Pacers Asif, Aamer put Pakistan back on track


After surrendering a 97-run lead, Pakistan almost neutralised the disadvantage with a good exhibition of pace bowling in restricting the Kiwis to 147 for eight in 61.5 overs in the second innings at the University Oval.

Resuming from their overnight score of 307 for eight in 90 overs, Pakistan innings lasted only 6.5 overs with Shane Bond and Chris Martin doing the clean-up act. While Bond picked up a five-for, Martin supported his new-ball partner with three wickets.
However, New Zealand’s hopes of driving home the advantage were dented by Asif and Aamer. Asif set himself up for a five-wicket haul with four for 47 and Aamer scalped two for 29.

score board
NEW ZEALAND (I innings): 429. 
PAKISTAN (I innings O/n 307/8):
Aamer c Vettori b Bond    26
Gul  lbw b Vettori    6
Asif  c McIntosh b Martin    10
Ajmal (not out)    1
Extras (NB-2)    2     
Total (all out in 96.5 overs)    332
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-43, 3-74, 4-79, 5-85, 6-261, 7-293, 8-302, 9-320, 10-332.
Bowling: Bond 27.5-4-107-5, Martin 21-8-63-3, O'Brien 21-3-98-0, Vettori 27-7-64-2
NEW ZEALAND (II innings):
Guptill b Aamer    0
Flynn lbw b Aamer    0
Taylor (run out)    59
Fulton lbw b Gul    0
Elliott (not out)    20
B McCullum c K Akmal b Asif    0
Vettori c Alam b Asif    8
Bond b Asif    7
O'Brien (not out)    4
Extras (B-4, LB-5, W-1, NB-3, PEN-5)    18     
Total (for 8 wkts, 61.5 overs)    147
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-0, 3-87, 4-91, 5-112, 6-115, 7-123, 8-143. Bowling: Aamer 16-7-29-2, Asif 17.5-6-41-4, Gul 11-3-37-1, Ajmal 17-5-26-0.

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