Splendid performances from Abid Ali, Azhar Ali and Nauman Ali was enough to help Pakistan in registering a comprehensive win by an innings and 147 runs in the second and final Test of the series against Zimbabwe at Harare on Monday.
The match started with Pakistan Captain Babar Azam winning the toss and opting to bat first in excellent batting conditions.
The decision proved a correct one as Pakistan managed to post a mammoth total of 510 runs for the loss of eight wickets before declaring on day two.
Opener Abid Ali notched up his maiden double century for Pakistan in red-ball cricket. He was the star of the show as he scored 215 not out off 407 balls with the help of 29 fours.
He was well supported by experienced batsman Azhar Ali , who notched his 18th Test ton and scored 126 runs off 240 balls with the help of seventeen fours and one six.
Spinner Nauman Ali also contributed well to the team’s cause and delivered his career best innings of 97 runs off 104 balls.
Pakistan beat Zimbabwe in the second and final game of the Test series played at Harare
For Zimbabwe, medium-pacer Blessing Muzarabani was best bowler on show as he claimed figures of 3 for 82 runs in 29 overs.
In reply, Zimbabwe never really get going and was bundled out for just 132, courtesy outstanding bowling performances from pacer Hasan Ali. The pacer was at his very best and finished with figures of 5 for 27 in 13 overs. Shaheen Shah Afridi also bowled well and finished with one wicket to his name.
Pakistan decided to enforce the follow-on as Zimbabwe fell short of the required score.
In their second innings, the visitors put in a better effort with the bat against Pakistan. Wicket-keeper Regis Chakabva and Brendan Taylor put on a resilient performance and added 79 runs for the fourth wicket. The home side was bundled out for 231 runs in 68 overs to see Pakistan register an emphatic win by an innings and 147 runs.
Regis Chakabva was the best batsman on show as he scored 80 off 137 balls with the help of 13 fours and 2 sixes.
For Pakistan, Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket.
Premier spinner Nauman Ali bowled well and claimed 5 for 85 in 21 overs.
For his splendid 215 not out against Zimbabwe, Opener Abid Ali was named player of the match.