Williamson And Southee To The Rescue In Hamilton
New Zealand 260-7 (Southee 56no) v Pakistan
First Test, Hamilton, day one
Tim Southee and Kane Williamson compiled a vital unbeaten 83-run eighth-wicket partnership to help New Zealand recover to post 260 for seven on day one of the opening Test against Pakistan in Hamilton.
The home side had slipped to 177 for seven before the pair came together after earlier half-centuries from Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill had put the Black Caps in a strong position.
Pakistan won the toss, chose to field, and struck quickly when Tanvir Ahmed had Tim McIntosh caught by Younus Khan but McCullum and Guptill then added 83 for the second wicket.
McCullum made 56 in 77 balls and Guptill 50 in 164 and their partnership was broken when McCullum was caught by Azhar Ali off Umar Gul.
Guptill held the innings together as Ross Taylor (6) departed to Abdur Rehman and Jesse Ryder (22) was run out but Rehman struck again to have Guptill caught by Younus to leave New Zealand at 158 for five.
Shortly after tea, Rehman trapped debutant wicket-keeper Reece Young in front for 14 and Tanvir returned to dismiss Daniel Vettori, also leg before, for a two-ball duck, leaving Williamson and Southee exposed.
However, the pair responded in excellent fashion, Williamson hitting 44 in 110 balls with five fours and Southee hitting eight fours in his 81-ball innings of 56, his second Test half-century coming in 75 balls.
Williamson was, however, dropped by Younus when he was on 11, leaving the Pakistanis to rue what might have been.
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