McCul­lum’s t on bright ens s om­bre mood

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CAP­TAIN Bren­don McCul­lum’s blaz­ing cen­tury gave New Zealand a brisk s tart on the sec­ond day of the third and fi­nal Test against Pak­istan in Shar jah as the death of Aus­tralian Phillip Hughes con­tin­ued to cast a gloomy shadow over the match.

The 33­year­old right­han­der (153 not out) c om­pleted his 10th T est c en­tury, which came off 78 balls, as New Zealand reached 249 for one at close, re­ply­ing to Pak­istan’s fir st­in­nings t otal of 351.

In the morn­ing, Pak­istan, lead­ing the se­ries 1­0, ap­pear ed dis tracted b y the death of Hughes and lost their last seven wick­ets for 66 runs as off­spin­ner Mark Craig (7 ­94) c om­pleted his fir st fi vewicket haul in T ests.

The 25­year­old Hughes was struck on the head by a bouncer dur­ing a do­mes­tic match on T ues­day and died aft er t wo days in a Syd­ney hos­pi­tal from the in­jury, which caused mas sive bleed­ing t o his brain.

The sec ond day’s play was called off and the mat ch r es­umed y es­ter­day in a som­bre at­mos­phere, with play­ers and of­fi­cials ob­serv­ing a minut e’s si­lence as a mark of r es­pect f or Hughe s.

The death was on ev­ery­one’s mind as the crick eters seemed t o be g oing through the mo­tions with b arely a hint of cel­e­bra­tion when wick­ets fell or when McCul­lum reached his ton from the last ball bef ore t ea.

Both sets of play­ers, all wear­ing black arm­bands, placed their bats out­side the dress­ing rooms, with caps rest­ing on the han­dles to par­tic­i­pate in a glob al so­cial me­dia trend #putouty­our­bats in mem­ory of Hughe s.

The New Zealand team were also play­ing with the ini­tials “PH” writ­ten be­low the sil ver f ern cr est on their shirt s.

Pak­istan’s Mo­ham­mad Hafeez (1 97), who w as un­beat en on 1 78 o vernight, again fell ag­o­nis­ingly short of his maiden dou­ble 100 as he holed out in the deep try­ing to hit spin­ner Ish Sodhi out of the ground t o g et p ast the mar k.

The 34­year­old right­han­der, whose pre­vi­ous high­est score in Tests was 196, hit 25 bound­aries and three sixes dur­ing his 31 6­ball knock.

McCul­lum, w ho s truck 1 7 f ours and eight sixes, helped lift the mood in the af­ter­noon by smash­ing the bowlers to all parts of the gr ound.

He added 51 with opener Tom Latham (13) and 1 98 in an unbr oken sec ond­wicket stand with Kane Wil­liamson, who hit seven bound­aries and a six in his un­beaten 7 6. — R euters.

( Overnight 281­ 3) Mo­ham­mad Haf eez c Boult b Sodhi ......................197 Shan Mas ood b Cr aig .................................................... 12 Azhar Ali c T ay­lor b Cr aig .......................................... 39 You­nis Khan lbw b V et­tori ........................................... 5 Mis­bah­ul­Haq c W atling b Southee ....................... 38 Asad Shafiq c Sodhi b Cr aig .......................................11 Sar­fraz Ahmed c W atling b Cr aig ............................. 15 Yasir Shah c T ay­lor b Cr aig ....................................... 25 Mo­ham­mad T alha c Latham b Cr aig ........................ 0 Rahat Ali c T ay­lor b Cr aig ............................................ 0 Zul­fiqar Babar no t out .................................................. 0 ( 4lb, 4w , 1nb ) .................................................. 9 (all out , o vers: 125. 4.) ................................

1­44, 2­ 131, 3­ 160, 4­285, 5­ 311, 6­313, 7 ­336, 8­ 336, 9­ 346, 10­ 351.

Trent Boult 21­6­54­0 ( 1w), Tim Southee 2 4­4­54­1, Daniel V et­tori 19­4­4 1­1, C orey An­der ­ son 12­4­28­0 ( 1nb, 3w ), Mark Cr aig 27 .4­5­94­7, Ish Sodhi 22­ 3­76­1. Tom Latham c Ahmed b R Ali .................................... 13 Bren­don McCul­lum no t out ....................................... 153 Kane Wil­liams on no t out ............................................ 76

(2lb, 2w , 3nb ) .................................................. 7 (for 1 wick et, o vers: 4 5) ..........................

1­51 Mo­ham­mad T alha 7 ­0­62­0 (3nb , 1w ), Rahat Ali 8­0­2 4­1 ( 1w), Z ul­fiqar Babar 10­0­ 71­0, Yasir Shah 10­0­5 9­0, Mo­ham­mad Haf eez 10­231­0.

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Bats and c aps ar e pl aced out side the Ne w Z ealand dr es­s­ing r oom in mem­ory o f A ustralian crick eter Phillip Hughe s dur­ing da y t wo o f the thir d Test be tween P ak­istan and Ne w Z ealand at Shar­jah S ta­dium y es­ter­day.

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