Pak­istan loses Hafeez early a er NZ scores 274

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

NEW Zealand’s tailen­ders frus­trated Pak­istan be­fore be­ing bowled out for 274 on the sec­ond day of the third and fi­nal cricket test on Tues­day.

Pak­istan lost opener Mo­ham­mad Hafeez with­out scor­ing off Trent Boult’s fourth de­liv­ery to stut­ter to 0-1 at lunch.

B.J. Watling held New Zealand’s first in­nings to­gether with a gritty un­beaten 77 off 250 balls as Bi­lal Asif (5-65) wrapped up the in­nings just be­fore lunch by claim­ing the three re­main­ing wick­ets.

It was the off-spin­ner’s sec­ond five-wicket haul in his five test matches.

Resuming on 229-7, debu­tant Will Somerville couldn’t add to his overnight 12 but de­nied Pak­istan a break­through with his staunch de­fense for well over an hour.

Watling showed some ag­gres­sion against fast bowlers and com­pleted his half cen­tury off 199 balls by guid­ing Hasan Ali to the third man bound­ary.

Watling, 42 overnight, also com­pleted 3,000 test runs when he reached 66, with only four bound­aries, in a de­ter­mined knock of more than 5-1/2 hours as New Zealand added 45 more pre­cious runs.

Asif ex­tracted sharp bounce and turn off the wicket and fi­nally got through Somerville’s de­fenses when he clean bowled the No. 9 bats­man.

Asif then claimed the last two wick­ets in suc­ces­sive overs when Ajaz Pa­tel (6) was caught in the slips and Trent Boult (1) was clean bowled while at­tempt­ing an am­bi­tious shot.

Leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah (3-75) couldn’t add to his three-wicket burst be­fore lunch on day one and still needs two wick­ets to be­come the quick­est bowler to com­plete 200 test wick­ets.

Boult then pro­vided New Zealand early suc­cess when Hafeez edged the left-arm fast bowler low to Tim Southee at sec­ond slip be­fore Pak­istan had scored.

Photo: AP

New Zealand’s bats­man Bradley-John Watling plays a shot against Pak­istan in their cricket test match in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emi­rates on Tues­day.

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