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Things didn’t go exactly as Misbah-ul-Haq would have hoped as Pakistan have lost both their opening batsmen by the end of day two. Shan Masood was the first to return to the pavilion and Taufeeq Umar followed suit after getting stumped by BJ Watling in the penultimate over of the day from Mark Craig’s delivery. Younis Khan and Azhar Ali will start day three with one and four runs on their respective accounts.
Taufeeq Umar st Watling b Craig 16 (42b)
Pakistan 31/1 in 15 overs
Shan Masood and Taufeeq Umar open the batting and are hoping to see out the day without losing any wicket. The opening partnership lasted for 14 overs but the former is bowled out by Ish Sodhi. The 25-year-old left-handed batsman walks with just 13 runs on his tally. Azhar Ali takes his place on the pitch and starts off by adding three runs. Shan Masood b Sodhi 13 (48b)
New Zealand 403 all out in 156 overs
Zulfiqar Babbar strikes twice to dismiss Southee in the 150th over and then Boult in the 156th over to concluded the Kiwi innings at 403. Ish Sodhi remained unbeaten with a knock of 32 in 63 balls. Tim Southee b Zulfiqar Babar 17 (34b); Trent Boult c Rahat Ali b Zilfiqar Babar 2 (18b)
New Zealand 381/8 in 148 overs: The post-tea session has resumed with Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi at the crease. They are going along well, showing good application against the Pakistani bowlers who are finding it difficult to get easy breakthroughs. Even as the total is not huge, The New Zealand batsmen have provided good resistance. They have played out over 150 overs against the testing bowling of Pakistan. They have moved along slowly and steadily.
New Zealand 368/8 in 143 overs: BJ Watling and Mark Craig are dismissed after handy knocks of 9 and 43 respectively. Meanwhile, Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi are providing some strong resistance in order to help New Zealand post a strong first innings total. they are last pair that can bat decently and keep the Pakistani bowlers at bay. what has been impressive in this innings, is that almost all the batsmen have shown improved application against the Pakistani bowlers. BJ Watling c sub (Haris Sohail) b Azhar Ali 39 (120b); Mark Craig lbw b Zulfiqar Babar 43 (110b)
New Zealand 300/6 in 117.3 overs: New Zealand have resumed play after Lunch on Day two with BJ Watling and Mark Craig still at the crease. New Zealand have crossed the 300-run mark, losing six wickets. it will be a monumental task for the lower order if they have to put 100 more runs on the board. However, Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi are more than handy batsmen lower down the order. The visitors need to cross 400 if they have to save themselves against the strong Pakistani batting line-up led by Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq.
New Zealand 292/6 in 112 overs: Pakistan’s fielding has been below in this Test match. A couple of dropped catches has allowed New Zealand to close in on the 300-run mark. James Neesham is dismissed by leg-spinner Yasir Shah as the batsman goes down the track and chips towards Misbah-ul-Haq stationed at mid wicket. Mark Craig and BJ Watling, meanwhile, continue to offer good resistance in the middle even as the scoreboard is moving along at a snail-pace. James Neesham c Misbah-ul-Haq b Yasir Shah 17 (54b)
New Zealand 263/5 in 100 overs: Just 20 runs have been added on Day Two with two wickets down. New Zealand have got off to a slow start after losing both the batsmen – Corey Anderson and Tom Latham – who were unbeaten overnight on Day One. James Neesham and BJ Watling are looking to consolidate th innings. The Kiwis looked in a good position to rake up a total in excess of 400.
New Zealand 245/5 in 90 overs: Pakistan have struck two quick wickets on Day Two. In the first three overs of teh day, they have managed to dismiss both the overnight batsmen – Corey Anderson and Tom Latham in successive overs. Two new batsmen are the crease right now – BJ Watling and James Neesham. Ehsan Ali and Rahat Ali have fot the breakthroughs for Pakistan. Corey Anderson c Azhar Ali b Ehsan Adil 9 (42b) ; Tom Latham c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Rahat Ali 137 (269b
Hello and welcome to the live cricket score updates of Day Two of the second Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Tuesday. New Zealand started the Test off on a good note and will be resuming the day at 243 for three with tom Latham and Corey Anderson at the crease. Watch the Free Live Streaming of Pakistan vs New Zealand, 2nd Test here.
The left-handed opener Tom Latham has proved to be the find of the tour for New Zealand. No one in the team has managed to counter the Pakistani bowling with the kind of effectiveness that Latham has. After a long time, Pakistani bowlers have been found wanting in United Arab Emirates (UAE) pitches. After two convincing wins against Pakistan and a mauling of the Kiwis in the previous Test, they seemed nearly invincible in these conditions.
After a good start provided by Brendon McCullum and Tom Latham, Kane Williamson too helped consolidate the innings for New Zealand. Even as the visitors marched along slowly, the proceedings were steady. More importantly, they lost just three wickets in the first day’s play, taking full advantage of the favourable batting conditions.
Pakistan Squad: Shan Masood, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed(wk), Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali.
New Zealand Squad: Brendon McCullum(c), Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, James Neesham, BJ Watling(wk), Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.