Vettori hits ton but Pak in control on Day 2

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Published: Monday, January 17, 2011, 9:22 [IST]
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Vettori hits ton but Pak in control

Resuming at 246/6 on Day 2, New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori who was batting on 38 and Reece Young, not out on 28, pressed on. The two took their side to over 300 and extended their partnership to 138 before Pakistan pace bowler Tanvir Ahmed had Young caught behind for 57 with the score reading 318/7.

But Vettori who had brought up his centuyry a little earlier stood his ground, building minuscule stands with the tail (Tim Southee and Brett Arnel managed just 1 run each before getting out while Chris Martin was not out on 4) before spinner Abdur Rehman foxed him and New Zeland were all out for 356. The Pakistan pacers had done most of the damage, with Umar Gul taking 4/87 and Tanvir Ahmed 3/93, while Vettoi had top-scored with 110.

Pakistan's reply began on a less-than-confident note when in just the second over Southee had Mohammad Hafeez caught behind for 1. Pakistan was in a spot of distress at 2/1, but the other opener Taufeeq Umar and Azhar Ali steadied the innings admirably. They pushed for ones and twos and struck boundaries at regular intervals to take Pakistan over 50 in the 19th over. Ali went after Southee in the 21st over, smacking him for two fours as the batsmen were clearly on top.

The batting duo took their side past 100 in the 39th over before Umar smashed James Franklin for two back-to-back boundaries in the 43rd over. But just before stumps, Umar poked at a dlivery from off-break Vettori which was snapped up by Martyn Guptill at second slip. Pakistan were hence 134/2 at the end of Day 2 with the match looking evenly poised.


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