Zimbabwe bat against Pakistan in the 2nd Test at Harare; Brendan Taylor returns

Sikandar Raza (right) has been dropped as Malcolm Waller (right) was preferred over him. Brendan Taylor makes a comeback as the captain of Zimbabwe © AFP

Sep 10, 2013

Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat against Pakistan in the second Test at Harare. Brendan Taylor returns in the team as a captain after missing the first Test as he became a father in the morning of the match.

Zimbabwe have dropped Sikandar Raza and Shingi Masakadza. Taylor and Brian Vitori come in place of them. Taylor said that he doesn’t want to bat last on the wicket which might be underprepared as only three days ago the first Test ended.

Pakistan have fielded an unchanged side.

The hosts need their batting to be consistent. The bowling was impressive in the first match but the Pakistan batting in the second innings was stabilised by Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.

The hosts are had Pakistan in trouble for most part of the match until Younis’s double century. His 200 not out was instrumental in setting up a 221-run win. Saeed Ajmal’s 11-wicket haul pecked back Zimbabwe.

  
Teams:

Zimbabwe: Vusi Sibanda, Tino Mawoyo, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor (c), Malcolm Waller, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Elton Chigumbura, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Tinashe Panyangara, Tendai Chatara.

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Khurram Manzoor, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal (wk), Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali.

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