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Pakistan hold firm to draw second test against NZ

Reuters, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

Pakistan batsman Shan Masood, right, plays a shot as New Zealand’s Tom Latham avoids the ball during the fifth and final day of their Test match at Dubai International Stadium yesterday.

Photo: AFP

A defiant fifth-wicket stand of 74 between Younus Khan and Asad Shafiq ensured Pakistan secured a draw in the second Test against New Zealand yesterday to maintain a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Chasing 261 for victory, Pakistan were 196-5 when the teams agreed to a draw in fading light, with Shafiq (41) and first-innings centurion Sarfraz Ahmed (24) unbeaten at the crease.

Younus (44) fell late in the last session to off-spinner Mark Craig, but had steadied the ship after a mini-collapse threatened to swing the match New Zealand’s way.

Pakistan were comfortably placed at 70-1, but were reduced to 75-4 in the space of a few overs.

Coming back to bowl after a four-over spell in the morning, left-armer Trent Boult dismissed opener Shan Masood (40) leg before wicket and then had captain Misbah-ul-Haq caught behind in his next over.

Masood had added 62 for the second wicket with Azhar Ali (24) before the latter threw away his wicket, hitting a full toss from Craig to James Neesham at cover.

The hosts had suffered an early jolt in their chase when paceman Tim Southee removed opener Taufeeq Umar for 4 in his first over, the second of the innings.

Younus struck three sixes and two boundaries during his 84-ball knock to calm Pakistan’s nerves.

Earlier, Ross Taylor completed his 12th Test century before New Zealand declared their second innings on 250-9.

Former skipper Taylor, unbeaten on 77 overnight, tapped paceman Ehsan Adil on the leg side for a single to reach his mark, his innings studded with 12 boundaries.

The 30-year-old right-handed batsman was stumped on 104 to give leg-spinner Yasir Shah his first five-wicket haul in Tests.

Taylor had added a crucial 60 for the seventh wicket with Craig (34).

Southee whacked 20 in five balls, with three consecutive sixes off left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar (4-96) to boost New Zealand’s total.

Captain Brendon McCullum signaled the declaration after Southee holed out attempting another big shot off Babar.

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