Debutant Olonga called for throwing

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Zimbabwe 544-4 dec Pakistan 271-7

Henry Olonga, the Zimbabwe teenager, became the first bowler for more than 30 years to be called for throwing in a Test match on the third day of the first Test against Pakistan in Harare yesterday.

Olonga, the first black cricketer to play for his country, is only the sixth specialist bowler to be called for "chucking" and the first since the Australian left-arm paceman, Ian Meckiff, against South Africa in 1963.

The 18-year-old, who was called four times while playing for a President's XI against the touring team last weekend, was no-balled once in his fifth over during today's morning session.

Zimbabwe, who are looking for their first Test win, are in control, with Pakistan needing another 74 runs on Saturday after today's rest day to avoid the follow on.

Heath Streak broke up a stubborn 120-run partnership by the visitors when he had Ijaz Ahmed caught off the last ball by Grant Flower at gully. Ijaz, who scored 65, joined forces with Inzamam-ul-Haq, to take Pakistan to 271 for 7 after they had been 88 for 3. The breakthrough was vital as Ijaz and Inzamam had threatened to spoil a superb day for Zimbabwe, who had reduced Pakistan to 135 for 5.

(Third day: Zimbabwe won toss)

Zimbabwe - First Innings 544 for 4 dec (G W Flower 201no, A Flower 156, G J Whittal 113no).

Pakistan - First Innings (Overnight: 51 for 1)

Aamir Sohail c Houghton b Brain 61

Akram Raza c Whittall b Streak 19

Asif Mujtaba c Carlisle b Streak 2

*Salim Malik c Carlisle b Whittall 32

Ijaz Ahmed c G Flower b Streak 65

Rashid Latif c Campbell b Whittall 6

Inzamam-ul-Haq not out 53

Extras (b2, lb3, w8, nb12) 25

Total (for 7) 271

Fall (cont): 2-82, 3-88, 4-131, 5-135, 6-151, 7-271.

To bat: Wasim Akram, Kabir Khan, Aqib Javed.

Bowling: Streak 28.2-7-66-3; Brain 23-3-79-1; Olonga 10-0-27-1; Whittall 23-8-39-2; Strang 15-5-45-0; Dekker 4-1-10-0.

Umpires: I Robinson (Zim) and M Kitchen (Eng).