Zim on top after day one

HARARE - Zimbabwe cricket side are one wicket short of batting after pinning Pakistan to 249-9 at stumps on day one of the first Test match at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.

Pakistan tail-ender Junaid Khan perished for 17 runs on the second last ball of the day after having a sudden rush of blood to the head.

His action resulted in him nicking a Tinashe Panyangara delivery to wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami for the seamer’s third wicket of the first innings.

The day started well for the hosts, with stand in captain Hamilton Masakadza winning the toss and electing to field.

The locals did not take long to settle as pace bowler Tendai Chatara ensured that opener Mohammad Hafeez was caught at second slip by Vusi Sibanda after 6.3 overs.

Pakistan were still trying to settle on 13 runs.

At lunch, the Asians were three wickets down for 74 runs after 29 overs following the dismissals of Khurram Manzoor (11) and veteran batsman Younis Khan (3) given lbw and bowled respectively by the three-wicket hero Panyangara.

Azhar Ali, who top-scored for Pakistan with 78 runs, took his team to lunch on 24 runs while skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was on 31.

Misbah did not last up to tea of day one, departing shortly after getting his 19th Test half century. He was caught at short-mid wicket by Sibanda off the bowling of Zimbabwe’s only full timer spinner in the current squad, Prosper Utseya.

The tourists went for tea with five wickets down for 156 runs in 58 overs with new batsman Adnan Akmal (17) and Ali on 63 runs.

Zimbabwe took charge of the period after tea, taking three wickets to leave Pakistan reeling on 182-8 after 71.3 overs at drinks but a 67-run ninth wicket partnership between Khan and Saeed Ajmal got the Asians back in contention.

Panyangara took three wickets on day one for 71 runs in 19.5 overs at 3.57 runs an over while Masakadza, Utseya and Chatara all have two wickets apiece.

The match resumes on day two with specialist spinner Ajmal on 49 runs, looking for his second Test 50 in 27 appearances and will be joined on the crease by Rahat Ali, who is still to face a delivery.

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