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Pakistan on top on day three at Wellington

Pakistan took full control of the second test match on the third day at Wellington as they restricted New Zealand to 70/3 in their second innings chasing a target of 405 for a win. Captain's innings>

Earlier, resuming on their overnight total of 64/2, Pakistan went on to score 239 all out thanks to their captain Mohammad Yousuf’s innings of 83. Umar Akmal added on to his handy first innings score of 46, to score his second half century – apart from the century on debut – but the Pakistanis collapsed in the middle-order. Four wicket haul and announces retirement>

Misbah-ul-Haq e a painstakingly slow 33, but the Pakistanis got to 180/3 at lunch to hold hopes of batting New Zealand out of the game. Unfortunately, the wicket of Umar Akmal in the post lunch session pegged the Pakistanis back as they lost their last seven wickets to Iain O’Brien and Chris Martin for only 42 runs. The pair bagged four wickets each whereas Grant Elliot scalped two wickets as well.

The Pakistani total of 239 meant that the Kiwis needed 405 to win the game, which would have been one of the highest ever totals to win a test match batting fourth. They did not lose a wicket in the first over of the innings, as they have been doing all this while, but in the second over, Mohammad Asif stuck and got rid of Tim McIntosh for two. Martin Guptil batted for almost an hour for his 15, but then went on to be tempted by Mohammad Asif into playing a rash stroke to be bowled, whereas Daniel Flynn produced an edge for Kamran Akmal to do the rest off the same bowler.

With the Kiwis in disarray on 37/3, the match seemed to be leading to an early finish, before Ross Taylor and Peter Fulton came together to bat almost 17 overs to see off the day. Asif continued his dream run to get 3/19 off his 11 overs. The Kiwis now need 335 further to win the game with two days remaining.

Rajeev mcallister
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