Half-century by Hamilton Masakada and good support by skipper Brendan Taylor from the other end helped Zimbabwe reach 165 for three at tea on Day One of the second Test match at Harare on Tuesday.
Earlier, having won the toss and electing to bat first, the hosts got off to a poor start as both their openers were back in the pavilion with the score on 31.
Tino Mawoyo was the first to be dismissed in the second ball of the match itself. The opener was unlucky as Junaid Khan’s away going delivery beat his bat and was taken safely by the keeper with no runs on the board. Replays suggested that the ball hit his thigh pad.
Vusi Sibanda looked settled before a rash shot to an away going delivery by Rahat Ali found the inside edge of his bat and hit the stumps.
It was at this point that skipper Taylor joined Masakadza at the crease with the hosts in desperate need for a good partnership. The duo put on a stand of 110 runs for the third wicket when tea was called. The hosts lost just one wicket and managed to score 100 runs in the second session of play.
Masakadza smashed nine boundaries and a six in his knock of 75 before edging the ball to first slip where Mohammad Hafeez pouched an easy catch. Malcolm Waller added spark to the innings with some strokeplay towards the end of the session.
Zimbabwe 165 for 3 (Hamilton Masakadza 75, Brendon Taylor 48*) vs Pakistan