Pakistan in New Zealand Test Series - 2nd Test

New Zealand v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 141 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Butt will open, obviously. Farhat will take strike. Martin has three slips and a gully. We are ready.

2.07pm The players are making their way out now. Play will get underway in just a bit. The first session goes on till 4.55, and the second till 8 pm local time. Great stuff, we have a game and hope it lives up the ripper we had in Dunedin. Thanks a lot for your patience folks. The comments have been great, we are off with the action now.

2.05pm This is what the captains had to say at the toss. Vettori: "Not quite happy with the run-ups yet, the umpires have told us that if they are bad they'll reassess them. The pitch looks a good one, a little under-prepared now but with all the rain around, it looks great."

Yousuf: "A little disappointed we lost the toss, but we just want to bat well. Injuries are a part of the game [referring to Bond] but we are here to play cricket. It doesn't matter who is bowling."

2.00pm Just ten minutes from the start. Vettori's decision to bowl would have been prompted by the overcast conditions and with all the wet weather we've had, he would have banked on some swing and movement early on. Too bad he doesn't have Bond, but Chris Martin will take the lead. Grant Elliott might play a bigger role with the ball, he's been handy in ODIs and it was surprising he just bowled a couple of overs in the previous game.

Stu: "Why is New Zealand wasting their time with Fulton and Elliot. To solve their problems, why not bring in some young players like Josh Brodie, he got yet another 50 today."

Plenty of e-mails from fans criticising the retention of Imran Farhat in the line-up. Here's one - Zubair: "Manzoor dropped but Farhat retained? Was I dreaming when I saw Farhat drop 4 catches, fail at bat, and waste an appeal? I must have been, right? "

The playing XIs have been updated, check them out above. Misbah coming in was expected given the problems at the top of the order. Khurram Manzoor's technique may have had a role in his exclusion. Ajmal being left out was a bit of a surprise. Intikhab Alam called him a "match-winner" in the press conference yesterday, must have been an extremely difficult decision. He's been their best spin bowler in the ODI format in the last few months, and did reasonably well in the first Test.

Julian: "Nathan, which Wellington are you playing in this season? My team has managed 1.5 days of cricket so far. One day we got bumped off our ground as we're 2nd division and the seniors' ground was soggy. Aside from that everything else has been rained off. Further to that it's been all artificial pitches as the grass ones are too muddy."

1.45pm We'll have 83 overs bowled today, and play has been extended by an hour to make up for some lost time.

Andy Cameron: "Sadly I have to disagree with Nathan. The top couple of grades in Wellington have had some games this season - but thet's because they get preference. The lower grades have had only 2 full Saturdays. It's been the worst start to a season ever for us. All we want is a game..." Well, you've got one now.

1.42pm Toss, New Zealand have won it and opted to bowl. Tuffey, as widely expected, comes in for Bond. Three changes for Pakistan - Misbah, Salman Butt and Kaneria are all in. They are replacing Fawad Alam, Saeed Ajmal and Khurram Manzoor.

Nathan Gardner: "for the non Wellingtonians out there I would just like to point out that we have officially had the best start to our local Wellington cricket season in about 7 years ! We've played 3 of 4 Saturdays already. It is normal to lose the first 5 of 7 weeks of our season to rain. Wellington cricket must play the least amount of games per season in NZ"

1.35pm Some good news, finally. Play will start at 2.10pm, we are told.

1.32pm Ok, we've just had an inspection from the umpires. Still waiting to hear what's their call.

It's Sid Talya taking you through the commentary today. Should have introduced myself a little earlier. It's fun reading and posting these comments,they make for great entertainment during intervals like these.

A few radical ideas today, he's another one, taking it to a different level, Jenry: "I say it's high time they start using 'drop in' outfields - it's too modernized a world to be caught up with soft run ups."

