1st Test New Zealand v Pakistan Day 2: Kiwis firmly in control with 401 run lead
Pakistan trailed New Zealand by 401 runs with 9 wickets remaining, at the close of play on day two of the 1st Test, at the Bay Oval, Tauranga today
New Zealand 431 all out
Pakistan 30 – 1 (20)
At the Close - Pakistan trail New Zealand by 401 runs with 9 wickets remaining
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Match Report - Salim Parvez
A hard toil for bowlers
In the six sessions of play, New Zealand have left no one in doubt that their grip on the opening Test at Mount Maunganui, will only get firmer. After piling up an imposing total of 431, though a touch slower than the modern-day pace, it claimed a wicket to leave Pakistan on 30-1, on close of play on the second day.
New Zealand resumed the second day on 222-3 and their two overnight batsmen found it hard going against accurate Pakistan bowling. Left-handed Henry Nicholls brought up his fifty and soon Williamson’s reached three figures – 23rd in Test and the slowest – 261 balls. He was watchful all the way and remains the backbone of his side and was most pleased with a cover drive for four off Naseem Shah, bowling the seventh over of the morning. With hardly any seam movement, Williamson decided to change a gear and had another 11 runs in the next three balls. One could tell the New Zealand captain would only like to bat once on this wicket.
Naseem struck by having Nicholls caught, although close examination revealed that the batsman should have reviewed. Pakistan bowlers were looking frustrated during the 4th wicket stand that produced 133 runs in 43.2 overs. Williamson’s departure, the fifth wicket to fall at 281, caught at slip off Yasir Shah gave Pakistan an opportunity to restrict the New Zealand total to 350 but with no apparent demons in the wicket, it didn’t materialize. The New Zealand captain, leading from the front as per normal, had batted just four minutes short of 8 hours, faced 297 balls and hit 12 fours and a six. Always remaining pleasing to the eye, in an old-fashioned gritty Test innings.
Wicket-keeper BJ Watling, justified his No.6 batting slot and held together the lower order before ninth out for 73 (145balls, 8 fours). His 66-run 7th wicket stand with Kyle Jamieson (32) ensured New Zealand shall go past four hundred mark and frustrate the opposition bowlers and fielders. Shaheen Afridi deserved his figures of 4-109 and Yasir with 3-113 provided him support, whereas Mohammad Abbas finished with 31-14-49-1 to keep the opponents in check.
Pakistan batted for 20 overs and have lost Shan Masood, once again to a soft dismissal, in their reply and now shall look forward to building a competitive first innings total, to stay in the game.
New Zealand - Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(wk), Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
Pakistan - Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan(c)(wk), Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah
Start Time: 22:00
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Bay Oval, Tauranga
Officials: Christopher Gaffaney, Wayne Knights, Christopher Brown, Shaun Haig, Jeffrey Crowe
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