets. Pakistan batsmen failed to build important partnerships and were cheaply dismissed by Zimbabwe.
 
Earlier, Pakistan were reduced to 156 for five by tea on the first day of the first cricket test on Tuesday.
 
Fast bowler Panyangara grabbed two wickets before lunch and offspinner Prosper Utseya claimed the key wicket of captain Misbah-ul-Haq (53) before tea to keep Pakistan in check.
 
Azhar Ali was well settled and unbeaten on 63 off 151 balls with nine fours after batting for nearly three hours. Stand-in Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza won the toss and elected to field first after regular captain Brendan Taylor had to be with his wife, who gave birth recently.
 
Zimbabweans took the field only after the Zimbabwe Cricket Union agreed to clear the players’ dues before the second test next week.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 249 for 9 (Azhar Ali 78, Misbah-ul-Haq 53, Saeed Ajmal 49*; Tinashe Panyangara 3 for 71, Shingi Masakadza 2 for 40) vs Zimbabwe.

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