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Pak force draw with NZ to secure series

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Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 12:01 [IST]
 
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Pak force draw with NZ to secure series

Set with a target of 274 to win the second Test against New Zealand and at 42/3 at one stage, Pakistan fought back valiantly to end the final day at 226/5, thus forcing a draw against the hosts and taking the 2-Test series 1-0.

Paksitan had to bat out 92 overs as they embarked on their second innings on the fifth and final day. In the very first ball, Mohammad Haffez sliced pace bowler Chris Martin over the slips for four. But in the next over, Tim Southee trapped Taufeeq Umar in front for a duck and Pakistan were 4/1.

Hafeez counter-attacked with a boundary off Martin and then two off Southee and when captain Daniel Vettori came on to bowl in the 10th over, he got him away for a four as well. But there was trouble at the other end when in the next over, Martin got Azhar Ali out lbw for 10.

The visitors' woes were compounded when two overs later, Martin had Hafeez snapped up by Ross Taylor at slip for 32. Pakistan were tottering at 42/3 in 13 overs. Then Younis Khan and captain Misbah-ul-Haq guided Pakistan to over 50 in the 15th over and pressed ahead. Pakistan went into lunch with the score at 81/3 in 28 overs.

After the break, Pakistan proceeded cautiously for a while till in the 37th over, Younis smashed two fours off Martin to bring up Pakistan's 100. Then in the 44th over, Younis took a single off James Franklin to notch up his fifty. In the next 8 overs, Younis struck four more boundaries, bringing up the 100-run partnership.

Then Misbah got stuck into Southee, smacking him for two boundaries in the 54th over. It was a fortuitous over for Pakistan as in the last ball, Southee dropped a return catch from Misbah. Soon after the tourists crossed 150, Southee had Younis caught behind for 81 and Pakistan were back in the game at 160/4 in 57.3 overs.

In the 66th over, Asad Shafiq went after Vettori, smashing him for a six and a four in successive deliveries as Pakistan moved to 176/4 and within 100 runs for victory. In the 72nd over, Shafiq tried to up the scoring rate again when he slammed Southee for two consecutive fours to take his side to 187/4.

Then Misbah got into the act, striking Jesse Ryder for a four to bring up his 50 and two balls later, celebrating with another boundary. In the following over, the batsman took a single off Vettori to bring up Pakistan's 200. With just 9 overs remaining for the close of play, Vettori trapped Shafiq in front for 24 and Pakistan slipped to 215/4.

But it was too little too late, as Misbah and Adnan Akmal quietly saw out the last few overs of the Test, taking the final score to 226/5 and securing the draw.

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