Zimbabwe register historic test win against Pakistan

By Hitesh Jain on Sep 17, 2013 | Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe 2013
It seems that Zimbabwe cricket is showing signs of resurrection. Zimbabwe has been a force to reckon during the times when Andy Flower, Grant Flower, Heath Streak represented the African nation. However, in the last decade, the team has withered away. After a forgetful ODI series against India, it seemed that tour of Pakistan would be no different in consequence for home side.

However, in spite of losing the T20 series, Zimbabwe managed a win in the first ODI. Though, they lost the remaining two ODIs, but an ODI win against a team like Pakistan, which had come after 15 years, was more than mere consolation for the home side. After losing the first test match, being helpless against Younis Khan’s batting excellence in his double century, sceptics started touting that the sole win which Zimbabwe came up against this tour by Pakistan was mere a stroke of luck.

However, the second test match has proved the sceptics wrong. Winning the toss, Zimbabwe posted 294 runs in the first innings and some spirited performance on the field saw them restricting Pakistan for just 230 runs. Riding on this lead of 64 runs and a fighting total of 199 in the third innings of the match, Zimbabwe gave a target of 264 runs in the final innings for the visiting side. On the last day, Pakistan needed around 100 runs with 5 wickets in hand. Even though, Misbah-ul-Haq tried his best with his 79, Zimbabwe won a historic test by mere 24 runs.
Last updated - Sep 17, 2013 11:57 AM
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