Ajmal captures seven to restrict Zimbabwe lead

Harare: Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal took seven wickets in an innings for the second time in his career to restrict Zimbabwe`s first innings lead on the third day of the first Test at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

Ajmal took seven for 95, as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 327 -- a first innings lead of 78.
Pakistan were 21 for one in their second innings at lunch, still trailing by 57 runs.

Khurram Manzoor was leg before wicket for the second time in the match, padding up to a ball from Tendai Chatara which cut back at him after he had scored five.

Ajmal took all three wickets that fell yesterday as the host nation added 46 runs to their overnight 281 for seven.

Elton Chigumbura became the third Zimbabwe batsmen to score a half- century, making 69 before he was ninth man out, caught off bat and pad at short leg by Azhar Ali after a 129-ball innings which included eight boundaries.

Last man Chatara was out first ball, caught at gully by Younis Khan.

Overnight batsmen Chigumbura and Shingi Masakadza took their eighth wicket stand to 32 before Masakadza went back on his stumps and was leg before wicket to Ajmal for 14.

Chigumbura played some attacking strokes as he added a further 17 with Tinashe Panyangara before he was out.

It was Ajmal`s eighth haul of five or more wickets in Tests. His best figures were seven for 55 against England in Dubai in January 2012.


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