Taylor: Beating world-class team a wonderful feeling

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Captain Brendan Taylor basked in success, after Zimbabwe claimed a historic 24-run victory over Pakistan on day five of the second and final Test at the Harare Sports Club.

Captain Brendan Taylor basked in success, after Zimbabwe claimed a historic 24-run victory over Pakistan on day five of the second and final Test at the Harare Sports Club.

The tourists slipped to a mere 239 all out in pursuit of a testing 264-run target shortly after the lunch break on Saturday, with seamer Tendai Chatara's second-innings five-for securing the Zimbabeans their first Test match victory over Pakistan since November 1998.

"We've done a lot of hard work. We haven't had a bowling coach in six months and that's a credit to the bowlers. Beating a world-class team is a wonderful feeling. Everyone's contributed, but there's still plenty of room for improvement and we'll try to better ourselves," said Taylor.

A stubborn partnership between skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and tail-ender Junaid Khan had threatened to secure a tight victory for the visiting side, but Chatara's removal of Junaid and fielders Hamilton Masakadza and Tinashe Panyangara's run-out of number 11 Rahat Ali sealed the result.

"I was going to have a shy at the stumps but fortunately Panyangara came up and I saw him just in time. I was getting ready to really let it go, so quite relieved that we managed to get the run-out in the end," added Masakadza.

"It's huge, the way we lost the first Test and the fact that we've not beaten one of the bigger sides, only having beaten Bangladesh since we got back to Test cricket, this is really big for us."

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