Pakistan dominated the opening day of the primary Take a look at towards Zimbabwe on the again of some damaging tempo bowling by Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi in Harare on Thursday. Hasan completed with 4-53 whereas Afridi grabbed 4-43 as Zimbabwe — who gained the toss and batted — have been dismissed for a paltry 176 on a sluggish pitch at Harare Sports activities Membership. Abid Ali then replied with a stable unbeaten 56 whereas fellow opener Imran Butt made 43 not out as Pakistan closed the day on 103 with out loss.
Each Abid and Butt have been cautious at the beginning, having failed miserably in Pakistan’s 2-0 house sequence win over South Africa in February.
Abid took 13 deliveries to open his account however as soon as he obtained underway with a pull for 4 off Richard Ngarava, he eased into his work hanging 9 additional boundaries.
Butt, who had managed simply 36 in his first 4 Take a look at innings, was extra circumspect because the pair supplied no probabilities to Zimbabwe’s inexperienced bowling assault.
Zimbabwe have been struggling at 59-4 at lunch with Hasan taking two early wickets, together with the prized certainly one of stand-in skipper Brendan Taylor for simply 5.
Debutant Roy Kaia stood agency within the post-lunch session, top-scoring with 48 earlier than falling leg-before to Hasan whereas Donald Tiripano chipped in with 28 and Milton Shumba, additionally enjoying in his first Take a look at, scored 27.
Zimbabwe seemingly recovered when Shumba and Kaia lifted them from a precarious 30-4 with a stand of 59 however an unlucky run out of Shumba put an finish to the struggle.
Afridi reached 50 Take a look at wickets by dismissing Tendai Chisoro earlier than taking the final two wickets to wrap up the innings.
Zimbabwe have been hit laborious on the eve of the match when common skipper Sean Williams was dominated out with a hand damage whereas one other skilled batsman Craig Ervine additionally didn’t get better from a calf damage.
Within the first session Hasan was the star as he eliminated opener Kevin Kasuza, who performed on within the second over of the day for nought, and Taylor for 5.
It was one other welcome efficiency for the 26-year-old who had a number of accidents after the 2019 World Cup.
“Ever since I’ve returned from damage my efficiency is nice,” mentioned Hasan who took his first 10-wicket haul towards South Africa at Rawalpindi two months in the past.
“I labored so laborious on my batting and bowling and loved taking wickets regardless of it being a sluggish pitch.
“Getting Taylor so early was nice as a result of he’s an skilled batsman.”
Taylor, the stand-in skipper flashed rashly at a large ball outdoors off stump, edging to Faheem Ashraf who swallowed up the possibility within the slips.
In between Hasan’s morning wickets, Afridi had Prince Masvaure caught by Butt at second slip for 11 and left-arm spinner Nauman Ali, introduced into the assault early, bowled Tarisai Musakanda by means of the gate for 14.
Pakistan handed a Take a look at debut to off-spinner Sajid Khan whereas Zimbabwe included Shumba, Kaia and Ngarava for his or her first Checks.
The second Take a look at may even be performed in Harare from Might 7.