Shaheen Afridi registers figures of 5/52 to guide Pakistan towards a 2-0 Series Whitewash against Zimbabwe
Shaheen Afridi shines as Pakistan registers a 2-0 Series Whitewash against Zimbabwe on Monday. Visitors took just 31 balls to scalp the final wicket of Zimbabwe on day four of the second test & won the series by an innings & 147 runs at the Harare Sports Club. Shaheen Afridi took the final wicket of Zimbabwe & completes his second five-wicket haul in test cricket.
Pakistan en-route victory right on day three of the second test match by starting their proceedings with Shaheen Afridi & Tabish Khan. Both Luke Jongwe (37) and Blessing Muzarabani (4*) slammed a boundary each before Luke Jongwe was caught behind while trying to chase a wide delivery from Afridi. The young Pakistani pacer registered his career-best figures of 5/52. It was Nauman Ali & Hasan Ali who completed their five wickets haul earlier on Day three. This was the first time when three Pakistan bowlers completed a five-wicket haul each in a single test.
The Trio of Alis starred with the bat & laid the foundation of Pakistan’s Series Clinching Win
Earlier the trio of Alis starred with the bat for Pakistan in the first innings of the second test match. Abid Ali scored 215*, while Azhar smashed 126. Coming in to bat at No 9 Nauman Ali registered a blistering knock of 97 runs off 104 balls. Zimbabwe was bowled out for a meager 132 runs in reply to Pakistan’s 510/8.
Asked to ball first, Regis Chakabva scored 80 runs off 137 balls & Brendan Taylor scored 49 runs off 31 balls to keep Zimbabwe alive in the chase. Zimbabwe’s Jongwe led a fightback in the second innings but it was not enough to stop Pakistan from registering a scintillating series whitewash win. Abid was also awarded the man of the Match award for his outstanding 215 runs knock. Hasan was awarded as the Player of the Series for taking 14 wickets in two encounters.
Pakistan players will now be seen into action in the PSL before flying to England to play three ODIs & three T20Is against England. Whereas Zimbabwe is scheduled to host Bangladesh next month.