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Draw In Dubai Despite New Zealand's Best Efforts

Trent Boult
Trent Boult returned two for 12 in 10 overs but Pakistan secured the draw
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New Zealand 403 & 250-9 dec. drew with
Pakistan 393 & 196-5 (Younus Khan 44)
Second Test, Dubai

New Zealand took six Pakistan wickets on the final day but were unable to force a win in the second Test in Dubai, with the resulting draw maintaining Pakistan's 1-0 series lead.

New Zealand declared their second innings on 250 for nine after Ross Taylor had made 104, setting Pakistan a target of 261 to win.

By tea, they were 147 runs short of their target but the run chase was aborted and they closed on 196 for five.

Taylor advanced from his overnight 77 to 104, facing 133 balls in all and receiving support from Mark Craig (34) and Tim Southee, who blasted 21 in six balls to stretch New Zealand's lead.

Taylor was stumped off Yasir Shah, Craig caught by Rahat Ali off the same bowler and when Southee was caught by Azhar Ali off Zulfiqar Babar, New Zealand declared.

Zulfiqar finished with four for 97 and Yasir five for 78.

Pakistan lost Taufeeq Umar early, caught by BJ Watling off Southee for four and Shan Masood (40) and Azhar (24) steered them to 70 when AZhar was caught by James Neesham off Craig.

Trent Boult then trapped Masood in front and struck again to have Misbah-ul-Haq caught behind without scoring to raise New Zealand's hopes of mounting a late victory charge.

However, Younus Khan stood firm, making 44 in 84 balls and even though Craig had him caught by Taylor, Asad Shafiq (41 not out in 116 balls) and Sarfraz Ahmed (24 in 23 balls) saw out the draw comfortably enough in the end.

The third and final Test begins in Sharjah on 26th November.

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