Ross Taylor finally ended a poor run with a superb century against Pakistan    Getty Images
Ross Taylor finally ended a poor run with a superb century against Pakistan Getty Images

Pakistan were steady at stumps, reaching 1 for no loss on Day Four of the second Test against New Zealand at Seddon Park, Hamilton chasing 369 to win. They are still 368 runs away from an improbable win, as the hosts tightened their noose around the misfiring Pakistani side. Ross Taylor s 16th ton ensured that New Zealand declare at a strong 313 for 5, helping his side take a 368-run lead. New Zealand will need to pick up 10 wickets on the final day, which is unlikely unless Pakistan bat horribly. Thanks to a gritty innings of 90 not out from Babar Azam, Pakistan were able to save face after batting collapse, reaching 216 in their first innings and conceding a 55-run lead. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 2nd Test at Seddon Park, Hamilton

New Zealand batted well as they were in a race against time to make the declaration. A patient innings from Henry Nicholls came to an end at 26 after he chased a wide delivery outside off and edged it to Sarfraz Ahmed. But he had added 60 for the fourth wicket with Taylor, which was once again crucial. Colin de Grandhomme came in next and looked to be aggressive right from the outset, which indicated that New Zealand are looking to declare soon.

He went for a breezy 21-ball 32 after top-edging one straight to mid-off to give Imran Khan his third wicket of the innings. Taylor, in the meantime, had gone past his fifty and was looking set for a much-awaited century. BJ Watling played a slow innings, which further indicated that New Zealand were in double mind as far as declaration was concerned.. A substitute fielder came out with a message perhaps asking the batsmen to accelerate. After that Watling started to play a few attacking strokes, which extended the lead further. Watling and Taylor eventually added 59 for the sixth wicket for New Zealand. Full Cricket Updates, Pakistan vs New Zealand, Day 4, 2nd Test at Hamilton

Pakistan bowlers toiled but New Zealand did not let them get on top. The Kiwis ensured there were a substantial partnerships throughout the innings. Taylor found steady partners right through the innings and has finally broken a dry streak. He struggled on the India tour and did not get many in the first Test of this series. He got off to a good start in the first innings of this match, but has converted his start to a big one in the second innings.

New Zealand started the day with a 55-run lead and the final session at 181 for 3. After Jeet Raval went early, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson added 96 for the second wicket. Williamson s wicket got Taylor to the crease. He stitched 50-plus stand first with Latham and then Nicholls. Latham after playing well, Latham fell 20 short of yet another Test century.

On Day One, Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first. They bowled New Zealand out for 271 in their first innings with Raval scoring 55 and Watling remaining unbeaten on 49. Sohail Khan was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 4 for 99. Pakistan, in reply, went from 51 for 5 to being bowled out for 216, conceding a first innings lead of 55. Tim Southee was excellent for New Zealand with the ball picking up 6 for 80, while Azam was left stranded on 90. New Zealand lead the two-match series 1-0 after a win in the 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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