Pakistan 249 and 419 declared (Younis Khan 200*, Adnan Akmal 64, Misbah-ul-Haq 53; Prosper Utseya 3-137)
Zimbabwe 327 and 13/1 (Vusimuzi Sibanda 5*)
Zimbabwe needs 329 runs with 9 wickets remaining.
Younis Khan played a veteran’s innings of 200 runs to help Pakistan into a commanding position on the fourth day of the first Zong Presents Haier Cup Test match against Zimbabwe.
Pakistan began the day on 151 runs for four wickets, a lead of 90. They added 18 to the overnight total before Tendai Chatara struck, bowling Asad Shafiq who was still on his overnight knock of 15.
Khan stayed on to cause to consolidate the Pakistan lead. Twice though Zimbabwe could have minimised his harm but twice they let him proceed. Both cases involved the bowling of Hamilton Masakadza. First it was in the 76th over when Khan, on 83 runs, drove to Tinotenda Mawoyo at first slip but the fielder failed to deal with the low ball which went between his legs and, with its freedom, life for Khan.
He used that to get his 22nd Test century and the first against Zimbabwe. It came with the last delivery of the 85th over and it came through a four – one of 11 in the 221-ball knock.
Then on 117 Khan was dropped, this time by Malcolm Waller at gully. He used that life to get to 200, a total which came off 404 balls
There would be no further mishaps for Khan on his way to his L the n , to deal with a Hamilton Msa go,fHe had Zimbabwe Tinotenda Mawoyo fielding at slips dropped Khan on 87.
Zimbabwe still have a mountain to climb on the final day, as they need 329 runs to win. The odds are against them, as getting over a hundred runs a session will be mighty difficult against the quality of this Pakistan attack. Ajmal holds the key for Pakistan on a fifth day wicket. Zimbabwe will most likely need to stonewall through the day tomorrow in order to ensure the draw////
S y 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.