Zimbabwe lose the plot in Harare

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Zimbabwe reached stumps on day one of the second Test against Pakistan on 237 for eight, having lost five wickets in the evening session to put the afternoon's hard work in the dust.

Zimbabwe reached stumps on day one of the second Test against Pakistan on 237 for eight, having lost five wickets in the evening session to put the afternoon's hard work in the dust.

After losing two early wickets, Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor put on a century stand in the middle of the day to rescue the knock, but Junaid Khan's three wickets, who of which came after tea, ensured a collapse.

The batting effort got off to a dire start for the hosts after they won the toss, as Tino Mawoyo found himself back in the hut in the first over for a duck, caught behind off Junaid's fast bowling.

Vusi Sibanda and Masakadza then put on 31 runs during the next 16 overs, struggling and defending against the disciplined Pakistan attack. Sibanda's vigil was cut short with his score on 14 though, as he was bowled by Rahat Ali on his 44th delivery faced.

This left Masakadza and Taylor to man the recovery effort, and they batted out the session by adding just 34 more runs. At the lunch break, Taylor had made just three runs off 29 balls, while Hamilton was far more aggressive, even hitting a six in his 43.

The afternoon session saw 100 runs added, a substantial improvement as Masakadza and Taylor recorded a century stand. They made 110 runs together before Hamilton was superbly caught in the slips by Mohammad Hafeez off Saeed Ajmal for 75, having faced 169 balls.

Taylor continued to stand firm until tea, and went into the break on 48, with Malcolm Waller at the other end on 18. Of those runs, 16 had come off boundaries for Waller, as he looked to up the pace on the tricky track.

The skipper's stand was to last only three more runs into the final session though, as he fell for 51. He was sent packing for LBW off Rehman, but replays showed he was struck outside the line of off-stump, and was thus unlucky.

Waller, meanwhile, was only able to make 23 before Junaid got him caught behind, which was the same fate that befell Richmond Mutumbami. The only other batsman to make a decent contribution was bowler Tinashe Panyangara, who added 24 before being bowled by Rahat just before stumps.

Zimbabwe: Vusi Sibanda, Tino Mawoyo, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor, Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Richmond Mutumbami, Prosper Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara, Brian Vitori, Tendai Chatara

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Khurram Manzoor, Younis Khan, Azhar Ali, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali

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