Brendon McCullum batted aggressively in the second innings © Getty Images
Brendon McCullum batted aggressively in the second innings © Getty Images

Nov 20, 2014

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum batted aggressively and decided to give his team a chance to put Pakistan under pressure in the fourth innings of the second Test at Dubai as the Kiwis reached 52 for one at Tea on Day four. In second innings they have faced only 18 overs and scored 54 runs.  The Kiwis started their innings with a flourish but have been held back by the Pakistan spinners. With only four sessions left in the game, it seems the match is heading towards a draw.

Earlier Pakistan were finally bowled for 393 and handed New Zealand a lead of 10 runs in the first innings of the second Test at Dubai. Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum took the last wicket of Pakistan. The hosts reached to this position strength only because of Sarfraz Ahmed , who reached his third Test century of his career and rescued his team from a position of difficulty. He along with Rahat Ali added priceless 81 runs for the last wicket and frustrated New Zealand. Sarfraz also become the only wicketkeeper to score three Test ton in a calendar year. Rahat remained not out on 16.

Pakistan started the fourth day of the second Test at Dubai on a bad note as they lost two quick wickets. The first hour of the fourth day belonged to the Kiwis as they took 3 for 38 and hoping for a lead of around 70-80 runs. But the game changed when Sarfraz along with the last man Rahat Ali decided not to throw their wickets away. The Pair frustrated the tourists and added 81 runs for the 10th wicket.

Earlier on Day three both teams had a competitive day of cricket at the Dubai International stadium as the second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand hung in balance. Both teams had their moments of success and with six sessions to go, all three results are possible. Chasing New Zealand’s 403 in the first innings, Pakistan finished the day at 281 for six, they are still 122 runs behind. Three wickets in the last session have given the Kiwis slight edge in the match.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 403 (Tom Latham 137, Brendon McCullum 43; Ehsan Adil 2 for 69, Yasir Shah 2 for 89) & 54 for 1 (Brendon McCullum 41; Yasir Shah 1 for 15) lead Pakistan 392 for 9 (Sarfraz Ahmed 112, Azhar Ali 75, Younis Khan 72; Tim Southee 3 for 67, Trent Boult 2 for 69) by 64 runs.

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