Wednesday 19 January 2011 

Misbah Guides Pakistan To Series-Clinching Victory

Misbah Guides Pakistan To Series-Clinching Victory
Misbah Guides Pakistan To Series-Clinching Victory
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New Zealand 356 (Vettori 110) & 293 drew with
Pakistan 376 (Misbah-ul-Haq 99) & 226-5
Second Test, Wellington

Pakistan closed the final day of the second and final Test against New Zealand on 226 for five to comfortably draw the match and claim a 1-0 series victory.

They had been set 274 to win but after losing early wickets, they batted out for the draw with determined half-centuries from Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq preventing New Zealand from getting into a winning position.

New Zealand struck with the seventh ball of the day when Taufeeq Umar was trapped in front by Tim Southee for a golden duck and Pakistan were 42 for three when Azhar Ali (10) was trapped in front by Chris Martin and Mohammad Hafeez was caught by Ross Taylor off the same bowler for 32.

Younus then stroked 81 in 155 balls and with Misbah guided Pakistan to 160 before he was caught by wicket-keeper Reece Young off Southee.

Asad Shafiq then hit 24 in 85 balls and although he was trapped in front by Vettori, Misbah was unmoved, spending 227 balls at the crease for his unbeaten 70.

Adnan Akmal was not out on two when the match was declared a draw with Pakistan claiming their first overseas Test series win since 2002.

Day one saw New Zealand win the toss and slump to 160 for six, despite Kane Williamson's 78, but recover to 246 for six thanks to the efforts of Vettori and Young. Vettori completed his century on the second day before striking late to remove Taufeeq Umar for 70.

Misbah then missed out on a century by one run on day three as Pakistan registered a first-innings lead of 20 despite Vettori and Martin both taking four wickets.

New Zealand were bowled out on day four for 293 with Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor scoring half-centuries to set Pakistan a testing target.

Pakistan lead the two-match series 1-0 following a ten-wicket win in the opening match in Hamilton.

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