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ROSS TAY­LOR shrugged off his eye prob­lems to score a su­perb un­beaten cen­tury as New Zealand set Pak­istan a for­mi­da­ble 369-run tar­get to win the sec­ond Test yes­ter­day. Tay­lor fin­ished 102 not out de­spite only be­ing cleared to play two days be­fore the Test af­ter scar­ring on his left eye threat­ened his vi­sion. He was due to have surgery to­mor­row. New Zealand de­clared late on the fourth day in Hamil­ton at 313 for 5 and Pak­istan were one with­out loss af­ter fac­ing three overs be­fore stumps. Both sides vowed there would be no hold­ing back on the fi­nal day with Pak­istan need­ing to win to keep their world num­ber two rank­ing and New Zealand look­ing to im­prove on sev­enth place. “All go­ing well that last ses­sion could be re­ally en­ter­tain­ing,” said Tay­lor, who was pleased he made the de­ci­sion to play. “There were def­i­nitely thoughts go­ing through my mind not to play so it was nice to draw on a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence – I’ve been in that sit­u­a­tion be­fore – and put the team in a good place. Prob­a­bly for the past year, for the first five to 10 balls of the in­nings I haven’t picked up the balls as I would have liked.” Pak­istan quick Mo­ham­mad Amir dis­missed talk of play­ing for a draw. “We like to be among the top teams in the world and we will try our best to re­tain that,” he said. “We will def­i­nitely try to go for the tar­get. The first ses­sion will be very im­por­tant.” The tourists will have to bet­ter the record fourth-in­nings suc­ces­ful run chase at Sed­don Park of 212 for 4 by Aus­tralia in 2000 to win to­day’s fi­nal day and save the two-Test se­ries. The high­est fourth-in­nings to­tal on the ground is 344 for 6 by Sri Lanka in a drawn Test nearly 26 years ago.

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