Younis again leads Pakistan charge

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Pakistan reached stumps on day two of the second Test against Zimbabwe still trailing by 131 runs, but Younis Khan was again the man in charge as his 52 not out led the visitors to 163 for three.

Pakistan reached stumps on day two of the second Test against Zimbabwe still trailing by 131 runs, but Younis Khan was again the man in charge as his 52 not out led the visitors to 163 for three.

The visitors lost two early wickets in their chase, leaving Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq to join forces in the evening session to ensure they had enough wickets in the bag heading into the third day.

The day began with Zimbabwe still batting, on 237 for eight. Prosper Utseya and Tendai Chatara were at the crease and they put on eight more runs before Utseya was dismissed by Junaid Khan.

This left Chatara and Brian Vitori to add some valuable runs for the final wicket. The pair put on 46 runs together, at nearly four to the over, with Vitori ending unbeaten on 19. Chatara was the final wicket to fall, trapped LBW by Abdur Rehman before lunch.

The hosts got off to a fine start with the ball, as Vitori's confidence with the bat carried over to his bowling. He dismissed Mohammad Hafeez for 22 in the 11th over, with Hamilton Masakadza taking the catch.

Panyangara was soon in the action too, as Azhar Ali's vigil came to an end after 33 balls. He'd made just seven runs, watching as Khurram Manzoor scored the runs at the other end, before he was trapped LBW.

Manzoor went on to make a half century, batting with Younis, but he wasn't able to go past 51 before being run out by Elton Chigumbura. A few replays were required to see if the keeper's chest had broken the bails, but the correct angle sent Manzoor packing.

This left Younis and Misbah to again steady the ship, and they batted for nearly 30 overs in the evening session for their 67 runs. Younis was on 52 at the close, and the skipper was on 27 off 88 balls.

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