Late wickets by Trent Boult brought New Zealand back in the game © AFP
Late wickets by Trent Boult brought New Zealand back in the game © AFP

Nov 20, 2014

New Zealand bowled with discipline and, despite Azhar Ali and Younis Khan’s half-centuries, looked set for a lead in the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Wednesday. Pakistan lost Asad Shafiq in seamer Tim Southee’s penultimate over for 44 to close the third day on 281-6, still trailing by 122 runs on New Zealand’s first innings total of 403.

Sarfraz Ahmed was unbeaten on 28 and Yasir Shah on one in a day when the Pakistani batsmen failed to score big after getting good starts. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi led the New Zealand bowling with 2-65. Pakistan, resuming at 34-2 saw off the first session without losing any wicket as Younis Khan (72) and Azhar Ali (75) shared a 113-run stand for the third wicket.

But New Zealand got four wickets in the next two sessions to press home their claims for a useful lead and in turn improve their chances for a series-levelling win. Pakistan won the first Test by 248 runs in Abu Dhabi. Azhar added another 50 runs with skipper Misbah-ul Haq, but New Zealand hit back with the second new ball taken after 83 overs with the score at 194-3.

Trent Boult claimed his first wicket in the series when he produced a beautiful delivery which got the edge of Misbah’s bat and landed in the safe hands of Ross Taylor at first slip. Misbah’s 28 had two boundaries and a six. Ali drove spinner Mark Craig through point for three to complete his 18th half-century. But he too fell soon, trying to cut Sodhi and was bowled. He hit six boundaries and a six during his patient five-hour 22-minute vigil, AFP reported.

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