HARARE, (MANEND NEWS): National cricket team quickly took the one
wicket it needed on Monday for another innings victory over struggling
Zimbabwe in the second test and a 2-0 series sweep.
It took only five overs on Day 4 for Shaheen Shah Afridi to end it by
having Luke Jongwe caught behind by wicketkeeper Mohammad
Rizwan for 37.
Pakistan won by an innings and 147 runs at Harare Sports Club to go
with the innings and 116-run win in the first test at the same venue.
Pakistan also claimed a slice of history with Afridi’s 5-52 making him
the third Pakistan bowler in the test to take a five-wicket haul. He and
Nauman Ali (5-86) took five each in the second innings after Hasan
Ali’s five in the first.
It’s the first time Pakistan has had three bowlers with five wickets in a
match, and the first time it has happened in tests since 1993.
Zimbabwe continued on 220-9 in its second innings, on the brink of
defeat and still 158 runs short of making Pakistan bat again. The home
team added only 11 more runs to be all out for 231.
Pakistan controlled the match from the start and posted 510-8
declared after batting first, with 215 not out from opener Abid Ali and
126 from Azhar Ali.
The bowlers then went to work and were also dominant, with Hasan Ali
collecting 5-27 in 13 overs as Pakistan bowled Zimbabwe out for 132
in its first innings and made the home team follow on.
Zimbabwe was outclassed and only passed 200 once in its four innings
in the series.