Pakistan’s embarrassing Test defeat by Zimbabwe

Pakistan’s embarrassing Test defeat by Zimbabwe
HARARE: Pakistan suffered from an embarrassing 24-run defeat by Zimbabwe in the second Test match here at the Harare Sports Club ground on Saturday.
With this historic win, Zimbabwe, ranked at bottom, also levelled the two-Test series as Pakistan already won the first Test by a big margin of 221 runs.
This was only third victory for Zimbabwe in a Test against Pakistan after 1995 and 1998.
Chasing 264 to win, Pakistan were all out for 239 after lunch on the fifth and final day of the match.
Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq struggled hard and carried his team close to win but failed to do so due to non-availability of any partner.
Misbah stayed at the crease for 270 minutes and faced 181 balls scoring an unbeaten 79 with nine fours.
Pakistan were 217 for eight at lunch, 47 runs short of their target of 264, with two wickets remaining. Misbah was unbeaten on 58.
Fast bowler Tendai Chatara led Zimbabwe's push for a rare win against a leading Test nation, taking two wickets during the morning to add to the two he took on Friday. He had figures of four for 48.
Resuming at 158 for five, Pakistan suffered an early blow when Chatara trapped Adnan Akmal leg before wicket with only five runs added. Akmal, who made 20, went back to a ball which angled in towards his stumps.
Abdur Rehman scored 16 in a seventh wicket partnership of 34 with Misbah, who was content to continue to bat watchfully, as he had done on the fourth afternoon, before Rehman was caught behind off Tinashe Panyangara.

Chatara returned to the attack and immediately claimed the wicket of Saeed Ajmal in almost identical fashion to the way he dismissed Akmal, with the batsmen going back to a ball which cut back sharply and hit him on the pads.

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