The second Test between Pakistan and Zimbabwe remains impossible to call heading into the final day. The home side require five wickets as their bowlers led a fightback after they had collapsed in their second innings.
It was expected that Pakistan would bat for a large proportion of the third day in Harare and steadily build a lead over the home side. However, Brian Vitori took five wickets as they lost their last seven wickets for 48 runs.
Zimbabwe's capitulation on a last-day pitch against Pakistan's spin pairing of Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman perhaps had a touch of inevitability about it, but they would still have hoped to have made a bit more of a fight of it than they did.
Zimbabwe continue to more than hold their own in the first Test against Pakistan despite their board's serious financial difficulties that have today resulted in the second Test being moved from Bulawayo to Harare on cost grounds.
Yesterday's decision by Zimbabwe fast-bowler Kyle Jarvis to turn his back on playing for the national side in favour of a county deal with Lancashire is the latest chapter in the game’s gradual decline in the country.