Monday 14 December 2009 

Patient Pakistan Build 99-Run Lead Over New Zealand

Patient Pakistan Build 99-Run Lead Over New Zealand
Patient Pakistan Build 99-Run Lead Over New Zealand
© REUTERS/Mohsin Raza (PAKISTAN) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

Pakistan 223 & 347-5 (Mohammad. Yousuf 89) v
New Zealand 471 (Vettori 134, Danish Kaneria 7-168)

Third Test, day four

Pakistan established a lead of 99 runs after day four of the third and decisive Test against New Zealand in Napier as their top four batsmen all scored half-centuries in their second innings.

Salman Butt (66), Imran Farhat (61), Faisal Iqbal (67) and Mohammad Yousuf (89) atoned for their first-innings, in which they were bundled out for 223 before New Zealand scored 471 in reply.

Patience was the name of Pakistan's game as they first try to get into a position from which they can't lose the game, meaning the pressure is on New Zealand to force themselves into a match-winning situation.

Butt and Farhat both chipped return catches to Martin Guptill, and Iqbal and Yousuf both edged behind, Iqbal caught by Ross Taylor at slip off Chris Martin and Yousuf edging Iain O'Brien to wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum.

Butt faced 190 deliveries, Farhat and Iqbal 170 and Yousuf fell 11 runs short of a century having faced 212 deliveries.

Unbeaten going into the final day were Umar Akmal, on 48, and Misbah-ul-Haq, on four.

New Zealand won the first Test in Dunedin by 32 runs and Pakistan hit back to win in Wellington by 141 runs.

© Cricket World 2009

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