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Pakistan strike late to tilt balance against Zimbabwe

cricket Updated: Sep 11, 2013 02:48 IST

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Pakistan regained control of the second test against Zimbabwe in the final session of the first day on Tuesday, breaking a 110-run stand between Hamilton Masakadza and captain Brendan Taylor and then reducing the host to 237-8 by stumps.

Pakistan's late charge saw Zimbabwe slip rapidly from a position of strength at 141-2 just before Masakadza's dismissal, giving the tourists early control of the deciding match and moving them toward a series victory. Pakistan won the first test by 221 runs on Saturday.

Seam attack
Seamer Junaid Khan led the attack on Tuesday afternoon with 3-55 in the second test to be played on Harare Sports Club's well-used pitch in four days. Rahat Ali (2-48) and spinner Abdur Rehman (2-37) had two wickets each as the Zimbabweans fell away after the promising stand between their two most experienced batsmen.

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, Zimbabwe's main tormentor in the first Test, removed Masakadza soon after lunch for 75 off an edge to Mohammad Hafeez at slip and the resistance crumbled. Ajmal's fellow spinner Rehman picked up Taylor lbw for 51 and Pakistan took 5-65 at the end of the day to finish in control.

Brief scores: Zimbabwe 237/8 (H Masakadza 75, B Taylor 51, J Khan 3/55)