Zimbabwe 294 & 199 (Tinotenda Mawoyo 50, Hamilton Masakadza 44; Rahat Ali 5-52)
Pakistan 230 & 158/5 in 49 overs (Khurram Manzoor 54; Tendai Chatara 2-29, Prosper Utseya 2-40)
Pakistan require 106 runs with 5 wickets remaining.
Zimbabwe began the fourth day of the second Zong Presents Haier Cup Test match on 121 runs for four wickets in their second innings.
It was a lead of 185 runs and with Vusimuzi Sibanda and Brendan Taylor still to open their accounts, expectations were great that the lead would steadily grow.
With the seasoned batsmen displaying their experience, the crowd began to settle down to a day of the ups and downs characteristic of the long version of the game.
And up and down is what followed as Sibanda, on 10 and counting, failed to play a drive through long off and edged the Rahat Ali full delivery to Adnan Akmal.
Joined by Malcolm Waller at the crease, Taylor continued working on his strike rate but the partnership did not get time to develop as Waller cut a Saeed Ajmal delivery to point where it was caught by Khurram Manzoor. Waller was gone for three.
Number eight Elton Chigumbura was again no partner for Taylor, also departing for three runs after being caught by Akmal off the bowling of Junaid Khan. Taylor himself was the next to go, driving at a Rahat Ali delivery that he should have left alone and finding Azhar Ali in gully.
The captain was expected to post at least a 50 to boost his side’s lead and so Zimbabwe hearts sank when he departed for half their expectation.
Rahat Ali then took the last Zimbabwe wicket to fall on the day when he had Tendai Chatara caught by the wicket-keeper for one, to finish with figures of five for 52 in 24.5 overs. Ajmal and Rehman took two wickets and Junaid Khan one as Zimbabwe were dismissed for 199 runs in 89.5 overs.
By the end of the day’s play, Pakistan were 106 runs behind, with five second innings wickets in hand.
Manzoor was the top-scorer, with 54 runs from 66 balls, 11 of them fours, before he was caught by Waller off the bowling of Utseya, who ended the day with two wickets for 40 runs. Chatara also had two wickets, but for 29 runs, and Brian Vitori one wicket – the highly prized one of Younis Khan whom he bowled for 29.
The stage is set for an exciting finish on the fifth and final day of the second and final Zong Presents Haier Cup Test match between Zimbabwe and Pakistan on Saturday.
Play starts at 1000 hours local time, with Misbah-ul-Haq on 26* and Akmal 17*.