Hasan helps Pakistan restrict Zimbabwe, win first Test by an innings and 16 runs


HARARE: Hasan Ali bagged his fourth Test fifer and helped Pakistan outclass Zimbabwe by an innings and 116 runs in the opening Test here at Harare Sports Club. 

Pakistan gained a strong lead of 250-runs and let Zimbabwe suffer in the batting. The home side kept on losing wickets after regular intervals.

Zimbabwe survived before lunch after Imran Butt dropped a catch at slips off Shaheen Shah Afridi. Imran got puzzled when the ball came to him in the second slip and Pakistan missed a chance to remove Kevin Kasuza in the seventh over.

Zimbabwean openers then went on scoring 36/0 before walking out for lunch. Kasuzu was not out for 21 whereas Tarisai Musakanda remained not out for 14.

Returning from lunch, Zimbabwe started losing wickets with Hasan taking the charge. The proceedings started with Hasan bagging Kevin Kasuza at 48. Tarisai Musakanda scored 48 before being run out.

Brendan Taylor tried hard to rescue his team but he managed to score just 29 runs. Regis Chakabva made 14.

Earlier, Fawad Alam got out for an unbeaten 140 that led Pakistan to gain the 250-runs lead against hosts.

Resuming Day 3 at 374-6, Pakistan lost Hasan Ali and Nauman Ali in quick succession to suffer at 395-8. Hasan scored 30 runs off 26 balls with the help of three boundaries and two sixes.

Sajid Khan got out after scoring 7 runs whereas Fawad ended his long run at 140 off 204 balls laced with 20 boundaries. Pakistan added 48 runs on Day 3 finishing their turn at 426-10.

Blessing Muzarabani bagged four wickets while Donald Tiripano took three wickets for Zimbabwe. Richard Ngarava took two wickets while Tendai Chisoro managed to take a wicket.