2nd Test, Day 2: Pakistan vs New Zealand - As it happened...

Tom Latham's consecutive Test ton put the Kiwis in a comfortable position on Day 1 of the second Test match against Pakistan. Let us see what awaits for us on Day 2.

2nd Test, Day 2: Pakistan vs New Zealand - As it happened...

Dubai: Pakistan have dominated proceedings at Day 2 so far.

Welcome to the live coverage of Day 2 in the second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand.

OVER 150 // RUNS 387 // WICKETS 8

New Zealand who were seeming to get past the 400 run-mark, lost the wicket of Southee. Southee goes for the big slog sweep, exposes all the stumps, misses it completely. A 39-run partnership is what they had stitched together. Babar has been brilliant all day and his success with wickets tell the story. Ish Sodhi is the man that can take them past 400 but it will not be easy. Good day for the hosts. 

TG Southee b Zulfiqar Babar 17 (34b)

OVER 144 // RUNS 369 // WICKETS 8

Two wickets fall in this session as it is team time here. New Zealand are still 31 runs short of the 400-run mark. Craig and Watling who derailed the Pakistani bowlers for a long time, succumbed to Babar and Azhar Ali respectively. Good day for Pakistan after they managed to get five wickets and kept the run-flow in check. 

OVER 130 // RUNS 329 // WICKETS 6

Craig and Watling have denied the Pakistani bowlers well after lunch. If these two continue, New Zealand will try to post a total past 400. 16 runs have come in the last 10 overs to show how the scoring rate has been low today. But that is understandable. 

OVER 120 // RUNS 313 // WICKETS 6

Play has resumed and Adil starts with the proceedings and gets Craig knick past keeper and slip fielder for a boundary. Yasir starts from the other end and Craig clobbers one through mid-wicket for a four. Adil then follows up with a maiden over, nicely keeping the deliveries around the off-stump. Craig happy to defend. This time Watling gets in the act and smacks one through cover off Yasir. Good fast start this in the second session.

Lunch time here at Dubai.

OVER 116// RUNS 296 // WICKETS 6

63 runs have been scored today in 29 overs with three wickets down. Just as when Neesham was looking to dig his way out in the crease, he was dismissed by Yasir Shah. Since then Watling and Craig have prevented any more enforcement. A session that completely belonged to Pakistan. There was also a dropped chance by Pakistan with Marc Craig being dropped after skying a shot high up in the air which Rahat Ali couldn't hold onto. 

OVER 96// RUNS 258 // WICKETS 5

15 runs have come from the first nine overs bowled today with two wickets gone. Pakistan have bowled well and keeping their approach tight. Neesham and Watling have an important period ahead negotiating the play. Neesham meanwhile, has found his second boundary after hitting a shot through mid-on off Adil. Yasir Shah makes his way and now it's double spin attack from both ends.

OVER 90// RUNS 245 // WICKETS 5

Horrific start for New Zealand. Two wickets lost already with both overnight batsmen Latham and Anderson back to the pavillion. Rahat starts off with a maiden as latham is watchful before Adil gets Anderson in the second over of the day. Full-lish delivery and Anderson plays it straight to cover with the ball in the air. Neesham comes in. Ali then gets the centurion Latham who plays the second loose shot of the day. Good line and length as there is no foot movement from Latham and Sarfraz completes the catch.

TWM Latham c Sarfraz Ahmed b Rahat Ali 137 (269b)

CJ Anderson c Azhar Ali b Ehsan Adil 9 (42b)


A look at the day two pitch in Dubai.

Man of the moment on Day 1. 


Ross Taylor's reaction to Tom Latham's batting.

Tom Latham played a superb innings on Monday with duly decent performances from McCullum and Williamson. Taylor's search for runs continues as the batsman was dismissed for 23. But NZ are on a good platform and the first session today will be the key. Anderson needs to support Latham and see out the Pakistani spin attack who bowled decently. Shah, Babar and Adil have picked up a wicket each for the hosts. Big second day today and expect more runs to come and with the sky clear expect a full day's play.


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