Pakistan in complete command against Zimbabwe

By Skilder Makona

It was another disappointing day for the Zimbabwe Chevrons on Day Two of the second Test against Pakistan who continued with their fine run as they ended the day on 510.

This was before skipper Baba Azam declared, leaving Zimbabwe to chase shadows and ending the session trailing by 458 runs.

The Chevrons, who could not provide any meaningful competition, once again left the visitors to pile more runs as Abid Ali scored an unbeaten double century combining for a 169-run partnership with Nauman Ali, who scored a brisk 97 of his own.

Pakistan’s captain Baba Azam would then declare on a day the visitors amassed a total of 510 for the loss of 8 wickets, leaving the hosts to chase shadows.

Zimbabwe lost wickets in clinical fashion after 4 frontline batsmen were sent back to the stands in just thirty overs, making it a mission impossible to chase the 458 runs.

At some point, the Chevrons had kept their hopes of restricting Pakistan below 400 alive with wickets at regular intervals and just three strikes away from wrapping up the innings in the morning, but that was not to be.

Only Regis Chakabva recorded a double figure of 28 with the rest of the batsmen struggling to make any meaningful contribution towards Zimbabwe’s quest to level matters.

The hosts ended the day on 52 for the loss of four wickets before stumps were called.

Chakabva and Tendai Chisoro who were not out at stumps, will continue batting for the Chevrons and perhaps work some magic to bring Zimbabwe back on track.