Mount Maunganui (New Zealand) (AFP)
Even a broken toe couldn’t stop New Zealand’s quick attack from dominating Day 3 of Test 1 against Pakistan on Monday, but their efforts to quickly wrap up the innings were blocked by a turn-of-the-century position by Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf at Mount Maunganui on Monday.
On a day disrupted by intermittent downpours and an unusual hailstorm, the Black Caps rhythm quartet took five for 50 in the first two sessions before Pakistan rallied to be all out for 239 strains, 192 late.
Rizwan and Ashraf provided a face-saving partnership for Pakistan with 107 for the seventh wicket before the first was knocked out for 71 by a clever helping hand from Mitchell Santner per square foot.
Ashraf hit a career high 91 before being the last wicket to fall.
When Pakistan resumed the day at 30 to one, Abid Ali and night watchman Mohammad Abbas were more determined to play long than run, especially with a question mark over the workload of injured Neil Wagner.
The pair only achieved nine points on 74 balls while Wagner, who suffered a broken toe on Sunday and was told by a doctor he could only play if he could “tolerate the pain. Was kept away from the attack.
The partnership was broken by Kyle Jamieson who injured Abid Ali with the last ball of his first which snapped in the batsman’s fingers.
Two balls into Jamieson’s next, Abid kept his hands clear of a ball wide off the stump, only to see it recoil and it was played for 25.
In the sequel on Trent Boult, who had troubled Abbas with a succession of short balls, found an advantage with a full delivery and Ross Taylor held the catch on the first slide.
Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail stayed together for 50 deliveries, but only contributed nine times before the two ended up in one Tim Southee.
Azhar was caught by wicket keeper BJ Watling and although the referee missed the nickname and dismissed the appeal, New Zealand managed to revise the decision.
The exit from Sohail was simpler with a cut attempt going straight to Henry Nicholls at the gully.
Wagner tested his foot with three overs before lunch and continued with a seven-over spell after the break in which he took the only wicket to fall midway through the session with a trademark bouncer at Fawad Alam who was tipped off to doorman BJ Watling.
The nine-point shot continued a low-scoring streak for Alam who adopted an unusual lateral stance which suggests he expects the ball to come from a square leg – even more exaggerated than that of the great Shivnarine Chanderpaul Caribbean.
Jamieson had the remarkable numbers of two for nine off 17 off at tea, but as the Rizwan-Ashraf partnership took its toll, he finished the day with three for 35 off 23.1 overs.
Southee, Boult and Wagner took two wickets each.
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