New Zealand could not avoid the follow on against Pakistan © Getty Images
New Zealand could not avoid the follow on against Pakistan © Getty Images

Nov 11, 2014

New Zealand were all out for 262 against Pakistan  on Day 3 of the opening Test on Tuesday at Abu Dhabi. Tom Latham top-scored with 103. The rest of the batsmen barring Corey Anderson looked all at sea against the Pakistani pacers and spinners. Rahat Ali was the highest wicket taker with four wickets.

Latham’s emulated his father Rod when he scored a hundred. He batted in a resolute fashion. He, however, fell leg-before to pacer Rahat Ali. The pacer bowled very well

Earlier New Zealand were 186 for five  against Pakistan at the end of  the second session on Day 3 of the opening Test on Tuesday at Abu Dhabi.  New Zealand were in trouble at 81 for three going into lunch. After the lunch they came out all guns blazing. 41 runs were scored in the first eight overs. It was the burly all-rounder Corey Anderson who took the attack to the bowlers. He was particularly severe on Yasir Shah who he swept continuously for four.

He even went after Mohammad Hafeez by going down the track on more than one occasion. In no time he had reached 48. It looked as if it would be a matter of time he would get to his half-century before Rahat Ali had him driving at one that was wide. Anderson unfortunately played on. Losing Anderson was a bad blow. He was batting well and did not look in apparent discomfort.

New Zealand were 15 for no loss overnight with skipper Brendon McCullum and Tom Latham at the crease. At the end of the lunch session Pakistan have them on the ropes with their star batsmen McCullum, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor back in the pavilion. McCullum was out for 18, Kane Williamson for three and Taylor for a duck.

In the end it was a stern test for the New Zealand batsmen. The Pakistani bowlers both pacers and spinners had the batsmen in a great deal of discomfort at all times. It was truly an acid test for New Zealand.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 566 for 3 decl. (Ahmed Shehzad 176, Younis Khan 100*; Corey Anderson 2 for 68) lead New Zealand 262  (Tom Latham 103 ; Rahat Ali 4 for 22  ) by 304 runs