Younis Khan was still batting at the end of day's play on Day Two © Getty Images
Younis Khan was still batting at the end of day’s play on Day Two © Getty Images

Nov 19, 2014

Pakistan will face New Zealand on Day Three of the second Test match at Dubai on Wednesday. Visitors Kiwi had posted a good score in their first innings, and had taken quick wickets to keep Pakistan on the back foot. However, the in-form pair of Younis Khan and Azhar Ali were batting on crease at the end of Day Two, and New Zealand still have a long way to go if they want to win this match.

Brendon McCullum’s team are 0-1 down in the three-match Test series and having put a 400 plus score in their first innings on a track which is turning a bit, would definitely give them a genuine chance to level the series. Though it will be a challenging job for their bowlers too, as most the Pakistan batsmen are currently in good form. However the way Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig bowled in the later stages of the day’s play, on Tuesday, it will certainly give the visitors some hope. Thanks to the excellent spells by those two Kiwi spinners, both Pakistani openers were back in the pavilion.

The day began poorly for New Zealand. After a tiring Day One, the Pakistan bowlers struck back on the second day morning and removed both overnight batsmen. Tom Latham and Corey Anderson were dismissed by two new ball bowlers, Ehsan Adil and Rahat Ali respectively. Within the first three overs of the day, New Zealand slipped from 243 for three to 245 for five.

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