Afridi, Shah spin Zimbabwe in tour match
by AFP

Ground:Defence Housing Authority Stadium, Karachi
Scorecard:Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI v Zimbabweans
Player:BRM Taylor, T Taibu, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Shah
Event:Zimbabwe in Pakistan 2007/08

DateLine: 15th January 2008


Leg-spinners Shahid Afridi and Yasir Shah shared seven wickets between them to bowl Zimbabwe out for 209 in their tour match against a Patron's XI here on Monday.


The experienced Afridi took 4-37, while the 21-year-old Shah took 3-42 as the tourists' frailties against spin were exposed on the opening day of the four-day side match at Defense Stadium.


At stumps, the home team had reached 65 without losing a wicket.


Zimbabwe, who are here to play a five-match one-day series, are hoping to boost their claim for Test status, which was suspended in 2005 due to a slump in performance.


Brendon Taylor top-scored with 64 and shared two partnerships of 52 with Vusi Sibanda (29) for the second wicket and 62 for the third with Tatenda Taibu (46) to rescue the tourists, who won the toss and batted.


Sean Williams (32) and Elton Chigumbura (21) also contributed in the middle order before Afridi and Shah did the damage.


The tourists rested captain Prosper Utseya, who has yet to fully recover from an ankle problem.


Zimbabwe and Pakistan play the first one-day international here on January 21.


Brief Scores: Zimbabwe 209 all out in 69.1 overs (B. Taylor 64; Shahid Afridi 4-37, Yasir Shah 3-42)


Patron's XI 65-0

(Article: Copyright © 2008 AFP)