HARARE, Harare Province - Half-centuries by Malcolm Waller and Sikandar Raza enabled Zimbabwe to take a first innings lead on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan at the Harare Sports Club yesterday.
Zimbabwe were 7-281 at the close, a lead of 32.
Waller changed the tempo of the match with an aggressive 70, while Pakistan-born Raza made 60 on his Test debut.
The pair added 127 for the fourth wicket. They came together after Zimbabwe lost two wickets off successive balls.
With only one run added to the lunch score of 1-67, Vusi Sibanda was caught behind for 31 off the last ball of an over from Junaid Khan. Captain Hamilton Masakadza was deceived by a Saeed Ajmal doosra and bowled for 19 by the first ball of the next over.
Waller hit a boundary off the first ball he faced from Ajmal and continued to go for his shots as he reached his third Test half-century off 63 balls with 11 fours.
Raza, who was a late inclusion in the side when regular captain Brendan Taylor withdrew because of the birth of his first child, started his first Test innings cautiously and contributed only 11 in the first 50 runs of the partnership.