Twitter Reactions: Hasan Ali leads Pakistan to victory in the opening Test against Zimbabwe
Hasan picked up a five-wicket haul in the second innings.
Updated - May 1, 2021 11:12 pm
After a tad under three days, Pakistan managed to beat Zimbabwe by an innings and 116 runs. At the Harare Sports Club, the hosts put forth a spirited show, but they couldn’t hold on after lack of experience showed. It also meant that Babar Azam and Co secured a crucial 1-0 lead in the two-match series. The second and final Test gets underway on Friday, May 7 in Harare itself.
Pakistan amass a massive lead
At the close of play, Pakistan had already amassed a lead of 198 runs courtesy of Fawad Alam’s century and a 90 from Imran Butt. On the third day, Fawad went on to score 140 runs off 204 balls with the help of 20 fours. He, eventually, fell prey to fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani. Hasan Ali also contributed with 30 runs off 26 balls and his knock was laced with three fours and two sixes.
Muzarabani inflicted most of the damage for the hosts as he brushed off the tail and picked up four wickets. In the meantime, Pakistan amassed a colossal lead of 250 runs. Zimbabwe started on a positive note after opener Kevin Kasuza and Tarisai Musakanda put on 48 runs for the opening wicket. Hasan Ali trapped Kasuza, who scored 28 with three fours, to break the partnership.
Hasan Ali wreaks havoc
Once the first wicket fell, Zimbabwe crumbled like a house of cards. Musakanda went on to score 43 runs with five fours before he got run out. Brendan Taylor showed a positive outlook as he scored 29 runs off 33 balls with two fours and one six. Roy Kaia, who impressed in the first innings, couldn’t open his account. The lower order couldn’t contribute much and flattered to deceive with the bat.
Hasan turned out to be the Player of the Match after he followed up his four-wicket haul in the first innings with a fifer in the second. The fast bowler got the apt support from tweaker Nauman Ali and seamer Faheem Ashraf, who both picked a combined tally of three wickets. In the end, Zimbabwe lost their last nine wickets for 86 runs and were bundled out for a paltry 134 in 46.2 overs.
Here’s how the netizens reacted to Pakistan’s win:
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) May 1, 2021
Worked his backside off in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2020-21 and now reaping rewards in Tests –
19 wickets in his last two Tests 💖💖💖
Hasan Ali!! pic.twitter.com/KZ3MtgaDFn
— Emmad Hameed (@Emmad81) May 1, 2021
Hasan Ali completes his 50 Test wickets in 12 matches!!!!! He finished the 2nd innings with 5/36; his career best figures in an innings.
Overall 9 wickets in the match for him. A What a performance 🔥
— 𝑺𝒂𝒘𝒂𝒊𝒓𝒂 𝒌𝒉𝒂𝒏 ♡︎ (@shadabkhanfp) May 1, 2021
Hasan Ali is well and truly back. 19 wickets in 2 matches on his return to the side 🔥👏 His celebration was always a fave of ours 😂 (except when he hurt his neck) @ThatoMamathuba
— EEMS (@NaeemahBenjamin) May 1, 2021
Devastating yorkers by Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi this match.
Why aren't these being bowled against better opposition?? #PAKvZIM
— officialrajasb (@officialrajasb) May 1, 2021
— Moosaa 🇵🇰 (@Moosahmed03) May 1, 2021
Hasan Ali – what a player 🔥🔥 #ZIMvPAK
— Isaac (@IRawcliffeCric) May 1, 2021
Player of the Match – Hasan Ali#PAKvZIM
— Najeeb ul Hasnain (@ImNajeebH) May 1, 2021
— Hunain Khan (@corporategulam) May 1, 2021
supported him when he was out of the
team and now so happy for his success,
may you achieve more champ Hasan Ali
— Mani 🇵🇰 (@TweetsMani14) May 1, 2021
🇵🇰Remember when Hasan Ali was dropped from the team he went completely underground. Hasan kept working hard during rehab and regained fitness silently without displaying on socialmedia followed by a boombastic comeback in domestic and then for Pakistan! What a story man! #ZIMvPAK
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) May 1, 2021
Hasan Ali bowling figures in last 4 test innings:
— 𝕄𝕚𝕒𝕟 𝕊𝕙𝕒𝕙𝕫𝕒𝕕 𝔽𝕒𝕣𝕠𝕠𝕢 🇩🇪🇵🇰 (@shaadD10) May 1, 2021
— CricTroll (@CricTroll1) May 1, 2021
☝️ 4/53 and 5/36
🔥 Crossed 50 Test wickets
Hasan Ali is the Player of the Match for his terrific performance in the first #ZIMvPAK Test 👏
— ICC (@ICC) May 1, 2021