Zimbabwe at 162-3 vs Pakistan at tea

Pakistan wicketkeeper, Adnan Akmal misses the ball. -AP Photo

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe: Opener Tino Mawoyo hit an unbeaten half-century as Zimbabwe reached 162-3 at tea against Pakistan on the first day of the one-off test at Queens Sports Club.

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 Vusi Sibanda 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 wicketkeeper Adnan Ajmal off spinner Saeed Ajmal four overs before the lunch break.

Offspinner Saeed Ajmal claimed all three wickets for Pakistan to slow down the host’s momentum on a spin-friendly Queens Sports Club pitch.

He removed Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza (11) and captain Brendan Taylor (10).