Pakistan reduce deficit after seamers fight back

Pakistan reduce deficit after seamers fight back








Pakistan reduce deficit after seamers fight back


* Pakistan grinding away at 67-run deficit * NZ bowlers holding tight lines * Visitors' seamers fought back to dismiss hosts for 200 (Updates at tea) Undated, Nov 19 (Reuters) Pakistan's Azhar Ali and Babar Azam continued to chip away at New Zealand's first-innings lead on the third day of the first test today as the tourists reached 50 for one at tea, still 17 runs behind.
Azhar was on 19 while Babar was 23 not out in Pakistan's second innings as they frustrated New Zealand's bowlers after Colin de Grandhomme had Sami Aslam caught behind for seven shortly after lunch at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
Such was their unwillingness to take any risks, half of the 32 overs bowled by New Zealand's pace attack were maidens.
The hosts were bowled out for 200 about 30 minutes before lunch as Pakistan's seamers dragged their side back into the game.
Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali and Mohammad Amir shared the wickets to bundle the hosts out with just a 67-run advantage.
New Zealand had bowled Pakistan out for 133 before tea on Friday.
The hosts resumed on 104 for three on Saturday with Jeet Raval on 55 and Henry Nicholls on 29, but Pakistan settled into a testing line and length and only some power hitting from De Grandhomme (29) and Tim Southee (22) inflated the lead.
The collapse would be disappointing for New Zealand given how well set they had been, but once Nicholls was trapped in front by Sohail after adding just one run, the pattern for the session was established.
Raval failed to add to his overnight score when Amir had him caught at first slip by Aslam.
De Grandhomme produced a characteristically aggressive cameo that forced Pakistan to spread their field but when he was caught in the deep by Rahat off Sohail any New Zealand hopes of a substantial first-innings lead disappeared.
Rahat then mopped up the tail with three of the final four wickets to fall, finishing with figures of four for 62 from 15.
5 overs.
The first day's play on Thursday was washed out.


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