Pakistan And New Zealand Draw Test Series
Pakistan 223 (Imran Farhat 117no) & 455 drew with
New Zealand 471 (Vettori 134) & 90-0
Third Test, Napier
The third and final Test between New Zealand and Pakistan ended in a draw after the final day's play in Napier after rain brought about an early finish.
The final day began with Pakistan 99 runs ahead and with six second-innings wickets in hand but half-centuries from Umar and Kamran Akmal steered them to safety and although they were eventually bowled out for 455, New Zealand were left with insufficient time to force a result, thanks to the rain, having been set 208 to win.
Umar became the fifth Pakistani to score a half-century in the innings and he made 77 in 144 balls before brother Kamran hit an unbeaten 56 in 121 balls before the lower order collapsed, Martin Guptill's slow bowling earning him the best figures among the New Zealanders of three for 37.
He finished the innings by having Mohammad Asif trapped in front having had openers Imran Farhat and Salman Butt caught and bowled on day three.
Tim Southee, Iain O'Brien and Daniel Vettori all picked up two wickets.
New Zealand then reached 90 without loss in their second innings, BJ Watling racing to a maiden half-century, finishing unbeaten on 60 in 62 balls.
New Zealand won the opening Test in Dunedin by 32 runs before Pakistan hit back to win by 141 runs in Wellington. Pakistan now travel to Australia for a full tour while New Zealand now prepare to host Bangladesh and Australia in 2010.
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