2nd Test: Tim Southee’s Six Keeps New Zealand in Front of Pakistan

Tim Southee bagged 6 wickets as New Zealand took a 55-run lead over Pakistan on a rain-shortened third day of a second Test in Hamilton on Sunday.

Only rookie batsman Babar Azam was means to cope with New Zealand’s arch strike bowler and he was left stranded on 90 after using out of partners as Pakistan fought their approach behind into a match.

Pakistan, after resuming a day on a ropes during 76-5, clawed their approach to 216 in respond to New Zealand’s initial innings 271.

New Zealand usually faced one dot round in their second innings before sleet sent a players from a margin for a third and final time in a day when usually 38 overs were possible.

Southee was given a pulsation in his initial 3 overs of a morning and was private from a conflict after agreeable 32 runs.

But he came behind to hang adult a tail and finish with total of 6-80, his third-best bowling performance.

“There was still a bit of representation during that theatre and we went behind to what we’ve finished good for a array of years,” Southee pronounced of his successful second spell.

“You’ve got skeleton we put in place for certain batsmen and it’s good when they do come off.

“There’s a small bit there for a new ball, though once a round gets comparison it gets a small bit easier to bat though there will still be a small bit of assistance throughout.”

While a 54-Test maestro headlined a New Zealand bowling performance, it was Azam in usually his third Test who brought Pakistan behind into a game.

The 22-year-old was deliberate a special talent during age-group turn and announced himself on a general theatre final month with 3 uninterrupted centuries in Pakistan’s one-day array opposite a West Indies.

He followed with a 69 in his Test entrance opposite a West Indies and looked set for his lass Test hundred when a Pakistan innings finished in Hamilton.

“I’m grateful a reduce sequence gave some insurgency though it was hapless we could not finish my 100,” he said.

Azam also drew regard from Southee who pronounced a approach he rubbed a seaming conditions was earnest for Pakistan.

“For a man to come here in his initial Test debate of New Zealand and play a approach he’s played is a good pointer he can play in conditions that are unfamiliar to them,” Southee said.

Pakistan put on 124 for a detriment of 3 wickets to be 200-8 before a day’s initial sleet blocking usually before lunch, with Azam patiently collecting runs while Sarfraz Ahmed (41) and afterwards Sohail Kahn (37) pounded a bowling.

Unlike a rest of a Pakistan tip sequence who were held behind perplexing to condense outward a off stump, Azam waited for lax balls in an innings that lasted 277 mins and he faced 196 deliveries.

Ahmed survived dual chances in his 74-run mount with Azam. He was forsaken on 19 by Henry Nicholls during midwicket, and Tom Latham missed a approach bashful during a stumps when Ahmed was trapped in a center of a pitch.

The attainment of Neil Wagner to a conflict accounted for Ahmed when he was held by Jeet Raval during second slip.

Sohail had no difficulty with Wagner’s batch short-pitched delivery, regularly pulling him to a range in a 67-run partnership with Azam.

However, when Southee returned to find a improved line in his second spell he found a corner of Sohail’s bat and wicketkeeper BJ Watling finished a dismissal.

Wahab Riaz faced usually 5 balls before he was lbw to Colin de Grandhomme withdrawal Southee to mislay Mohammad Amir for 5 and Imran Khan for six.

Despite Azam’s confidant innings to keep Pakistan in a game, a outcome might eventually be motionless by a continue with some-more sleet foresee over a subsequent dual days and New Zealand usually wanting a pull to take a array after winning a initial Test.

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