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Woeful batting display has NZ on rocks

Nov 4th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Sport

DayTwoMAIN1A TRADEMARK top-order batting collapse has left New Zealand in a dismal position heading into day three of the second test against Pakistan at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

The Black Caps were rolled for 99 – the first time in five years they have scored fewer than 100 runs in a test  – as a combination of good bowling and poor shot selection saw them lose their last six wickets for just 14 runs.

Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria justified his selection, finishing with three for six off six overs, while Mohammed Asif took four for 40 to complement his fine performance with the ball in Dunedin.

Pakistan reached 64 for two at stumps, a lead of 229 runs.

The visitors resumed play earlier in the day at 161/6, with Kamran Akmal (21) and 17-year-old Mohammed Aamer (2) at the crease.

Aamer departed shortly after with the score at 193, but a couple of frustrating lower-order partnerships and Akmal’s aggressive batting took the tourists through to a respectable 264.

That left the New Zealand openers 10 minutes and two overs to navigate before lunch.

However, Martin Guptill (0) was caught by Akmal in the first over after feebly wafting at a ball outside off-stump.

Tim McIntosh departed soon after lunch for four to leave the Black Caps reeling at five for two.

DayTwoMAINA slight rearguard action from the out-of-form Daniel Flynn and Ross Taylor gave the home side a glimmer of hope.

But a confident-looking Taylor was undone by a ball which  jagged back slightly and clipped the top of off-stump during an excellent spell of bowling by Umar Gul.

It was downhill from there for the Black Caps, with wickets falling faster than Barack Obama’s approval rating.

The Pakistani opening batsmen looked bouyant from an early stage during their second innings, prompting Vettori to bring himself into the attack after just 10 overs.

But their 49-run partnership was broken by a spirited bowling effort from Iain O’Brien, who removed Salman Butt for 18.

O’Brien also removed a threatening Imran Farhat for 35 to give New Zealand a faint glimmer of hope heading into the third day.

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