Shaheen Afridi broke the back of Zimbabwe's top and middle-order by taking four wickets in the first innings as the home side folded on a paltry 176 after choosing to bat first. Pakistan bowlers, especially Afridi and Hasan Ali, were on top of their game and picked wickets at regular intervals.
"I enjoy Test cricket a lot. I gave a good performance in the first Test and I will try my best to continue that. I feel really good bowling alongside Hasan Ali and he motivates me in case I am not bowling well and I do the same. We coordinate well," said Shaheen Afridi.
Afridi completed his 50 wickets in 16 Tests, equaling the record of one of the greatest fast bowlers the game has ever seen—Wasim Akram, who also achieved the feat in the same number of matches. Shaheen challenged the outside edge of hosts' batsmen consistently and hit the right areas.
"I have no pressure but I am always trying to improve my weaknesses. Batting is very important and the lower order needs to score runs too as it benefits the team," he added.
The star of the show in the first Test was undoubtedly Hasan Ali who seems to have found his old rhythm back and was particularly menacing with the old ball. Hasan took nine wickets in the one-sided affair and was adjudged player of the match for his brilliant performance.
"I have played whole season of first-class and am used to bowling on slow pitches, we know we did not dominate in the T20s so we have to do that in the Tests and so we put in lot of effort, really happy with the wickets," said Hasan Ali at the first Test post-match presentation ceremony.