2nd Test: Late blows boost New Zealand’s victory hopes against Pakistan in Karachi | Cricket News


Karachi, Pakistan): New Zealand set Pakistan a tricky goal of 319, then landed two late shots to bolster their hopes of a decisive series win in the second Test on Thursday.
In his first series as Test captain, Tim Southee declared New Zealand’s second innings at 277-5 with three overs to go on the penultimate day of the contest at the National Stadium.
Pakistan could not open their account in these overs but lost the opening Abdullah Shafique and the night watchman Mir Hamza in the dying light to find himself in a hole.
Southee broke through Abdullah Shafique’s defense with a ball that stayed low and Ish Sodhi knocked down Hamza with a snappy delivery, both indicating how the pitch might fare on Friday.
Earlier, Sodhi won Pakistan’s last wicket as the home side were out for 408 in their opening run, conceding a lead of 41.
When New Zealand went at bat for the second time in the match, Tom Latham (62) and Tom Blundell (74) broke their second fifty in the contest and Michael Bracewell took 74 steps to extend their overall lead beyond 300.
Three wickets fell and several refereeing decisions had to be overturned in the eventful second session with the Pakistani spinner Abraar Ahmed in the heart of the matter.
Pakistan blew two reviews in 12 overs, trying to get Kane Williamson (41) lbw through Abrar twice, and more agony was in store for the bespectacled spinner.
Abrar’s celebration was cut short when Latham, then 36, had an lbw decision against him overturned.
Pakistan, fearing they would lose their remaining exam, then did not contest a no-exit decision after Abrar trapped Latham up front, as replays would later confirm.
Abrar eventually played a part in Latham’s dismissal by taking a superb one-handed catch in the middle of the wicket.
Abrar also looked helpless when he induced an edge from Blundell which Sarfaraz Khan knocked down behind the stumps.
The opening try between the teams ended in a draw.



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