Pakistan complete 2-0 clean sweep of a Test series against Zimbabwe; new records set

From our correspondent

HARARE: Pakistan took five overs to remove Zimbabwe’s last wicket when Shaheen Afridi (5-52) got rid of Luke Jongwe (37) to fold Zimbabwe for 231 after resuming their second innings at 220-9 after being forced to follow-on to complete a clean sweep of the two-match series 2-0 here at the Harare Sports Club Ground on Monday.

Zimbabwe could add only 11 runs to their overnight score and were folded for 231 as Pakistan sealed a huge victory of an innings and 147 runs on the fourth day. Jongwe hit seven fours from 70 balls. Blessing Muzarabani, who was batting on nought on Sunday, remained not out on four.

This was also the second time that Pakistan won a series of more than one Tests outside Asia during the last ten years. Pakistan on the previous occasion had beaten the West Indies 2-1 in 2017. Babar Azam became the first Pakistani captain who recorded wins in his four successive Tests since captaincy debut and the eighth skipper of the world overall.

Before him no Pakistani captain had won more than two successive Tests since his debut as skipper.

It was also the first time in Pakistan’s Test series that three bowlers got five wickets haul in a single Test. Hasan Ali produced his career-best figures of 5-27 in the first innings and Shaheen Afridi (5-52) and Nauman Ali (5-86) picked five wickets each in the second innings.

This was also the second time in Test history when two left-arm bowlers got five wickets haul in a Test innings. Besides Afridi and Nauman who did this in this test, England’s George Hirst and Colin Blythe did the same against Australia at Edgbaston in 1909. Hirst and Blythe, grabbed all 20 wickets for England in that Test.

Abid Ali was adjudged as man of the match for his superb 215 not out. Pakistan had scored 510-8 declared in their first innings. Zimbabwe in response were folded for 132 to face follow-on. Hasan Ali was declared as man of the series for his terrific bowling. He took nine wickets in the first game which Pakistan had won by an innings and 116 runs and claimed five wickets in the second Test finished today.