Sarfraz Ahmed scored his third Test century in this Test match © Getty Images
Sarfraz Ahmed scored his third Test century in this Test match © Getty Images

Pakistan are eyeing 2-0 series lead against New Zealand with a win in Dubai. Varun Arora finds out the highest chases against New Zealand in Test cricket.

The second Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand has come down to an interesting last day’s play at Dubai. New Zealand declared their second innings after getting to a total of 250 and gave Pakistan a target of 261 to chase.

Ross Taylor was the top-scorer for New Zealand as he reached his ton and stood tall as he scored 104 which included 12 boundaries. Yasir Shah, the newly introduced leg-spinner returned with a five-for. Pakistan are currently staged at 75 for four. Shan Masood, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali and Misbah-ul-Haq have been dismissed so far in the day. Pakistan still require 186 runs to win from  40 overs.

If Pakistan manage to chase the total posted by New Zealand , they will win the Test series 2-0. Whereas, New Zealnd will also be eyeing six more wickets to equal the series.

Below is the list of highest fourth innings total achieved against New Zealand in Test cricket:

Team Target Opposition Venue
West Indies 348/5 vs New Zealand Auckland
England 307/6 vs New Zealand Christchurch
England 294/4 vs New Zealand Manchester
England 284/6 vs New Zealand Nottingham
England 282/3 vs New Zealand Lord’s

(Varun Arora is a reporter with CricketCountry. He started as a medium-fast bowler, converted to an opening batsman but finally settled with his passion of writing about the game. His Twitter handle is @varunjgd)