Pakistan took two early wickets with the second new ball on day 2 © Getty Images
Pakistan took two early wickets with the second new ball at the start of day 2 © Getty Images

Nov 18, 2014

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Stumps on Day two: New Zealand had an excellent last session as they managed to get past 400 mark and take two early wickets. Pakistan still trail by 369 runs. Third day’s play will be crucial for both the teams.



Another one gone. Taufeeq Umar brilliantly stumped by BJ Watling in the bowling of Mark Craig. Both openers are back in the dressing room now. What a great little session New Zealand are having. Thses two wickets will put them in front.
Out! Umar st Watling b Craig 16(42)



First one down for Pakistan. Brilliantly bowled by Ish Sodhi. This wicket, late in the day will put Pakistan under bit of p[pressure. Azhar Ali is the new man in. New Zealand spinners are really bowling beautifully.
S Masood b Ish Sodhi 13(48)




Two new openers opened the innings for Pakistan. Shan Masood and Taufeeq Umar will face a stiff challenge from the New Zealand pacers late in the day. Masood took the strike to Trent Boult, who opened the bowling for the Kiwis. Good first over for him.



New Zealand made a fighting 404 in their first innings of the second Test against Pakistan. Thanks to the resilience shown by the lower middle order the Kiwis wer able to get past the 400 mark. Keeping the turn in the wicket and dry conditions in mind, this total can be termed as good score to have in the bag. Pakistan batsmen need to bat well to put New Zealand under pressure in the second innings.
T Boult c Rahat Ali b Zulfiqar Babar 2(18)



Tim Southee throws it away. bad shot in the context of the game. Pakistan inch closer to wrap the Kiwi innings. New Zealand would love to get past 400 mark. Trent Boult is the last man at the crease.
T Southee b Zulfiqar Babar 17(34)



First over after tea produced five runs. Already 26 runs have been added by this pair. Frustration of Pakistani bowlers continues. New Zealand are inching towards the 400 mark.



Tea on day Two: New Zealand fought hard through the partnership between Mark Craig and BJ Watling but run-scoring wasn’t easy throughout the session. Quick dismissals of the two gave Pakistan a chance to finish New Zealand’s innings quickly, but the lower order have added some useful runs so far. It was frustrating for Pakistan as the want to wrap up the innings and get on with their batting. New Zealand have already reached a fighting total.





Another set batsman gets out. Flatter delivery short and on the stumps, Craig was late on the pull, he misses and is hit high on the pad. The impact was around middle stump and the umpire raised his finger immediately. Craig reviewed it but couldn’t get the verdict in his favour.
M Craig lbw b Zulfiqar Babar 43 (110)




Wicket! Second Test scalp for Azhar Ali! It’s a soft dismissal and Watling is absolutely distraught. Short and wide outside off stump, just a bit of extra bounce, Watling couldn’t control the cut shot and the substitute took an easy catch at backward point. That ends a gritty 68-run stand, just what Pakistan wanted!
Out! BJ Watling c (sub) Sohail b Azhar Ali 39(120)




New Zealand made slow progress after lunch. The pair of Watling and Craig completed a crucial 50 run partnership for the seventh wicket. Pakistani players at the ground are looking a bit down at this moment.













Ehsan Adil started the proceedings for Pakistan after lunch and Craig got a lucky escape. Poor keeping by Sarfraz, he should have taken the catch. New Zealand wont mind this. Fours runs came from the first over after lunch.





Lunch on Day 2: What a session for Pakistan. Clearly they won it. First one for them in the Test match. New Zealand scored only 52 runs and lost three important wickets. It could have been worse for the visitors as the Pakistan fielders missed couple of easy chances. Though Misbah would take this anyway. BJ Watling’s innings will be crucial for New Zealand now.




Another one bite the dust. Sixth New Zealand wicket gone. Yasir Shah gets Jimmy Neeshem. This was very well bowled by Yasir. Slows it up and invites the batsman to come after it, Neesham skips out of the crease, doesn’t get to the pitch of the ball, looks to work it to the on-side, hits it in the air to short mid-wicket, Misbah times his jump and holds on to a good catch. The lower order is exposed now.
Out! J Neesham c Misbah-ul-Haq b Yasir Shah 17 (54)








Misbah has introduced spinners from both ends now and they are troubling both Watling and Neesham. Ball has also started to turn for the spinners. Crucial period of the game. For New Zealand preservation of wickets is vital at this moment, whereas Pakistan would like to restrict the Kiwis under 350.




Pakistan new ball bowlers are making the second new ball count. Both overnight batsmen are gone already. First five overs of day two produced only 7 runs and the Kiwis lost 2 vital wickets. Excellent start of the day for Misbah-ul-Haq’s boys.




Big wicket for Pakistan. The well-set batsman Tom Latham is caught behind of Rahat Ali’s bowling. The Kiwis are five down and have lost two quickly this morning. Latham went for a drive and the ball took the outside edge thanks to the away movement.
OUT! T Latham c Sarfraz b Rahat 137(269)

Rahat Ali begins the proceedings for Pakistan and it was a maiden. The second new ball, which was taken by the hosts yesterday, will be crucial for the hosts. Ehsan Adil is bowling from the other end and he strikes. Anderson goes for a drive in a pitched up ball and caught in the covers.
Out! C Anderson c Azhar b Adil 9 (42)

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the second Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand at Dubai. I am Sandipan Banerjee and I will be bringing you the live updates of the match.

New Zealand had an excellent day one of the second Test of three match Test series against Pakistan at Dubai International stadium on Monday. Tom Latham, the Kiwi opener, who scored his first hundred in the first Test at Abu Dhabi, once again played gem of a knock and became the only New Zealand opener in 24 years to score consecutive centuries in back to back Tests. He held up one end and it is mostly because of Latham’s efforts, the visitors finished the day on a strong note.

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum won an important toss and decided to bat first as expected. At Stumps the Latham and Corey Anderson took the Blackcaps’ score 243 for three, which is considered an excellent score keeping the conditions in mind. Three overs were not bowled due to bad light.

Pakistan has stepped up 1-0 in the three-match Test series. This match at Dubai will be an opportunity for New Zealand to improve their game and put up a fighting show. Pakistan has played seven Tests so far at Dubai since 2010 and has managed to win four as well as draw two.

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