Pakistan 249 and 151 for 4 (Younis Khan 76*, Misbah-ul-Haq 53; Tinashe Panyangara 2-15)
Zimbabwe 327 all out (Malcolm Waller 70, Elton Chigumbura 69, Sikandar Raza Butt 60; Saeed Ajmal 7-95)
Pakistan lead by 90 runs with 6 wickets remaining.
Zimbabwe resumed batting on the third day of the first Zong Presents Haier Cup Test match against Pakistan on 281 runs for seven wickets.
They were looking at building on their 32-run lead, with stand-in captain Hamilton Masakadza telling the media at Harare Sports Club that they wanted a figure around 100 runs.
The hosts managed to extend that lead to 78 runs, before they were bowled for 327 on Thursday. Shingirai Masakadza was the first wicket to fall: trapped leg before wicket by Ajmal for 14. Then Elton Chigumbura followed – caught by Azhar Ali from the bowling of Saeed Ajmal. Earlier, the in-form batsman had posted his third Test half-century in 10 matches. It was crafted from 98 balls, six of them fours. His departure on 69 left Zimbabwe 327 for nine in 103.2 overs.
There would be no adding to the total, as Tendai Chatara came and went without troubling the scorers. He fell to the next ball, becoming the seventh victim for Ajmal. The Pakistan off-spinner finished with seven wickets for 95 runs in 32.3 overs. It was the second seven-for of his career.
The Pakistan second innings began with the Zimbabwe bowlers continuing with their good ways from the first innings.
Tinashe Panyangara accounted for the first two dismissals, both leg before wicket. Khurram Manzoor went for five and in the sixth over and Ali for a duck in the eighth. When Tendai Chatara had Mohammad Hafeez (16) caught by Tinotenda Mawoyo, Pakistan were in trouble on 23 for two after 10.2 overs.
Then came the veterans: Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, the former the current and the latter a former captain. They steadied the ship with a 116-run partnership which was broken when Misbah (52) pushed a Shingirai Masakadza delivery to cover where it found Vusimuzi Sibanda.
The score was now 139 for four after 58.6 overs.
At stumps, Pakistan still had six wickets in hand but had now pushed their second innings lead to 90 runs. They will resume batting at 1000 hours local time on Friday, with Khan on 76* and Asad Shafiq 15*.
Hamilton Masakadza told the post-match news conference that he was satisfied with the performance of his bowlers in keeping the Pakistan run-rate to 2.40 runs an over, adding that they will be looking at restricting the tourists to a lead of around 250.