Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 4: Sarfraz, Zulfiqar and Yasir help Pakistan fight back

Ahmed leaps in the air after scoring his third Test century

Ahmed leaps in the air after scoring his third Test century

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Pakistan fought back on the fourth day of the second Test in Dubai following a magnificent century from Sarfraz Ahmed and some superb bowling by the spin duo of Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah.

However, New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor deserves some credit as he made an unbeaten 77.

Starting out the day on 281/6, Ahmed and Shah only added four runs to their two-run partnership before Shah was caught behind off the bowling of Tim Southee for two runs.

Ehsan Adil failed to trouble the scorers as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Southee for a duck.

Babar scored five runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Trent Boult.

Ahmed and Rahat Ali kept New Zealand at bay for a while with a last-gasp 81-run partnership, during which Ahmed brought up his third Test century, before he was caught and bowled to give New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum his first Test wicket.

Ahmed’s career-best knock of 112 came off 195 balls and included 16 boundaries.

Ali remained unbeaten on 16 off 49 balls, which included three boundaries, as Pakistan were bowled out for 393, which gave New Zealand a 10-run lead.

Southee was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Boult and Ish Sodhi snapped up two wickets apiece, and McCullum, Mark Craig and James Neesham chipped in with one wicket each.

With a 10-run lead in hand, New Zealand got off to a solid start before Tom Latham was caught by Asad Shafiq at leg gully off the bowling of Shah for nine runs.

Latham reviewed the decision immediately, but despite the evidence being inconclusive about whether the ball hit his glove, the third umpire decided to uphold the original decision.

Kane Williamson only made 11 runs before he was caught by Taufeeq Umar at cover off the bowling of Babar.

McCullum managed to score 45 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Babar.

McCullum was not given out initially, but Pakistan asked for a review. Replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit middle and leg stump, which led to the third umpire overturning the original decision.

Corey Anderson failed to have an impact with the bat as he was cleaned up by Shah for a duck.

Neesham mustered 11 runs before he was clean bowled by Babar.

BJ Watling also made 11 runs before he was caught by Shafiq at second slip off the bowling of Shah.

Shah dismissed Latham, Anderson and Watling

Shah dismissed Latham, Anderson and Watling

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Since they only faced two balls before the umpires stopped play due to bad light Taylor and Craig only amassed a one-run partnership.

Taylor finished on 77 off 93 balls, which included 10 boundaries, while Craig has yet to get off the mark.

Taylor hit 10 boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 77

Taylor hit 10 boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 77

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Babar and Shah claimed three wickets each.

Babar finished with figures of 3-60 off 21.2 overs

Babar finished with figures of 3-60 off 21.2 overs

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New Zealand ended day four on 167/6 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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