Wellington - New Zealand were nine without loss at the close of play on the third day of the second Test against Pakistan on Monday, after the visitors had been bowled out shortly before stumps at the Basin Reserve.
Brendon McCullum (six) and Martin Guptill (one) safely negotiated the
five overs they needed to face to ensure New Zealand entered the fourth
day with a small deficit of 11 runs after the visitors were dismissed
Captain Misbah-ul-haq had led from the front for Pakistan, who are
seeking their first Test series victory since 2006, falling one run
short of his third Test century and having shared in a 142-run
partnership with Younus Khan (73).
The 36-year-old skipper had been incredibly patient as he clawed his way
to 99 off 206 balls, but shuffled across his stumps to try to force a
Chris Martin delivery to the leg-side only to be hit in front and given
Martin, who had bowled an impressive spell between lunch and tea without
reward, captured four for 91 while New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori
finished with four for 100.
The day was marred by a hint of controversy with Younus given out caught
in close by Jesse Ryder for 73 off Vettori on the final ball before the
Television replays showed the ball had ballooned off Younus's pad, without touching his bat, to Ryder at forward short leg.
It was the seventh decision in the match that could have potentially
been overturned by the umpire review system, which is not in use in the
Vettori and Martin captured three quick wickets after tea with Asad
Shafiq caught at first slip off Vettori for a duck, Adnan Akmal caught
by Martin off Vettori following a dreadful attempted sweep for 22,
before Abdul Rehman (five) looped a catch to McCullum off Martin.
Poor weather is forecast for the next two days in the Wellington region with heavy rain expected late on Tuesday.
Azhar Ali (67) was the only wicket to fall before lunch when he fended a
short delivery from Martin to Ross Taylor, who took the high catch and
reduced the visitors to 144 for three.
Pakistan lead the two-match series 1-0 after a 10-wicket victory in
Hamilton. They have not won a Test series since they beat West Indies
2-0 at home in November 2006.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal (wk), Abdur Rehman, Umar Gul, Tanvir Ahmed, Wahab Riaz
New Zealand: MJ Guptill, BB McCullum, KS Williamson, LRPL Taylor, JD Ryder, RA Young (wk), JEC Franklin, DL Vettori (capt), TG Southee, BJ Arnel, CS Martin