Chatara wins it for Zim

HARARE - Tendai Chatara took a maiden five-for and guided Zimbabwe to a historic 24-run win over Pakistan on the last day of the second Test match to level the series one-all at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

The win ended Zimbabwe’s 12-year Test match winless streak against top playing sides other than Bangladesh since the locals’ four-wicket win over India at Harare Sports Club in June, 2001.

With the victory Zimbabwe regained its Test ranking and is now on number nine ahead of Bangladesh while Pakistan slumped one place down from fourth position to fifth.

Misbah-ul-Haq was named player of the match and got a trophy and $500, Chatara got the same prize for being named man of the match while Younis Khan received a trophy and $1500 for being the man of the series.

Chatara finished with a career best figures of five wickets for 61 runs from 23 overs as Pakistan were dismissed for 239 runs five, overs after lunch.

The visitors needed 106 runs on the final day with five wickets in hand when they resumed their chase in the morning.

Pakistan lost their first wicket in the fourth over of the day after Chatara trapped Adnan Akmal plum for 20 runs. The tourists were six wickets down for 163 runs.

The seventh wicket partnership between Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Abdur Rehman (16) added 34 runs to the board before the later was caught behind by wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami off seamer Tinashe Panyangara.

Momentum tilted highly in Zimbabwe’s favour two overs before lunch when Chatara again trapped tail ender Saeed Ajmal lbw for two runs 11 balls before the break.

At lunch the visitors had slumped to 217-8 and required another 47 runs to win.

Misbah survived two attempts immediately after lunch, a miscued off drive fell short of being caught at mid-on while Zimbabwe missed a run-out opportunity as pressure weighed heavily on the Pakistan skipper shoulders in the first over after lunch.

Chatara had Junaid Khan caught at gully by Malcolm Waller. Two balls later a mix-up between Misbah and last man Rahat Ali (1) saw Masakadza and Panyangara combining in the run-out dismissal of Ali that gave the match to Zimbabwe.

This was a match were both captains remained on the field until the end but the Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor was the happier of them at conclusion.

"Beating a world-class team is a great feeling. We haven't had a bowling coach in six months so all the credit goes to the bowlers,” Taylor said.

“There's still room for improvement. We wanted to give our seamers a bit of a break before the new ball.

“Test cricket is about winning sessions and we might have done that. After the first Test, it's great to come back after a big loss and credit goes to all our players.”

Misbah remained unbeaten on 79 and after the match he gave credit to the hosts, who performed well over the two Tets.

“Zimbabwe really deserves that victory, they played very well in both the Tests and maintained pressure throughout the game,” said Misbah.

“If I was going to get something in my area, I was just thinking of making runs. Our bowlers did really well in these conditions but our batting is a bit of a worry and we need a bit of work there. We needed big efforts like what Younis Khan did in the first Test.”

Match Summary
First Innings: Zimbabwe -294, Pakistan - 230
Second Innings: Zimbabwe – 199, Pakistan - 239
Match result: Zimbabwe won by 24 runs

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