Shaheen's career-best 'five-for' sees Pakistan to big win over Zimbabwe
Seamer Shaheen Afridi took a career best five for 52 as Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by an innings and 147 runs early on the fourth day of the second Test at Harare Sports Club on Monday.
It was the fourth successive series win for Pakistan on a southern Africa tour.
Pakistan needed just one wicket at the start of the day and it took a little over 20 minutes for Shaheen to induce an edge from Luke Jongwe (37) to wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, wrapping up the contest as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 231 in their second innings.
Pakistan won the first Test by an innings and 116 runs and have now completed a comprehensive series victory, which followed limited overs success in South Africa.
The tourists had elected to bat and posted a massive 510 for eight declared, boosted by a maiden double-ton for opener Abid Ali, who spent almost 11 hours at the crease for his 215.
Babar Azam voted ICC Men’s Player of the Month for April 2021
Pakistan captain Babar Azam on Monday was voted the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Men’s Player of the Month for April 2021, according to the state-run media outlet Associated Press of Pakistan.
The report added that Azam had won the award for his "consistent and outstanding performances across all formats in the recently concluded series against South Africa and was chosen as the April winner by fans and the ICC voting academy".
Azam's match-winning 82-ball 94 in the third ODI against South Africa helped him gain 13 rating points to reach a career-best 865 points. He also contributed 122 from 59 balls in Pakistan’s successful chase in the third match of a T20I series against the same opposition.
“The world bats in two ways in white-ball cricket.
"One way is to destroy attacks with muscle and force and then there is the Babar Azam way, like conducting a batting symphony with punch, panache and ...
Nauman, Shaheen star as Pakistan close in on Test series win
Left-arm spinner Nauman Ali bagged a fifer while pacer Shaheen Shah took four as Pakistan was one wicket away from a Test series win over Zimbabwe.
The hosts managed to score 220/9 in the second innings, trailing by 158 runs as Pakistan enforced follow-on. Luke Jongwe (31) and Blessing Muzarabani (0) were the last men standing at stumps on Day 3.
Earlier, Hasan Ali picked yet another fifer as Zimbabwe were all out for 132 in reply to Pakistan’s 510/8. It was Hasan’s best bowling figure in Test cricket as he finished with figures of 5/27.
Hasan started the Day three proceedings by dismissing Tendai Chisoro while he also had the better of Regis Chakabva(33), the most notable run-scorer for the hosts.
Hasan didn’t stop and continued his dominance as he clean bowled debutant Luke Jongwe for a score of 19.
Meanwhile, Donald Tiripano tried to held his nerves and scored a crucial 23, however, he was ...