Pakistan batsmen grind on against Zimbabwe in first Test
Imran Butt in action.
Resuming on 103 without loss, the Pakistan openers struggled to get the bowlers away on a sluggish pitch at the Harare Sports Club, site of Zimbabwe's first-ever Test win against the same opponents in 1995.
Butt, playing his third Test, and Abid could add only 10 runs in the first 10 overs -- eight of the first 14 overs were maidens.
With the introduction of Tendai Chisoro's left-arm spin, Abid retreated into his shell completely before an attempted drive found the edge of the bat.
Brendan Taylor juggled the chance at slip before pouching it to end Abid's innings, which last 140 balls and included 10 fours, and an opening partnership of 115.
The first boundary of the day arrived three overs later, in the 18th over of the morning, when Azhar clipped Donald Tiripano through the on-side.
Butt, who managed just 36 runs in his first Test series against South Africa at home in February, looked solid as he reached his half-century.
Brief Scores: Zimbabwe 176 (R. Kaia 48; Shaheen Shah Afridi 4-43, Hasan Ali 4-53)
Pakistan at lunch 162-1 (Imran Butt 71 not out, Abid Ali 60; T. Chisoro 1-41)