Zimbabwes unheralded bowling attack plunged Pakistan into deep trouble on the first day of the first Test at the Harare Sports Club on Tuesday. Pakistan were floundering at 182 for eight before tailenders Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan added an aggressive 67 for the ninth wicket to enable the tourists to finish the day on 249 for nine.
Opening bowlers Tendai Chatara and Tinashe Panyangara,who went into the match with only five Test caps between them,started the Pakistan slide with some disciplined bowling at the start of the day. They were well backed up by off-spinner Prosper Utseya and medium-pacer Shingi Masakadza.
But Chatara and Panyangara were guilty of some loose bowling with the second new ball as Ajmal (49 not out) and Junaid (17) gave the Pakistan innings some respectability. Junaid was out to the fifth ball of the final over of the day when he flashed at Panyangara and was caught behind.
Azhar Ali,who made 78 off 185 balls,and captain Misbah-ul-Haq (53) were the only top-order batsmen to shine. They put on 93 for the fourth wicket. Pakistan lost their first three wickets for 27 runs inside the first hour,with both Chatara and Panyangara taking advantage of early life in the pitch. Earlier Taylor withdrew on the morning of the match after his wife gave birth to the couples first child. Pakistan-born Sikandar Raza replaced him.
Brief scores: Pakistan 249/9 in 89.5 overs (Azhar Ali 78,Misbah ul Haq 53,Saeed Ajmal 49 n.o,T Panyangara 3/71,Shingi Masakadza 2/40) vs Zimbabwe.