Nicholls holds agency however Pakistan shut in on series-levelling win

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27 Nov 2018, 16:49 IST

Dubai, Nov 27 (AFP) Center-order batsman Henry Nicholls stood agency with a preventing half century to delay Pakistan’s possible series-levelling victory within the second day in Dubai on Tuesday.

Nicholls was unbeaten on 74 for his seventh Check fifty as New Zealand reached 297-7 at tea on the fourth day, needing one other 31 runs to keep away from an innings defeat with simply three wickets intact.

Pakistan, who misplaced the primary Check by 4 runs in Abu Dhabi, had been placed on the victory path by leg-spinner Yasir Shah who adopted his profession finest 8-41 with 4-137 within the second innings.

However New Zealand’s batsmen led by Ross Taylor (82) and Nicholls made Pakistan toil onerous.

Nicholls added 52 for the fourth wicket with Taylor and one other 57 for the subsequent with BJ Watling who made 27.

Nicholls has up to now smashed a six and 7 boundaries.

Yasir lastly broke Watling’s resistance by trapping him leg earlier than however couldn’t dismiss all 11 gamers within the match when Colin de Grandhomme fell to Hasan Ali for 14.

Yasir bowled Ish Sodhi for 4 to register his finest match figures of 12-178, enhancing on his 10-141 towards England at Lord’s in 2016.

Earlier, Taylor had resisted throughout his aggressive knock earlier than changing into off-spinner Bilal Asif’s first wicket within the match.

Taylor smashed seven boundaries and a six throughout his aggressive 128-ball knock and added a useful 80 runs for the third wicket with Tom Latham who fell for 50.

New Zealand had been pressured to follow-on after very good bowling by Yasir, who dismissed them for a paltry 90 on Monday.

Resuming at 131-2 Taylor smashed medium pacer Hasan Ali’s first ball of the day to cowl boundary to achieve his 29th half century in Exams.

Earlier than this knock Taylor had managed simply 21 runs within the three innings of this sequence.

Latham accomplished his 15th Check fifty with a single however was caught behind off Hasan after Paul Reiffel consulted tv umpire Ian Gould for a good catch. Latham hit 4 boundaries

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