Just an indication of how desperate people are to see some action, no matter how limited it may turn out to be. Here's Owais: "building on Kashif's idea, if there is a law that play must occur from both ends, can we at least get 1 over bowled from the end that is ok, then they can take a break. at least we could find out the teams then and get to see 6 balls of play."

Dave: "Why not go back to the schoolyard version and play "bat-down"?"

Darren: "I'm not surprised that the run ups are wet. I hadn't seen blue sky for the last 3 days, until this afternoon. Wellington's official Summer has had a great start"

Will: "Unfortunately NZ has found a new Matthew Sinclair in Peter Fulton. Players who stand up statistically at Domestic level but then never perform when they are put on the world stage. And they keep on getting chances through injury/retirement."

Hamza: "Did not sleep in anticipation of seeing Mohammed Asif creating music with the new ball on the morning of my 21st birthday. Made a pot of coffee at 350 am here in Pakistan for the 4 am start. The pot is drained, and so am I. Now it's 511 am. EPIC FAIL!" Happy birthday, not the ideal present.

Kashif has this beauty: "Why not play from only one end....?"

Nick: "A bit disappointed not to be able to see the Kiwis vs Pakis series on Sky here in the UK. Have to subscribe to international channel to get any coverage. Where is the justice!!!"

Mark: "I would say that Elliot and Fulton should feel the pressure, if they are coming into the game as batsmen then they should watch out as, even Southee, could be putting up his hand. The average he has sits in between the two "specialist batsmen" and has a high score where he was not out, is also higher than either of the others. Allrounder (Elliot) that has a lower batting average and higher bowling average than a bowler in the tail, now that should at least be a thought. Games are not won on potential only by results."

Naveed: "Its' all part of cricket; rain, wait, wet run up, classic gentlemen stuff, after all we are talking basin reserve in welly, and cricket gods having all the fun. "

1.10pm The groundstaff are doing their utmost to dry the concerned areas. The umpires will inspect in around another 15-20 minutes. Things very uncertain at this point.

Gurpreet: "To add to Jason's observation regarding Daryl Tuffey's last test. Indeed it's been an awful long time. The same test included Graham Thorpe, Mark Butcher and Marcus Trescothick as well !!!"

Valerio: "I am sitting at work doing month end accounting tasks. Let's get this Test match under way so I can follow some exciting cricket." Sorry mate, perhaps it's a good idea to get the work out of the way while you have the time.

1.00pm So checks in half-an-hour intervals it is. Unfortunate beginning to a very significant day in the venue's history. Things are as they are, hardly any change yet. So we just wait it out.

Tim from Dunedin says"Beautiful day here in Dunedin! Light wind and not a cloud in the sky". The match in Dunedin is done with Tim!

12.55pm Simon Taufel says that the work on the ground by the soppers may have softened the run-up and they would check it every half-hour

12.45pm The captains had been asked to come out for the toss, and they did a while ago with their blazers on. But they had some extended discussions with the umpires and the match referee, and weren't too happy with the are around the bowlers' run-up, which was pretty wet. So the toss had to be delayed as well, as the captains could only base their decisions after being completely satisfied with the conditions.

Ahmad: "i was surprised that Pakistan didn't play Samlan Butt in the first Test, he has been good for pakistan in the recent years. I think they should open with Kamran and Salman and this way they can play extra batsman in the middle order. Other options of opening will lead to another failure."

Samuel: "The temperature may say 12 degrees but the Southerly wind outside is freezing. If the Pakistani's have to field, I can't wait to see how many layers of clothing they'll be wearing."

Colin: "If I was Vettori, I would have left out Elliott and gone with both Tuffey and Southee. You need four seamers at Wellington to cope with the wind - O'Brien can't bowl all day."

Misbah-ul-Haq has rejoined the Pakistan squad but we don't know if he's playing. We'll only get the teams once the toss is done. So we can only speculate now.

Toby Rowe: "By the way, that's my grandfather you referred to before, and he's 91 not out, not 93. Every test at the Basin since 1930- legend." Thanks.

