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NZ have mountain to climb over after Pakistan run-fest

Reuters

Ahmed Shehzad hit a career-best 176, as Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq struck unbeaten centuries before Pakistan declared their first innings on 566 for three wickets in the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

In a lopsided contest between bat and ball at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Azhar Ali’s 87 was the lowest score by a top-five Pakistani batsman, while the bottom half of their batting order did not get a chance to hit.

Shehzad, who added 178 runs with Mohammad Hafeez to give Pakistan a flying start on Sunday, raised 169 for the second wicket with Azhar to put his side on top.

Continuing the good work, Younus (100 not out) hit his fourth century in five innings, while Misbah (102 not out) struck his third successive test hundred in a 193-run unbroken partnership.

Openers Brendon McCullum (nine) and Tom Latham (five) survived seven overs to guide New Zealand to 15 at stumps on day two, still needing 352 more runs just to avoid the follow-on.

Overnight batsman Shehzad stepped out to hit off-spinner Mark Craig for a six and took three runs off Tim Southee to bring up his 150, bettering his previous best of 147 against Sri Lanka this year.

Corey Anderson finally got the breakthrough in the final over before lunch when he sent down a bouncer and Shehzad missed the line attempting a hook shot.

The ball hit the side of his helmet and a dazed-looking Shehzad needed to be helped off the field. A scan later revealed he had fractured his skull.

Additional reporting by AFP

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