Azhar Ali remained unbeaten at stumps on Day 2 of the 3rd Check towards New Zealand. © Twitter
Most sensible order batsman Azhar Ali scored a gritty half-century, taking Pakistan to 139-Three on the shut of play on the second one day of the 3rd and ultimate Check towards New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. After disregarding 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 trouble. Pacer Trent Boult wreaked havoc in the beginning however Azhar’s composed knock steadied the Pakistan innings. The fitting-hander was once 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 by which BJ Watling made a gutsy and necessary 77 no longer out.
The 3-match collection is tied at 1-1 after New Zealand gained the primary Check in Abu Dhabi via 4 runs earlier than 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 1/2 century. His 62 no longer out was once carved painstakingly from 169 deliveries because the Pakistan scoring price struggled to upward thrust above two an over.
The equally-experienced Shafiq hit the similar choice of fours in his 26 which has thus far occupied 85 balls.
(With AFP Inputs)