Hasan’s bowling heroics seal an innings victory for Pakistan over Zimbabwe

From our correspondent

HARARE: Hasan Ali produced his best bowling figures of 5-36, for 9-89 match-haul, as Pakistan demolished Zimbabwe by an innings and 116 runs in their first Test of the two Test match series here at the Harare Sports Complex Ground.

On the third day on Saturday Hasan, who had taken 4-53 in the first innings, pulled off 5-36 to dismiss Zimbabwe for 134 in their second innings after having conceded a huge 250-run first innings lead. Hasan, who trapped lbw Kevin Kasuza (28), the opener, with a superb delivery that nipped in, then blew the tail within no time after tea to fold the hosts well away of overcoming the deficit.

Zimbabwe lost their final four batsmen inside ten runs. Besides Kasuza, who added 48 for the opening stand with Tarisai Musakanda (43) who hit five fours in his 84-ball knock before getting run out, skipper Brendan Taylor (29) and stumper Regis Chakabva (14*) were the other Zimbabweans who entered double figures as they were skittled out in the 47th over. This also handed Pakistan first win overseas after more than three years. Left-arm spinner Nauman Ali (2-27) picked the prized scalps of No3 batsman Milton Shumba (4) and skipper Taylor.

Earlier, in response to Zimbabwe’s first innings total of 176, Pakistan resumed their innings at 374-6 and were bowled out for 426 in 133 overs .

Fawad Alam, who was not out on 108 at stumps on Friday, went on to score 140 before edging Muzarabani to keeper Chakabva and was the last man to get out. Fawad struck 20 fours in his 204-ball knock, which came in 297 minutes. Hasan Ali, who was batting on 21, fell for 30 after hammering two sixes and three fours from 26 balls. Blessing Muzarabani was the pick of the bowlers with 4-73 in 31 overs. Richard Ngavara got 2-104 in 29 overs. Tiripano had taken 3-89 on Friday.

Hasan, who also completed his fifty scalps in his 12th Test, was adjudged as man of the match for his ferocious bowling.

Summarised score

Zimbabwe’s 1st innings: 176 all out in 59.1 overs (Roy Kala 48, Donald Tiripano 28, Shaheen Afridi 4-43, Hasan Ali 4-53); Pakistan’s 1st innings: 426 all out in 133 overs (Fawad Alam 140, Imran Butt 91, Mohammad Rizwan 45, Muzarabi 4-73, Donald Tiripano 3-98); Zimbabwe’s 2nd innings: 134 all out in 46.2 overs (Tarisai Musakanda 43, Brendan Taylor 29, Hasan Ali 5-36)

Result: Pakistan win by an innings and 116 runs

Man of the match: Hasan Ali