Pak­istan fal­ter, Black Caps in con­trol

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DUBAI: Pak­istan were un­der pres­sure after los­ing both their open­ers for 34 in re­ply to New Zealand’s 403 in the sec­ond Test in Dubai yes­ter­day.

Azhar Ali (4) and You­nis Khan (1) were un­beaten at stumps on the sec­ond day after Shan Ma­sood (13) and Taufeeq Umar (16) de­parted early to give New Zealand an edge for the first time in the se­ries.

Pak­istan still need 170 runs to avoid the follow-on with eight wick­ets in hand.

Pak­istan’s new open­ing pair, after Ahmed She­hzad and Mo­ham­mad Hafeez were ruled out due to in­juries, flopped as Ma­sood played over a sharp, turn­ing de­liv­ery from Ish Sodhi and was bowled be­tween the gap.

Umar, play­ing his first Test in two years, was stumped as he was beaten by off-spin­ner Mark Craig.

That capped a good day for New Zealand, who added 260 runs in the day.

Be­sides opener Tom Latham’s bril­liant 137, New Zealand owed their to­tal to the tailen­ders, who added 125 runs for the last four wick­ets after the Black Caps had seem­ingly squan­dered a chance to post a big to­tal at 278/6. Mark Craig (43), BJ Watling (39) and Ish Sodhi (32 not out) fought hard to en­sure New Zealand got past the 400-mark, a to­tal which should put an in-form Pak­istan un­der pres­sure.

Left-arm spin­ner Zul­fiqar Babar was the pick of bowlers with 4/137, while leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah fin­ished with 2/92 and seamer Eh­san Adil 2/73.

Watling and Craig added 68 for the sev­enth wicket in the post-lunch ses­sion to leave the Pak­istani bowlers frus­trated on an un­re­spon­sive pitch.

It was left to part-timer Azhar Ali to break the stand when he had Watling caught in the slips and then two runs later Babar trapped Craig leg-be­fore to leave New Zealand at 348/8.

Craig hit five bound­aries in his 110-ball knock, while Watling had three hits to the fence in his two-hour stay.

Sodhi and Tim Southee (17) added a fur­ther 39 for the ninth wicket and Sodhi lofted Babar for a six to post the 400.

Babar though had the last laugh, dis­miss­ing No11 Trent Boult to wrap up the in­nings.

Ear­lier, re­sum­ing on a strong 243/3, New Zealand lost both their overnight bats­men Corey An­der­son and Tom Latham in the space of two runs in the first three overs of the day.

Adil had An­der­son (9) caught in the cov­ers be­fore fel­low new-ball part­ner Rahat had Latham caught be­hind.

Latham, who scored 103 in New Zealand’s 248-run de­feat in the first Test in Abu Dhabi, fell in the next over as he edged a ball from Rahat to wick­et­keeper Sar­fraz Ahmed.

Latham failed to add to his overnight score of 137. He bat­ted for 394 min­utes and hit 11 fours and a six.

Nee­sham added 33 for the sixth wicket with Watling be­fore he mis­cued a drive off Shah and was caught at short mid-wicket by Mis­bah-ul Haq for 17.

The third and fi­nal Test will be played in Shar­jah, start­ing on Novem­ber 26. – Sapa-AFP

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IN A SPIN: Mark Craig of New Zealand struck early for the Black Caps in Pak­istan’s sec­ond in­nings, dis­miss­ing opener Taufeeq Umar (16) dur­ing day two of the sec­ond Test in Dubai. New Zealand posted a com­mand­ing 403 in their first in­nings.

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