Zimbabwe took the field only after the Zimbabwe Cricket Union agreed to clear the players’ dues before the second test next week. However, middle-order batsman Sean Williams preferred to wait for his dues to be cleared and opted out of the first Test.
Hafeez, man of the series in Pakistan’s 2-1 victory in the one-day internationals last week, pushed at Chatara’s delivery which got some extra bounce and edged to Vusi Sibanda for Zimbabwe’s first breakthrough in the seventh over.
Panyangara then had Khurram Manzoor (11), playing his first test match after three years, leg before wicket and clean bowled Younis Khan (3) in successive overs to reduce Pakistan to 27-3.
Misbah and Ali resurrected the innings with an unbroken 47-run stand. Misbah looked more aggressive than his usual watchful style and struck five boundaries while Ali was circumspect by hitting two fours among 64 deliveries.
Pakistan 156 for 5 (Azhar Ali 63*, Misbah-ul-Haq 53; Prosper Utseya 2 for 27, Tinashe Panyangara 2 for 45) vs Zimbabwe.