Masakadza: Younis put us under pressure

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Captain Hamilton Masakadza conceded Zimbabwe were outdone by batsman Younis Khan, after Pakistan recovered from a precarious position to finish day three of the first Test at the Harare Sports Club on 168 for four.

Captain Hamilton Masakadza conceded Zimbabwe were outdone by batsman Younis Khan, after Pakistan recovered from a precarious position to finish day three of the first Test at the Harare Sports Club on 168 for four.

Early breakthroughs from seamers Tinashe Panyangara and Tendai Chatara had reduced the tourists to 23 for three. Younis, however, led a firm response en route to 76 not out, which ensured a 90-run lead ahead of the penultimate day's play.

"Younis put us under pressure because he was not just looking to be there, he was also looking for run-scoring opportunities. We had to set more defensive fields as well," said Masakdaza, who is leading the side in the absence of regular skipper Brendan Taylor, who is on paternity leave.

The threat posed by spinner Saeed Ajmal, meanwhile, loomed large. The in-form spinner secured telling figures of seven for 95 in Zimbabwe's first-innings total of 327 all out – and is likely to enjoy conditions lined with bounce and turn come days four and five.

"We know he is going to be their main threat and the guys have their plans. Some will be looking to use the sweep and others to play as straight as possible. But I'm feeling pretty confident," concluded Masakadza.

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