Ish Sodhi © Getty Images
Ish Sodhi bowled well on Day 3 © Getty Images

Nov 20, 2014

Pakistan will face New Zealand on Day Four of the second Test match at Dubai on Thursday. New Zealand have done really well in this Test so far, despite receiving a heavy battering in the first match. Tom Latham scored a superb century to give the Kiwis a healthy advantage in the match. Catch the Live Scorecard of the second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand

Earlier at the start of the day, two overnight batsmen, Younis Khan and Azhar Ali began cautiously. New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, started day’s proceedings with two of his main pacers, Trent Boult and Tim Southee. Both Pakistani right-handers were looked determined not to throw their wickets away. Boult and Southee tested them with some short stuffs, but Pakistani batsmen looked undisturbed.

The match turned in the favour of the tourists when McCullum decided to change strategy and asked his pacers to bowl in a off-stump line with a packed off-side field. The Kiwi bowlers responded to their captain’s call and runs were dried up. To up the scoring rate Younis played an expensive drive and was caught in the cover, to a ball of James Neesham, which did not deserve a wicket. That was the turning of point of the day. Pakistan managed to score only 64 runs in the post-lunch session.

At the late stages of the game, Pakistani batsmen started to bat aggressively. Their ploy was to keep the Kiwi bowlers under pressure by disturbing their line and length. But in the second last over of the day produced the wicket of Shafiq. In the context of the match this wicket was crucial and the tourists can now hope for a lead in the first innings.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 403 (Tom Latham 137, Brendon McCullum 43; Ehsan Adil 2 for 69, Yasir Shah 2 for 89) lead Pakistan 281 for 6 (Azhar Ali 75, Younis Khan 72; Tim Southee 1 for 41, Ish Sodhi 2 for 65) by 122 runs.

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