Masakadza pleased with performance

HARARE - Hamilton Masakadza, Zimbabwe stand-in captain expressed satisfaction at the way the team conducted itself on the first day of the Test match against Pakistan on Tuesday.

The hosts pinned back Pakistan to 249-9 at stumps on day one at Harare Sports Club.

“Generally it was good day for us,” said Masakadza. “Our bowlers did well and bowled in the right areas, we also fielded but the ninth wicket partnership between Junaid Khan and Saeed Ajmal of 67 runs probably went longer than we wanted.”

Masakadza is standing in for regular captain Brendan Taylor, who is on paternity leave following the birth of his son on Tuesday morning, outlined his game plan for the second day.

“Our plan for day two is to get Pakistan’s last wicket as quick as possible and bat throughout the day,” added Masakadza.

Pakistan’s batsman, Azhar Ali who top scored with 78 runs from 185 runs before he was caught by Vusi Sibanda at slip off Shingi Masakadza said the intention was to bat through the first day.

“Our plan for the first innings was to bat throughout the first session without losing any wicket but unfortunately we lost three quick wickets which put us under pressure,” Ali said.

Ali was disappointed on missing out on a Test ton, he said: “I was looking for some runs but the Zimbabwean bowlers tried to bowl a lot of balls away from me. I think I should have kept my cool longer and could have made another hundred.”

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