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Chakabva was unbeaten on 43 at the session break

Chakabva was unbeaten on 43 at the session break

Following on with a deficit of 378, Zimbabwe's batsmen produced a stunning assault on Pakistan's bowlers in the afternoon session as approximately 100 runs were scored in the post-lunch session. The defiance was led by the hosts' first-innings top scorer Regis Chakabva who looked fluent from the get-go.

Despite the early loss of Kevin Kasuza, both Chakabva and Tarisai Musakanda batted with freedom, putting away anything loose to the fence. They were severe on the spinners too, although Nauman Ali managed to exact some revenge by castling Musakanda, who fell to a rash stroke.

Chakabva continued to play his shots and skipper Brendan Taylor also came out all guns blazing with a flurry of strokes to end the session. Pakistan's bowlers were clearly surprised by the onslaught, but will take solace in the fact that they're far ahead in this game. The surface has also started to keep a bit low from one end and spin will be increasingly be a factor.

Zimbabwe's adventurous approach is high-risk but they are doing a good job of putting up a fight, unlike in the first innings. As for Pakistan, patience against the home side's gung-ho approach should reap benefits on a wearing surface.

Brief scores: Zimbabwe 98/2 (Regis Chakabva 43*) and 132 (Regis Chakabva 33, Hasan Ali 5-27) trail Pakistan 510-8 decl (Abid Ali 215*, Azhar Ali 126, Nauman Ali 97) by 280 runs