On day 4 of the second Test against Pakistan, New Zealand made 293 in their second innings, propelled by half centuries from Martyn Guptill, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor, while Umar Gul took 4/61.Thus, Pakistan are set with a target of 274 to win the second Test and take the series, with one day to go.
Picking up their innings at 9/0 from Day 3, Kiwi openers Brendon McCullum and Martyn Guptill began Day 4 on a positive note. The boundaries came fairly quickly as the batsmen took their side to over 50 in the 18th over.
In the 20th over, Braendon McCullum was dropped at silly mid off off Abdur Rehman, and came back to loft him for a six in the next ball. Then McCullum went after Wahab Riaz, smacking him for two boundaries in the 21st over.
In the 29th over, pace bowler Tanvir Ahmed dropped a catch off his own bowling when Guptill hammered the ball back at him. Just prior to that reprieve, New Zealand had crossed the 100 run mark without any loss of wickets and were looking strong. The hosts went into lunch at 106/0 in 30 overs.
Five overs after the break, the off-spinner Abdur Rehman finally got the breakthrough when McCullum holed out to long off for 64. The 120 run stand had come to an end with Kane Williamson the new batsman. In the 48th over, Guptill struck Rehman for a four to take the Kiwis to over 150 and in the bowler's next over, lofted him for a huge six.
But Williamson couldn't hold out for much longer, getting caught behind off Tanvir Ahmed for 15 as the scoreborad read 166/2 in 52.4 overs. In the very next over Rehman struck to trap Guptill in front for 73 and New Zealand was in a spot of bother at 166/3. New batsman Jesse Ryder fell into a groove by carting Rehman for a maximum.
With the score at 192/3 in 61 overs, rain interrupted play for about half an hour, but the skies cleared and the players were back out. However, the break had apparently upset the concentration of Ryder as he was bowled by Mohammad Hafeez for 17 in the 62nd over. New Zealand had slumped to 192/4 in the process.
Then James Franklin and Ross Taylor took New Zelansd past 200., but there was trouble soon after when Hafeez had Franklin caught at slip by Younis Khan for 6 as New Zealand slipped to 208/5 in 66 overs. Tayor and Reece Young kept the runs coming, the two each taking a four off Rehman in the 77th over.
It took a blinder at silly mid off by Azhar Ali, off the bowling of Rehman, to dismiss Young for 20. And just one over later, Umar Gul trapped Taylor in front for 52. New Zealand were now 268/7 in 86.2 overs with the tail exposed. In the 89th over, Gul effected a deadly double strike, getting rid of Daniel Vettori for 1 and Brett Arnel for 0 and thus pegging back the hosts to 275/9.
Tim Southee counter-attacked with a couple of sixes, but Gul wrapped up the Kiwi innings for 293 when he had last batsman Chris Martin caught behind for 1. Thus Pakistan have one day in which to chase down the target of 274 for victory.