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PAK v NZ: Pakistan wrestle in opposition to New Zealand at shut of play on first Test

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Kyle Jamieson (C) celebrates with Tom Latham (R) the wicket of Pakistan’s Shan Masood (R) throughout the second day of the primary cricket Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan on the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on December 27, 2020. / AFP / MICHAEL BRADLEY It wasn’t clean crusing for Pakistan as they misplaced their first wicket to New Zealand, ending at 30/1 at stumps on Day 2 of the primary Test match on Sunday. Pakistan seemed good in the beginning of the innings earlier than Shan Masood’s foolish mistake price him and the crew dearly, enabling New Zealand to attract first blood. Looking to look the supply right down to his leg facet, Masood edged it straight into the keeper’s fingers. Right-arm medium pacer Mohammad Abbas was despatched in as a nightwatchman, who was in a position to play down the Kiwi risk for the day. Earlier, Pakistan have been lastly in a position to ship the Kiwis again to the pavilion for a powerful 431 runs with Kane Williamson scoring his 23rd Test ton. After resuming the day at 222 for 3 New Zealand misplaced their final seven wickets for the addition of 209 runs.Kane Williamson was out for 129, his 23rd century, whereas BJ Watling made 73, Ross Taylor 70 and Henry Nicholls 56.For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi took 4 for 109 and Yasir Shah three for 113.After an extended, composed innings Williamson was out earlier than lunch for 129 following a 133-run stand for the fourth wicket with Henry Nicholls.As rain clouds hovered near the bottom the place Watling scored a double century in opposition to England a yr in the past, the wicketkeeper was untroubled as he picked up ones and twos with the occasional boundary.The first wicket to fall between lunch and tea was Mitchell Santner, who stood in a 261-run stand with Watling within the England Test and who seemed set once more as he crisply moved to 19.But he couldn’t resist slashing at a large supply from Faheem Ashraf and the ball was edged to Mohammad Rizwan behind the stumps.All-rounder Kyle Jamieson gave Mohammad Abbas his first wicket and Rizwan his third catch to be out simply earlier than tea for 32.Although the pitch not provided frontline bowlers Shaheen Afridi and Abbas the identical swing and seam they loved on the primary day, they continued to demand respect from the batsmen with testing strains.However, it was the costlier Naseem Shah and Yasir Shah together with Ashraf who picked up the early wickets on day two.Nicholls departure was unusual as he was given out caught off the gloves from the bowling of Naseem Shah.He talked at size with Williamson earlier than deciding to not evaluation the choice and walked off.Replays, nevertheless, confirmed the ball hit his forearm and didn’t contact both bat or glove.When Yasir Shah got here into the assault he picked up Williamson’s wicket together with his third ball which turned sufficient to seek out an edge for Haris Sohail to take a pointy, ground-level catch.It was an uncharacteristic lapse from the New Zealand captain who, till then, had performed a decided and risk-free innings for his 23rd Test century.

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