By BV Swagath
Pakistan need nine wickets to win the First Test at Harare on the final day. A hard-working double century from Younis Khan has batted Zimbabwe out of the contest with the hosts set a daunting target of 342. Zimbabwe in the 7 overs before stumps have already lost opener Tino Mawayo, lbw to Saeed Ajmal.
Update at Lunch on Day 4: Pakistan have taken control of the First Test at Harare by stretching their overall lead to 180 runs with still five wickets in hand. Zimbabwe appeared to have bounced back in the game strongly when Tendai Chatara went through the gate of overnight batsman Asad Shafiq with the fifth ball of the morning. However, that was the only success that Zimbabwe could get in the entire first session.
Younis Khan went onto score his 22nd Test century. The veteran was lucky to be dropped at slip in an attempted cut off Hamilton Masakadza early in the day’s play. Wicket Keeper Adnan Akmal came good with the bat when it mattered to come up with what could be a match-sealing partnership for the 6th wicket worth 89 runs as of lunch. Younis is on 115* from 257 balls with a dozen fours and Akmal is looking good for his 46* from 84 balls with 7 fours. The diminutive Wicket Keeper has got quite a lot of runs from the thirdman region. Zimbabwe bowled reasonably well but lady luck eluded them.