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17-Nov-2018 13:27:00 GMT
Pak v NZ, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, day 2

Boult, spinners set up first Test well-poised

Abu Dhabi: New Zealand, trailing by 74 runs in the first innings, were 56-1 at close on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Skipper Kane Williamson was batting on 27 and with him opener Jeet Raval on 26 not out as New Zealand still trail by 18 runs with nine second innings wickets intact.

Resuming at 59-2 Pakistan lost overnight batsmen Sohail for 38 and Azhar for 22 in the space of just six balls at the same score of 91.

Sohail was the more confident of the two, having hit four boundaries but was caught at short mid-wicket by Tom Latham to a loose shot off leg-spinner Ish Sodhi's low full toss.

Azhar, who added 64 for the third wicket with Sohail, was dropped by Jeet Raval off Trent Boult when on 19 and was again lucky two runs later when given not out as the same bowler reviewed for a leg-before decision.

Brief scores:
New Zealand 153 (Williamson 63, Yasir 3-54) and 56 for 1 trail Pakistan 227 (Babar 62, Boult 4-54) by 18 runs

But Boult had the last laugh, forcing an edge off Azhar's bat for wicketkeeper BJ Watling's one-handed diving catch. Azhar hit just one boundary.

Babar Azam top-scored with 62 while Asad Shafiq (43) and Haris Sohail (38) were other contributors, helping Pakistan to a 72-run lead over New Zealand's first innings total of 153.

Trent Boult finished with 4-54 while debutant spinner Ajaz Patel and medium pacer Coiln de Grandhomme took two wickets apiece.

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