Pak vs Zim: Hasan Ali shines with career-best figures, leads Pakistan to first Test win

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Pakistan gamers rejoice after taking a wicket within the first Test towards Zimbabwe. Photo: Twitter/PCB

HARARE: Fast bowler Hasan Ali’s profession greatest figures of 5-36 helped Pakistan full a complete innings and 116 run victory over Zimbabwe within the first Test in Harare on Saturday.

The 26-year-old completed with 9-89 within the match as Zimbabwe’s batting crumbled for the second time within the match, with the squad all out for 134 with an hour remaining on the third day.

The victory offers Pakistan a 1-Zero lead within the two-match sequence. The second Test can also be in Harare from May 7.

Zimbabwe, who had been bowled out for 176 within the first innings, had been dealing with an innings defeat at tea with the whole at 118-5.

Hasan had already picked up the primary wicket of the innings when he had Kevin Kasuza leg earlier than for 28 to finish a promising opening partnership of 48.

After tea he stepped up a gear as he bowled Donald Tiripano for 2 and with  Tendai Chisoro caught within the slips off his second ball for nought, it marked his 50th wicket in Test cricket.

That opened up the tail and Hasan ripped by way of them afterwards, hitting Blessing Muzarabani’s leg stump because the Zimbabwe tempo bowler tried to slog his crew out of bother.

Finally, he bowled Richard Ngarava off a low full toss and with the final man Prince Masvaure unable to bat resulting from damage, Pakistan gamers celebrated victory. Regis Chakabva remained not out on 14.

It was Hasan’s fourth five-wicket haul in 12 Tests, bettering on the 5-45 he took towards New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in 2018.

Spinner Nauman Ali earlier picked up the wickets of Milton Shumba and Brendan Taylor earlier than tea to complete with 2-27.

Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam praised Hasan and centurion Fawad Alam for Pakistan’s first-ever innings victory over Zimbabwe, 11th in 18 Tests general.

“Hasan was outstanding in this Test and so was Alam,” stated Azam, who was dismissed for a primary ball duck. “It was an outstanding finish by Hasan, he has been improving with every match.”

Zimbabwe’s skipper Taylor, standing in for unfit Sean Williams, lamented poor batting.

“Getting bowled out in two sessions on day one let us down and to then field for 130 overs put us behind the eight-ball,” stated Taylor. “We need to work on our batting as a group.”

In the morning Pakistan had been bowled out for 426 with in a single day centurion Alam the final man out for 140.

Hasan shines

Trailing by 250 runs within the first innings, Zimbabwe had been off to a strong begin earlier than Hasan ran riot.

Openers Kasuza and Tarisai Musakanda reached lunch on 36 with out loss and took their partnership to 48 earlier than Hasan offered Pakistan with the breakthrough.

Hasan, who took 4-53 within the first innings, trapped Kasuza, who had already been dropped on 15, leg earlier than for 28 whereas Nauman had Shumba caught behind by Mohammed Rizwan for 4.

A well-set Musakanda was run out for 43 whereas needlessly trying a 3rd run. He hit 5 boundaries in a combating 84-ball knock.

First innings prime scorer Roy Kaia lasted simply 4 balls for his duck, falling leg earlier than to Faheem Ashraf.

Stand-in skipper Taylor tried to hit his crew out of bother, smiting two fours and a six in his 29 earlier than holing out to Hasan operating again from mid-off.

Earlier, Pakistan had been dismissed for 426 after resuming at a wholesome 374-6 earlier than Fawad Alam turned the final man out for 140.

Alam, who was 108 not out in a single day, hit 20 boundaries in his three minute wanting 5 hour batting. He tried to hit Muzarabani to the leg facet however edged to wicketkeeper Chakabva.

Hasan used the lengthy deal with most successfully in his 26-ball 30 which included two sixes and three boundaries.

Muzarabani completed with 4-73 whereas Tiripano had figures of 3-89.