Brendan Taylor set to return for 2nd Test against Pakistan

Brendan Taylor was unbeaten on 23 when the teams took lunch on the fourth day of the second Test © AFP (File Photo)

Sep 13, 2013

Pakistan bowlers struck thrice in the first session of the fourth day but Zimbabwe took their first-innings lead past 200 in the second Test at the Harare Sports Club. When the teams took lunch, Zimbabwe were on 172 for seven, leading Paksitan by 236 runs.

Continuing from an overnight score of 121 for four, Rahat Ali got the first breakthrough when he dismissed Vusimuzi Sibanda. Sibanda was tempted to go after the medium pacer and ended up giving a faint outside edge that was pouched by wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal.

Zimbabwe failed to show the kind of resilience that was displayed by Tino Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza in the final session of the third day. Skipper Brendan Taylor was joined by Malcolm Waller. Misbah-ul-Haq, who started the day with — Rahat and Abdur Rehman — from either ends brought on Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan just when the new batsman began to settle.

The move worked for the visitors as Ajmal dismissed Waller. He came around the wicket and bowled a short delivery that Waller tried to cut past point. Waller failed as Khurram Manzoor latched onto a low catch to reduce the hosts to 149 for six. At this stage, the lead was past 200.

Junaid also struck as he dismissed new batsman Elton Chigumbura to leave Zimbabwe on 156 for seven. Taylor and Richmond Mutambami were at the crease when lunch was taken.

Brief scores:

Zimbabwe 294 and 172 for 7 (Tino Mawoyo 58, Hamilton Masakadza 44; Rahat Ali 3 for 41) lead Pakistan 230 (Younis Khan 77, Khurram Manzoor 51; Brian Vitori 5 for 60) by 236 runs.

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