Pakistan fought back to be 116-1 in reply to Zimbabwe's 412 on Friday, including an unbeaten 163 by opener TinoMawoyo on the second day of their one-off Test at Queens Sports Club.
Pakistan lost Taufeeq Umar early when he was trapped lbw by Kayle Jarvis on 4, but opener Mohammad Hafeez was 79 not out in an attacking innings in which he punished Zimbabwe's inconsistent bowling, especially from the seamers.
TinoMawoyo batted through the opening day of his second ever Test for 82 not out to lead Zimbabwe to 245-4 against Pakistan at stumps in the one-off Test at Queens Sports Club on Thursday.
Mawoyo faced 273 balls and smashed 10 boundaries in a composed innings in which he ran well between the wickets with his partners, found the gaps and rotated the strike well.
Mawoyo batted patiently and looked undisturbed for most of his 180 balls, smashing five boundaries for 54.
Playing in his second Test, Mawoyo and fellow opener VusiSibanda gave Zimbabwe a solid start, with a 71-run stand for the first wicket before Sibanda, who scored 45 in an innings dominated by superb pull shots, was stumped by wicketkeeperAdnanAjmal off spinner SaeedAjmal four overs before the lunch break.
Off-spinner SaeedAjmal claimed all three wickets for Pakistan to slow down the host's momentum on a spin-friendly Queens Sports Club pitch.
Saeed removed Hamilton Masakadza for 11 after the Zimbabwean mistimed a straight delivery to be clean bowled.
Captain Brendan Taylor was then trapped plumb in front to leave Zimbabwe on 111-3 and feed Pakistan some brief hope.
Mawoyo and former captain TatendaTaibu, 31 not out, were undeterred, setting about on a 51-run partnership for the fourth wicket to repair Zimbabwe's innings.