Centuries by Abid Ali and Azhar Ali put Pakistan in a strong position on the primary day of the second Test towards Zimbabwe on the Harare Sports Club on Friday.
Abid (118 not out) and Azhar (126) put on 236 for the second wicket earlier than tall quick bowler Blessing Muzarabani introduced Zimbabwe again into the match by taking three wickets with the second new ball.
Pakistan was 268 for 4 at stumps.
Abid and Azhar got here along with the entire on 12 in the eighth over and floor down the Zimbabwe bowlers earlier than Azhar edged Muzarabani to gully in the final half hour of the day.
Azhar’s dismissal was adopted by a second failure in the collection for Babar Azam, Pakistan’s captain and star batsman, who drove Muzarabani to level after scoring two.
Muzarabani struck once more when first Test centurion Fawad Alam dragged a brief ball onto his stumps after scoring 5.
Zimbabwe began the day nicely, claiming the wicket of Imran Butt in the eighth over. Butt top-edged a pull to midwicket towards left-arm opening bowler Richard Ngarava.
But Abid and Azhar settled in on an easy-paced pitch after seeing off some good bowling by Ngarava and Muzarabani.
Pakistan gave a debut to 36-year-old seam bowler Tabish Khan.
The scores: Pakistan 268 for 4 in 90 overs (Abid Ali batting 118, Azhar Ali 126) vs Zimbabwe.