Pakistan team wins first four day cricket match against Zimbabwe

Mehran Mumtaz’s match figures of 11 for 157 helped Pakistan Shaheens beat Zimbabwe A by eight wickets on the final day of the first four-day match at Kwekwe Sports Club in Kwekwe.

The second four-day match between the two sides will be played at the Mutare Sports Club in Mutare from 10 May.

Resuming their second innings at the overnight score of 157 for one in 42 overs and trailing by 139 runs, Zimbabwe A lost Dion Myers without adding a run to his overnight score. He was dismissed for 17 off 26 balls by Mir Hamza. Next to return back to the hut was captain Roy Kaia (7, 26b,1×4), who too fell to left-arm pacer Hamza.

After the departure of the hosts’ captain, Joylord Gumbie went on to score his fourth first-class century. He was dismissed by Mehran Mumtaz for 115 off 202 deliveries, which included 15 boundaries. Once Gumbie left, Mehran was all over the Zimbabwe A batters as the hosts were 241 for seven in 78.2 overs and still trailing by 55 runs.

Brandon Mavuta and Faraz Akram then knitted a crucial 75-run partnership for the eighth wicket. Later, after the departure of Faraz (48, 50b, 7x4s, 1×6), Mavuta soon followed him after a well-made 41 off 48 balls, hitting seven fours and a six.

Tanaka Chivanga was joined by Victor Nyauchi and the pair stitched a 66-run partnership for the last wicket before Chivanga (58, 47b, 8x4s, 2x6s) got out to Mehran.

Similar to his dominance in the first innings, Mehran was the most successful bowler for the tourists in the second innings as well. The left-arm spinner bagged six wickets for 110 runs from 33.4 overs and ended with match figures of 11 for 157 runs.

With a 106-run target to win, Imran Butt and double-centurion from the first innings Omair Bin Yousuf opened the innings, scoring at over six runs an over and added 65 runs for the first wicket in 9.4 overs. After the departure of Omair (33, 31b, 2x4s), Kamran Ghulam (2, 6b) soon left with Shaheens 86 for two in 12.4 overs.

Vice-captain Hussain Talat, who returned unbeaten on 51 in the first innings, joined captain Imran and the pair took Shaheens home in the 19th over. Imran scored an unbeaten 62 off 54 deliveries

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Wasim Qadri, Senior Journalist and television show host based in Pakistan, can be followed on Twitter at @jaranwaliya

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