Zimbabwe square Test series with Pakistan after shock win
Zimbabwe beat Pakistan in a thriller by 24 runs in the second Test match at Harare to cap a memorable game and week for them. With the win, Zimbabwe also levelled the 2-match series at 1-1.
Zimbabwe beat Pakistan in a thriller by 24 runs in the second Test match at Harare to cap a memorable game and week for them. With the win, Zimbabwe also levelled the 2-match series at 1-1. (All AP photos)
Needing 106 to win on the final day, Pakistan resumed at 158/5. They eventually capitulated for 239 as last batsman Rahat Ali was run-out for 1. Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq remained not out on 79.
Zimbabwe dismissed three Pakistan batsmen in the first session, with Adnan Akmal, Abdur Rehman out and Saeed Ajmal falling for 2 just before lunch. After lunch, Junaid Khan was done in by a searing delivery from Tendai Chatara before Misbah opened up.
Zimbabwe's attack was led by seamer Tendai Chatara, who had 5-61 and three of the five wickets on Saturday to give the home team its first win over a top test team for over a decade.
This is Zimbabwe's third Test win over Pakistan. In fact they have come a full circle having garnered their first ever Test win - by an innings and 64 runs - against this very opposition in 1994-95 season.
Zimbabwe have since then beaten Pakistan at Peshawar in 1998. They have twice gone on to beat India too, on this very ground in Harare while all their other Test wins - six - have come against Bangladesh - 4 of them at Harare.