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The green shirts were struggling against the Kiwis, who posted an imposing 431 runs on the scoreboard before being bowled out. Pakistan was struggling at 30/1 at close of play on day 2 of the first Test match,
New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner, despite a broken toe, was a disaster for Pakistani batsmen as the black caps managed to dominate the first test on Monday at Mount Maunganui on day three.
When an unusual weather hail storm brought an early tea break, on a wicket that was hard to score on, Pakistan was 112 for six, leaving them 319 behind the imposing 431 of New Zealand.
As Pakistan resumed the day at 30 for one, 47 overs were delivered by New Zealand and five for 82 were taken.
At stumps on Sunday, Black Caps captain Kane Williamson indicated that the pitch was beginning to crumble and spin would become a power, but it was his fast-bowling quartet that prevailed.
Azhar Ali (five) and Haris Sohail (three) were expelled by Tim Southee before lunch, while Kyle Jamieson bowled Abid Ali for 25 and Trent Boult accounted for nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas, who contributed five.
But it was Wagner’s determination that was the talking point between lunch and tea.
After x-rays confirmed a broken toe from being hit by a Shaheen Afridi yorker when batting on Sunday, Watling was “cleared to play by a doctor “providing he can tolerate the pain,” a Black Caps spokesman said.
Before lunch, the short-ball specialist bowled three overs and delivered a seven-over spell immediately afterwards in which Fawad Alam was removed for nine.
Alam attempted to hit a head-high bouncer and sent an edge to wicketkeeper BJ Watling with the unusual position that suggests he expects the ball to come from square leg, even more exaggerated than the great Shivnarine Chanderpaul of West Indies.
For the 35-year-old, with his side-on approach, it continued a streak of low. Test innings after being recalled to face England in August.