Sunday 6 December 2009 

Mohammad Asif Stars As Pakistan Level Test Series

Mohammad Asif Stars As Pakistan Level Test Series
Mohammad Asif Stars As Pakistan Level Test Series
© REUTERS/Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

Pakistan 264 & 239 (Mohammad Yousuf 83) beat
New Zealand 99 & 263 (Mohammad Asif 5-67) by 141 runs

Second Test, Wellington, day four

Mohammad Asif returned five for 67 as Pakistan bowled New Zealand out for 263 in their second innings to win the second Test match in Wellington by 141 runs.

Ross Taylor fell three runs short of a century but once he was dismissed, there was little doubt about the outcome of a match that Pakistan had dominated after bowling New Zealand out for just 99 in their first innings.

After setting New Zealand an unlikely 405 to win and reducing them to 70 for three on the third day, Mohammad Aamer struck early to dismiss Peter Fulton (14) before Danish Kaneria removed Grant Elliott (6) and Brendon McCullum (24).

Between those strikes, Aamer grabbed the vital wicket of Taylor, who smashed 97 in 136 balls with nine fours and five sixes and although Daniel Vettori made 40, there was no stopping Pakistan, Asif completing his five-wicket haul by picking up the wickets of Vettori, and Iain O'Brien to end the match.

New Zealand won the opening match in Dunedin by 32 runs and the two teams head to Napier with the series all square.

© Cricket World 2009

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