Visitors lead Zimbabwe by 198 in first inning
Fawad Alam’s outstanding century helped Pakistan in extending their first-innings lead to 198 in the first Test against Zimbabwe.
The left-hander remained not out on the score of 108 off 155 balls with the help of 16 fours.
With him, pacer Hasan Ali was not out on 21 off 18 balls, which included a solitary six.
For the home tea, pacer Donald Tripano was the most successful bowler as he claimed three wickets and gave away 89 runs in 23 overs.
Earlier, Fawad’s unbeaten half-century has kept Pakistan in a hunt for a big lead in the first Test against Zimbabwe.
The left-hander remained not out of 50 off 74 balls with the help of eight fours whereas wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan is 13 not out off 32 balls with the help of a solitary four.
The Green Caps lost three wickets for 99 runs in the session as opener Imran Butt failed to score his maiden Test century after being dismissed for 91 off 236 balls with the help of seven fours.
Other than him, Azhar Ali departed after scoring 36 off 70 balls with the help of five fours whereas captain Babar Azam went without scoring.
Earlier, the Men-in-Green have further strengthened their position in the first Test against Zimbabwe.
The visitors, who resumed at the score of 103-0, reached 162 for the loss of one wicket at the end of the opening session and now trail the hosts by just 14 runs in the first innings.
Opener Imran —who scored his maiden half-century in the T20Is—remained not out on 71 off 179 balls whereas Azhar is not out on 23 off 57 balls.
Opener Abid Ali was the only player dismissed in the morning session as he went back to the pavilion after scored 60 off 140 balls with the help of 10 fours.
Left-armer Tendai Chisoro claimed his wicket as captain Brandon Taylor took the catch.
Earlier, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi’s brilliant bowling performance was enough to bowl Zimbabwe out for just 176 in their first-innings on Thursday.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the home team were reduced to just 59 for the loss of four wickets at the end of the opening session.
They managed to add another 117 runs before being bowled out just at the stroke of tea.
Hasan and Shaheen were the pick of the bowlers as they claimed four wickets each.
For the home team, Roy Kaia finished the innings with the top score of 48 off 94 balls with the help of seven fours.