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Vitori inspires Zimbabwe fightback

Brian Vitori’s first Test five-for and a century partnership from Tino Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza gave Zimbabwe a fighting chance of drawing the two-Test series with Pakistan at Harare.

Vitori’s 5-61 from 26.5 overs dismissed the tourists for 230, a first-innings deficit of 64, before Mawoyo and Masakadza aided a stumps score of 121 for four on day three.

Four of 23-year-old left-armer seamer Vitori’s wickets came today as Pakistan slipped from a steady 163 for three overnight.

Vitori snared captain Misbah-ul-Haq for 33 and Tendai Chatara cheaply bowled Asad Shafiq before lunch.

Younus Khan had crept from 52 overnight to 77 when he was the first of two wickets in two balls for Tinashe Panyangara, who claimed 3-43. Vitori returned with three scalps in two overs to wrap up the innings.

With Vusi Sibanda unwell, Prosper Utseya was promoted from number eight to open the batting but lasted only until the sixth over.

Mawoyo and Masakadza, who hit 75 in the first innings, patiently added 104 until the former was lbw for 58 to Abdur Rehman who, after Masakadza was Rahat Ali’s second victim on 44, snared nightwatchman Panyangara as three wickets fell in as many overs to herald the close.

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