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Zimbabwe, Pakistan set for tight conclusion

13 September 2013 20:20

Pakistan closed day four on 158-5 on Friday, as the second Test against Zimbabwe heads towards a thrilling conclusion in Harare.

Resuming on 121-4 at the start of the day, a devastating spell from Rahat Ali (5-52) saw the hosts slump to 199 all out, leaving Pakistan a target of 264 for victory.

Opener Khurram Manzoor was the pick of the batsmen for the tourists as he scored 54, while captain Misbah-ul-Haq will resume at the crease on 26 not out on Saturday, with Pakistan still needing 106 runs to wrap up a series win.

Brendan Taylor and Vusi Sibanda started the day on zero, with the latter unable to open the batting on Thursday due to sickness. And he made just 10 runs before he was caught behind from Rahat Ali's delivery.

Malcolm Waller and Elton Chigumbura both added just three, while Taylor produced a stubborn 27 before he drove Rahat Ali's delivery to Azhar Ali at gully.

A defiant 29 from Richmond Mutumbami aided Zimbabwe's total, but he edged Saeed Ajmal to Abdur Rehman at cover, before Rahat completed his second Test five-wicket haul when Tendai Chatara was caught by wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal.

Pakistan got off to an inauspicious start in their run chase when they fell to 55-2 before tea.

Chatara did the damage, first dismissing Mohammad Hafeez (16) when he flicked a leading edge to Brian Vitori at mid-on, before Azhar Ali was gone for a duck when Chatara took the top of off stump.

Manzoor and Younis Khan came in to calm the Pakistan innings, and put on a stand of 44 before the former was caught at short leg by Malcolm Waller at short leg from Prosper Utseya's delivery.

And Pakistan's chances of a series victory were dealt a further blow as both Younis (29) and Asad Shafiq (14) both fell before the close of play.

Victory for Zimbabwe would see them beat a full-member Test nation for the first time since overcoming India in 2001, while a win for Pakistan would represent their third-highest successful run chase.

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