Red hot Asif helps Pak take control

Red hot Asif helps Pak take control

Asif, after helping skittle New Zealand for a paltry 99 in the first innings with figures of 4/40 did pretty much the same in the second innings picking up all the three New Zealand wickets to fall on the day to leave the hosts reeling at 70/3, needing another 334 runs to win the match with two days play still left.

Earlier a studied innings of 83 and another half century by Umran Akmal helped Pakistan post a target of 404 after ending their second innings on 239 all out. Good spells from fast bowlers Chris Martin (4/52) and Iain O’Brien (4/66) helped hosts restrict Pakistan.

Score board

PAKISTAN (I Innings):     264

NEW ZEALAND (I Innings):     99

PAKISTAN (II Innings, O/n: 64/2 in 23 overs):

Farhat c Fulton b O'Brien    35
Butt c Taylor b O'Brien    18
Yousuf lbw Martin    83
Misbah c McCullum b O'Brien    33
U Akmal c Vettori b Martin    52
Malik c McCullum b Elliott    3
K Akmal c McCullum b Elliott    0
Aamer c Guptill b Martin    9
Gul c Fulton b O'Brien    1
Kaneria c Taylor b Martin    0
Asif (not out)    0
Extras (B-4, LB-1)    5     
Total (all out, 86.3 overs)     239
Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-54, 3-131, 4-197, 5-210, 6-210, 7-230, 8-239, 9-239.
Bowling: Martin 19-4-52-4, Tuffey 16-3-45-0, Vettori 25-11-63-0, O'Brien 21.3-4-66-4, Elliott 5-1-8-2.

Guptill b Asif    15
McIntosh lbw Asif    2
Flynn c K Akmal b Asif    20
Taylor (batting)    15
Fulton (batting)    12
Extras (B-5, LB-1)    6  
Total (for 3 wkts, 33 overs)    70
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-36, 3-37.

Bowling: Aamer 6-1-19-0, Asif 11-5-19-3, Kaneria 9-3-8-0, Gul 7-2-18-0.