Pakistan Bowlers Keep New Zealand In Check

Pakistan Bowlers Keep New Zealand In Check
Pakistan Bowlers Keep New Zealand In Check
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New Zealand 246-6 (Taylor 78) v Pakistan
Second Test, Wellington, day one

New Zealand won the toss and after choosing to bat first in the second Test they closed on 246 for six after Pakistan pegged them back.

A brace of wickets apiece for Umar Gul and Tanvir Ahmed ensured that New Zealand were unable to make the progress they might have liked despite Ross Taylor's half-century.

Taylor hit 78 in 168 balls before playing a loose shot to be caught by Wahab Riaz off Adnan Akmal as New Zealand, 1-0 down in the series, faltered.

They made a poor start when Brendon McCullum fell for just two, trapped in front by Gul although Martin Guptill (29) and Kane Williamson (21) helped them rebuild.

Taylor's efforts put New Zealand back in a strong position but Pakistan came back, Ahmed having Jesse Ryder caught by Akmal for a golden duck, Taylor departing and then James Franklin making 33 before Akmal took another catch, this time off spinner Abdur Rehman.

At stumps, Reece Young was unbeaten on 28 and Daniel Vettori made 38. Gul and Ahmed both returned two for 53.

Pakistan won the opening Test in Hamilton by ten wickets.

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