In a two-match Check sequence in opposition to Zimbabwe, Pakistan, having gained the primary Check, got here out victorious by an innings and 147 runs within the second.
The Check lasted solely 4 days, with Shaheen Afridi and Nauman Ali taking 5 wickets apiece within the second innings. The hosts, following on, have been bundled out for a complete of 231 runs. Wicket-keeper Regis Chakabva being the stand out batsman making 80 runs, whereas the skipper Brendon Taylor was the second-highest scorer for the staff with 49 runs.
Within the first innings, Nauman outshined the house staff taking 5 wickets and this was the primary time within the historical past of Pakistan cricket that three bowlers took a 5-fer in a single Check.
The three Alis, Abid, Azhar and Nauman have been the celebrities with the bat for Pakistan as they helped vacationers put up a mammoth 510/8 within the first innings. Abid dominated with unbeaten marathon innings of 215. Azhar was the opposite centurion scoring 126, whereas Nauman missed out on his maiden hundred by three wins.
In reply, Zimbabwe were bundled out at a sub-par score of 132, Chakabva being the best scorer with 33 runs.
It was yet one more dominating efficiency from Pakistan, which noticed loads of particular person brilliance.
The absence of senior gamers – Sean Williams, Craig Ervine and Sikandar Raza – was severely felt as Zimbabwe managed to surpass 200 simply as soon as this sequence. Babar Azam’s males, alternatively, ended a profitable African tour with back-to-back innings wins.
The Pakistan captain, within the post-match presentation, was proud of the way in which his staff carried out.
“The partnership between Abid Ali and Azhar was essential. Ultimately, it was an excellent efficiency from Nauman too. The best way Abid confirmed character was good to see, he’s labored actually arduous. It’s a very good signal to see the openers performing,” Azam stated.
Although Zimbabwe misplaced, the captain was hopeful as their facet was nonetheless very younger on the worldwide degree.
He said, “I can’t fault the fellows’s effort, it’s a younger facet, filled with enthusiasm and eager to get higher daily. That facet, I’m pleased with it.”
It was Pakistan’s fourth consecutive sequence victory on a seven week-long southern Africa tour. They beat South Africa 2-1 in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 3-1 in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) earlier than defeating Zimbabwe 2-1 in a T20 sequence, and 2-0 within the Check leg.