Younis Khan reached his 29th half century on day three © Getty Images (File Photo)
Younis Khan reached his 29th half century on day three © Getty Images (File Photo)

Nov 19, 2014

New Zealand finally got the first wicket of the day as, Pakistan‘s run machine Younis Khan was dismissed by Jimmy Neesham after scoring 72. Younis picked out the cover fielder to perfection. It was a short and wide delivery, no feet movement from Younis as he slaps this hard, straight down the throat of Craig at cover who accepted it gleefully. Earlier, Younis reached his half-century on Day Three of the second Test match at Dubai on Wednesday. Khan has been in great form for Pakistan in recent past, and his fifty has once again helped Pakistan recover from a difficult position.

Two overnight not out batsmen Azhar Ali and Younis began the day carefully against Trent Boult and Tim Southee who started the day for New Zealand. Both right-handers looked determined not to throw away their starts. Boult and Southee tested them with some short stuffs, but Pakistani batsmen looked undisturbed.

After six overs of pace bowling New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum introduced spin in the form of Mark Craig. Soon the other spinner, Sodhi was also came to ball. As soon as the spinners came in Younis changed gear. He used his feat and came down the track to both Craig and Sodhi and sent the ball  to mid-wicket fence for two huge sixes. By batting aggressively against spinners the run machine of Pakistan was not allowing the spinners to settle. Southee got some reverse swing when he asked to bowl in his second spell of the day. Couple of balls turned sharply for Sodhi too. But both Azhar and Younis handled it quite efficiently.

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