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ZIM vs PAK, 2nd Test (Day-3)- Team Analysis & Prediction I A Follow-On Ahead?

by  Aman Singh  •  Last updated on 2021-05-08 23:24:07


Clashing Teams- Zimbabwe and Pakistan

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Date- 08th May, 2021 (Friday)
Time: -09: 30 AM (Local) and 01:00 PM (IST)
Live Telecast (in India)- Sony Sports Networks


   •  Zimbabwe clinched wickets at crucial moments of the game on Day 02 of the high-voltage test match. Bowling unit totally dominated the morning session with crucial scalps of night-walker Sajid Khan, danger man Mohammed Rizwan and bowling all-rounder Hasan Ali. The home team forced the visitors to play cautious cricket, trespassing 400 runs which initially looked like an easy walkway soon turned into a marathon. However, the commendable batting show of Abid Ali with unbeaten 215 runs innings totally frustrated Zimbabwe bowlers and his excellent performance shoots Pakistan to a 510/8 total.

   •  On the third day, Zimbabwe’s batting unit will be at test and all eyes will be glued to analyze how fairly the middle order batsmen shield their innings against furious Pakistan’s bowling attack. Zimbabwe’s competition in this match is against their previous fallout, the red army will surely try their best to upgrade their previous batting performance and Regis Chakabva, Tendei Chisoro, Roy Kaia and Luke Jongwe are expected to lead from the front. 


   •  Pakistan’s middle order proved an utter failure in this ongoing match, if Abid Ali didn’t take the situation under control with help of Nauman Ali then crossing even 375 runs would become difficult for the visitors team. The 8th wicket partnership would be the highlight for Pakistan innings where Nauman and Abid together knotted 169 electrified runs and declared their innings for a strong 510/8. Unbeaten Abid Ali joined back the pavilion for 215 runs whereas Nauman Ali achieved his personal best score of 97 runs before being stumped out.

   •  On the decisive third day, Pakistan’s bowling attack would be on display and their only aim will be to crush Zimbabwe’s batting unit under follow-on score. Pakistan’s bowlers under leadership of Hasan Ali have already sidelined Zimbabwe for<200 runs in both innings of 1st test match and it would be worth watching whether they succeed this time or not. Pakistan’s team management have already signaled that their game-plan for 2nd face-off is to win the match in the first three days, let’s see whether it happens or not.    


Topbets Prediction for ZIM vs PAK, Day-3

Pakistan has already piled up a strong 510 runs lead in the first inning of the match and from here they certainly cannot lose this match and it is pretty obvious. A more confident Pakistan’s bowling unit will attempt to dispose-off Zimbabwe’s mediocre batting line-up under 125 runs and dictate a slow death oriented follow-on. Zimbabwe would kick-start Day 03 with two timid performers Regid Chakabva (28 runs) and Tendai Chisoro (1 runs) with a definite mission to avert the threatening follow-on with just six wickets in bag. Although there are 99.99% chances that Zimbabwe will not get any success in their attempt and Pakistan will be declared victorious on the third day of the test match.

Market Odds (As on 09:00 P.M)






Top Batsman for Zimbabwe on Day 3- Roy Kaia- The debutant has already shown his caliber with crucial standalone 48 runs inning in the first test match. Zimbabwe team will be confident that the new edition in team would once again exhibit his skills and successfully averts the follow-on.

Hasan Ali to be Pakistan Top Bowler- Hasan Ali just falls short of 1 wicket in the previous match to apprehend his first-ever 10 wickets haul. It looks like he will not go easy on the counterparts on this occasion; the right-arm bowler has already collected 1 wicket and will definitely add some more on the third day.  

Probable Playing XI

Zimbabwe - Kevin Kasuza, Tarisai Musakanda, Milton Shumba, Brendan Taylor (c), Milton Shumba, Roy Kaia, Regis Chakabva (wk), Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chisoro, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava 

Pakistan - Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Nauman Ali, Hasan Ali, Sajid Khan, Shaheen Afridi