David again: "Flynn really needs to make a mark in this test. He was the only NZ batsman who didn't make a start in either innings in Dunedin. With NZ fielding such a brittle top order and no Bond to bail them out, NZ will need a better performance from him this time."

David: "Two banners I was thinking about fashioning for the match this morning (I am just a few hundred metres away). "Sorry about the weather. Really, I'm sorry." "Guptil, don't hook!""

12.30pm We're in for some more delay folks. The sunshine has receded somewhat and that's having an impact on the conditions. Rudi Koertzen says that the run-up is really damp and the captains are concerned about bowlers taking moisture onto the pitch. It is being worked upon and the lack of adequate sunshine is making the job more difficult. We should have an inspection in about half-an-hours time. Terrible stuff.

12.27pm We're still waiting for the toss. Hugh O'Connor can't wait for the start: "When we know the match is starting soon enough why on earth can't we have the toss and all that chat now, instead of wasting 15 minutes later on? Come on!"

Jason from Australia sends us our first comment of the day: "Interesting to note that when tuffey played his last test match his teammates included Mark richardson ,Chris Cairns and Nathan Astle. They all seem a long time retired now."

12.22pm The run-up at the northern end is still damp and both the captains have managed to convince the officials about it. So there will be further delay but not by much.

Vettori has found a patch on the outfield which is causing concern to him and he shows it to Yousuf and match referee AG Hurst. Hurst proceeds to talk to the umpires.

12.16pm We also have some interesting stats tidbits for this venue. It's a place traditionally favouring fast bowlers. Check it out.

Just some news trickling in, it's going to be a 12.45pm start. A couple of other blogs to check out. The opening combination's a bit of a worry, and both bloggers, Kamran Abbasi and Saad Shafqat have their own ideas about who should be at the top.

12.10pm Iain O'Brien has his blog out, and he's pretty excited about playing the 50th Test at this venue. The players received their caps for this game from a man in his nineties, who's attended every Test played at the ground. That's some fan, and a wonderful gesture from those who had him hand out the caps, a sign of gratitude.

12.00pm: I suspect we may have a delay for another 15-20 minutes or so.

11.48am The weather's great in Wellington for the time being. No rain, sun shining bright and a trickle of fans resting on the banks. The announcer just said "We're just a few minutes away from getting the 50th Test on this ground underway," or something along those lines. Tim Southee, we hear, has been released from the squad for this Test to play for his provincial side Northern Districts.

Vettori has warned against complacency after that 32-run win in Dunedin. Daryl Tuffey is the favourite to replace Bond in this Test, though Southee has also been drafted into the squad. It was a riveting Test, back in Dunedin, and came as big relief for those of us who favour the longest format over the others. Remember, that game was affected by rain as well, and still yielded a result.

11.45am The teams have been practicing indoors over the last few days due to the unfavourable weather. Both have little idea of how the pitch will behave, they haven't had much of a chance to actually see it as it's been under wraps. The Basin Reserve in Wellington is hosting it's 50th Test today, quite an achievement, and the last thing we all need is a damp squib. So fingers crossed, and hopefully we'll see some action ASAP.

11.30am local time Hello all and welcome to the coverage of the second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand. First news coming in from the ground is that the outfield is wet and it would take some time before we get things back into order. We should have a clear picture by 12:00 pm local time (23:00 GMT). In the meantime, have a read of the preview by Osman Samiuddin.

0.1

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, beaten! Fishing outside off first up, tempting line, full outside off, drives at it loosely but is beaten by the away movement

0.2

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, a touch too straight, gets a little across, holds its line and he works it to square leg

0.3

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, bowled it full on the off stump, gets forward and pushes it down towards mid-off

0.4

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, watches that one nicely, lands on a good length outside off, gets a hint of away movement, withdraws his bat at the right time to leave it be

0.5

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, beaten again, shaping away just at the right time, lands on a length just in front of middle and nips away as he gets forward to defend, comprehensively beaten

0.6

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, and again, Farhat has struggled this over, pitched it up outside off, a touch wider, Farhat leans forward to defend it with a full face but can't gauge the swing, beaten again

An impressive start from Martin. There is movement off the pitch and in the air.

