Boult leads New Zealand fightback against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi

17 Nov, 2018 9:24 pm

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult claimed four wickets to spark a recovery as they restricted Pakistan to a first innings lead of 74 on day two of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Boult broke two half century stands, while debutant left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel ripped through the lower order to dismiss Pakistan for 227.

New Zealand, who collapsed for 153 in their first innings, lost opener Tom Latham for a duck when they returned to bat in the final session but recovered to reached 56-1 at stumps.

Resuming at 59 for two, Pakistan’s overnight batting pair Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail made steady progress in the morning session to add 64 runs before falling in consecutive overs.

Sohail (38) chipped a full-toss off spinner Ish Sodhi to mid-wicket before Boult forced an edge off Ali (22), which was matched with a stunning one-handed catch by wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

Azam and Asad Shafiq batted with intent as they improved their scoring rate to reach 144-4 at lunch.

Pakistan were threatening to run away with the game, having moved into the lead, but the run flow was choked by fast bowler Neil Wagner, who at one point racked up four consecutive maidens.

It was Boult who provided the breakthrough when Shafiq (43) could only chop a searing inswinger back on to his stumps.

Patel, at the other end, was rewarded for his extended spell as he removed Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed through a mistimed sweep to square leg for his first Test wicket.

The 30-year-old Indian-born Kiwi did not have to wait long for his second wicket, with Bilal Asif getting himself stumped off a flighted delivery.

Yasir Shah showed signs of resistance but, after playing out 38 balls for nine runs, became the 150th Test scalp for Wagner.

The Kiwis wrapped up the innings when Azam feathered a Boult delivery down the leg side to Watling.

Azam finished with a gritty 62 off 109 balls to give the hosts a precious lead on a deteriorating surface, while Boult finished with an impressive 4-54.

The visitors exuded calm in the final hour after losing Latham in the second over as skipper Kane Williamson (27) and Jeet Raval (26) trimmed Pakistan’s lead to 18 runs, negotiating a disciplined opening spell from in-form quick Mohammad Abbas.


New Zealand  1st innings
 Jeet Raval           c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Abbas            7
 Tom Latham           c Mohammad Hafeez b Yasir Shah             13
 Kane Williamson      c Sarfraz Ahmed b Hasan Ali                63
 Ross Taylor          c Sarfraz Ahmed b Yasir Shah                2
 Henry Nicholls       c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Abbas           28
 BJ Watling           lbw Haris Sohail                           10
 Colin de Grandhomme  lbw Hasan Ali                               0
 Ish Sodhi            lbw Haris Sohail                            4
 Neil Wagner          c Asad Shafiq b Bilal Asif                 12
 Ajaz Patel           lbw Yasir Shah                              6
 Trent Boult          Not Out                                     4
 Extras               0b 4lb 0nb 0pen 0w                          4
 Total                (66.3 overs)                      153 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-20 Raval, 2-35 Latham, 3-39 Taylor, 4-111 Nicholls, 5-123 Williamson, 6-123 de Grandhomme, 7-128 Sodhi, 8-133 Watling, 9-149 Wagner, 10-153 Patel

 Bowling            Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mohammad Abbas     12   7  13   2  1.08
 Hasan Ali          16   6  38   2  2.38
 Bilal Asif         13   1  33   1  2.54
 Yasir Shah       16.3   2  54   3  3.27
 Haris Sohail        8   2  11   2  1.38
 Mohammad Hafeez     1   1   0   0  0.00

 Pakistan  1st innings
 Imam ul-Haq      c Kane Williamson b Colin de Grandhomme            6
 Mohammad Hafeez  c Kane Williamson b Trent Boult                   20
 Azhar Ali        c BJ Watling b Trent Boult                        22
 Haris Sohail     c Tom Latham b Ish Sodhi                          38
 Asad Shafiq      b Trent Boult                                     43
 Babar Azam       c BJ Watling b Trent Boult                        62
 Sarfraz Ahmed    c Neil Wagner b Ajaz Patel                         2
 Bilal Asif       st BJ Watling b Ajaz Patel                        11
 Yasir Shah       c BJ Watling b Neil Wagner                         9
 Hasan Ali        c Ross Taylor b Colin de Grandhomme                4
 Mohammad Abbas   Not Out                                            0
 Extras           4b 4lb 1nb 0pen 1w                                10
 Total            (83.2 overs)                             227 all out
Fall of Wickets : 1-27 ul-Haq, 2-27 Hafeez, 3-91 Sohail, 4-91 Ali, 5-174 Shafiq, 6-177 Ahmed, 7-195 Asif, 8-220 Shah, 9-227 Ali, 10-227 Azam

 Bowling                Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Trent Boult          18.2   6  54   4  2.95
 Colin de Grandhomme    13   6  30   2  2.31
 Ajaz Patel             24   4  64   2  2.67
 Neil Wagner            18   5  30   1  1.67  1w 1nb
 Ish Sodhi              10   0  41   1  4.10

 New Zealand  2nd innings
 Jeet Raval       Not Out               26
 Tom Latham       b Hasan Ali            0
 Kane Williamson  Not Out               27
 Extras           3b 0lb 0nb 0pen 0w     3
 Total            (22.4 overs)        56-1
Fall of Wickets : 1-0 Latham
To Bat : Taylor, Nicholls, Watling, de Grandhomme, Sodhi, Wagner, Patel, Boult

 Bowling           Ov  Md  Rn  Wk  Econ  Ex
 Mohammad Abbas     6   4   5   0  0.83
 Hasan Ali          4   1  12   1  3.00
 Yasir Shah         8   1  21   0  2.62
 Haris Sohail       1   0   1   0  1.00
 Bilal Asif         3   0  13   0  4.33
 Mohammad Hafeez  0.4   0   1   0  1.50

 Umpire         Bruce Oxenford
 Umpire         Ian Gould
 Video          Paul Reiffel
 Match Referee  Javagal Srinath


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