Zimbabwe lost Tino Mawoyo early on but a cautious -run unbeaten stand between Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza helped the hosts reach for one against Pakistan at lunch on Day Two of the first Test at Harare.
In their first innings, Pakistan were bowled out for 249 with Tendai Chatara cleaning up Saeed Ajmal on 49, to deny the Pakistan batsman a well-deserved half-century.
Ajmal struck six boundaries and a hit over the fence to score a valuable 49, which helped Pakistan post a respectable first innings total. For Zimbabwe, Chatara and Tinashe Panyangara claimed three wickets each.
Zimbabwe began on a confident note with their openers Mawoyo and Sibanda adding 25 runs for the first wicket after nine overs, before Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan got Mawoyo caught by Adnan Akmal for 13.
Earlier on the first day, Zimbabwe’s unheralded bowling attack plunged Pakistan into deep trouble. Pakistan were floundering at 182 for eight before tailenders Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan added an aggressive 67 for the ninth wicket to enable the tourists to finish the day on 249 for nine.
Pakistan 249 (Azhar Ali 78, Misbah-ul-Haq 53, Saeed Ajmal 49; Tendai Chatara 3 for 64, Tinashe Panyangara 3 for 71) lead Zimbabwe 67 for 1 (Vusi Sibanda 30*, Hamilton Masakadza 19*; Junaid Khan 1 for 15) by 182 runs.