In spite of a brave declaration by the New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullam, the second Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand ended in a stalemate as the Kiwi bowlers made sure that the Pakistani batsmen can’t chase down the target of 261 in 72 overs. With this, Pakistan still lead the 3 match series 1-0 with the third Test beginning on November 26.
Wickets were up for the grabs on a lively fifth day wicket and the bowlers grabbed it with both their hands. First Tim Southee saw the back of Taufeeq Umar with just 8 runs on the board. Azhar Ali and Shan Masood saw through the first session and against the run of play both the batsmen were dismissed and were followed by their skipper Misbah ul Haq getting dismissed for a duck. Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq stayed calm and made sure that there was no hiccups on their side. When New Zealand managed to get Younis Khan just before the final hour of play, Sarfaraz Ahmed saw them home along with Shafiq. Shafiq remained not out on 41 off 116 balls and was backed well by Younis’ 84 ball 44 runs and an unbeaten 23 ball 24 from Sarfaraz.
Choosing to bat first, New Zealand started well and negotiated the early threat on day 1 of the test. After sharing a 77 run opening partnership, Brendon McCullam got out for 43 before Tom Latham batted sensibly to and got to his second century of the series. Some timely contributions from BJ Watling and Mark Craig propelled them to 403.
Pakistan, in their quest to negate the first innings lead seemed to be on the back-foot as they lost both their openers before Azhar Ali and Younis Khan scored yet another half centuries before they were dismissed for 75 and 72 respectively. When Pakistan seemed to be in a spot of bother, wicket keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed scored his century but can’t help his side from falling ten runs behind the Kiwis.
Earlier in the match, after taking a first innings lead of 10, Ross Taylor scored his 11th Test century on a turning wicket against the Pakistani spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah and took the Kiwis to safe position. Once he got out for 104 to Yasir Shah, Tim Southee scored three consecutive sixes of Babar before Brendon McCullam declared the innings and gave Pakistan a target of 261.
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