Pakistan openers in big third Test effort

2009-12-14 00:00

NAPIER — Pakistan were 128 without loss at stumps on the third day of the third test against New Zealand in Napier yesterday, trailing by 120 runs.

Facing a massive first innings deficit of 248 when they started their innings before tea, a determined effort from the Pakistan opening pair halved that lead by the time stumps were called.

Salman Butt (66) and Imran Farhat (55) will endeavour to level the scores this morning before starting to set the target in this deciding encounter.

Earlier, the hosts, resuming on 346/6, were dismissed for 471 — mostly due to Danish Kaneria, who, with a bit more assistance from the increasingly flattening pitch, bagged 7/168.

Daniel Vettori finished on 134 and Daryl Tuffey unbeaten on 80. The New Zealand skipper played cuts and drives without risk, and it needed a stunning fielding effort to dismiss him.

Tuffey, on reaching his maiden test half-century, produced a shot of pure class, driving Kaneria to the long-on boundary.

After Vettori’s departure, Tim Southee stayed long enough to help Tuffey add another 62 runs before Kaneria mopped up the tail.

Scoreboard

Pakistan 1st innings 223 (I Farhat 117*; O’Brien 4-35)

New Zealand 1st innings

(Overnight 346/6)

TG McIntosh c Akmal b Kaneria74

BJ Watling c Akmal b Asif18

MJ Guptill lbw b Kaneria13

LRPL Taylor c Yousuf b Kaneria21

DR Flynn c Akmal b Kaneria5

DL Vettori c Akmal b Asif134

BB McCullum c Iqbal b Gul89

DR Tuffey not out80

TG Southee lbw b Kaneria0

IE O’Brien st Akmal b D Kaneria19

CS Martin lbw b Kaneria0

Extras(b 8, lb 4, w 2, nb 4)18

Total(all out; 139 overs)471

Fall of wickets: 1-60 (Watling, 26.1 ov), 2-82 (Guptill, 41.1 ov), 3-118 (Taylor, 53.2 ov), 4-136 (McIntosh, 61.4 ov), 5-145 (Flynn, 63.5 ov), 6-321 (McCullum, 98.1 ov), 7-408 (Vettori, 122.4 ov), 8-409 (Southee, 123.2 ov), 9-471 (O’Brien, 138.2 ov), 10-471 (Martin, 138.6 ov)

Bowling: Aamer 22-6-74-0 (1nb, 1w), Asif 31-10-103-2 (1w), Gul 33-5-114-1 (3nb), Kaneria 53-10-168-7

Pakistan 2nd innings

I Farhat not out55

S Butt not out66

Extras(lb 1, nb 1, pen 5)7

Total(for 0; 56 overs)128

To bat: Faisal Iqbal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf*, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal†, Mohammad Aamer, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Danish Kaneria

Bowling: Martin 10-3-20-0, Southee 10-2-25-0 (1nb), O’Brien 10-0-32-0, Tuffey 9-0-24-0, Vettori 15-8-16-0, Guptill 2-1-5-0

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