Ton-up Haris, Babar help Pakistan progress to 363-5


Left-hander Haris Sohail and Babar Azam cracked fighting centuries to take Pakistan to 363-5 on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand in Dubai on Sunday.

Sohail got out after scoring 147 spread over 13 boundaries while Babar Azam is still playing on 101 runs as Pakistan added 89 runs after resuming at 207-4.

Sohail batted with the responsibility to anchor the innings after a confusion between him and Azhar Ali in a run out on Saturday, reaching his hundred with a sharp single off spinner Ish Sodhi.

Azam ably supported Sohail hitting 10 boundaries and a six taking Pakistan towards a strong first innings total.

Pakistan trail the three-match series 1-0 after losing the first Test in Abu Dhabi by a narrow four-run margin.

New Zealand’s pace-cum-spin attack toiled hard on a lifeless Dubai stadium pitch. Medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme is the pick of the bowlers with 2-40.

Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel, who took seven wickets in the first Test, has figures of 1-71.