Opener Imran Butt missed a maiden Test hundred by simply 9 runs however Pakistan floor their approach in direction of a giant lead over Zimbabwe on the second day of the primary Test in Harare on Friday.
After a turgid morning session in which Pakistan might solely add 59 in 32 overs, the tempo accelerated in the afternoon permitting Pakistan to take tea on 261-4 with Fawad Alam, 50, and Mohammad Rizwan, 13, on the crease.
That gave the vacationers a lead of 85 over Zimbabwe’s first innings whole of 176.
Butt, resuming on 43, dropped anchor from the beginning, decided to succeed in his first Test century.
He look sure to attain it till he swished at a supply slanted throughout him by left-arm seamer Richard Ngarava. The edge was wolfed up by wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva and Butt was gone for a 91 that spanned 236 deliveries and included seven boundaries.
By the time of Butt’s dismissal, seamer Donald Tiripano had already derailed Pakistan with a double strike as he dismissed Azhar Ali in the second over after lunch, caught off a miscued slash at gully for 36.
Better was to come back for Tiripano in his subsequent over when Pakistan skipper Babar Azam drove firmly to Roy Kaia at a unorthodox quick mid-on to file his first ever golden duck in Test cricket.
With 99 runs and three wickets the afternoon provided a step up in tempo from a grim morning session throughout which the openers struggled to construct on their in a single day 103 with out loss.
Butt, taking part in his third Test, and Abid might add solely 10 runs in the primary 10 overs — eight of the primary 14 overs have been maidens.
With the introduction of Tendai Chisoro’s left-arm spin, Abid retreated into his shell fully earlier than an tried drive discovered the sting of the bat.
Brendan Taylor juggled the possibility at slip earlier than pouching it to finish Abid’s innings of 60, which final 140 balls and included 10 fours, and a gap partnership of 115.
The first boundary of the day arrived three overs later, in the 18th over of the morning, when Azhar clipped Donald Tiripano by the on-side.
The scores: Zimbabwe 176 vs Pakistan 374/6 in 120 overs (Imran Butt 91, Abid Ali 60, Fawad Alam 108 batting, Mohd. Rizwan 45, Donald Tiripano 3/89).