Visitors finish day one at score of 268-4
Three wickets in the final hour of the play helped Zimbabwe in staying alive in the second Test against Pakistan in Harare.
The visitors were cruising at the score of 248 when Azhar Ali (124 off 240 balls with the help of 17 fours and one six) departed after a mammoth 236-run partnership for the second-wicket with Abid Ali.
However, the visitors went on to lose captain Babar Azam and last match’s centurion Fawad Alam before the close of play at the score of 268 for the loss of four wickets.
Pacer Blessing Muzarabani was the destructer in the final session of the play by claiming all three wickets.
For Pakistan, opener Abid Ali remained not out on 118 off 246 balls with the help of 17 fours whereas night watchman Sajid Khan was not out on one off 15 balls.
An unbeaten 154-run partnership for the second wicket between Abid and Azhar strengthened Pakistan’s position at tea on the opening day in the second Test.
The visitors added another 94 runs without losing a single wicket as they were 166 for the loss of one wicket at tea on day one in Harare on Friday.
Abid was not out on 80 off 162 balls with the help of 12 fours whereas Azhar was unbeaten on 74 off 154 balls, which included 11 fours.
Pakistan managed to post 72 runs at the loss of one wicket in the opening session of day one of the second Test.
Abid and Azhar went back to the pavilion at the score of 34 and 31 not out respectively.
Opener Imran Butt was the only player dismissed in the first session as he went back to the pavilion after scoring just two off 20 balls.
For the home team, Richard Ngarava was the only successful bowler as he claimed one wicket and gave away seven runs in five overs.
Earlier, captain Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bat first in the second Test in Harare on Friday.
The visitors are leading the two-match series after a comprehensive an innings and 116 runs win in the first Test at the same venue.
The Green Caps made a solitary change where pacer Tabish Khan makes a debut in Test cricket and replaced all-rounder Faheem Ashraf in the playing XI.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe will be once again without regular captain Sean Williams who failed to recover from a thumb injury.
Kevin Kasuza, Tarisai Musakanda, Regis Chakabva (wicketkeeper), Brendan Taylor (captain), Milton Shumba, Roy Kaia, Tendai Chisoro, Luke Jongwe, Donald Tiripano, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava.
Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (captain), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Tabish Khan