Pakistan had a chance to finish the match in just 3 days and the team came very close to it, but Zimbabwe finally extended their wait till the next day.
The Pakistani team is just one wicket away from a clean sweep. (Photo: PCB)
Pakistan Cricket Team has reached very close to the best win against Zimbabwe. On the third day in the second match of the 2-match Test series, Pakistan devastated both Zimbabwe innings and came close to a clean sweep. However, the Pakistan team captained by Babar Azam will have to hit the ground once again on the fourth day, as the last pair of Zimbabwe gave Pakistan a wicket for the end of the day’s play, due to which the match could not end on the third day.
The Pakistani team, which went on a Zimbabwe tour, won easily in the first Test in Harare. In that match, Pakistan defeated hosts Zimbabwe by an innings and 116 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Now in the second match being held on the same ground, the Pakistani team has reached close to victory by an innings. The team needs only one more wicket.
Hasan Ali’s claw, Zimbabwe piled on 132
Zimbabwe lost a total of 15 wickets in both innings on the third day of the match. In response to Pakistan’s score of 510/8 in the first innings, Zimbabwe extended their first innings by 54 runs for four wickets. Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali’s havoc battered Zimbabwe’s first innings. Hasan Ali took five wickets and Zimbabwe’s first innings was reduced to just 132 runs. With 378 runs in hand, Pakistan forced Zimbabwe to follow on.
Emotion showed in second innings, then surrendered in front of Nauman
This time the Zimbabwe batsmen struggled a bit and did not let Pakistan get wickets easily. For the team, wicket-keeper Regis Chakabwa played an excellent battling innings of 80 runs. Regis shared a 79-run partnership for the third wicket with captain Brandon Taylor. Taylor hit 49 runs in just 31 balls. However, once these two were out, then Zimbabwe’s innings faltered.
This time for Pakistan, left-arm spinner Nauman Ali broke Zimbabwe’s back with five wickets. Fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi also supported him well. Nauman has taken five for 86, while Afridi has taken four wickets for 45 runs.
Debutant craved, waiting for one day
In the last half hour of the match, the Pakistani team had come close to winning and was looking for just one wicket. There were 5 overs left of the day, but the bowlers of the team failed to settle the match on the third day. While making a debut for Zimbabwe, senior paceman Luke Jongwe held the front at one end, while No. 11 batsman Blessing Mujarbani also supported him. Both added 15 runs in the last 5 overs and did not let the wicket fall. Jongwe is unbeaten on 31, while Blessing played 12 balls but did not open the account. In this way, Pakistan will have to take the field on the fourth day for just one wicket.
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