Zimbabwe took two wickets in three balls to seal its first win over Pakistan in 15 years on the final day of the second test on Saturday, claiming victory by a narrow 24 runs to draw the series 1-1.
Tendai Chatara finished with 5-61 as Pakistan was bowled out for 239 soon after lunch,
short of the 264 it needed to sweep the series 2-0 on a tense last day of the tour. The Zimbabweans had Junaid Khan caught off Chatara for 1 and two balls later last man Rahat Ali was run out in a mix up that sealed Pakistan’s fate. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq finished 79 not out in a losing effort for the tourists.
It was Zimbabwe’s first win over Pakistan in a test since 1998 and its first win over a top test nation for over a decade, with the home team also shrugging off problems surrounding non-payment of wages and the Zimbabwe cricket board’s financial crisis to lift itself to one of its biggest results in years.
The tour has been undermined by the Zimbabwean team’s battles with their own board over non-payment and the players even threatened to go on strike. The second test also was relocated from Bulawayo and back to Harare to save costs, a decision which ultimately may have helped the home team as the well-worn wicket was too tricky for the Pakistanis to hold out on at the end.
pakistan drop to sixth
As if the stunning loss to minnows Zimbabwe was not enough, Pakistan were pushed two rungs down the ladder to sixth in the latest ICC Test rankings issued.
Zimbabwe had entered the series unranked and irrespective of the result of the series would have finished ninth on the table.
Zimbabwe had pulled out of playing Test cricket in Jan 2006 and, since its return in Aug 2011, it had been unranked, having not played eight qualifying Tests. Pakistan conceded five ratings points and dropped behind Australia and West Indies.
Brief scores Zim 294 & 199, Pak 230 & 239 (Manzoor 54, Misbah 79no, Chatara 5/61).