Pakistan's fortune in this Test will now depend on their bowling © Getty Images
Pakistan’s fortune in this Test will now depend on their bowling © Getty Images

Nov 11, 2014

Pakistan dominated Day Two of the first Test against New Zealand after they made 566 for the loss of three wickets. In reply, New Zealand were 15 without the loss of a wicket with skipper Brendon McCullum and Tom Latham at the crease.

The Pakistan batsmen have been in a good vein of form recently and this has continued against New Zealand as well. The top five batsmen went past half-century in  this innings. Ahmed Shehzad top-scored with 176. Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan too made centuries.  They have hit a purple patch. Misbah recently equalled the record for the fastest century in Tests against Australia when he made 101 off 57 balls.  Both Misbah and Younis were nothing short of terrific.

Younis Khan was simply phenomenal as he has been of late. He timed the ball very well from the moment he came to the crease and carried on in this vein throughout his innings. Misbah’s knock was a brilliant as well. He showed aggressive intent early on. This very nearly brought about his downfall on one occasion when he was dropped by James Neesham. Misbah, however, made the most of his success.

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