Until the second day’s play of the third Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Abu Dhabi, Pakistan scored 139 for 3 wickets in reply to New Zealand’s 274 runs. At stumps, Azhar Ali was 62 and Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on 26 runs. Meanwhile, New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling completed his 3000 runs in Test cricket and he was the 14th player in New Zealand to do so.
Earlier, playing for 229-7 before yesterday, New Zealand lost Somerset’s wicket to 254, they were dismissed without any collision in their last day’s score (12). However, Pakistan’s bowlers did not allow the Kiwi team to score a big score and all-rounded them at 274.
On the second day, most of the runs for New Zealand are BJ Watling. In the end, Watling remained unbeaten 72 runs. For Pakistan, Bilal Asif took 5 wickets while bowling the.
Pakistan started the first innings with a poor start and they lost Mohammad Hafeez (0) and Imam ul Haq (9) in the 17th over. Both openers were dismissed by Trent Bolt. Azhar Ali and Harris Sohail, together, took the innings forward, with a 68-run partnership between them.
At the score of 85, Sohail scored 34 runs off Tim Southee’s delivery with a bad shot. After this Ali and Asad, Shafiq shared 54 runs and the stumps did not allow any further shock to the team.
For New Zealand, Trent Bolt took 2 wickets and Tim Southee took one wicket. The Pakistan team is still 135 runs behind New Zealand on the basis of the first-innings score. On the third day of the match, the Pakistan team will try to get a big lead in the first innings, so that they do not get much pressure in the fourth innings. On the other hand, New Zealand’s team will also try to grab Pakistan’s wicket quickly.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s legendary bowler Yasir Shah could not complete his 200 wickets today and would have to wait for the second innings to make history.