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Zimbabwe needs 2 wickets, Pakistan 47 runs

Zimbabwe needs 2 wickets, Pakistan 47 runs in nail-biting finish to series

Zimbabwe needs 2 wickets, Pakistan 47 runs

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe needs two wickets to win the second test against Pakistan on a nail-biting final day at Harare Sports on Saturday. Pakistan is 47 runs short of victory in its fourth-innings chase after reaching lunch on 217-8 chasing 264.

Zimbabwe dismissed three Pakistan batsmen in the first session, with Adnan Akmal and Abdur Rehman out before Saeed Ajmal fell just before lunch.

The tourists edged closer to their target, with captain Misbah-ul-Haq standing firm on 58 not out to hold Pakistan's hopes of winning the test at the very end and sweeping the series 2-0.

Pakistan won the first game by 221 runs but Zimbabwe has high hopes of saving the series on the last day in a test that could easily go either way now.

The home attack was led by seamer Tendai Chatara, who had 4-48 in Pakistan's second innings and two of the three wickets on Saturday morning to give the home team a chance at its first win over a top test team for over a decade. Zimbabwe last beat Pakistan in a five-day game in 1998.

Misbah was solid, hitting just five balls in a marathon 161-ball innings for his 58 and anchoring Pakistan's effort. But he lost three partners in the morning as wicketkeeper Akmal went for 20 lbw to Chatara, Rehman fell for 16 to Tinashe Panyangara and Ajmal was dismissed two overs before the end of the session for just 2.

Ajmal fell lbw to Chatara and the Zimbabwe bowler ran right down to the boundary rope in celebration as test cricket's tradition strugglers neared a long-awaited first test win over a country other than Bangladesh since 2001.

Updated : 2021-10-20 12:15 GMT+08:00