Cricket

Zimbabwe vs Pakistan: Visitors within touching distance of win in second Test after excellent bowling performance

Bad light ended play with Zimbabwe on 220 for nine in their follow-on innings, 158 runs short of making Pakistan bat again.

Zimbabwe vs Pakistan: Visitors within touching distance of win in second Test after excellent bowling performance

Pakistan players celebrate the wicket of Zimbabwean batsman Brendan Taylor,right during the second test cricket match against Pakistan at Harare Sports Club, Sunday, May, 9, 2021.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi) /// [EXTERNAL]

Harare: Pakistan are on the brink of a second successive innings win against Zimbabwe despite a fighting performance by Regis Chakabva on the third day of the second and final Test at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

Bad light ended play with Zimbabwe on 220 for nine in their follow-on innings, 158 runs short of making Pakistan bat again.

Chakabva made 80 as Zimbabwe made their highest total of a series in which they have been outclassed.

Chakabva followed up his top score of 33 in the first innings by making his team's only half-century in the two matches.

Pakistan players celebrate the wicket of Zimbabwean batsman Brendan Taylor,right during the second test cricket match against Pakistan at Harare Sports Club, Sunday, May, 9, 2021.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi) /// [EXTERNAL]

Pakistan players celebrate the wicket of Zimbabwean batsman Brendan Taylor, right during the second test cricket match against Pakistan at Harare Sports Club, Sunday, 9 May, 2021. AP

Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali continued his mastery over Zimbabwe's batsmen, taking a career-best five for 27 as the host nation were bowled out for 132 in the first innings.

But Hasan, man of the match after taking nine for 89 when Pakistan won the first Test by an innings and 116 runs at the same venue, went wicketless in the second innings despite conceding only nine runs in ten overs.

Left-arm spinner Nauman Ali took five for 86 and left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed four for 45 in the second innings.

Chakabva batted aggressively in his 137-ball innings, hitting 13 fours and two sixes.

He shared an attacking third-wicket partnership of 79 with captain Brendan Taylor, who raced to 49 off 31 balls before being caught by wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan down the leg side off Afridi.

Chakabva fell when he edged an attempted big hit off Nauman to Pakistan captain Babar Azam at slip.

It was the start of a collapse in which six wickets fell for 35 runs.

With Zimbabwe's last two batsmen at the wicket, the umpires allowed an extra half hour's play in order to try to achieve a result but called off play for bad light four overs into the extra time.

Updated Date: May 09, 2021 22:04:09 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Pakistan vs England 2nd T20: Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan lit up Karachi in record chase
Photos

Pakistan vs England 2nd T20: Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan lit up Karachi in record chase

Babar Azam's blazing 100, supported by Mohammad Rizwan's 80-odd innings, helped Pakistan chase down and tied the series 1-1 as the hosts won the 2nd T20 by 10 wickets in Karachi on Friday.

Pakistan vs England, 2nd T20I: Discussion in dressing room was that we can chase it down, says Babar Azam
First Cricket News

Pakistan vs England, 2nd T20I: Discussion in dressing room was that we can chase it down, says Babar Azam

Babar Azam and his opening partner and wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan scripted a record-breaking win

Pakistan vs England 2nd T20I HIGHLIGHTS: Babar Azam (110*), Rizwan (88*) anchor PAK to record run chase
First Cricket News

Pakistan vs England 2nd T20I HIGHLIGHTS: Babar Azam (110*), Rizwan (88*) anchor PAK to record run chase

Pakistan vs England, 2nd T20I, HIGHLIGHTS: Courtesy a stunning partnership between Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan have chased down a target of 200. Babar notched up a century while Rizwan remained unbeaten at 88