Dubai (November 26, 2018): The NewZealanders who started off with solidity into the rain-affected third day of the second test suffered a collapse in batting after a master class spell by Yasir Shah.
Legspinner Yasir Shah hurled the Black Caps against the ropes in the second test with a magical triple-wicket maiden over before lunch.
Yasir took all the four wickets and dismantled the New Zeland’s top order.
New Zealand crawled to 63-4 in reply to Pakistan’s first innings mammoth total of 418-5.Play began today after rain caused a delay in the match. While being at 24/0, NewZealand opened the play of the third day after waiting long due to rain.
The visitors seek to cover and go past the massive trail of 355 runs after Pakistani Batsmen piled up titanic 418 runs in the first innings of the game.
At the stumps of the second day, New Zealand made 24 without losing a wicket as Tom Latham on 5 and JA Raval on 17 remained unbeaten.In the first innings of Pakistan, Haris Sohail made a career-best 147 while Babar Azam remained not out on 127 as the two added 186 for the fifth wicket. Pakistan declared there innings after piling up 418 runs.
Medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme finished with the best figures of 2-44 while left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel and pacer Trent Boult took one wicket apiece.
Sohail scored his second Test hundred taking 309 balls to reach the three-figure mark. Babar Azam ably supported Sohail with the two so far adding 100 for the unfinished fifth wicket stand, taking Pakistan towards a strong first innings total.Pakistan trail the three-match series 1-0 after losing the first Test in Abu Dhabi by a narrow four-run margin. The teams return to the same venue for the final match from December 3 to 7.
Pakistan: Imam ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicketkeeper), Bilal Asif, Yasir Shah, Hassan Ali, Mohammad Abbas.
New Zealand: Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wicketkeeper), Colin de Grandhomme. Ish Sodhi, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult.