Pakistan a wicket shy of a 2-0 clean sweep of Test series against Zimbabwe; Hasan, Nauman, Shaheen impressive with the ball

From our correspondent

HARARE: Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali and Shaheen Afridi extended terrific performances with the leather to put Pakistan just one wicket away of a seemingly an innings victory and a 2-0 clean sweep against Zimbabwe in the second Test here on Sunday.

On the third day of the second test here at the Harare Sports Complex, after being forced to follow-on Zimbabwe were reeling at 220-9 in 63 overs in their second innings, still trail by 158 runs with the last pair at the crease.

Left-arm spinner Nauman Ali (5-86) and Shaheen Afridi (4-45) did the main damage in Zimbabwe’s second innings. Regis Chakabva, the stumper, showed some resolve as he hit a solid 80 off 137 balls to enable Zimbabwe cross 200 runs for the first time in the two-match Test series.

Chakabva hit 13 fours and two sixes in his fine knock. He added 79 runs for the third wicket stand with skipper Brendan Taylor who struck a quick-fire 31-ball 49, hammering ten fours. It was Shaheen who broke the partnership when he had Taylor, held by keeper Mohammad Rizwan. When the stand was broken Zimbabwe lost the next six wickets inside 79 runs. Luke Jongwe’s 51-ball 31 not out effort delayed Pakistan’s victory. Jongwe had hit six fours in his tight resistance.

Earlier, in response to Pakistan’s mammoth first innings total of 510-8 declared Zimbabwe resumed their innings at 52-4 and were skittled out for 132 in 60.4 overs. Chakabva, who was batting on 28 on Saturday, fell for 33, held by Abid Ali off Hasan Ali (5-27) who had a lethal spell that left the hosts devastated. Hasan, with his career-best figures, gave no room to Zimbabwe’s batsmen and the wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Donald Tiripano (23), Luke Jongwe (19) and Richard Ngarava (15*) were the other notable contributors for the hosts. Hasan was ably backed by off-spinner Sajid Khan with figures of 2-39 in 12.4 overs. Pakistan then enforced follow-on after gaining a huge 378 runs lead.