Akmal And Asif Put Pakistan In Charge Of Second Test

Akmal And Asif Put Pakistan In Charge Of Second Test
Akmal And Asif Put Pakistan In Charge Of Second Test
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Pakistan 264 (Kamran Akmal 70, Vettori 4-58) & 64-2 v
New Zealand 99 (Mohammad Asif 4-40)

Second Test, Wellington, day two

Pakistan took charge of the second Test against New Zealand on day two in Wellington, a Kamran Akmal half-century helping them reach 264 and four wickets from Mohammad Asif doing much of the damage as New Zealand were bowled out for 99 in reply and Pakistan then reached 64 for two in their second innings at stumps.

New Zealand had had the better of a weather-affected opening day but the game turned dramatically as Pakistan added a further 101 runs to their overnight score of 161, Kamran making 70, Umar Gul 31 and Mohammad Aamer 21.

Daniel Vettori and Daryl Tuffey both picked up four wickets but both men would be bowling again before the end of the day as New Zealand's innings lasted just 36.5 overs.

They lost Martin Guptill to the fifth ball and he was the first of five batsmen who failed to score and only three men reached double figures as Mohammad Asif (4-40), Danish Kaneria (3-6) and Gul (2-21) ripped through the batting.

Ross Taylor (30), Daniel Flynn (29) and Grant Elliott (20) made starts but there was little to cheer as New Zealand conceded a first innings lead of 165.

Pakistan's lead had been stretched to 229 by stumps as despite losing openers Imran Farhat (35) and Salman Butt (18), both to Iain O'Brien, Pakistan were in a strong position with Mohammad Yousuf unbeaten on ten and Misbah-ul-Haq on one.

New Zealand won the first match in the three-game series by 32 runs in Dunedin.

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