Skipper Kane Williamson was batting on 27 and with him opener Jeet Raval on 26 not out as New Zealand still trail by 18 runs with nine second innings wickets intact.
Skipper Kane Williamson was batting on 27 and with him opener Jeet Raval on 26 not out as New Zealand still trail by 18 runs with nine second innings wickets intact.

New Zealand, trailing by 74 runs in the first innings, were 56-1 at close on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Skipper Kane Williamson was batting on 27 and with him opener Jeet Raval on 26 not out as New Zealand still trail by 18 runs with nine second innings wickets intact.

Earlier, Pakistan were bowled out for 227 in their first innings.

Babar Azam top-scored with 62 while Asad Shafiq (43) and Haris Sohail (38) were other contributors, helping Pakistan to a 74-run lead over New Zealand’s first innings total of 153. Trent Boult finished with 4/54 while debutant spinner Ajaz Patel and medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme took two wickets apiece.

Earlier, left-arm paceman Neil Wagner became the eighth New Zealand bowler to take 150 or more wickets even as Pakistan took the lead. The 32-year-old dismissed Yasir Shah for nine to achieve the feat in his 37th Test. Richard Hadlee tops the chart for New Zealand with 431 wickets in 86 Tests.

Pakistan took tea at 225/8 but could only add two more to their total when the match resumed for the final session.

Pakistan were well-placed at 144/4 at lunch, seeking a big lead to get a 1-0 advantage in the three-match series but Boult checked their progress by dismissing Asad Shafiq for 43. Debutant left-arm spinner Ajaz struck twice to reduce Pakistan’s chances of a big lead.

Shafiq was bowled off an inside edge as he tried to force Boult while at the other end Sarfraz Ahmed swept away Patel for two and Bilal Asif was stumped off Patel for 11.

Pakistan resumed at 59/2 but lost overnight batsmen Haris Sohail for 38 and Azhar Ali for 22 in the space of just six balls at the same score of 91. Sohail was the more confident of the two, having hit four boundaries but was caught at short mid-wicket by Tom Latham to a loose shot off leg-spinner Ish Sodhi’s low full toss.

Azhar, who added 64 for the third wicket with Sohail, was dropped by Jeet Raval off Boult when on 19 and was again lucky two runs later when given not out as the same bowler reviewed for a leg-before decision.

But Boult had the last laugh, forcing an edge off Azhar’s bat for wicketkeeper BJ Watling’s one-handed diving catch. Azhar hit just one boundary.