ZIM vs PAK: Fawad Alam Ton Gives Pakistan Big Lead Vs Zimbabwe
Former Pakistan captain Azhar Ali, the only player from the side which last toured Zimbabwe for Tests in 2013, made 36 from 70 balls and forged a 61-run partnership with Imran. He fell to Donald Tiripano, who turned out to be the star bowler for the hosts with three wickets for 89 runs.
The next wicket stunned the tourists and the cricket world alike as Babar Azam recorded his first first-ball duck in Tests and Pakistan suddenly found themselves three down for 182.
With Zimbabwe bowlers sniffing an opportunity to spark a collapse, the pair of Alam and Rizwan denied any further inroads and staged a partnership that has put Pakistan in a dominating position. On Saturday, Alam and Hasan Ali, who scored a quick 21 off 18 balls, will resume the proceedings for the tourists.
Brief scores: Zimbabwe 1st inn 176 in 59.1 overs (Roy Kaia 48, Donald Tiripano 28 not out, Milton Shumba 27; Shaheen Shah Afridi 4-43, Hasan Ali 4-53) vs Pakistan 1st in 374-6, 120 overs (Fawad Alam 108 not out, Imran Butt 91, Abid Ali 60, Mohammad Rizwan 45, Azhar Ali 36; Donald Tiripano 3-89).