Abid’s double ton, Nauman’s quick-fire 97 put Pakistan in command; Zimbabwe reduce to 52-4

From our correspondent

HARARE: Abid Ali (215*) hit his first double hundred as Pakistan declared their first innings at 510-8 in 147.1 overs on the second day of their second and final Test against Zimbabwe here on Saturday.

At the slow track of the Harare Sports Club Ground Pakistan resumed their innings with an overnight score of 268-4 and went on to add 242 more runs before declaring it by the final session where Zimbabwe were reduced to 52-4 in 30 overs. They trail by 458 runs and their tail has exposed.

Abid, who brought in his first double hundred in his 12th Test, added 169 runs for the eighth wicket with Nauman Ali who hit a 104-ball 97, having smacked five sixes and nine fours before being stumped by Chakabva off Chisoro.

Nauman brought in his first fifty off 86 balls. Abid remained not out, having smashed 29 fours during his 407-ball knock. He stayed at the crease for 637 minutes. Abid, who was not out on 118 at stumps on Friday, brought in his 150 off 317 deliveries and his 200 came off 393 balls.

Earlier in the day nightwatchman Sajid Khan frustrated Zimbabwe’s bowlers with a solid stay at the crease as he fell for a 54-ball 20, striking three fours. Mohammad Rizwan then fell prey to Tendal Chisoro, held at short mid-on, for a 32-ball 21, having smacked three fours. Chisaro got 2-131 in 40.1 overs.

In response, Zimbabwe were reeling at 52-4 at stumps. The wicket-keeper batsman Regis Chakabva was at the crease on 28 in which he had hit four fours. Zimbabwe failed to offer any laudable resistance against a tidy Pakistan’s pace-battery.

The debutant Tabish Khan got his first Test wicket in his first over when he had Tarisal Musakanda (0), trapped leg before. Hasan Ali then ended the stiff resistance of Kevin Kasuza (4) when he bowled the opening batsman after having faced 43 balls. Skipper Brendan Taylor (9) then edged Shaheen Afridi to stumper Rizwan. Taylor hit two fours from 16 balls. Off-spinner Sajid Khan then caught Milton Shumba (2) in front of the wicket to reduce Zimbabwe to 47-4.