End of over 1 (maiden) Pakistan 0/0
Imran Farhat    0* (6b)      CS Martin    1-1-0-0
Salman Butt    0* (0b)     

Tuffey back after a long break. He's got big shoes to fill in this match

1.1

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, short of a good length outside off, watches it through to the keeper, appears to hold its line

1.2

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, shortish again, a touch too wide, not inducing the batsman to play there, Butt just lets it go

Three slips and a gully for Tuffey too

1.3

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, too wide, gets it a hint fuller but no incentive for the batsman to chase that, watches it through

1.4

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, shortish and getting it to move away further, plenty of width on offer, Butt leaves it be

1.5

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, short of a good length outside off, five deliveries almost identical, left alone to the keeper

1.6

Tuffey to Salman Butt, 1 run, gets it right off the last ball, lands on a good length outside off, Butt prods forward and taps it in front of mid-off for a quick single

End of over 2 (1 run) Pakistan 1/0
Salman Butt    1* (6b)      DR Tuffey    1-0-1-0
Imran Farhat    0* (6b)      CS Martin    1-1-0-0

Latif: "Khurram's technique has come under fire so his exclusion makes sense. Farhat is retained because Pakistan is looking to somehow find a regular opening pair; there was no other option. However leaving Ajmal out is not justified at all."

2.1

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, hurls it on a good length on middle, gets forward and pushes it firmly with a full face to mid-off

2.2

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, struck firmly, confidently played, bowling it straight on middle and getting it full, pushed back to the bowler

2.3

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, hurls it on a good length on the off stump, gets across and closes the face on it to turn it towards midwicket

2.4

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, ripper, short of a length on the off and shot up and moved away to move past the outside edge as Butt tried to evade it

2.5

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, angling it towards middle, gets forward and drops it wide of the pitch on the off side

2.6

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, beaten this time, gets it to land on a good length and move away just as he gets forward to block it on the off side

End of over 3 (maiden) Pakistan 1/0
Salman Butt    1* (12b)      CS Martin    2-2-0-0
Imran Farhat    0* (6b)      DR Tuffey    1-0-1-0

3.1

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run

3.2

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, gets the outside edge, bowled it full on the off and the away movement produced the edge as he tried to defend with a slightly opened face, but he played it with soft hands and it didn't carry to the slips

3.3

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets front and across and nudges it towards midwicket

3.4

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, hurled it short on the off and moved away, he withdrew his bat just in time as he thought of playing it on the back foot

3.5

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, shortish on the off, rocks back and drops it dead on the pitch

Stephen Fleming's at the ground

3.6

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, back of a length on the off, drops it down in front of point from the crease

End of over 4 (maiden) Pakistan 1/0
Imran Farhat    0* (12b)      DR Tuffey    2-1-1-0
Salman Butt    1* (12b)      CS Martin    2-2-0-0

4.1

Martin to Salman Butt, 2 runs, pushed it full on the off, playing slightly away from his body there and he crunched it between extra cover and mid-off for a couple

4.2

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, lands it on a good length outside off and angles it away, Butt watches it through to the keeper

4.3

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, fullish outside off but a touch too wide, leaves it be

4.4

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, targeting the pads this time, holds its line, turned away to square leg

4.5

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, short of a good length on middle, rocks back and taps it back onto the pitch

Coming round the wicket now

4.6

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, hurling it on a good length on the off, gets across and works it to midwicket

SNBT: "Do you reckon Jacob Oram will go back to being a soccer keeper as he is finished test cricket?"

