Second Test Match


Toss: Pakistan.

Pakistan never recovered from a collapse on the first morning and lost to New Zealand for the first time. Hanif, Zahir and Asif Masood were omitted, and replaced by Salah-Ud-Din, Shafqat and Salim. In the New Zealand side, Taylor replaced Cunis. On a pitch which turned only a little at first, Pakistan were strokeless while all the New Zealand bowlers were in command. Mushtaq laboured for two and a half hours for 25, Sadiq an hour and a half for 16, and the side were dismissed in four hours for 114, easily their lowest against New Zealand.

Murray and Hastings scored 101 for the third wicket, with sound attractive batting, and at one stage New Zealand stood 48 ahead with eight wickets in hand. Then the wickets fell swiftly, and New Zealand led only by 127. When the Pakistan sixth wicket went at 117, the game looked as good as over, but Shafqat, with splendid driving and cutting, put on 77 with the determined Wasim and Shafqat fell only five runs short of a century. Wasim took two and a quarter hours for 11 and Shafqat batted four hours. New Zealand needed only 82, but lost three for 29. Hastings and Burgess, going on to the attack, saw their side through to victory.

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