Pakistan reached 158 for five on the penultimate day of the second Test match against Zimbabwe at Harare on Friday.
Pakistan go to the fifth day with 106 runs to win with five wickets in hand.
Needing 264 to win, Pakistan’s chase started well. However, Tendai Chatara came in as the first change bowler and picked two quick wickets to reduce Pakistan to 46 for two. First it was opener Mohammad Hafeez who was out trying to flick a delivery off his pads, but ended up scooping it to Brian Vitori stationed at mid on.
Soon Azhar Ali was out bowled as he failed to read the line of Chatara’s delivery.
However, in company of the experienced Younis Khan, Khurram Manzoor stabilised Pakistan’s innings. The duo added 44 runs for the third wicket before Manzoor was dismissed by Prosper Utseya just after completing his second half-century of the match. His innings was laced with 11 boundaries. Following his dismissal, Pakistan’s scoring rate dropped.
Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq hung around for more than an hour to keep Pakistan in the chase.
Earlier in the day, Rahat Ali bagged his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket to help Pakistan bundle out the hosts for just 199 after resuming the day on 121 for four. He finished with figures of five for 52.
Zimbabwe 294 and 199 (Tino Mawoyo 58, Hamilton Masakadza 44; Rahat Ali 5 for 52) lead Pakistan 230 and 158 for 5 (Khurram Manzoor 51; Tendai Chatara 2 for 29) by 106 runs.