Zimbabwe pacemen ripped through
Pakistan's powerful batting line-up to dismiss the home side for a paltry first
innings total of 147 on the opening day of the third and final cricket test on
Left-armer David Brain, playing in only his third test, finished with five
for 42, while Eddo Brandes and John Rennie claimed three for 45 and two for 22
Visiting captain Andy Flower's decision to bowl first on winning the toss
paid handsome dividends when Pakistan were dismissed in 51.4 overs just 15
minutes after tea.
The Zimbabwe bowlers made life difficult for the Pakistani batsmen with
swing and seam as the tourists sought consolation after losing the first two
Inzamam-ul-Haq was top scorer with 33 while veteran Javed Miandad, playing
his 124th test, contributed 31 and Basit Ali 29 as the best of the rest.
Javed and Basit kept Zibabwe at bay for just over an hour, sharing a
fourth-wicket partnership of 53.
Brain made the first breakthrough of the day, removing Aamer Sohail for two
on the fourth ball of his first over as Alistair Campbell took a brilliant catch
Shoaib Muhammad and Inzamam added 47 runs for the second wicket but their
dismissals in the space of four balls left Pakistan reeling at 60 for three at
Zimbabwe claimed five wickets in the afternoon session as Pakistan slipped
to 140 for eight by tea.
At the close, Zimbabwe were 15 without loss in eight overs, with Gary
Flower on 10 and Mark Dekker two.