Fawad Alam fifty extends Pakistan lead to 85 runs at tea

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Fawad Alam fifty extends Pakistan lead to 85 runs at tea

Half-century by middle-order batsman Fawad Alam helped Pakistan take back control over Zimbabwe after loss of three wickets dented team's progress in the second session today. 

Following lunch, Pakistan added 99 runs in 29 overs to take team's total to 261 for four with Fawad Alam (50) and Mohammad Rizwan (13) present on crease.

They also lost three batsmen, including captain Babar Azam for a golden duck who was dismissed right-arm pacer Donald Tiripano.

The bowler also dismissed Azhar Ali who edged one to Musakanda at gully after scoring 36 runs off 70 balls. 

Earlier, fifties by openers Abid Ali and Imran Butt led Pakistan to a good start on day two at Harare Sports Club today.

Pakistan were 162 for one after 62 overs at lunch on day two after dismissing the hosts for 176 on Thursday. Imran (71) and Azhar Ali (23) were present on crease

Abid, who completed his fifty before stumps on day one, was sent back to pavilion after scoring 60 runs. The batsman was dismissed by Tendai Chisoro in the 45th over.

The visiting team has been in a dominating position since start of the game. Batting first after winning the toss, Zimbabwe failed to put on a good show.

Majority of their batsmen fell victim to the fired up pace-attack of Pakistan as both Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi shared eight wickets between them. In contrast Pakistan’s top-order provided the team with a steady start as they finished the day with 103 runs at the loss of no wicket. 

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