Abid Ali and Azhar Ali had a solid partnership as the duo combined for a 236-run stand after Imran Butt fell early. Blessing Muzarabani and Richard Ngarava bowled well in tandem as the Pakistani openers found it difficult to deal with the new ball after electing to bat first.
Both the openers were quite cautious upfront. However, Ngarava struck early by getting rid of Butt with a bouncer. Azhar and Abid took their time to get used to the conditions, and once the ball got a bit older, kept dealing in boundaries and notched up a fifty-run partnership before the Lunch break.
Earlier in the day, Luke Jongwe was handed his Test cap and became the 118th player to represent Zimbabwe in the longest format, while 36-year-old veteran Tabish Khan who has 598 first-class wickets to his name, made his debut for Pakistan.