zim cricket.jpgA solid 82 run innings by Tinotenda Mawoyo played a crucial role in guiding Zimbabwe to 245 for 4 on the opening day of Zimbabwe’s test encounter with Pakistan at Queens Sports Club.

Mawoyo once again featured in an impressive opening partnership with Vusimuzi Sibanda, which produced 71 runs.

Just 5 runs short of a half century, a rush in blood saw Sibanda, who came down the crease, being beaten and consequently stumped.

Zimbabwe’s number three batsman, Hamilton Masakadza then came to the crease and showed early signs of being in the mood for scoring runs.

With just 11 runs on the score board for Masakadza, Pakistan’s off-break spinner, Saeed Ajmal bowled a beauty that dislodged the stump sending him back to the dressing rooms to bring Captain Brendan Taylor to the crease.

Hoping to stabilise Zimbabwe’s innings, Taylor played impressive strokes, and was unfortunate to succumb to an lbw decision, becoming Zimbabwe’s 3rd batsman to fall prey to Saeed Ajmal’s bowling.

Taibu then partnered Mawoyo in another impressive partnership that was ended after Taibu edged a delivery from Sohail Khan.

In the final session, Craig Ervine and Tinotenda Mawoyo guarded their wickets jealously with Ervine ending unbeaten on 38 while Mawoyo was on 82 runs at the close of play on day 1.

Play resumes on day 2 with Zimbabwe hoping to build on their 245 runs.