Pakistan 163/3 (68.0 ov)
Pakistan trail by 131 runs with 7 wickets remaining in the 1st innings
AN IMPORTANT knock from Younis Khan (52 not out), ably supported by skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (27 not out) helped Pakistan end the day at 163 for three, still 131 runs behind Zimbabwe’s first innings total at the end of second day’s play at the Harare Sports Club.
Younis, who got to his half-century with a boundary, also achieved a personal milestone of 7,000 Test runs with that effort.
Khurram Manzoor, who was unbeaten on 51 at the end of the second session, failed to add any further to his total as a misunderstanding between him and Younis led to his run out in the second over of the final session.
Manzoor, who was recalled for the Zimbabwe series after more than three years out of the Test team, survived confident appeals for a catch behind and leg before wicket early in his innings.
He showed good timing as he hit nine fours in reaching his fourth Test half-century off 119 balls, but his innings came to an end when he played the ball to leg and set off for a run. He was sent back by Younis and could not beat Elton Chigumbura’s throw to wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami.
At this stage, Pakistan were on 96 for three, giving Zimbabwe hopes of ending the day on a bright note. However, Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq came together to quash any such ideas of the home side as they added an unbeaten partnership of 67 for the fourth wicket.
The duo came together during a tricky passage of play and ensured Pakistan finished without losing any further wickets.
Pakistan endured a frustrating morning as their bowlers struggled to dislodge the Zimbabwe tail.
Junaid Khan took his fourth wicket of the innings when Prosper Utseya hooked a short ball to deep backward square leg after making a stubborn 22 off 82 balls. Junaid finished the innings with four for 67.
Tendai Chatara and Brian Vitori put on 46 for the last wicket before left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman ended Zimbabwe’s resistance when he trapped Chatara leg before wicket for 21. Rehman took three for 47.
Manzoor and Mohammad Hafeez put on 29 for Pakistan’s first wicket before Hafeez was caught at first slip off left-arm opening bowler Vitori for 22 – his highest score in five Test matches in 2013.Advertisement
Azhar Ali made seven before he was leg before to Tinashe Panyangara.
Brief Scores: Zimbabwe 294 (Hamilton Masakadza 75, Brendon Taylor 51; Junaid Khan 4 for 67) lead Pakistan 163 for 3 (Khurrum Manzoor 51, Younis Khan 52*) by 131 runs