End of over 5 (2 runs) Pakistan 3/0
Salman Butt    3* (18b)      CS Martin    3-2-2-0
Imran Farhat    0* (12b)      DR Tuffey    2-1-1-0

5.1

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, pushed off the front foot towards cover

5.2

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, driving length outside off and moves in after pitching but Farhat isn't tempted, lets it go

5.3

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, short of a good length outside off, Farhat, in a watchful mood, doesn't play at it

5.4

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, shortish on the off, stands tall as he gets back and defends it to cover

5.5

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, run-out attempt, dropped off the front foot towards point and rushes off but Butt sends him back in time as Flynn misses a throw at the striker's end

5.6

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, back to normal, shortish outside off, lets it through

A hint of desperation in the penultimate delivery for getting off the mark. It's been a very cautious start with Butt clearly the more comfortable of the two

End of over 6 (maiden) Pakistan 3/0
Imran Farhat    0* (18b)      DR Tuffey    3-2-1-0
Salman Butt    3* (18b)      CS Martin    3-2-2-0

Martin to bowl round the wicket

6.1

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, shortish on middle, rocks back and defends it respectfully to Martin

6.2

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, angling it on from wide of the crease, defended in front of cover, thinks of a single but then decides against it

6.3

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, bowled it short on the off, knocked it down off the back foot just wide of the stumps

6.4

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, bowled it on a good length on the off, gets to the pitch and works it down towards midwicket

6.5

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, short and wide, bowled at 138 kmph, Butt lets it go

6.6

Martin to Salman Butt, 1 run, Butt gets forward and pats it between cover and mid-off for a quick single

End of over 7 (1 run) Pakistan 4/0
Salman Butt    4* (24b)      CS Martin    4-2-3-0
Imran Farhat    0* (18b)      DR Tuffey    3-2-1-0

The homeboy Iain O'Brien into the attack now.

7.1

O'Brien to Salman Butt, no run, short of a length just a fraction outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to that one

7.2

O'Brien to Salman Butt, 1 run, short of a good length on the off, knocked down in front of cover and he's off

7.3

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, a touch short and a fraction wide, Farhat is not interested

7.4

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, 1 run, he'll be relieved there, finally off the mark with a push wide of mid-off for a single, it's taken him 20 balls

7.5

O'Brien to Salman Butt, FOUR, the first boundary of the day, short of a length and he seized on it, cutting it hard over gully to the ropes

7.6

O'Brien to Salman Butt, no run, lands on a good length on the off, bowled it at 132 kmph, pushed off the front foot to mid-off

End of over 8 (6 runs) Pakistan 10/0
Salman Butt    9* (28b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    1-0-6-0
Imran Farhat    1* (20b)      CS Martin    4-2-3-0

8.1

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, too wide from Martin, almost a Test-match wide, no way he could reach it, the right length but atrocious line

8.2

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, angles it in on middle, drives it down to mid-on from the crease

8.3

Martin to Imran Farhat, 1 run, shortish on middle and leg, whips it around to fine leg for a single

8.4

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, short of a good length outside off, shoulders arms to that one

8.5

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, gets some movement after pitching, leaves the left-hander but it;s still not making him play, it's too wide

8.6

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, angling in towards middle, knocks it down on the pitch from the crease

End of over 9 (1 run) Pakistan 11/0
Salman Butt    9* (31b 1x4)      CS Martin    5-2-4-0
Imran Farhat    2* (23b)      IE O'Brien    1-0-6-0

With the overcast conditions, Vettori would have banked on more movement and swing than what has been on offer in the last few overs. Martin beat the bat a few times in the first couple of overs but hardly anything after that

9.1

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, FOUR, pitched up and dealt with, full on the off, gets forward, leans into the drive and creams it through the covers

9.2

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, 2 runs, in the zone again, a touch closer to the off stump, driven through the line past mid-off for a couple more

9.3

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, firing it at 133 kmph outside off, holds its line this time, Farhat lets it through

9.4

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, withdraws at the right time, had a bit more pace on it this time and just slight movement away from the batsman

9.5

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, wider, probing him in that channel outside off, holds its line this time, left alone

