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Zimbabwe scenting famous triumph

Zimbabwe's batsmen laid the foundation for what would be their most significant victory in more than a decade on the second day of the opening Test against Pakistan in Harare.

Half-centuries from Malcolm Waller and debutant Sikandar Raza were rewarded with a 32-run first-innings lead, with three wickets still in hand, at the close of play.

Waller and Raza, with 70 and 60 respectively, combined in a 127-run stand for the fourth wicket before an unbeaten 40 from Elton Chigumbura saw Zimbabwe to 281 for seven.

The hosts had earlier taken two balls to claim the final Pakistan wicket, with Saeed Ajmal falling a run short of a half-century when he was bowled by Tendai Chatara.

Zimbabwe have not beaten an established full-member nation in the Test arena since their four-wicket success over India in Harare 12 years ago and have managed just four Test wins against Bangladesh since.

But they gained control of this contest as Pakistan were bowled out without adding to their overnight 249 this morning before Waller and Raza, who was born in Pakistan, ensured no advantage was lost on a pitch that did not provide the turn the visitors might have expected.

The duo were thrust together when Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza were dismissed from successive balls shortly after lunch to leave Zimbabwe 68 for three.

They impressed thereafter and, despite Ajmal – who ended with 4-77 – removing both inside a half-hour period in the afternoon session, Chigumbura remained until the end.

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