Fawad Alam and Hasan Ali produced sublime performances as Pakistan beat lackluster Zimbabwe by an innings and 116 runs in the first Test of the two-match series in Harare on Saturday.
The match started with Zimbabwe Captain Brendan Taylor winning the toss and opting to bat first. His decision, however, went horribly wrong, as the home side were bowled out for just 176, courtesy brilliant bowling performance from pacers Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
No other players other than debutant Roy Kaia (48 off 94) and tail-ender Donald Tiripano (28 runs off 47) managed to put any real resistance in front of the hosts bowling lineup.
In response, Pakistan batted well and posted mammoth 426 runs in 133 overs.. Fawad Alam was the star of the show as he scored 140 off 204 with the help of 20 fours. Left-hander stitched crucial partnerships with Imran Butt, Mohammad Rizwan and Hasan Ali to help the visitors push their score beyond 400-run mark.
He was well supported by Imran Butt, Abid Ali and Mohammad Rizwan, who produced scores of 91, 60 and 45 runs respectively.
For Zimbabwe, pacer Blessing Muzarabani was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed four wickets. Needing 250 runs to avoid innings defeat was always going to be a task too tough for in experienced Zimbabwe team, who once again collapsed under pressure and bowled out for just 134.
Opener Tarisai Musakanda was the best performers for the home side, as he scored a fluent 43 off 84 with the help of five boundaries.
For Pakistan, pacer Hasan Ali once again was the star of the show as he claimed five-wicket haul in the second innings. Spinner Nauman Ali claimed two wickets in his innings.
For his outstanding nine wickets in the match, pacer Hasan Ali was awarded man of the match. The second and final game will be played at the same venue from 7th May.