New Zealand players wait for thir umpire's decision on Younis Khan's lbw after the batsman decided to go for the review © AFP
New Zealand players wait for thir umpire’s decision on Younis Khan’s lbw after the batsman decided to go for the review © AFP

Nov 28, 2014

Pakistan and New Zealand clash on the second day of the third and final Test at Sharjah on Thursday. Pakistan finished on a score of 281 for three at the end of the opening day, with Mohammad Hafeez and Misbah-ul-Haq remaining unbeaten on scores of 178 and 38 respectively.

Day 2 was earlier postponed due to the untimely death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who passed away at a Sydney hospital on Thursday morning. Hughes was struck behind his ear by a Sean Abbott bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game, and was in a critical condition until his death. The news of his death shocked the cricket fraternity, and several games were called off as a result.

Pakistan won the toss on Day 1 and elected to bat. Hafeez returned to the side after missing out on the second Test at Dubai, taking the place of Taufeeq Umar, who was suffering from a lack of form in the last couple of Tests. Ehsan Adil being replaced by Mohammad Talha was the other change in the Pakistani squad. New Zealand decided to make the one big move, that of including a seasoned veteran spinner in the form of Vettori in place of James Neesham.

Vettori was given a guard-of-honour upon his descent to the ground at the start of the Pakistan innings. Vettori was back in the Test squad after a gap of nearly two-and-a-half years. having played his last Test against West Indies in the summer of 2012.

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