Bulawayo: Pakistan accumulated 241 runs on the third day, as the lifeless Queens Park Club pitch joined forces with batsmen lacking in intent and butter-fingered fielders to leave the match meandering towards oblivion. Mohammad Hafeez made his first away ton, and Azhar Ali contributed a steady half-century, but Misbah-ul-Haq produced the most impressive innings of the day as Pakistan crawled towards first-innings parity. Zimbabwe played their part in Pakistan's dominance, spilling five catches in the innings, to leave their limited bowling attack in turmoil.
Zimbabwe's day of toil was ushered in by their mind-numbingly predictable lengths from the first ball - a Kyle Jarvis half-volley that Azhar punched down the ground. The seamers lacked the pace to bother the batsmen and focussed on tight lengths, hoping for an error. It was a plan that played into the hands of each of Pakistan's batsmen, starting with Hafeez.