Ki­wis hold ad­van­tage af­ter debu­tants shine

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CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand debu­tants Colin de Grand­homme and Jeet Raval helped their side into a strong po­si­tion at the close of the sec­ond day’s play of the first test against Pak­istan at Ha­gley Oval in Christchurch yes­ter­day.

Left hand open­ing bats­man Raval was on a com­posed 55, while Henry Ni­cholls was 29 not out as New Zealand were 104 for three at stumps, 29 runs be­hind Pak­istan’s first in­nings 133. Seam-bowl­ing all-rounder De Grand­homme, a sur­prise se­lec­tion, dom­i­nated the first two ses­sions as the 30-yearold’s nag­ging line and length pro­vided him with fig­ures of six for 41, the best for a New Zealan­der on de­but.

De Grand­homme be­came the eighth New Zealan­der to take a five-wicket haul on de­but, do­ing just enough off the pitch and through the air to cre­ate doubt for Pak­istan’s bats­men in bowler-friendly con­di­tions.

Pak­istan’s bowlers were also pen­e­trat­ing, with Mo­ham­mad Amir, So­hail Khan and Ra­hat Ali all tak­ing a wicket in the fi­nal ses­sion as the hosts slumped to 40 for three when Ross Tay­lor fell for 11.

Amir had ear­lier trapped Tom Latham in front for one, be­fore So­hail had New Zealand cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson caught at first slip by Sami As­lam for four.

Raval, who was on the tour of south­ern Africa ear­lier this year but did not play a test, was com­posed on de­but as he left balls he needed to and put away the rare bad de­liv­er­ies.

The 28-year-old, who also took three catches in the slips, brought up his first test half cen­tury from 89 balls when he dabbed Ra­hat be­hind point for two runs as he and Ni­cholls set­tled New Zealand’s in­nings with an un­beaten 64-run stand.

The home side’s bowlers had ear­lier made the most of Wil­liamson win­ning the toss, re­duc­ing the visi­tors to 88 for four at lunch with De Grand­homme tak­ing three wick­ets.

They con­tin­ued to put pres­sure on Pak­istan’s bats­men dur­ing the mid­dle ses­sion, with De Grand­homme com­plet­ing his five-wicket haul when he had So­hail caught at short mid­wicket. The Auck­lan­der then wrapped up the in­nings when Ra­hat Ali nicked be­hind to wick­et­keeper BJ Watling for a five­ball duck.

Cap­tain Mis­bah-ul-Haq pro­vided the only real re­sis­tance for Pak­istan with an ob­du­rate 31 from 108 balls. Thurs­day’s open­ing day was washed out.

— AFP

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand’s Jeet Raval (R) bats watched by Pak­istan’s Azhar Ali (L) dur­ing day two of the first cricket Test match be­tween New Zealand and Pak­istan at the Ha­gley Park in Christchurch yes­ter­day.

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