Harare: Centuries by Abid Ali and Azhar Ali put Pakistan in a robust place on day one of many second check in opposition to Zimbabwe at Harare Sports activities Membership on Friday.
Abid (118 not launched) and Azhar (126) scored 236 for the second wicket earlier than quick massive pitcher Blessing Muzarabani introduced Zimbabwe again into the sport by taking three wickets with the second new ball.
Pakistan had reached 268 for 4 on the shut.
Abid and Azhar got here along with the full of 12 within the eighth and crushed Zimbabwe’s bowlers earlier than Azhar edged out Muzarabani to gulp within the ultimate half hour of the day.
Azhar’s sacking was adopted by a second failure within the sequence for Babar Azam, captain and star batsman of Pakistan, who led Muzarabani to the purpose after scoring two. Babar was absent for a primary ball duck within the first check on the similar spot, which Pakistan received by one finish and 116 factors.
Muzarabani struck once more when Take a look at’s first centurion Fawad Alam dragged a brief ball over his stumps after scoring 5 runs.
Muzarabani completed the day with three for 41. His destiny of 5 on with the second new ball was three for 12.
Azhar did not give an opportunity on his approach to his 18th century testing. Abid was dropped on ’94 throughout an anxious development to his third Take a look at 100 – his first since hitting triple digits in his first two assessments, in opposition to Sri Lanka, in December 2019.
Abid had already spent 17 balls within the 90s when he stretched for a large and stolen supply of left arm spinner Milton Shumba and sliced an opportunity which was deserted by goalkeeper Regis Chakabva. It took Abid 19 extra deliveries earlier than chopping Tendai Chisoro, one other left-wing spinner, to succeed in the milestone along with his 14th restrict.
Abid confronted 246 balls and hit 17 fours up his sleeves. Azhar scored his factors on 240 deliveries with 17 fours and a six.
Zimbabwe began the day nicely, claiming the wicket of Imran Butt within the eighth. Butt landed a midwicket draw in opposition to left arm opening pitcher Richard Ngarava after scoring two out of 20 balls.
However Abid and Azhar settled on simple floor after seeing good bowling from Ngarava and Muzarabani.
Zimbabwe, already stricken by accidents to 3 high batsmen, had a brand new damage problem when Roy Kaia was taken on a stretcher shortly earlier than tea. On the bottom with a brief leg, he was struck with a heavy blow above the left knee by a shot fired from Abid.
Zimbabwe Cricket mentioned in a press release on the finish of the match that Kaia had suffered bruises and her knee was swollen and tender. He was unable to return to the sector however might be evaluated on Saturday morning.
Pakistan debuted 36-year-old sew pitcher Tabish Khan, who changed all-rounder Faheem Ashraf in the one change because the first check.
Zimbabwe additionally had a brand new cap in fast pitcher Luke Jongwe, who changed injured opening batsman Prince Masvaure.