Tatenda Taibu hit an undefeated 58 on Sunday to avoid early defeat for Zimbabwe against Pakistan after the hosts had collapsed to 69-8 in the one-off Test.
Zimbabwe finished the fourth day on 135-8 in their second innings, with a lead of 81 runs. Mohammad Hafeez was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with 4-31 at the Queens Sports Club. Seamer Aizaz Cheema and spinner Saeed Ajmal took two wickets each.
Coach Waqar Younis takes charge for his last series as Pakistan aims to blood young players in a one-off Test against a buoyant Zimbabwe, which recently overcame its own inexperience to make a winning return to the five-day game.