Bulawayo, Sept 3: Tino Mawoyo became the third Zimbabwean player to carry his bat as the opener made 163 not out in his side's first innings total of 412 on the second day of the Test against Pakistan at Queens Sports Club here on Sep 3.
The 25-year-old picked up where he left off on Thursday as he stone-walled the Pakistan attack. Resuming on 82 he went on to reach his maiden Test century and then, as wickets fell around him, pushed on past the 150-mark.
When last man Chris Mpofu was bowled by Aizeez Cheema to signal the tea interval, Mawoyo had become the 47th batsman in the history of Test cricket -- this is the 2006th Test match -- to carry his bat.
The only two Zimbabweans to do it before him also achieved the feat against Pakistan. Mark Dekker made 68 not out in Rawalpini in 1993 while Grant Flower hit 156 not out on this ground in 1998.
Resuming on 245 for four, Zimbabwe lost Craig Ervine early when he gave Juanid Jhan his first Test wicket, caught and bowled by for 49, ending a fifth wicket partnership of 94 with Mawoyo.
Debutant Greg Lamb, however, dug in to add another 95 with the opener for the sixth wicket.
Mawoyo had a major stroke of luck when he was on 98 as Adnan Akmal missed a straightforward stumping off Saeed Ajmal. It was his second chance as Sohail Khan dropped him on the boundary when he had made 25.
There was a little bit of uncertainty as he reached his century. Mawoyo thought he was running a leg-bye only to realise it was his all-important 100th run when the umpire failed to signal the extra.