Christchurch, January 3
Fast bowler Kyle Jamieson took 5/69 as New Zealand overcame some stiff resistance by Pakistan to dismiss the tourists for 297 on the opening day of the second and final Test here today.
Already 1-0 up in the series and needing only a draw to rise to the top of the world rankings for the first time, New Zealand won the toss and asked Pakistan to bat first on a wicket that seemed tailormade for the home team’s bowling attack.
Pakistan started out with some real intent on a day when play was largely uninterrupted by the Christchurch rain. Azhar Ali led the way with a superb 93 but there were also cameos from stand-in captain Mohammad Rizwan, who scored 61, as well as Faheem Ashraf, who hit 48. Left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar extended the innings with a 62-ball 34 in his first Test innings before he top-edged a short delivery from Tim Southee soon after New Zealand took the second new ball.
New Zealand took the last two wickets in short order to bring up stumps, giving the home openers the night to rest before going out to bat.
Given the swing and seam on offer, New Zealand’s attack would have hoped to have got the job done more quickly and it looked like they would when Jamieson ripped through the Pakistan top-order to reduce them to 88/4 at lunch. Bowling with real venom and bounce, the 26-year-old sent back opener Abid Ali, Haris Sohail and Fawad Alam in three overs, the last with a vicious bouncer, and the batsman could only fend the ball off to the wicketkeeper off his glove.
Azhar and Rizwan stalled the New Zealand attack with a partnership of 88 for the fifth wicket during which the stand-in skipper secured his fifth consecutive half-century. — Reuters