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Southee’s All Round Effort Keeps Kiwis Ahead

  • New Zealand vs Pakistan Second Test – Hamilton

An impressive all-round performance from Tim Southee helped New Zealand take control of the second Test against Pakistan at the end of day two in Hamilton.

After hitting a quickfire 29 from 28 balls – with five fours and a six – as New Zealand posted 271 in their first innings, Southee (3-26) then dismissed Sami Aslam (5), Azhar Ali (1) and Younis Khan (2) in quick succession to leave the tourists reeling at 12-3.

Seddon Park is Southee’s home ground in domestic cricket, and he showed exactly how to bowl at this venue, hitting a much fuller length than any of the Pakistan seamers – including Sohail Khan, who took four wickets – had managed.

He slanted one across Aslam, who played for swing when there was none, and nicked to second slip. He brought Azhar half-forward and made him follow the deceitful curve of his outswinger. Then he floated up a full, wide tempter that Younis chased fatally, leaving Pakistan 12 for 3 in 8.5 overs

It would get even worse for Pakistan when Neil Wagner (2-15) took two wickets in two balls, bowling Asad Shafiq (23) off an inside edge, and then getting Mohammad Rizwan – on debut – out hooking to his first ball.

That left Pakistan in disarray at 51-5, though Babar Azam (34no) and Sarfraz Ahmed (9no) at least helped guide their side to the close without further loss, reaching stumps on 76-5, trailing by 195 runs going into day three.

Earlier in the day the home side had posted 271 with Jeet Raval top scoring with 55 – his second Test fifty in just his third innings.

Only 21 overs had been possible on day one because of heavy rain, and after resuming on 77-2, New Zealand soon lost Ross Taylor (37), edging Sohail Khan (4-99) behind.

After being dropped by Aslam on 40, Raval reached his half century from 103 balls before edging Imran Khan (3-52) to Mohammad Rizwan at slip.

Colin de Grandhomme (37) had been eyeing up a maiden Test fifty before he chased a wide delivery from Imran with the first ball after lunch and was caught behind.

New Zealand’s tail wagged, thanks in large part to Southee’s efforts, plus a fine 49 from BJ Watling, who was stranded one short of fifty when the innings ended.


PIX: Southee took three quick wickets to have Pakistan reeling at 12-3

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