A confident Pakistan Test team will clash against Zimbabwe in the second Test match today with the visitors eyeing a victory to complete their African tour on a high note.
Pakistan dominated the first Test on a slow Harare pitch, with Hasan Ali for the most responsible for bowling out the home side for under 200 in the two innings.
Hasan had match figures of nine for 89.
Fawad Alam hit a century for Pakistan in a strong batting performance in which the only top-order batsman to fail was captain Babar Azam, who was out the first ball to Donald Tiripano.
Be that as it may, in the event that it was an uncommon batting disappointment for Pakistan’s star, Babar had the fulfillment of turning into the first Pakistan captain to win his first three Tests in control – a record which he will be required to improve in the coming days.
“We won the first Test with great confidence and will bring that energy into the second Test,” Babar said Thursday.
“We need to play like that as we need to end Africa tour on a high.
“Our next series is in the West Indies which will be very surprising so we need to have a settled Test crew.”
Zimbabwe’s slim possibilities of leveling the series suffered a further blow on Thursday when three driving batsmen were ruled out of the Test.
Opening batsman Prince Masvaure will be missing after suffering a cracked left thumb while fielding in the first Test.
The accomplished team of Sean Williams and Craig Ervine will again be missing, having failed to recover completely from wounds that kept them out of the opener.
Brendan Taylor will again remain in as captain instead of Williams.
Zimbabwe Cricket declared a statement that Wesley Madhevere had been added to the crew, while the uncapped Takudzwanashe Kaitano, who was added as cover for the first Test, had been held.
Madhevere, 20, has shown promise in white-ball internationals yet failed to score in each of the three innings in his debut Test series against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi in March.
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