Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 4: New Zealand on the verge of going 1-0 down

Pakistan only need two more wickets to win the match

Pakistan only need two more wickets to win the match

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New Zealand have found themselves on the verge of going 1-0 down in the three-Test series following a spectacular century from Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez and a superb all-round bowling display.

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was the only batsman to put up some sort of resistance as he scored 39.

Starting out the day on 15/0, Pakistan’s opening pair of Hafeez and Azhar Ali converted their 15-run partnership into a 69-run partnership before Ali was given out lbw off the bowling of Ish Sodhi for 23.

Hafeez and Younis Khan kept the runs flowing with a 70-run partnership, during which Hafeez brought up his half-century, before Khan was given out lbw off the bowling of Sodhi for 28.

Khan reviewed the decision immediately, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit off-stump. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Hafeez was allowed to score his sixth Test century before Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq decided to declare with his side on 175/2, which gave New Zealand a target of 480 to win.

Hafeez ended up making 101 off 130 balls, which included 12 boundaries and two sixes.

Hafeez raises his bat after scoring his sixth Test century

Hafeez raises his bat after scoring his sixth Test century

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Sodhi picked up two wickets, while the rest of the New Zealand bowlers came up short in the wickets department.

Chasing 480 to win, New Zealand got off to a great start as McCullum and Tom Latham amassed a 57-run partnership before Latham was caught by Yasir Shah at deep backward square leg off the bowling of Zulfiqar Babar for 20 runs.

McCullum went on to score 39 before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Shah.

Ross Taylor only made eight runs before he was also given out lbw off the bowling of Shah.

Kane Williamson managed to make 23 runs before he was stumped by Sarfraz Ahmed off the bowling of Hafeez.

James Neesham failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught behind off the bowling of Rahat Ali for a duck.

Ali struck again the very next ball when BJ Watling was clean bowled for a golden duck.

Corey Anderson scored 23 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Imran Khan.

However, Anderson should have reviewed the decision as replays showed that the ball was just pitching outside leg stump.

Tim Southee mustered five runs before he was clean bowled by Babar.

Sodhi and Mark Craig somewhat stemmed the bleeding with an unbeaten 36-run partnership before stumps was called.

Sodhi finished on 27 off 51 balls, which included five boundaries, while Craig also made 27, which came off 65 deliveries and included three boundaries.

Ali, Babar and Shah snapped up two wickets apiece, while Khan and Hafeez claimed one wicket each.

New Zealand ended day four on 174/8 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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