Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 2: Babar’s four-for restricts New Zealand to 403

Babar finished with figures of 4-137 off 45 overs

Babar finished with figures of 4-137 off 45 overs

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Pakistan spinner Zulfiqar Babar took four wickets to restrict New Zealand to 403 on the second day of the second Test in Dubai.

Starting out the day on 243/3, Tom Latham and Corey Anderson only added two runs to their 17-run partnership before Anderson was caught by Azhar Ali at cover off the bowling of Ehsan Adil for nine runs.

Latham ended up making a career-best 137, which came off 269 balls and included 11 boundaries and a six, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Rahat Ali.

James Neesham scored 17 runs before he was caught by Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq at midwicket off the bowling of Yasir Shah.

BJ Watling and Mark Craig stabilised the innings with a 68-run partnership before Watling was caught by Haris Sohail, who was the substitute fielder, at backward point off the bowling of Azhar Ali for 39.

Craig went on to score 43 before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Babar.

Craig reviewed the decision right away, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit leg stump. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Craig hit five boundaries during his solid innings of 43

Craig hit five boundaries during his solid innings of 43

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Tim Southeee made 17 runs before he was clean bowled by Babar.

New Zealand were bowled out for 403 when Trent Boult was caught by Rahat Ali at long-on off the bowling of Babar for two runs.

Ish Sodhi remained unbeaten on 32 off 63 balls, which included one six.

Babar was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Shah and Adil snapped up two wickets apiece and Azhar Ali and Rahat Ali chipped in with one wicket each.

Trailing by 403 runs, Pakistan got off to a poor start as opening batsman Shan Masood was clean bowled by Sodhi for 13.

Taufeeq Umar fared no better as he was stumped by Watling off the bowling of Craig for 16.

With only a few balls remaining until stumps was called, Azhar Ali and Younis Khan accumulated an unbeaten two-run partnership.

Ali finished on four, while Khan scored one.

Sodhi and Craig claimed one wicket each.

Pakistan ended day two on 34/2 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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