Vettori, McCullum Impress On Curtailed Second Day
New Zealand 404-8 (Vettori 99, Taylor 94) v Pakistan
First Test, Dunedin, day two
Bad weather curtailed the second day's play between New Zealand and Pakistan in the first Test in Dunedin but half-centuries from Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum kept the home side in a strong position.
Captain Vettori made 99 and wicket-keeper McCullum 78 and their side closed a day in which there were only 36 overs possible on 404 for eight.
Vettori and McCullum had come together on day one with the score on 211 for six and they put on 164 for the seventh wicket before McCullum was bowled by Umar Gul having faced 154 balls.
Vettori pressed on and looked set to reach his fifth Test century before he fell one run short when Gul picked up his second wicket with Kamran Akmal taking the catch.
Shane Bond had reached eight and Iain O'Brien two when the players took the offer of bad light.
Ross Taylor made 94 and Martin Guptill 60 on day one to get New Zealand's innings back on track after they lost two early wickets with Mohammad Asif taking three wickets in all.
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