Stuart Carlisle rescued Zimbabwe after skipper Heath Streak had won the toss and decided to bat on the opening day of the second Test against Australia at Sydney.
Carlisle was unbeaten on 59 as the tourists reached 164 for five at tea at the SCG.
Zimbabwe opener Dion Ebrahim had begun the innings aggressively with two fours in the first over but was bowled by Brett Lee for nine in the fifth over.
Mark Vermeulen came in and added 30 runs with Trevor Gripper but their stand was ended when Andy Bichel came on and had the opener caught behind off his first ball for 15.
Brad Williams then claimed his maiden Test wicket when he trapped Vermeulen lbw for 17 thanks to a controversial decision by umpire Srinivas Venkataraghavan.
Carlisle and Craig Wishart then saw the tourists to lunch without further loss.
But Wishart became Williams' second victim soon after lunch when he was caught behind by wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist for 14.
Tatenda Taibu then joined Carlisle and the pair offered stubborn resistance until leg-spinner Brad Hogg removed Taibu, again caught behind, after they had put on 56.
Streak joined Carlisle and the skipper was four not out at the break.Reuse content