Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 2: Sohail, Azam keep Pakistan in complete control

Haris Sohail 147 Pakistan New Zealand 2nd Test Day 2 Dubai cricket

Haris Sohail scored his second Test century

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Haris Sohail and Babar Azam scored career-bests of 147 and 127 not out as Pakistan continued to torment New Zealand on the second day in Dubai.

Starting off the day on 207/4, Sohail and Azam converted their 33-run partnership into a 186-run stand, during which Sohail surpassed his century and Azam was one run away from bringing up his hundred.

Despite throwing everything they had at the duo, New Zealand were unable to get the breakthrough they were looking for.

Ultimately, it was Sohail who fell as he was caught behind off the bowling of Trent Boult for 147, which came off 421 balls and included 13 boundaries.

Azam and captain Sarfraz Ahmed kept the runs flowing with an unbeaten 58-run partnership, during which Azam brought up his century, before Pakistan declared on 418/5.

Babar Azam 127 not out Pakistan New Zealand 2nd Test Day 2 Dubai cricket

Babar Azam struck his maiden century in Test cricket

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Azam ended up making 127, which came off 263 balls and included 12 boundaries and two sixes, while Sarfraz concluded his innings on a 45-ball 30, which included three boundaries.

Colin de Grandhomme was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Boult and Ajaz Patel chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 418, New Zealand openers Jeet Raval and Tom Latham amassed an unbeaten 24-run partnership before bad light brought play to an end for the day.

Raval finished on 17, which came off 31 balls and included three boundaries, while Latham remained undefeated on five, which came off 23 deliveries and included a boundary.

New Zealand ended day two on 24/0 and will continue batting on Monday at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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