When and Where to Watch Zimbabwe vs Pakistan Live Streaming, Match Preview, Timings, and Pitch Report for 2nd Test
For the visitors, the victory in the previous game is less celebration and more regulation given it has come against a side billed a no-threat for them.
Updated - May 6, 2021 4:28 pm
After putting up an inspirational effort to record their first T20I victory against Pakistan in their 17th attempt, Zimbabwe had germinated some hopes to show some fight in a tougher format. Although, the first Test proved to be a better illustration of where the hosts stand, come to the longest format of the game.
It will be harsh to point fingers at Zimbabwe, who play the format so remarkably little that it becomes impossible for them to gather any momentum ever. A 10-wicket win – never mind if it came against a side that is yet to entirely find its feet in red-ball cricket: Afghanistan – showed that Test match victories are not impossible provided they are given opportunities.
But if Zimbabwe aims to even slightly compete and wash the tag of walkovers, they will need quick-fix solutions to the problems they grapple with in every department of the game. In the first Test, where they faced 105.3 overs both innings combined, the longest any batter lasted in was 94 balls and the most any scored was 48 runs, both debutant Roy Kaia.
What they can take some pride in is the fact they bowled Pakistan out, with Blessing Muzarabani once again showing his potency, claiming 4 for 71 alongside Donald Tiripano’s 3 for 89. But it took Zimbabwe 133 overs to effect that when they could not bat even half that number of overs at a stretch. With such pale endurance, it is hard to compete, let alone find success in the format.
Meanwhile, for Pakistan, who had nine losses in eleven overseas Tests in the last three years, the victory-drought ended with a convincing innings win. Young Imran Butt showed both temperament and class before agonizingly falling short of his maiden ton by 9 runs, Abid Ali snapped a rut with a solid half-century, while Fawad Alam, who is yet to fail to score a century once he crosses 50, got his fourth in the format.
Adding to that a nine-wicket haul for Hasan Ali and perhaps the only miss for the team remains skipper Babar Azam’s golden duck. For the visitors, the victory is less celebration and more regulation given it has come against a side billed a no-threat for them. Nothing changes going into the second encounter either for them.
Pitch and conditions
23 out of the 30 wickets fell to pace in the previous game despite the track being on the slower side. The pacers are expected to hold the edge early morning, but the batters can make merry as the day and game progresses.
Playing combination for ZIM vs PAK
Zimbabwe have the services of Sean Williams, who sat out due to injury in the previous game.
Predicted XI: Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza, Tarisai Musakanda, Sean Williams (C), Brendan Taylor, Roy Kaia, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chisoro, Donald Tiripano, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava
After a clinical victory, the only reason for Pakistan to make amends will be to give chances to some newbies. To that end, they have Haris Rauf as the biggest contenders to find a spot, who is a part of the 13-man squad released by the team on the eve of the game.
Predicted XI: Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (C), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Nauman Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi.
ZIM vs PAK Head to Head
Played – 17 | Pakistan – 11 | Zimbabwe – 3 | Draw/Abandon – 3
ZIM vs PAK Broadcast Details
Match Timings – 1:00 PM IST
Live Streaming – Fancode