Pakistan vs New Zealand: Ross Taylor wicket gives host boost on fourth morning
Ross Taylor made 82 before he was dismissed by Bilal Asif on Tuesday. @AFP

Spinner Bilal Asif removed Ross Taylor to bring Pakistan within six wickets of a series-levelling victory in the second Test in Dubai on Tuesday. Asif had Taylor caught off an uppish sweep for 82 before New Zealand reached 222/4 at lunch on the fourth day, still needing 106 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

At the break, Henry Nicholls, who successfully reviewed a second-ball lbw decision on 0, was unbeaten on 31 with BJ Watling 16 not out. New Zealand lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test by four runs in Abu Dhabi.

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Taylor smashed seven boundaries and a six during his aggressive 128-ball knock and added a valuable 80 runs for the third wicket with Tom Latham who fell for 50.New Zealand were forced to follow-on after superb bowling by legpinner Yasir Shah, who took 8/41 to dismiss them for a paltry 90 on Monday.

Resuming at 131/2, Taylor smashed medium-pacer Hasan Ali’s first ball of the day to the cover boundary to reach his 29th half-century in Tests. Before this knock Taylor had managed just 21 runs in the three innings of this series.

Latham completed his 15th Test fifty with a single but was caught behind off Hasan after Paul Reiffel consulted television umpire Ian Gould for a fair catch. Latham hit four boundaries.