Pakistan finish at 30/1 on Day 2 after New Zealand posted 431 in first innings


Mount Maunganui: Pakistan lost Shan Masood for 10 at stumps on Day 2 after New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson led his side to 431 in the first innings of the first Test at Bay Oval.

The visitors were 30/1 at the close of the day’s play with Abid Ali not out at 19 and nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas yet to score. Shan was removed by Kyle Jamieson as he poked a leg-side delivery and wicketkeeper BJ Watling caught a simple catch.

New Zealand, having started the day at 222 for three, added a further 209 before Wagner was removed by Yasir Shah.

The innings was headlined by Williamson, who scored 129, his 23rd Test century with valuable contributions from Watling (67) and Henry Nicholls (56) to go with Ross Taylor’s 70 on the first day.

Nicholls was the first one to depart on Day 2 after he partnered with Williamson to add 133-run for the fourth wicket.

On the other hand. Williamson was quite traditional in his batting as he registered his slowest Test hundred (261 balls).

The 34-year-old Yasir removed the well-set Williamson when he edged one and Haris Sohail took a smart catch.

Watling took over as the batting mainstay and featured in a 36-run stand with Mitchell Santner (19) and 66 with Jamieson (32).

He then put 33 with Wagner (19) before nicking a wide Shaheen Afridi delivery to Yasir at gully. Yasir returned with figures of three for 113 while Shaheen was the pick of the bowlers, bagging four for 109.

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