Zimbabwe face heavy chase on day five

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Zimbabwe faced an uphill battle in the first Test against Pakistan in Harare, reaching stumps on day four on 13 for one, still trailing by 329 runs after Younis Khan's double century put the visitors in control.

Zimbabwe faced an uphill battle in the first Test against Pakistan in Harare, reaching stumps on day four on 13 for one, still trailing by 329 runs after Younis Khan's double century put the visitors in control.

Younis was not out on 200, getting his fourth Test double ton with a big six, which prompted the declaration on 419 for nine, half an hour before stumps. The hosts then lost Tino Mawoyo in the final over of the day.

Pakistan started the day on 168 for four, and seamer Tendai Chatara bowled batsman Asad Shafiq with the fifth delivery of the day. Younis, meanwhile, started on 76 not out – and eyed the 22nd century of his Test career.

Adnan Akmal was with Younis for the rest of morning session, as he advanced his score to 46 at lunch, as they pushed the run rate early on. They put on 118 runs together, before Adnan was run out with his score on 64, having tried for a second run.

One more wicket fell after lunch as the scoring rate slowed dramatically, with Younis determined to strangle the home bowlers with defensive shots. Abdur Rehman stuck with Younis for 30 deliveries, making nine runs, before being trapped in front by Prosper Utseya just before tea.

Utseya went on to take two more wickets, those ofSaeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan, before Rahat Ali and Younis smashed the bowlers around in the twilight. Ali made 35 off 40 balls, while Younis broke his shackles and raced to his double ton, scoring 51 of 88 runs in that partnership.

The hosts then faced a deficit of 342 runs, and seemed to be heading for the close without loss, but Ajmal had other ideas and trapped Mawoyo in front for just two runs to bring about the end of the day.

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