Nine wickets in the match for Hasan, and Pakistan have demolished Zimbabwe for the second time in three days just over half an hour after tea. Zimbabwe lasted all of 105.3 overs in the match, Pakistan batted 133 in their only innings. Zimbabwe began promisingly this morning before giving it away after lunch, and once the ball started to reverse a bit, Hasan ripped through the rest. Masvaure not being able to bat with his injured hand only hastened the end. The second and last Test starts only on Friday, so the teams will have a fair bit of a break.
PAK vs Zim Highlights today Saturday, 1-05-2021 – 1st Test, Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe from Harare Sports Club.
Brendan Taylor won the toss and chose to bat first.
Pakistan team: Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (capt), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Noman Ali, Hasan Ali, Sajid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Zimbabwe team: Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza, Tarisai Musakanda, Brendan Taylor (capt), Milton Shumba, Roy Kaia, Regis Chakabva (wk), Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chisoro, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava.
Post Match Presentation.
Hasan: “I have been doing well in nets, and working on my batting, the instruction (this morning) was to put runs on the board, Fawad Bhai was excellent. I have played a whole season of first-class and am used to bowling on slow pitches. We know we did not dominate in the T20s so we have to do that in the Tests and so we put in a lot of effort, really happy with the wickets.
The (Taylor) catch was crucial as he was coming hard at us. [On his celebratory run after taking the catch] Before that ball, I was telling Nauman to get him out, and next ball he actually got him out. My performance and my Man of the Match award is dedicated to my little princess newborn baby.”
Hasan Ali is the Man of the Match.
Babar Azam: “First of all, thanks to Allah, the way we started in the first session, the bowlers bowled well. The way we dismissed them in the first innings was good, Hasan was outstanding, the openers then batted well. We carried on the momentum, Fawad finishing how he did was outstanding, We had planned to put 300-plus (lead) on the board. Then we had planned to bowl them out for 150-200. It was an outstanding finish by Hasan, now we have a few days off, we will rest, have nets, have a look at the wicket. Then decide the composition for the next game.”
Brendan Taylor: “Getting bowled out in two sessions on day one let us down, and to the field for 130 overs put us behind the eight balls. [Delaying the second new ball in the Pakistan innings] I had to monitor the workloads of the bowlers. Do I bowl them into the ground or try to keep them fresh, the scoreboard was not moving so we hung onto the old ball longer, and you saw it was hard and moved around in the morning today, we need to work on our batting as a group.”
Match Timings: 07:30 GMT | 09:30 Local | 12:30 PKT
Umpires – Langton Rusere, Marais Erasmus
TV Umpires – Iknow Chabi
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Christopher Phiri
Match number – Test no. 2420