Thursday 3 December 2009 

New Zealand Have Better Of Shortened Opening Day

New Zealand Have Better Of Shortened Opening Day
New Zealand Have Better Of Shortened Opening Day
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Pakistan 161-6 (Umar Akmal 46, Vettori 3-42) v New Zealand

Second Test, Wellington, day one

Only 58 overs were possible on day one of the second Test between New Zealand and Pakistan in Wellington but despite the reduction in play, Pakistan still lost six top-order wickets to hand the initiative to the home side.

The wickes fell despite the return of Misbah-ul-Haq, batting at number five with Umar Akmal moving up to number three in the order with Khurram Manzoor and Fawad Alam being left out and Akmal responded by top scoring with 46.

Imran Farhat (32), Salman Butt (29) and Misbah (21) all made starts but failed to go on while captain Mohammad Yousuf failed to score before he was trapped in front by Daniel Vettori as Pakistan slipped from 60 without loss to 66 for three.

Shoaib Malik made just nine before becoming the second victim of Daryl Tuffey, back in the side as a replacement for Shane Bond and the other man to pick up a wicket was Iain O'Brien, who started the collapse by having Butt caught by Tuffey.

Vettori returned three for 42, Tuffey two for 32 and O'Brien one for 55 while Chris Martin went wicketless.

New Zealand lead the three-match series 1-0 after a 32-run win in the openign game in Dunedin.

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