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New Zealand Strike After Hitting 403

BJ Watling & Ish Sodhi make a run
BJ Watling (left) and Ish Sodhi helped New Zealand reach 403 before they were bowled out
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New Zealand 403 (Latham 137) v
Pakistan 34-2
Second Test, Dubai, day two

New Zealand enjoyed another good day in Dubai as they reduced Pakistan to 34 for two at stumps on day two of the second Test after being bowled out themselves for 403.

Although Tom Latham was unable to go any further than his overnight score of 137, his side pushed on thanks to contributions from BJ Watling (39), Mark Craig (43) and Ish Sodhi (32 not out).

Left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar picked up four for 137 before Pakistan lost openers Shan Masood for 13 and Taufeeq Umar for 16 in their reply.

Sodhi and Craig took a wicket apiece.

New Zealand resumed on 243 for three but quickly lost the wickets of Corey Anderson (9) and Latham to pacers Ehsan Adil and Rahat Ali respectively.

Jimmy Neesham then hit 17 before he was caught by Misbah-ul-Haq off Yasir Shah and New Zealand reached lunch at 295 for six.

Watling and Craig added 68 for the seventh wicket to frustrate Pakistan into the afternoon until Watling was caught by substitute fielder Haris Sohail off the leg-spin of Azhar Ali.

That was just Azhar's second Test wicket and with that partnership broken, Zulfiqar struck to have Craig trapped in front only for Tim Southee (17), Sodhi and Trent Boult (2 not out) frustrate Pakistan yet further.

Sodhi hit five fours in 110 balls and Zulfiqar eventually finished off the innings by bowling Southee and having Boult caught by Rahat.

Rahat (1-69), Ehsan (2-73), Yasir (2-92) and Azhar (1-23) were the wicket-takers alongside Zulfiqar.

Pakistan then made a solid start to their reply, faced with a tricky session to bat before stumps, reaching 29 before losing two wickets for four runs.

First, Masood was bowled by Sodhi with one that turned out of the rough and then Umar was stumped as he lunged forward to defend Craig, only to drag his foot too far out of the crease.

Azhar was unbeaten on four and Younus Khan had one at stumps.

Pakistan lead the three-match series after a comprehensive 248-run win in the opening Test in Abu Dhabi.

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