Pakistan Rally To Set Up Intriguing Final Day

Pakistan Rally To Set Up Intriguing Final Day
Pakistan Rally To Set Up Intriguing Final Day
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New Zealand 429 & 147-8 (Taylor 59, Mohd. Asif 4-41) v
Pakistan 332 (Umar Akmal 129, Bond 5-107)

First Test, Dunedin, day four

All four results remain possible in Dunedin after Pakistan reduced New Zealand to 147 for eight at stumps on day four of the opening Test.

That gives the home side a lead of 244 after Mohammad Asif continued his excellent form on his comeback by taking four wickets having seen fellow returning fast bowler Shane Bond pick up five wickets to bowl Pakistan out for 332.

New Zealand were bowled out for 429 with Daniel Vettori hitting 99 earlier in the match and despite most of day two being lost to bad weather, the match could be set for a grandstand finale.

New Zealand wasted little time in finishing off Pakistan's innings, Bond having Mohammad Aamer caught by Vettori for 26 to complete his five-wicket haul, his fifth in Tests, and Chris Martin had Asif caught by Tim McIntosh for ten.

Bond finished with figures of five for 107, Martin three for 63 and Vettori two for 64 and Pakistan were quickly among the wickets themselves when New Zealand batted again.

Martin Guptill went first when Aamer had him trapped in front and Daniel Flynn perished in identical manner, also failing to score having faced four deliveries and when Peter Fulton became the third batsman to fall without scoring, New Zealand were 91 for four with only Ross Taylor, who hit 59, showing some resistance.

McIntosh hit a patient 31 and Grant Elliott was unbeaten on 20 at the other end as Asif struck to remove McIntosh, Brendon McCullum (0), Vettori (8) and Bond (7) to leave the match in the balance.

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