NZ Pak T2 Day 3: NZ Battle on to Save Test Despite Asif’s Inroads!

mohammad asif celebrates against nz

Pakistan must thank their big lead from the first innings because their collapse in the second still gave them an opportunity to put the hosts under extreme pressure.
Day three of the second Test in Wellington saw six Pakistan wickets tumble for a mere twenty-nine runs in their second innings, this after the Pakistan captain, Mohammad Yousuf scored eighty-three runs and Umar Akmal adding another half century to his short career. Even Misbah Ul Haq, who joined the team after Younis Khan withdrew, scored thirty-three runs as Pakistan finished on 239, in addition to their first innings lead of 165.
Left to chase 405 for an improbable win, New Zealand lost three crucial wickets, all thanks to Mohammad Asif who has been a rejuvenated man on this tour. Tim McIntosh went early, Martin Guptill disappeared after promise and Daniel Flynn fell for the top score of the New Zealand innings so far, twenty, leaving New Zealand at seventy for three at the end of the third day’s play and much to do if they are to deny Pakistan what now seems an easy win.

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