Babar Azam announces 13-player squad for second ZIM v PAK Test


LAHORE – Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has announced his squad for the second Test match against Zimbabwe, starting tomorrow (Friday).

The member of the Squad as follow: Babar Azam (c), Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Tabish Khan, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan and Haris Rauf.

The skipper said that the playing XI will be decided after analysing the pitch and weather conditions, tomorrow.

Pakistan leads the two-match Test series by 1-0.

In the first Test, outstanding performance by Hasan Ali helped Pakistan to defeat Zimbabwe by an innings and 116 runs.

Zimbabwe, trailing by 250 runs on first innings, were bowled out for 134 in less than 47 overs with Prince Masvaurve unable to bat because of an injured arm. The home side lost their last seven wickets for 42 runs as Pakistan won by an innings and 116 runs.

Hasan Ali followed his first innings figures of four for 53 with a career-best five for 36 in his 12th Test to earn the player of the match award. When he took his third wicket, he became the 12th quickest Pakistan bowler to reach 50 Test wickets. Others are: Yasir Shah (nine Tests), Waqar Younis, Shabbir Ahmed, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Abbas (all in 10 Tests), Khan Mohammad, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman (all in 11 Tests) and Pervez Sajjad, Danish Kaneria and Umar Gul (all in 12 Tests).

Hasan was also involved in the dismissal of Brendan Taylor when he smartly caught the Zimbabwe captain off left-arm spinner Nauman Ali (two for 27) that sparked a celebration.

Hasan (21) had earlier started the third day’s play with Fawad Alam (108) as Pakistan resumed the first innings at 374 for six. The visitors were dismissed for before lunch after scoring 426 runs.

Hasan was the first to be dismissed after scoring 30 and was immediately followed by Nauman Ali as Pakistan slipped from 395 for six to 395 for eight, which soon became 412 for nine with the fall of Sajid Khan.

Fawad Alam was the last batsman out after scoring a brilliant 140. He was the fourth victim of Blessing Muzarabani who finished with figures of four for 73.

Fawad Alam struck 20 fours in nearly a five hours vigil during which he faced 204 balls.

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