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HARARE---Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-
Haq produced fighting half centuries for
Pakistan to lead Zimbabwe by 90 runs
with six wickets in hand in the second
innings after three days of the first test
Younis was 76 not out and Misbah hit
52 as Pakistan, having conceded a 78-run
first-innings lead, kept a disciplined Zim-
babwe bowling effort at bay to reach 168-
4 in its second innings. Asad Shafiq was
the other not out batsman on 15.
Younis and Misbah came together at 23-
3 after Zimbabwe new-ball bowler Tinaesh
Panyangara grabbed two quick wickets at
Harare Sports Club.
The pair batted cautiously during the
116-run, fourth-wicket stand that lasted
48.4 overs, and it was only a lapse in con-
centration that resulted in its end.
Misbah reached his half century with an
on-driven four off Shingi Masakadza to
move from 47 to 51 but failed to rotate the
strike for a long time. He managed only
one run in the next 20 deliveries before
playing a lazy shot to Masakadza and was
caught by Vusi Sibanda in the covers.
Misbah could hit only four fours off 157
deliveries while Younis struck seven fours
off 174 deliveries.
For Zimbabwe, Panyangara struck once
on both sides of the lunch break to leave
The pace bowler trapped both opener
Khurram Manzoor and Azhar Ali leg before
wicket even as Tendai Chatara chipped in
with the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez.
Earlier, Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal
finished with 7-95 but could not prevent
Zimbabwe from stretching its lead.
Zimbabwe, 281-7 overnight, scored 46
more runs in the morning session to total
327 in reply to Pakistan s first innings of
Overnight batsman Elton Chigumbura
did most of the good work for the home
side as he scored 29 more runs before being
dismissed for 69 by Ajmal.
Chigumbura continued to bat confidently
yesterday, striking nine fours during his
third half century in ten tests. He was caught
by Azhar Ali at short leg off bat and pad.
Ajmal, who had four wickets on the sec-
ond day, took all three remaining wickets
to finish with his eighth five-wicket haul
in 27 tests.
After slumping to a 3-0 defeat in the Ashes
series, Australia wants to salvage something
from a wretched tour by beating England in
the five-match one-day international series
"It would be good to leave the UK with a
couple of wins under our belt," Australia cap-
tain Michael Clarke said yesterday, ahead of
the first ODI at Headingly in Leeds.
Australia can at least count on a better
record in one-dayers lately than tests. The
Aussies have won six of their last nine major
ODI series, drawing two others and losing
only one, in England last year, 4-0.
But in that period they have also lost their
World Cup and Champions Trophy titles, and
Clarke insisted he remained the man to lead
the test and ODI teams.
"I have no intention of giving up on ODIs,"
Clarke said, despite his chronic back prob-
"When you re captain, you are accountable,
especially when you aren t performing well
and your team is losing," he admitted on the
pressures he feels as captain of a struggling
When it was suggested his job was in doubt
after a gloomy English summer, he responded:
"Winning this series has nothing to do with
England captain Eoin Morgan says his team
is using the series to build for the 2015 Cricket
World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
While the introduction of the likes of Ben
Stokes, Boyd Rankin, and teenager Jamie Over-
ton make England understrength, they could
be part of the 2015 team.
"The series is a stepping stone for a young,
talented and exciting team" Morgan said.
He didn t fear an Ashes hangover because
the newcomers brought excitement, but added,
"We really need to turn up.
"I ve never had a dull series against Australia.
I think everybody is aware of the responsibility
on their shoulders."
The teams warmed up with wins on Tues-
day, England beating Ireland and Australia
England s decision to rest several senior
players from the NatWest Series against
Australia was not to everyone s tastes.
Michael Vaughan, an Ashes-winning cap-
tain, who knows what fatigue after the
Ashes is all about, suggested half-seriously
that spectators should be offered their
But when Eoin Morgan, who is deputising
for Alastair Cook as captain, spoke of "a
great energy" in the squad ahead of the first
ODI at Headingley and dismissed suggestions
that this series is very much a case of After
the Lord Mayor s Show, the case for a fresh-
ened-up England squad was hard to resist.
Rest those who are weary and open up
opportunities to others: it is not a bad phi-
Those who have contended that watching
a settled England Test side win the Ashes
without much panache has at times become
a bit of a drag should logically now be beside
themselves with joy at the prospect awaiting
them. "Young, talented and exciting," is how
Morgan described his unproven squad.
Morgan did not pull off the conjuring
trick of playing in the IPL and still being
selected for England s Ashes Test side, that
outside prospect coming to grief because
of an operation on a broken finger in late
June. Before his matchwinning century in
Dublin, he managed only one half-century
But England s batting order for the Ashes
still has one spot still up for debate, the No
6 slot, and there is the opportunity to
attempt the conjuring trick all over again.
Captain influentially and score a stackful of
runs and England will at least have to throw
his name in the mix even if Ravi Bopara s
greater commitment to the long-form game
makes him a more persuasive candidate.
"At this stage of the summer I am taking
every innings as an opportunity to score
runs and prove what I am capable of doing,"
he said. "If that opportunity arose at the
end of the summer I would be a very happy
But happiness is drawn at the moment
from other places. "The things I ve most
enjoyed about captaincy has been handing
out caps to debutants," Morgan said. "It s
fantastic to see guys being rewarded for a
lot of hard work over a number of years by
pulling the England shirt on and that makes
me smile every day."
Younis, Misbah rescue
Pakistan vs Zimbabwe
Pakistan batsman Younis Khan,
right, makes a quick run with fellow
batsman Misbah ul Haq on the third
day of the first test match against
Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club in
Harare, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Australia looks to redeem in ODI vs England
Pakistan 1st Inns: 249
ZIMBABWE 1st Innings (o/n 281-7)
TinoMawoyocAkmalbJKhan . . . . . . . . . . .13
VusiSibandacAkmalbJKhan . . . . . . . . . . . .31
HamiltonMasakadzabAjmal . . . . . . . . . . . .19
SikandarRazacMisbahbAjmal . . . . . . . . .60
MalcolmWallercHafeezbAjmal . . . . . . . .70
Elton Chigumbura c Azhar Ali b Ajmal . . . .69
Richmond Mutumbami lbw b Ajmal . . . . . .13
ShingiMasakadzalbwbAjmal . . . . . . . . . . .14
TendaiChataracYKhanbAjmal . . . . . . . . . . .0
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-68, 3-68, 4-195, 5-212,
6-235, 7-278, 8-310, 9-327, 10-327
Bowling: Junaid Khan 25-8-71-2, Rahat Ali
23-3-70-1 (2w), Abdur Rehman 19-5-56-0,
Saeed Ajmal 32.3-4-95-7, Younis Khan 4-1-
PAKISTAN 2nd Inns
Khurram Manzoor lbw b Panyangara . . . . . .5
Mohammad Hafeez c Mawoyo b Chatara .16
Misbah-ul-Haq c Sibanda b SMasakadza .52
To bat: Adnan Akmal, Abdur Rehman, Saeed
Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali.
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-21, 3-23, 4-139.
Bowling: Tendai Chatara 18-5-48-1, Tinashe
Panyangara 13-7-15-2, Prosper Utseya 18-3-
54-0, Shingi Masakadza 16-1-41-1, Hamilton
To ss : Zimbabwe.
Umpires: Ranmore Martinesz, Sri Lanka, and
Steve Davis, Australia.
TV umpire: Jeremiah Matibiri, Zimbabwe.
Match referee: Javagal Srinath, India.
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