Pakistan declares again, leads by 479 on day 4
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan declared again as soon as Mohammad Hafeez hit his first test century in two years and left New Zealand most of five sessions to bat out a draw on day four Wednesday of the first test.
Pakistan, which earned a massive 304-run first-innings lead but didn’t enforce the follow-on, declared the second at 175-2 after Hafeez completed the hundred half an hour after lunch. Pakistan’s lead became 479.
New Zealand, bowled out for 262 in less than three sessions in the first innings, is not expected to attempt to bat for the win.
Hafeez hit 12 fours and two sixes in his three-hour unbeaten 101 for his first test century since making a hundred against Sri Lanka in 2012.
Legspinner Ish Sodhi took both wickets, trapping Younis Khan (28) and Azhar Ali (23) after Pakistan resumed at the overnight 15-0.