Pakistan recovered from the early loss of its openers to reach 139/3 in reply to New Zealand’s 274 on Day 2 of the third and final cricket Test in Abu Dhabi, report agencies.
Fast bowler Trent Boult reduced Pakistan to 2-39 by taking the wickets of Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez. But Azhar Ali 62* and left-hander Haris Sohail (34) then led the recovery with an unbroken stand of 64. However, Sohail was dismissed by Southee before the end of day two.
Pakistan trails New Zealand by 193 runs with eight wickets still in hand.
Earlier, BJ Watling held New Zealand’s first innings together with a gritty unbeaten 77 off 250 balls as Bilal Asif wrapped up the innings just before lunch on Tuesday by claiming the three remaining wickets.
His 5-65 was the offspinner’s second five-wicket haul in five Tests.
Resuming the day on 7-229, New Zealand debutant Will Somerville didn’t add to his overnight 12 but denied Pakistan a breakthrough with his staunch defence for well over an hour. Watling showed some aggression against the fast bowlers and completed his half-century off 199 balls by guiding Hasan Ali to the third man boundary. Watling, 42 overnight, also reached 3,000 test runs when he made 66. Asif extracted sharp bounce and turn off the pitch and finally got through Somerville’s defences when he bowled the No. 9 batsman.
Asif claimed the last two wickets in successive overs when Ajaz Patel was caught in the slips and Boult was bowled while attempting an ambitious shot.