Vettori Leads The Way With Bat And Ball

Vettori Leads The Way With Bat And Ball
Vettori Leads The Way With Bat And Ball
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New Zealand 356 (Vettori 110, Umar Gul 4-87) v
Pakistan 134-2 (Taufeeq Umar 70)
Second Test, Wellington, day two

Daniel Vettori led by example, scoring a century to guide New Zealand to 356 all out before Pakistan replied by closing day two of the second Test in Wellington on 134 for two.

Vettori's 110 was backed up by Reece Young's 57 but Pakistan's strong reply, which included half-centuries from Taufeeq Umar and Azhar Ali, left the game nicely poised heading into the third day.

Vettori and Young added 158 for the seventh wicket - having come together with the score on 160, they almost doubled New Zealand's score.

Vettori faced 166 balls during his sixth Test century, hitting 11 fours and a six while Young scored his 57 in 162 deliveries.

Pakistan got the breakthrough they needed when Adnan Akmal took his sixth catch of the innings to remove Young off the bowling of Tanvir Ahmed and a couple of wickets from Umar Gul, who finished with four for 87, enabled Pakistan to quickly finish off the innings.

Ahmed returned three for 93 and left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman two for 96.

Pakistan then lost the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez for one when he was caught by Young off the bowling of Tim Southee but a 132-run stand for the second wicket between Taufeeq and Azhar saw Pakistan first steady the ship and then rebuild in fine fashion.

Taufeeq hit 12 fours on his way to 70 in 143 balls before he was dismissed with what turned out to be the last dismissal of the day, caught by Martin Guptill off Vettori, leaving Azhar unbeaten on 62.

saw New Zealand win the toss and slump to 160 for six, despite Kane Williamson's 78, but recover to 246 for six thanks to the efforts of Vetori and Young.

Pakistan lead the two-match series 1-0 following a ten-wicket win in the opening match in Hamilton.

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