New Zealand lead by 60 runs against Pakistan in 1st test
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22 days ago

New Zealand lead by 60 runs against Pakistan in 1st test

Hasan Ali struck twice in five deliveries to topple New Zealand s top order as Pakistan reduced the visitors to 134-4 at lunch on the third day of the first test on Sunday. New Zealand, which surrendered a first innings lead of 74 runs, are 60 runs ahead with B.J. Watling batting on 15 and Henry Nicholls unbeaten on 13 at the break. Watling survived in the last over before lunch when he successfully reversed an lbw decision against him off Bilal Asif s offspin as the television replays showed the ball would have missed the leg stump. Hasan (3-21) used the reverse swing with perfection by nipping Ross Taylor (19) plumb leg before wicket. Four balls later Jeet Raval s (46) resistance finally ended when he edged the right-arm fast bowler behind as New Zealand slipped to 108-4. Earlier, left-handed Raval was aggressive against leg-spinner Yasir Shah when New Zealand resumed on 56-1 and quickly wiped off the first innings deficit. Raval used his feet well against Shah by hitting three boundaries in the leg-spinner s first two overs. However, Captain Safraz Ahmed persisted with Shah and the leg-spinner finally got the breakthrough. Kane Williamson (37) added 10 to his overnight score of 27 before Shah bowled the New Zealand skipper off a delivery which moved enough and tipped the off stump bail to break the 86-run second wicket stand. Taylor was also dominant against Shah by smashing three fours in leg-spinner s one over that included two meticulous cuts and one over mid-wicket. But Hasan s twin strikes in his fourth over of the day pegged back New Zealand s progress as the fast bowler provided Pakistan with an edge.

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