9.6

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, 3 runs, the best shot of the day though only for three, not as full as the boundary earlier in the over, just about good length, came forward and cracked it stylishly wide of Vettori at mid-off

End of over 10 (9 runs) Pakistan 20/0
Imran Farhat    11* (29b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    2-0-15-0
Salman Butt    9* (31b 1x4)      CS Martin    5-2-4-0

10.1

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, shortish on the off at 135 kmph, defended off the back foot in front of cover

10.2

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, a little wayward again is Martin, far too wide outside off to make the batsman play

10.3

Martin to Imran Farhat, 1 run, much better, got him to drive at it but Farhat didn't force it, just eased it between point and cover to get to the other end

10.4

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, pitches it on a good length on the off, defended with a still head to extra cover

10.5

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, much quicker, 139 kmph, short of a good length on middle, defended back to the bowler

10.6

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, thinks of a single after it knocking it wide of point but Butt sends him back wisely

End of over 11 (1 run) Pakistan 21/0
Salman Butt    9* (34b 1x4)      CS Martin    6-2-5-0
Imran Farhat    12* (32b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    2-0-15-0

11.1

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, FOUR, O'Brien getting him to play unlike Martin but there's not much assistance from the wicket at this point, gets forward and square-drives it elegantly through cover and point

11.2

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, pushed off the front foot towards cover

11.3

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, holds it back this time, short of a good length, enough width on it to let it go

11.4

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, banged it short on middle, shuffled a hint and worked it to square leg

11.5

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, pushes him back with that shortish delivery and he defends it towards extra cover

11.6

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, a bit more effort in that one, a fraction outside off and Farhat isn't interested

The Pakistan openers have settled in nicely after an hour's play. It's been slow going but there haven't been any chances, albeit a few hits and misses. Not much movement off the pitch, or any swing, after the first few overs either.

End of over 12 (4 runs) Pakistan 25/0
Imran Farhat    16* (38b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    3-0-19-0
Salman Butt    9* (34b 1x4)      CS Martin    6-2-5-0

Pete: "I can't believe we're not playing 4 seamers! Southee has more to offer with the ball than Elliott has to offer with the bat! I bet the bowlers are hoping the wind stays away!!"

Martin to bowl

12.1

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, lands on a good length on the off, defended to extra cover

He's back to over the wicket

12.2

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, surprised him a little with a bit of extra bounce there, dropped it down with soft hands in front of point

12.3

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, bowled it short on the off, rocks on the back foot and defends it down towards gully

12.4

Martin to Salman Butt, FOUR, chases a wide one this time, full and wide, reaches for it and square-drives it uppishly through point, didn't time it all that well but had enough on it to take it to the ropes

12.5

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, follows that up with a full one on the pads and Butt fails to dispatch it, he'll feel he missed out there

12.6

Martin to Salman Butt, no run, bowled it on a good length on middle, defended with a straight bat to midwicket

End of over 13 (4 runs) Pakistan 29/0
Salman Butt    13* (40b 2x4)      CS Martin    7-2-9-0
Imran Farhat    16* (38b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    3-0-19-0

13.1

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, beaten, ended up driving inside the line there, getting it to angle it away, pitching up, the right length

13.2

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, shortish on middle, fends it down into the leg side

13.3

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, 1 run, bowled it on the leg stump, moved across and clipped it down towards fine leg

13.4

O'Brien to Salman Butt, 1 wide, short and wide, too wide, Butt lets it be and it's called by the umpire

13.4

O'Brien to Salman Butt, no run, lands on a good length on middle, defended into the leg side from the crease

13.5

O'Brien to Salman Butt, no run, getting it to hit a good length on middle, pushed solidly back to the bowler

13.6

O'Brien to Salman Butt, no run, moved in off the pitch there, Butt opted to let it go, judging the bounce well as it nipped in off the good length

