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Pakistan crushes Zimbabwe in first Test

Pakistan crushed Zimbabwe in the first Test at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

The nine-wicket haul by seamer Hasan Ali in the match led Pakistan to defeat the hosts by an innings and 116 runs after tea on the third day of the first Test.

With the latest achievement, Hasan moved past 50 Test wickets as he took a career-best 5-36 to help bowl Zimbabwe out for 134.

He recorded figures of 4-53 during the home side’s first-innings score of 176.

Pakistan had scored 426 in reply to Zimbabwe’s first innings, anchored by Fawad Alam’s fabulous140 which put the visiting side into a commanding position.

Fawad’s 140 from 204 balls included 20 fours before he was the last man to be sent back to the dressing room trying to chase quick runs to boost his sides total.

Meanwhile, Tarisai Musakanda was the top scorer for the home team’s second innings with a career-best 43 before he was needlessly run out chasing a suicidal third run.

Here is how cricket fans celebrate Pakistan’s victory on Twitter:

 

 

 

 

Pakistan captain Babar Azam at the post-match presentation said, “We had planned to put 300-plus on the board (as a lead), and then bowl them out for 150-200.”

“It was an outstanding finish by Hasan,” he added.

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