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HARARE---Zimbabwe cricketers appeared
to turn their frustration from an ongoing
pay dispute on to Pakistan in restricting
the visitors to 249-9 on the first day of
the first Test yesterday.
Fast bowlers Tinashe Panyangara (3-71),
Shingi Masakadza (2-40) and Tendai
Chatara (2-64) shared seven wickets and
offspinner Prosper Utseya got the key scalp
of captain Misbah-ul-Haq (53).
Azhar Ali top-scored with 78 including
nine fours before he was caught by Vusi
Sibanda, who took three catches in the
Tailenders Saeed Ajmal (49 not out) and
Junaid Khan (17) added an invaluable 67
runs before Khan was dismissed in the last
over of the day.
Ajmal dominated the ninth-wicket stand
by hitting six fours and a six, but he will
be hoping last man Rahat Ali survives the
last ball of Panyangara's over on Wednesday
to have a crack at a half century.
Zimbabwe took the field only after the
Zimbabwe Cricket Union agreed to clear
the players' dues before the second Test
next week. However, middle-order batsman
Sean Williams preferred to wait for his dues
to be cleared and opted out of the test.
Earlier, stand-in Zimbabwe captain
Hamilton Masakadza won the toss and
elected to field first after regular captain
Brendan Taylor had to be with his wife,
who gave birth recently.
The decision paid off within the first
hour when Pakistan lost three wickets for
just 27 runs.
Mohammad Hafeez, man of the series
in Pakistan's 2-1 victory in the one-day
internationals last week, pushed at Chatara's
delivery which got some extra bounce and
edged to Sibanda for Zimbabwe's first break-
through in the seventh over.
Hafeez was declared fit from a hamstring
injury which he sustained during Pakistan's
108-run victory over Zimbabwe in the third
and decisive one-dayer.
Panyangara then had Khurram Manzoor
(11) --- playing his first test match after three
years --- leg before wicket and clean bowled
the experienced Younis Khan (3) in suc-
cessive overs to have Pakistan in trouble.
Ali resurrected Pakistan's innings with a
93-run stand with Misbah before Sibanda
pulled out a brilliant catch at short mid-
wicket off a mistimed drive. Misbah hit
seven boundaries and faced 94 balls before
he tried a reckless stroke to make it 120-
4. Asad Shafiq also gifted his wicket after
lunch when he charged down the track off
Utseya's tossed up delivery and gave a simple
catch to Tino Mawoyo at backward short
leg as the ball brushed off the batsman's
pads off an inside edge as Pakistan pro-
gressed to 156-5 at tea.
Just when it looked like Ali could get a
century after tea, he played a rash stroke
like Misbah did after lunch and chased a
wide delivery of Masakdaza to Sibanda at
Ajmal's assault helped Pakistan hit back
late in the day as the tailender hit two
exquisite drives to the boundary off Panyan-
EDINBURGH---Australia convincingly beat Scotland
by 200 runs yesterday in their one-off ODI after
an outstanding partnership between centurions
Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh.
The Australians, searching for a boost of confidence
after their Ashes loss in England in July and August,
lay a perfect foundation after they were sent in to
bat by stand-in Scottish skipper Preston Mommsen.
In the best opening stand for Australia in ODI history,
Finch and Marsh put on 246 runs together as the
Scotland bowlers only managed three wickets in 50
overs. Marsh (151) played a measured and disciplined
innings, while Finch took to a more brash approach
to dealing with the Scottish attack, scoring 148 off
146 balls. Australia finished with 362-3 and then
bowled Scotland out for 162.
Australia demonstrated the textbook use of a batting
powerplay, scoring 64 runs off the five overs. Finch
lashed out in the period, smashing four fours and
three sixes, and propelling his team's run rate to 7.24
runs an over.
After lunch, it took less than two overs for the
dismantling of Scotland to begin, with spearhead
quickster Mitchell Johnson trapping Coleman on the
pads for 1. After 12 overs Scotland was 31-3. Australian
spinner Fawad Ahmed claimed his first ODI wicket
on debut, with two wickets in two overs quickly
sending the home side to 85-6. James Faulkner
chipped in with 2 wickets,
Some upper-order resistance was shown from
Matt Machan, who looked promising before falling
to Falkner on 39. By the 31st over the Scottish run
rate slowed to just over three runs an over, as a draw
became the desired result.
A late surge by Scotland came in the form of a
partnership worth 39 runs between Haq and Goudie
who, despite allowing the run rate to spiral out of
reach, provided a wagging tail that frustrated the
Australian attack. Two down-the-ground sixes from
Gordon Goudie delighted the home crowd before
Majid Haq fell to a shorter ball from Mitchell Johnson
for 24 to break up the partnership.
The conservative tactics by the lower-order Scottish
batsmen nearly paid off, as the Scots came within
six overs of scraping a draw. (AP)
Aus 362-3 (Shaun Marsh 151, Aaron Finch 148,
Shane Watson 37; Iain Wardlaw 2-69) vs
Scotland 162 (Matt Machan 39, Majid Haq 25;
Mitchell Johnson, 4-36). Aus won by 200 runs.
Pakistan 1st Innings
K Manzoor lbw b Panyangara ...................11
M Hafeez c Sibanda b Chatara ...................5
A Ali c Sibanda b SMasakadza ...............78
Y Khan b Panyangara ........................................3
M-ul-Haq c Sibanda b Utseya ..................53
A Shafiq c Mawoyo b Utseya .....................4
A Akmal b Chatara ...........................................18
A Rehman lbw b SMasakadza ...................7
S Ajmal not out ..................................................49
J Khan c Mutumbami b Panyangara ....17
Extras: (3lb, 1w) ....................................................4
TOTAL: (for 9 wickets) .......................249
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-21, 3-27, 4-120, 5-
132, 6-157, 7-173, 8-182, 9-249
Still to bat: Rahat Ali.
Bowling: Tendai Chatara 22-6-64-2,
Tinashe Panyangara 19.5-2-71-3, Shingi
Masakadza 22-8-40-2, Elton Chigumbura
2-0-15-0, Prosper Utseya 23-1-55-2,
Hamilton Masakadza 1-0-1-0 (1w).
Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza
(captain), Vusi Sibanda, Tino Mawoyo,
Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller,
Richmond Mutumbami, Elton
Chigumbura, Prosper Utseya, Shingi
Masakadza, Tinashe Panyangara, Tendai
To ss : Zimbabwe.
Umpires: Ranmore Martinesz, Sri Lanka,
and Steve Davis, Australia.
TV umpire: Jeremiah Matibiri,
Match referee: Javagal Srinath, India.
200 runs in ODI
Australia's Aaron Finch scored 148 off 146 balls in
his team's 200 run win over Scotland yesterday in
Edinburgh, Scotland. AP PHOTO
Pakistan to 249/9
Pakistan batsman Saeed Ajmal plays a shot during the first Test match against Zimbabwe
at Harare Sports Club in Harare, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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