Pakistan made inroads into Zimbabwe’s first-innings 294 on the back of fifties from Khurram Manzoor and Younus Khan at Harare during day two of the second Test.
Manzoor made a fourth half-century in his ninth Test and the experienced Younus a 27th, in addition to 22 hundreds, in his 84th before the tourists closed on 163 for three.
Opening batsman Manzoor was run out for 51 by Elton Chigumbura to make Pakistan, who lead the series 1-0, 96 for three but Younus batted on to reach 52 not out alongside captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who was unbeaten on 27.
Zimbabwe’s tail this morning wagged sufficiently to bolster their overnight 237 for eight. Prosper Utseya and Tendai Chatara accumulated patiently for 22 and 21 respectively while Tinashe Panyangara and Brian Vitori were more attacking for 24 and 19 not out. Junaid Khan and Abdur Rehman each struck once for figures of 4-67 and 3-47 respectively.
Mohammad Hafeez accrued 22 for Pakistan’s first 29 runs until edging Vitori for slip, but Manzoor then took up the mantle as Azhar Ali dug in.
Azhar’s 53-ball innings had yielded just seven when he was lbw to Panyangara. Manzoor and Younus scored fairly evenly before the a mix-up saw the former short of his ground when the latter refused a single to leg.