Hosts Zimbabwe refused to give up their pursuit of a Test win as they picked up three wickets in the first session to stay in the hunt for a victory. Pakistan reached 217 for eight when the teams took lunch and need 47 runs to win. Zimbabwe are just two strikes away.
Continuing from an overnight score of 158 for seven, Adnan Akmal was dismissed early in the day by Tendai Chatara. The wicket opened up an avenue for the hosts to wrap up the tail as quickly as they could with Misbah-ul-Haq at the other end.
Abdur Rehman, the new man in, showed great resilience and gave Misbah some time and freedom to try and get close to the target while he would hold fort from the other end. Rehman’s perseverance was brought to an end by Tinashe Panayangara who tempted the former to play at a delivery that was slightly outside the off-stump. Rehman fell for the ploy and edged the ball to Richmond Mutumbami. Rehman’s 50-ball stay enabled him to add 16 valuable runs to the total as Pakistan were on 197 for seven at the fall of his wicket.
Misbah was joined by Saeed Ajmal but the latter could last only for 14 deliveries. With just a few overs left to go for lunch, Chatara struck for the second time in the day. A delivery to Ajmal kept low and caught the batsmen glued to his crease in front of the stumps. The umpire raised his finger and Chatara ran all the way to the boundary in celebration. Pakistan were reduced to 214 for eight, just two wickets away from a shocking defeat.
When the teams took lunch, Misbah had Junaid Khan were at the crease, still needing 47 runs to win.
Zimbabwe 294 and 199 (Tino Mawoyo 58, Hamilton Masakadza 44; Rahat Ali 5 for 52) lead Pakistan 230 and 217 for 8 (Khurram Manzoor 51, Misbah-ul-Haq 58*; Tendai Chatara 4 for 48) by 47 runs.