Tom Latham was out 103 © Getty Images
Tom Latham was out 103 © Getty Images

Nov 11, 2014

New Zealand lost two quick wickets after the tea interval. Centurion Tom Latham was out leg-before to Rahat Ali for 103 while Mark Craig was run out for one run after a horrible mix-up. Tim Southee was caught behind for a duck.

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.

McCullum, who looked uncertain during his short stay, fell to the crafty left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar while trying to defend one that was spinning away. He only succeeded in edging the ball to first slip Younis Khan who took a good low catch.

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. There were numerous appeals for for leg-before and caught behind at all times. It was truly an acid test for New Zealand.