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January19,2011ByAzizUlQadirLeaveaComment

MatchReport:2ndTestNewZealandvPakistanatWellington,Jan15-19,2011

Pakistanwentintothesecondandfinaltestwiththeprospectofaserieswinonforeignsoilinalmost5years。

TheinexperiencedteamhasgelledwellunderMisbahulHaqandmostimportantlyhasremainedcontroversyfree。

Vettorismen,ontheotherhand,arestrugglinginallformsandaspectsofthegame。

Day1Pakistanslightlyaheadafterthedaysplay

DanielVettorioptedtobatfirstonawicketwhichpromisedmorebounceandmovement。

JamesFranklinwasdraftedinforMcIntoshwhilePakistanmadenochanges。

UmarGulstartedbrilliantlywithinfamousWellingtonwindonhisback。

BrendonMcCullumwasadjudgedLBWinthefirstoveronaballwhichdartedbacksharply。

Althoughtheballwasgoingoverbutthefactthathedidnotofferastrokebaitedumpiretogivehimout,albeitwrongly。

GuptillandWilliamsonnegotiatedtheearlyburstfromGullandTanvirbutthelatterwasdismissedoffalovelyaway-swingerfromGultobecaughtbehindfor21。

ItwasthesortofdeliverywhichhadinducedanedgefromGuptillbutwasnotgiven。

RossTaylorplayedwellandtheygottolunchfor80for2。

GuptillandRyderwereremovedbyTanvironsuccessiveballsafterlunch。

BlackCapswereintroubleat98for4,butFranklinandTaylormadesurenocollapseoccursthistime。

BothfellcaughtbehindafterteatogivePakistananotherchancetorollthemoverbutReeceYoungandVettoriassociatedappreciablyandendedthedayat246for6。

Day2Vettoridominatesbuthonorseven

PakistanbowlersletthechanceofdismissingNewZealandlowerordercheaplyslipwhentheydidnotbowlinrightareasearlyinthemorning。

Theybowledtooshortwiththenewballwhentheycouldhaveusedthewindandthepitchtotheirbenefit。

VettoriandYoungtookfulladvantageandaftersettlingdownscoredmorefreelyandextendedtheirstandforthe7thwicketto138。

TanvirremovedYoungjustbeforeLunchtogivePakistanhopeagain。

Hemade57,hismaidentestfiftyandbecameAdnans6thcatchoftheinnings。

TheywenttoLunchat319/7。

AfterthebreakPakistanquickschangedtheirlengthsandbowledfullerandhadimmediaterewards。

UmarGuldismissedSoutheecheaply。

VettorichargedAbdurRehman,whowasbowlingbetterthanallothers,forabigsixmovingclosertohis3rdhundredagainstPakistan。

WhenArneltoowentLBWtoGul,VettorihadtorelyonMartinsbattingtoreachthemilestone。

MartinsurvivedandVettorigottohis6thtesttonoff148balls。

UmpireagainfailedtospotacleargloveoffMartin。

BadumpiringhadactuallydeniedAdnanAkmalofsettinganewworldrecordoftaking8catchesinaninningsastwocatcheswerenotgiven。

VettorifinallywasdismissedbyAbdurfor110andtheygotalloutfor356。

UmarGultook4for87whileTanvirgot3for93。

PakistanwasunluckyagainwhentheybattedasHafeezwasgivencaughtfor1behindwhentheballwasinchesawayfromthebat。

TaufeeqUmarandAzharAlibattedwithgutsearlyonandthenwithauthoritytopostasolidpartnershipof132runs。

BothcrossedfiftyandlookedsettonegotiatethedaysafelybutVettoriremovedTaufeeqonwhatprovedtobethelastballofthedayfor70with12fourstosignoffasplendiddayforhimself。

Day3Ill-fatedPakistandeniedabiglead

AzharAlidepartedearlyinhiscustomaryfashion,fendingarisingoffstumpdelivery,butYounisandMisbahpostedavital142-runpartnershipforPakistan。

TheyusedtheirexperiencetonegotiatetheearlyburstfromNewZealandbowlersandthengraduallytookPakistantowardspostingabigtotal。

Theylookedwellaheadat209for3atLunch。

BothplayedoutthenewballeasilyafterlunchbutYounis,whenhewasallsetforhis18thton,became7thvictimofsubstandardumpiring。

HewasgivenbatandpadcatchonthestrokeofTeawhentheballwasnowherenearthebat。

Hemade73with10fours。

Heleftshakinghisheadashiswasacrucialwicket。

NewZealandtookfulladvantageandcamebacktakinglast7wicketsfor90runs。

Martinreverseswungtheballwellandalsousedtheshortballtoskittlethelowerorder。

Misbahcontinuedtobatsolidlyandbroughtuphis5thconsecutivefiftyintestsbutunfortunatelycouldnotgoontoscorehis3rdtestcentury。

