Pakistan wins first test against Zimbabwe

By Hitesh Jain on Sep 7, 2013 | Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe 2013
Zimbabwe cricket showed some resurgence in the One Day International series against Pakistan on their home soil. They won the first ODI, marking their first win against Pakistan in more than one and a half decade. However, in the 3 match ODI series, Zimbabwe’s resistance went flat against the visiting sub-continental side as Pakistan won the ODI series 2-1. After the One Day International series, Zimbabwe once again came face to face with Pakistan in the test series. The first test match recently concluded with Pakistan winning by a comprehensive margin of 221 runs.

Nevertheless the loss, Zimbabwe seemed to have gained some momentum over their opponent in the entire course of the match. Winning the toss, Zimbabwe offered Pakistan to bat first. Zimbabwe bowlers did a commendable job to restrict the first innings of Pakistan to 249. Then, on the back of some good batting display by the middle order of Zimbabwe batting line up comprising of Sikandar Raza, Chigumbura and Waller, Zimbabwe posted a lead of over 78 runs on their opposition.

However, Zimbabwe lost momentum from there on as Pakistan, with the double century of Younis Khan, in the second innings posted a target of 342 runs. Zimbabwe folded up the final innings of the test match for a paltry 120 runs and handed a win of 221 runs for Pakistan in the first test match. Younis Khan was awarded the Man of the Match for his spectacular batting display comprising of 15 boundaries and 3 sixes.
Last updated - Sep 7, 2013 11:09 PM
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