Azhar Ali remained unbeaten at stumps on Day 2 of the 3rd Check in opposition to New Zealand. © Twitter
Most sensible order batsman Azhar Ali scored a gritty half-century, taking Pakistan to 139-Three at shut of play on the second one day of the 3rd and ultimate Check in opposition to New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. After bundling out New Zealand for 274 within the first innings, Pakistan suffered a terrible get started, dropping two wickets for 17 runs. Each openers Mohammad Hafeez (zero)and Imam-ul-Haq (nine) departed in fast succession, striking Pakistan in a place of hassle. Pacer Trent Boult wreaked havoc firstly however Azhar’s composed knock steadied the Pakistan innings. The fitting-hander used to be unbeaten on 62 at stumps having shared a dogged, unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 54 with Asad Shafiq.
Pakistan are nonetheless 135 runs adrift of New Zealand’s first innings general during which BJ Watling made a gutsy and important 77 no longer out.
The 3-match collection is tied at 1-1 after New Zealand received the primary Check in Abu Dhabi by means of 4 runs prior to Pakistan bounced again with an innings and 16-run win in the second one in Dubai.
Azhar stays key for Pakistan if they’re to construct any roughly first innings lead.
The 33-year-old dropped anchor and located the boundary simply 4 occasions as he crawled via to his 32nd Check half of century. His 62 no longer out used to be carved painstakingly from 169 deliveries because the Pakistan scoring charge struggled to upward push above two an over.
The equally-experienced Shafiq hit the similar collection of fours in his 26 which has thus far occupied 85 balls.
(With AFP Inputs)