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Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 1st Test, Harare, 4th day

Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 1st Test, Harare, 4th day

Published: 6 September 2013

Pakistan 249 and 309 for 7 (Younis 136*, Ajmal 0*) lead Zimbabwe 327 by 231 runsLive scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Pakistan’s lead grew slowly and not by much after lunch on the fourth day, but Zimbabwe endured another mediocre session, leaving them with the prospect of chasing around 250 in the final innings, a daunting task against an attack that includes Saeed Ajmal. Younis Khan was the glue for Pakistan, scoring his 22nd Test hundred, and Adnan Akmal’s half-century prevented Zimbabwe from having an early crack at the tail.

Tendai Chatara had raised Zimbabwe’s hopes when he struck in the day’s opening over. He delivered a testing first ball to Asad Shafiq that nipped back off the pitch and found the gap between bat and pad to clip the bails. Pakistan had added only one to their overnight lead of 90 and another wicket would have exposed the bowlers before the second new-ball was available.

That wicket, however, did not come until the ball was 37 overs old, but Zimbabwe had only themselves to blame for that wait, because they let off Younis Khan on 83. Hamilton Masakadza had used his specialist quicks for only five overs in the morning before bringing himself on in the 76th. Younis, who had batted with more freedom than he did on the third day, slashed at the first ball and edged to first slip, where Tino Mawoyo was not low enough. He did not get hands on the ball as it scurried between his legs, and it was not the last reprieve Younis would have.

There were no more chances in the first session, though. The new ball was given to Chatara and Tinashe Panyangara, and though they were disciplined, the pitch was placid and there were no alarms barring the odd delivery that held its line to beat Akmal’s bat.

Younis had slowed down against the new ball, and he eventually brought up his century by flicking the last delivery of the 85th over to the boundary. He did not play another rash shot but soon began to score more briskly, while Akmal broke stretches of defence with the occasional boundary, including a reverse sweep.

Zimbabwe did not go to pieces but the bite in their bowling was not as sharp and run-scoring was largely risk-free. There was a confident lbw shout against either batsman shortly before lunch but the umpires decided the angle would have taken the balls past leg stump. At the end of the first session, Pakistan were ahead by180 and Zimbabwe had only one wicket to show for their morning’s effort.

After the break, Younis and Akmal showed no intention of taking charge, remaining content to block out a steady but unthreatening Zimbabwe attack. The first ten overs of the second session produced only nine runs and during that time Younis, on 117, slashed at Hamilton Masakadza once again, and once again he was dropped, this time by Malcolm Waller at gully.

Akmal brought up his third Test half-century and went on to make 64, a personal best. He struck the first boundary of the second session, pulling Hamilton Masakadza in the 111th over. Younis, meanwhile, scored only three runs in the first hour but if his slow strike-rate was bothering him, there was no evidence of it. The key player in keeping the scoring down was Panyangara, who had bowled 14 maidens and conceded only 30 runs in 27 overs.

The wicket, when it finally came, was via a run-out. No other mode of dismissal seemed likely and even this error was out of the blue. Both batsmen were guilty of ball-watching after Akmal played to deep point and turned for the second without looking at his partner. The partnership had been worth 118 and it had taken the lead beyond 200.

Prosper Utseya dismissed Abdur Rehman also shortly before tea, and with Pakistan’s lead only 231 – they scored only 51 after lunch – Younis might resort to shielding the tail to stretch the advantage to 250. By the end of the second session, the odd ball had started to keep low, an ominous sign for the team batting last.

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Posted by: Njabulo

cricket;The boy in Derby(England)who has been jailed for internet sex crimes is just a victim of racism in England. THIS IS PURE RACISM. Whilst no one condones the abuse of children ,this one is pure racism. For those of you who do not know what the indigenous people of England do to blacks ,this one is but ,one of many examples of using a black as a scapegoat. It is in the DNA of the English to lie ,abuse blacks and set them up. It is something inherent in them to destroy the lives of blacks. To them it is a greatest adventure to see blacks suffering and to see blacks fighting each other .Those of you who do not know about them ask. Do not just consume every nonsense which they say about any black person. It is a great achievement for any white person in England to vilify and denigrate a black person. That white person who does that is accorded a heroes status .And any black person who takes part in setting up the other black gets a bonus by being allowed to appear in their tv programmes. I would liken this to the time of slavery whereby black slaves who reported any attempts to escape by their fellow slaves would be granted what we call in history ‘manumission’. In fact they use other blacks to cover up their racism and human rights abuses. Those brothers of us that are not enlightened about how these great liars operate will not know but they will go on to persecute their own brothers without asking questions. If this unfortunate lad had the chance of telling us his own story, you would be surprised. You might even find that he was forced to admit the crime. You cannot be listened to in the English courts if you are a black person. For as long as the report has /was written by a white person you simply do not have a chance. They like to criminalise blacks and to see these young boys suffering. So what is the best thing to do? Is to shut your mouth and do your care work. But the truth is that, those whites that use white girls to set up blacks, they are equally guilty of child abuse. By using those children to create a crime, they are also criminals. It is unfortunate that nothing can be done because the crime in question has been committed by a white person. That is of setting up a black person. And the black person ends up suffering.(be your brother’s keeper do not be indoctrinated with rubbish).Its a shame to criminalise such a young person. Perhaps they will lie and say that the white person who set him up was acting as is always their usual song .That is if the boy wins his appeal.[no we are not united in a crime of persecuting our own brothers]
Njabulo [my opinion]

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