DUNYA NEWS, HARARE, Zimbabwe, 11th SEPTEMBER 2013:- Pakistan regained control of the second test against Zimbabwe in the final session of the first day on Tuesday, reducing the host to 237-8 after taking six wickets in 35 overs.
Seamer Junaid Khan led the attack with 3-55 and Rahat Ali and spinner Abdur Rehman had two wickets each as the Zimbabweans fell away after a promising 110-run partnership between Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor earlier put them on track following a torrid start.
Zimbabwe s most experienced batsmen both made half centuries, but after Saeed Ajmal removed Masakadza soon after lunch for 75, the resistance crumbled.
Rehman picked up Taylor for 51 and the Pakistanis took 5-65 at the end of the day to take early charge of the second and final match. Pakistan leads the series 1-0.
Earlier, Zimbabwe fought back to 165-3 at tea on the first day of the second test against Pakistan, adding 100 runs for the loss of just Hamilton Masakadza in the second session on Tuesday.
Masakadza departed after being caught at slip off spinner Saeed Ajmal for 75, but captain Brendan Taylor was well set on 48 not out and Malcolm Waller was 18 not out at Harare Sports Club.
Zimbabwe faced a tough opening spell, losing Tino Mawoyo off the second ball of the test and fellow opener Vusi Sibanda for 14 to be 31-2 before Masakadza and Taylor combined for a 110-run stand for the third wicket. Zimbabwe s most experienced batsmen dragged it out of early trouble, giving it a chance at a solid first-innings score and avoiding a fifth series defeat in seven since returning to test cricket in 2011.
Seamers Rahat Ali and Junaid Khan and offspinner Ajmal had one wicket each for Pakistan, which won the first test by 221 runs and was immediately on top at the start of the second, although Mawoyo s early dismissal appeared to be a mistake with TV replays showing the ball flicked his thigh and not his bat before carrying through to wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal.
He was still given out caught behind to Khan, and Sibanda chopped a short ball from Ali onto his stumps in the 17th over in a labored start for the home team, which didn t score a run until the fifth over.
Masakadza counterattacked with nine fours and a six, and Taylor had hit six boundaries on his return to action after missing the first test because of the birth of his first child. Masakadza fell seven overs before tea when he edged to Mohammad Hafeez at slip, but Waller settled in alongside Taylor, striking 16 of his 18 runs in fours.
Taylor opted to bat first on a Harare pitch which had just two days to recover after the first test and amid concerns that the surface would deteriorate quickly later in the game because of its overuse.
Struggling national body Zimbabwe Cricket relocated the second test from Bulawayo to Harare at late notice to save costs.