On a day where both sides had spells of dominance it was the hosts, without Sean Williams, the one player who refused to play due to a dispute with Zimbabwe Cricket over salary payments, who fared better by the end of day one — restricting Pakistan to 249 for nine.

Zimbabwe’s bowlers made early inroads after the hosts had won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat.¬†Tinashe Panyangara took two for 15 to reduce Pakistan to 27 for three in the first hour — although the tourists reached lunch on 74 with no¬†further damage.

Saeed Ajmal
Saeed Ajmal hit an unbeaten 49