Patron's XI 361 for 3 (Jamshed 182, Raheem 77, Chigumbura 2-61) lead Zimbabweans 209 by 152 runs
Nasir Jamshed scored an entertaining 182 to help Patron's XI gain a 152-run lead at the close of day two against the Zimbabweans in Karachi.
Jamshed's 240-ball knock rounded off a disappointing day for the tourists, as they failed to impress with the ball and dropped crucial chances. Hitting 16 fours and seven sixes - most of which landed in the region between midwicket and long on - Jamshed shred a poor Zimbabwean attack to pieces. He made his intentions clear right from the start as Elton Chigumbura was guided to third man for a boundary in the first overfollowed by a straight-driven four off Christopher Mpofu in the following over.
While Khalid Latif and Afaq Raheem - who shared a 204-run partnership with Jamshed - adopted a sedate approach, Jamshed mixed aggression with defence. After five consecutive maidens were bowled in the first hour of play, he smashed Chigumbura down the ground and pulled him to midwicket. Jamshed was particularly severe on Ray Price, the left-arm spinner, whom he lofted him over midwicket for a four before smashing two consecutive sixes in his following over, with the latter taking him to 97.
As the 128-ball century was duly reached with a guided four down to third man, Jamshed slowed down a bit - no boundaries were scored for eight overs - before dispatching Price over long on for his fourth six. With Raheem solid in defence at the other end - occasionally pulling seamer Timceyn Maruma's short deliveries past midwicket - Jamshed keenly took singles to keep the scorecard moving and bring up the century partnership in 35 overs.
Carrying on the attack to the Zimbabwean bowlers - even slogging at times - Jamshed smashed his fifth six to bring up the 150 partnership before Raheem, too, joined in the action by ferociously cutting Mpofu past point for four. An as two more sixes were witnessed over long-on fielder's head, Zimbabweans celebrated the prize wicket. Jamshed, perhaps too eager to get to his double century, tried turning Chigumbura to the leg and the resulting leading edge was taken at mid on by Gary Brent.
While Naumanullah - voted best batsman of the recently-concluded Quaid-e-Azam Trophy - and Fawad Alam put on 68 for the fourth wicket, the pressure built on the fielding side. With a healthy lead of 152 already, Patron's XI will hope for some master stokeplay from both batsmen in order to score quick runs in the morning session. With Shahid Afridi, their captain, yet to bat, the third day might prove even more disappointing for the Zimbabweans. However, with the pitch expected to deteriorate and take turn, Price might have a strong say in proceedings.