Tim Southee and Neil Wagner will be expected to trouble out-of-form Pakistani batsmen on Day 5    Getty Images
Tim Southee and Neil Wagner will be expected to trouble out-of-form Pakistani batsmen on Day 5 Getty Images

Pakistan resume the fifth and final day of the second Test at Seddon Park, Hamilton at 1 for no loss, still 368 runs away from an improbable win. New Zealand need to pick up all 10 Pakistan wickets on Day Five to win the match and complete a 2-0 clean sweep. Ross Taylor s unbeaten 102 had put New Zealand in command earlier on Day Four. This was Taylor s 16th Test ton, and is just one behind Martin Crowe. However, Day Four belonged to New Zealand, who have ensured that they would not lose the Test unless Pakistan pull off a near-miraculous chase. New Zealand declared at 313 for 5, setting Pakistan a 369. Pakistan will have to survive the 98 overs on Day Five. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 2nd Test at Seddon Park, Hamilton

New Zealand had partnerships right through their second innings. After Jeet Raval went early for the first time in his career, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson added 96 for the second wicket. Williamson got an excellent delivery from Imran Khan, who found Williamson s outside edge on its way to the wicketkeeper. Williamson s wicket brought Taylor to the crease. Taylor put on 52 for the third wicket with Tom Latham, who was dismissed for 20 short of his sixth Test ton. Just like Taylor, Henry Nicholls has been short of runs of late and this was a crucial innings for him. He played a patient innings before he chased a wide delivery from Imran and edged it to the wicketkeeper.

Colin de Grandhomme looked to get on with things without wasting any time. He scored a 21-ball 32 to push New Zealand s lead close to the 300-run mark. When BJ Watling came on to bat at No. 7, one thought he will start going after the bowlers as New Zealand were pushing for a declaration. That did not seem like the plan as Watling played a surprisingly slow, painstaking innings. The New Zealand team management, perhaps impatient at Watling s pace, wanted him to up the ante and sent a substitute fielder with the same message. Watling hit a couple of quick boundaries at the end but finished with an unbeaten 15 off 40 balls to add to his unbeaten 49 in the first innings.

Rain is expected in the morning, but the sky is expected to clear as the day progresses. Further rain interruptions would almost certainly ensure a draw. We have already lost several sessions in the match. Had there been lesser interruptions, we might have been heading to the final day with one team heading towards a win. New Zealand will be firm favourites if the rain Gods stay away, but it will be a herculean task for Pakistan to chase this target down.

To do a recap, Azhar Ali had won the toss and elected to bowl first on Day One. New Zealand were bowled out for 255, Raval top-scoring with 55. Sohail Khan and Imran shared 7 wickets between them. In reply, Pakistan were bowled out for 216. Babar Azam top-scored with an unbeaten 90, while Tim Southee led New Zealand s charge, finishing with figures of 6 for 80. As things stand now, New Zealand lead the series 1-0 after an emphatic 8-wicket win in the low-scoring first Test at Christchurch.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 271 (Jeet Raval 55, BJ Watling 49*; Sohail Khan 4 for 99, Imran Khan 3 for 52) & 313 for 5 decl. (Tom Latham 80, Ross Taylor 102*; Imran Khan 3 for 76, Wahab Riaz 1 for 53) lead Pakistan 216 (Babar Azam 90*, Sarfraz Ahmed 41; Tim Southee 6 for 80, Neil Wagner 3 for 59) and 1 for no loss (Sami Aslam 1*) by 368 runs.

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