HewastrappedLBWon99byMartin。

ItwasaCaptainsknockbuttheabsenceofUDRShadhurthisteambadly。

Pakistanwasalloutfor376takingaslenderleadof20runs。

NewZealandsurvived5oversscoring9runsatstumps。

NewZealandwere,nowinapositiontobatpurposefullyonthe4thdayandsetPakistana5thdaytarget。

Day4Topsy-turvydaysetsuparivetingfinale

BothMcCullumandGuptillknewtheyhadtosetthepacefortheirteaminordertopostagoodtargetforPakistan。

Theywerepositivefromtheoutsetdespitesomemoistureintheairasaresultoftheovernightrain。

McCullumwasdroppedtwiceonhiswaytohisfiftyinjust76ballswith6foursandasix。

TheyenteredLunchwith106fornolosslookingtodictateterms。

Pakistanhad4thchancetobreakthestandbutAdnanspilledthechancefromGuptilloffGul。

EventuallyPakistandismissedMcCullumwhenhemiscuedaloftoffAbdurRehmanon64。

TanvirgaveathirdlifetoGuptillandPakistancouldillafforditatthisstage。

WilliamsonhandedacatchtoAdnanoffTanvirandGuptilldepartedsoonaftermakingvaluable73runs。

Taylorbattedsensiblywithanoccasionalboundarytokeepthescoreboardtickingover。

RydersurvivedthekingpairandwentintoteawithasixandafourandlookingdangerouswithBlackCapson181/3。

Afterabriefraininterruption,MisbahthrewtheballtoHafeezwhoextractedappreciableturnandfoxedRyderwholeftastraightballtobebowledpitifullyandlaterremovedaperplexedFranklinthroughaYounisslipcatch。

AzhartookablindertoremoveYoungoffAbdurandthenTaylorwastrappedLBWbyaGulreverseswingingdeliveryfor52。

WhenGulremovedVettoriandArnelonsuccessiveballstheendseemedloomingforNewZealand。

ButMartinsurvivedhat-trickandSoutheehittwolustyblowsbeforebeingalloutfor293。

Gulfinishedwith4for61whileAbdurRehmantook3for119。

DroppedcatchesdidnothelpPakistanandalthoughNewZealandhavetheirnosesaheadPakistanisquitecapableofscoringtherequired274onthe5thday。

ThedeterioratingsurfacehasstartedtoofferturnwhichistheworryforPakistansinexperiencedbatsmenapartfromtheirinherenttendencytocollapse。

Day5Ananti-climaxendbutajovialdrawforPakistan

ThechasestarteddisastrouslyforPakistanasquickduoofMartinandSoutheefoundswingandseammovementtotroublethebatsmen。

TaufeeqwentforagoldenducktrappedLBWbySoutheewhileHafeez,whoprobablysurvivedanickbehind,alsogotoutcaughtbehindoffMartinwhenhewassetatthecreasefor32。

InbetweenthesetwousuallyresoluteAzharwasdismissedLBWbyaChrisMartinin-dipper。

At42for3,NewZealandhadtheupperhandbutexperiencedYounisandMisbahonceagaincametoPakistansrescue,thirdtimeinthelast4testmatches。

AtLunchthematchwaspoisedatadelicate81for3。

Younisshowedwhyhis4thinningsrecordisoneofthebestintheworldbygrindingthroughtheinitialanxiousmomentsandthendispatchingthespinduoofVettoriandGuptillforaflurryoffourstoputVettorionthedefensive。

Afterreaching50hehadascarewhenSoutheespilledatoughchanceoffhisownbowling。

Misbahontheotherhandwasallcompactdefense。

Younis,asinthefirstinnings,gotoutonthelastballbeforetea,tamelypokingatabenigndeliveryfromSoutheeforawell-made81with10fours。

AnotherwindowofopportunityhadopenedfortheBlackCapsbutMisbahalongwithAsadShafiqshutthatwithstanchbatting。

Pakistanrequired114runsin33。

2oversbutlossofYounismeantthedrawwouldbethepreferredchoice。

VettoriwasineffectiveanditwasstrangebecauseevenHafeezhadextractedturnfromthe4thdaypitch。

PakistanlostShafiqbutbattedsafelyandthematchendedindrawat226for5。

Misbahremainednotouton70off226ballswith7fours。

Itwashis6thsuccessive50-plusscoreandshowshowstronghismindanddefensivetechniqueis。

MisbahwasnamedManofthematchforhissplendidrearguardaction。

UnderhisleadershipPakistanhadachievedtheirfirstwinawayfromtheSub-continentsince2003-04。

WhetherornotheismadecaptainfortheWorldCuphehasdefinitelyprovedhiscredentialsastestcaptainforTeamPakistan。

ThereseemsstabilityinPakistanCricketintheforeseeablefuture,forachange。

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