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2nd test: NZ tail frustrates Pakistan to be 369-8

November 18, 2014

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New Zealand’s tailenders frustrated Pakistan to reach 369-8 at tea on the second day of the second test on Tuesday.

Mark Craig, dropped twice, and BJ Watling combined in a 68-run seventh-wicket stand before both fell in successive overs late in the second session.

Part-time legspinner Azhar Ali broke through by having Watling caught at backward point for 39. Craig made a defiant 43 off 110 balls with five fours before he missed Zulfiqar Babar’s (2-126) short delivery and was out leg before wicket.

Ish Sodhi, who scored a half century in the first-test loss last week, was unbeaten on 12, and Tim Southee on 9 at the break.

Resuming the day at 243-3, New Zealand lost overnight century-maker Tom Latham without adding a run to his overnight 137, and Corey Anderson for 9 in the space of three overs.

Pakistan allowed only 52 runs in the first session, and also claimed the wicket of James Neesham for 17.

Rahat Ali should have dismissed Craig on 9 just before lunch, but couldn’t judge a high ball off a slog sweep and dropped a simple catch at mid-on.

The left-hander got another reprieve on 13 in the first over after lunch when wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed didn’t attempt a low catch to his left off Ehsan Adil (2-69).

Craig profited from those two lapses, and stymied Pakistan for well over two hours with Watling, before Azhar broke through in his first over of the day.

Earlier, right-arm fast bowler Adil was rewarded off only his fourth delivery of the morning when Anderson played an uppish drive off a full-pitched delivery and was caught in the covers.

Latham, who batted beautifully throughout the first day, followed in the next over when left-armer Rahat found the outside edge off a full-pitched delivery and Ahmed took a regulation catch behind the wicket.

Latham hit 11 fours and a six in his second successive century of the series.

Neesham hit two straight boundaries off Adil on either side of the wicket in scoring 17, but struggled against the spin of Yasir Shah (2-89) and Babar on the slow-turning track. He eventually spooned a catch to captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

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