Pak make breezy start in reply to NZ’s 275

Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar showed how good the Seddon Park pitch was to bat on with a breezy 42 not out as his side raced to 67 for one at lunch in reply to New Zealand’s 275 all out on the second day of the first test at Seddon Park on Saturday.

Taufeeq stroked nine boundaries as the visitors recovered from the early loss of Mohammad Hafeez for a fourth-ball duck after the Pakistan pace bowlers had wrapped up the New Zealand innings with a steady stream of bouncers earlier in the session.

Azhar Ali was on 23 at lunch after Hafeez had been well caught low down by Tim McIntosh at second slip off Chris Martin in the first over of Pakistan’s innings.

New Zealand had resumed on 260 for seven but after Umar Gul and Tanvir Ahmed provided a steady stream of short-pitched bowling they added just 15 runs in 7.5 overs.

Paceman Tim Southee (56), who along with Kane Williamson (50) helped rescue New Zealand from 177 for seven on Friday, lasted one delivery on Saturday when he was caught in the slips by Younus Khan from a Gul bouncer off the third ball of the day.

Williamson completed his second test half-century with a single into the covers but was out shortly after when he attempted a hook shot to a Tanvir delivery and wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal took a simple catch.

Brent Arnel was the last man out when he was caught at mid-on by Wahab Riaz after mis-timing a hook from another short-pitched delivery by Tanvir, who finished with four for 63.

Left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman claimed three for 51.