Younis, Misbah steady ship for Pakistan

Younis, Misbah steady ship for Pakistan

Batsman Younis Khan struck an unbeaten half-century to help Pakistan out of early trouble in their second innings on day three of the first Test against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

Younis was unbeaten on 76 from 174 balls as he took his side to 168 for four at the close of play, a lead of 90 with two days remaining.

The 35-year-old put on 116 for the fourth wicket with skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (52) after the visitors recovered from the shock of losing three wickets by the time they had reached 23.

Earlier in the day, Zimbabwe, resuming on 281/7, stretched their lead to 78, before being bowled out for 327 with off-spinner Saeed Ajmal being the wreaker-in-chief returning with figures of 7/95 in 32.3 overs. For the hosts, Elton Chigumbura top-scored with 69.

With Zimbabwe holding the upper hand, they soon reduced the visitors to 3-23 from just 10.2 overs, with the hosts’ opening bowlers – Tendai Chatara and Tinashe Panyangara – enjoying the conditions.

Younis and Asad Shafiq will want to stretch the lead to at least beyond 200 on the fourth day to feel secure about their position.