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Day 2 2nd Test Pakistan v New Zealand news

Day 2 of the 2nd Test between Pakistan and New Zealand at Karachi.

A stirring 104-run final wicket partnership between Matt Henry and Ajaz Patel highlighted a even day’s play for the Black Caps.

Cricfino reported at stumps:

Pakistan might feel like this was their session. Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq started the session well and the Pakistan skipper was looking in good touch before a mix-up with Imam cost him his wicket. Imam and Saud Shakeel, however, ensured that there were no more wickets for New Zealand. Imam cut and drove his way to 74, while Shakeel played the role of a blocker, taking 43 deliveries to get off the mark. But he has looked solid at the crease. Earlier in the day, it was all about Matt Henry and Ajaz Patel. The two, batting at No. 10 and No, 11 respectively, put on 104 for the final wicket to help take New Zealand to 449. Henry then got the first wicket for New Zealand with, you guessed it, Ajaz taking the catch off his bowling. Ajaz then got among the wickets himself. Pakistan go into the third day trailing New Zealand by 295 runs. The match remains evenly poised at this point.

Stumps

  • PAK 154/3 (47 ov)
  • NZ 449
  • Imam-ul-Haq* 74(125)
  • Saud Shakeel 13(75)
  • Tim Southee 0/33 (10 ov)
  • Day 2 – Pakistan trail by 295 runs.

Visit Cricinfo for the full score card and match day reports.

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