2nd Test, Day 4: Pakistan vs New Zealand – As it happened...
Live updates from Day 4 of the second Test match being played between Pakistan and New Zealand at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
New Zealand 2nd innings:
2nd Test between Pakistan and New Zealand is evenly poised after the end of Day 4, as the penultimate day of the Test belonged to Pakistan. First, Sarfraz Ahmed scored a sensational ton to reduce New Zealand's lead to mere ten runs. And then Pakistan bowlers, especially spinners, played a crucial role to reduce the Black Caps to 167 for six in their second innings. At the moment NZ are leading with 177 runs and they have four wickets at their disposal. From here on all three results are possible. But the first session of Day 5 would be crucial for both the teams, which mite decide the fate of the match.
Over 48.2 || Score 167/6
In the 47th over, Shah bowled an unplayable delivery, which got unexpected bounce from the wicket and took Watling by surprise. It touched the glove of the batsman and Asad Shafiq took a diving catch at slips. Immediately in the next over, batsmen have been offered light and they decided to walk back to the dressing room. It means the last session of the day belonged to Pakistan as they picked five wickets in it.
BJ Watling c Asad Shafiq b Yasir Shah 11 (54m 43b)
Over 40 || Score 141/5
Even though the visitors added 43 more runs in the last ten overs they have lost the wicket of J Neesham, who got out off Babar after scoring 11 runs. Meanwhile, Taylor completed his fifty in the 39th over, with the help of seven boundaries. Spinner Babar's impressive run continues with the ball as he gave Pakistan another breakthrough to pick up his third wicket of the innings.
JDS Neesham b Zulfiqar Babar 11 (55m 26b)
Over 30 || Score 98/4
In the last ten overs, NZ lost two crucial wickets in the form of B McCullum and C Anderson and scored 35 runs. If Babar got the better of McCullum, by trapping him in front of the wicket, then Yashir Shah got the wicket of the southpaw, who got out without scoring a run. J Neesham and Taylor are in the middle for the Black Caps, but Pakistani bowlers are looking dangerous at the moment and are dictating terms, at least for now.
BB McCullum lbw b Zulfiqar Babar 45 (94m 62b)
CJ Anderson b Yasir Shah 0 (5m 4b)
Over 20 || Score 63/2
The Kiwis once again are looking vulnerable against Pakistan's quality spin bowling. In-form Latham was the first batsman to be dismissed as he tried to sweep a ball pitched down the leg side from Yasir Shah, the ball deflected from him forearm and went towards leg gully where Asad Shafiq held on to a good catch. Latham reviewed the decision after he was given out, and even though replays didn't suggest a clear picture, Latham was given out. Zulfiqar Babar picked his first wicket of the innings when he invited Williamson for a drive and he hit it straight to the fielder at cover. Now that the spinners have found their momentum, it would be challenge ahead of McCullum and company to keep the scoreboard moving.
Over 10 || Score 38/0
Kiwi openers Brendon McCullum and Tom Latham made a cautious start to the innings and have added unbeaten 38 runs so far. While Latham has been in sublime form, a big knock is due from the New Zealand skipper. McCullum got starts in both the innings in the first Test match where he scored 18 and 39 runs respectively. The batsman to follow, Kane Williamson, will also have to play a major role in the match if the Kiwis entertain any chances of levelling the series.
Over 147 || Score 393/10
After single-handedly taking Pakistan to a competitive total of 392 runs, Sarfraz was dismissed soon after lunch by Brendon McCullum, who picked his first Test wicket! The tenth-wicket partnership lasted for 81 runs.
Over 145 || Score 392/9
Lunch: Sarfraz Ahmed left the ground to a standing ovation as a result of yet another superbly crafted century! In the 138th over of the innings bowled by Southee, Sarfraz was offered room outside the off-stump and he cut it for a boundary to reach his century off 153 balls! It is a superb effort from him considering Pakistan were in dire straits at one stage. He has been well accompanied by Rahat Ali who hit two boundaries straight down the ground off Ish Sodhi's 39th over. Pakistan now lead by 11 runs and the last-wicket partnership has reached 80 runs!
Over 135 || Score 365/9
In the last two overs, Sarfraz has changed gears and now he is just four runs short of what would be a memorable ton. Sarfraz went for his strokes against the spinners and smashed Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig for six boundaries in the last two overs. He needs some assistance from Rahat Ali at the other end to reach the three-figure mark.
Over 125 || Score 321/9
Trent Boult scalped his second wicket of the innings when Babar too handed over an easy catch to Watling behind the stumps. The ninth wicket fell at the score of 312 and surprisingly, Sarfraz has looked in no sort of hurry to accelerate the pace of the innings. He is unbeaten on 62 while Rahat Ali is yet to open his account.
Over 115 || Score 302/8
Resuming their innings on Day 4, Pakistan lost two more wickets of Yasir Shah and Ehsan Adil. Yasir was dismissed by Tim Southee after he edged a delivery straight into the hands of the wicketkeeper. Southee continued his good run and dismissed Adil in his very next over. Zulfiqar Babar is the new man in and with just two wickets left, Sarfraz will have to go for his strokes. He is batting on 44 at the moment.
Earlier on Day 3, Pakistan lost Asad Shafiq in Tim Southee`s penultimate over and their score read 281-6 at stumps. They were still trailing by 122 runs on New Zealand`s first innings total of 403.
Sarfraz Ahmed was unbeaten on 28 and Yasir Shah on one. Earlier in the day, Younis Khan and Azhar Ali looked like they were on their way to score individual centuries. But that wasn't the case as Younis was dismissed by James Neesham in the 65th over of the innings. The wicket also ended the 113-run partnership between him and Ali.