Pakistan reached 268-4 towards Zimbabwe on the opening day of the second take a look at on Friday after centuries by Abid Ali and Azhar Ali, and would have been in an excellent stronger place if it hadn’t misplaced three wickets for 16 runs simply earlier than stumps.
Opener Abid Ali, 118 not out, and No. 3 Azhar Ali, 126, drove the vacationers to a totally dominant 248-1 at Harare Sports Club after their enormous second-wicket partnership of 236 — a report for the second wicket and fourth highest for any wicket on the floor.
Their stand lasted almost the entire day as they got here collectively within the eighth over after Imran Butt went for two.
Azhar Ali fell simply earlier than stumps after hitting 17 fours and a six, and captain Babar Azam (2) and Fawad Alam (5) had been additionally out within the final eight overs of the day to offer Zimbabwe some respite.
Pace bowler Blessing Muzarabani took all three of these wickets in three successive overs from him as Zimbabwe used the brand new ball nicely.
But Abid Ali was unbeaten with 17 fours at stumps and Pakistan, regardless of the late wickets, was within the form of sturdy place it deliberate to be in after opting to bat first within the final take a look at of the quick collection.
Pakistan gained the primary take a look at by an innings in three days in Harare and is on the cusp of rounding off a extremely profitable tour of southern Africa. It has already gained each different collection it’s performed in on this journey; one-day and Twenty20 collection in South Africa, and a T20 collection in Zimbabwe.
Pakistan determined to offer a take a look at debut to 36-year-old quick bowler Tabish Khan within the final match of the tour, 18 years after his top quality debut.