End of over 14 (2 runs) Pakistan 31/0
Salman Butt    13* (43b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    4-0-21-0
Imran Farhat    17* (41b 2x4)      CS Martin    7-2-9-0

Tuffey has been brought back

14.1

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, 1 run, much gentler than his two fast-bowling partners, hits a good length, at 128 kmph, knocks it down in front of cover and steals a quick run

14.2

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, short of a good length on the off, defended short of point, thinks of a single but it's not there

14.3

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, a rare bouncer, banged it hard on middle and the batsman ducked under it comfortably

14.4

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, bowled at 129 kmph on the off stump, watches it carefully onto his bat as he dabs it to mid-off

14.5

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, a rare lapse by Butt, bowled it short on middle and he tried to pull it through square leg, took his eyes off it there, and it bounced more than he expected

14.6

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, short of a good length outside off, leaves it alone

End of over 15 (1 run) Pakistan 32/0
Salman Butt    13* (48b 2x4)      DR Tuffey    4-2-2-0
Imran Farhat    18* (42b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    4-0-21-0

15.1

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, short of a good length on the off, dabs it down towards gully

15.2

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, bowled it short on the off, lets it through to the keeper, no movement there, holds its line

15.3

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, bowled it on a good length outside off, lets it go

15.4

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, 1 run, much better, draws him into playing the drive there and Farhat ends up getting it a little high on the bat as he tries to square-drive it past point, just manages to do so, was not to the pitch there

15.5

O'Brien to Salman Butt, no run

15.6

O'Brien to Salman Butt, no run

End of over 16 (1 run) Pakistan 33/0
Salman Butt    13* (50b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    5-0-22-0
Imran Farhat    19* (46b 2x4)      DR Tuffey    4-2-2-0

16.1

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, short of a good length outside off, shoulders arms and leaves it be

16.2

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, fuller, driving length but Farhat isn't interested, left alone

16.3

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, lands on a good length on middle, gets forward and defended confidently to extra cover

16.4

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, targeting middle and off, shuffles a hint, gets behind it nicely and plays it back

16.5

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, banged it short on middle, Farhat ducks under with no difficulty

16.6

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, shortish outside off, there to cut but he opts not to

End of over 17 (maiden) Pakistan 33/0
Imran Farhat    19* (52b 2x4)      DR Tuffey    5-3-2-0
Salman Butt    13* (50b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    5-0-22-0

17.1

O'Brien to Salman Butt, no run, bowled it full outside off, trying to tempt him into playing the drive but he doesn't

17.2

O'Brien to Salman Butt, no run, handling this with ease, gets it on a good length, rocks forward and pushes it back

17.3

O'Brien to Salman Butt, no run, short of a good length, attempting to get it back in but no movement, left alone to the keeper

17.4

O'Brien to Salman Butt, no run, bowled at 127 kmph, short of a good length on the off, defended hard down on the pitch

17.5

O'Brien to Salman Butt, no run, a bit more effort there, hurls a bouncer on middle, Butt evades it with ease

17.6

O'Brien to Salman Butt, no run, short of a good length in the channel outside off, leaves it alone

End of over 18 (maiden) Pakistan 33/0
Salman Butt    13* (56b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    6-1-22-0
Imran Farhat    19* (52b 2x4)      DR Tuffey    5-3-2-0

Roddy: "It's a shame that Bond isn't playing this Wellington test. Our bowling attack seems a bit weak without his enforcement. "

18.1

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, 3 runs, Tuffey gifts him with a half-volley just outside off and Farhat obliges, driving it forcefully wide of Vettori at mid-off, it slows down in the wettish outfield and they take three

18.2

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, bowled it short just outside off, leaves it alone

18.3

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, banged it short just outside off, Butt has nothing to do with it

18.4

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, lands on a good length outside off, leaves it alone

18.5

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run

18.6

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, gets it to leave the left-hander, angling it away from him, leaves it alone

End of over 19 (3 runs) Pakistan 36/0
Salman Butt    13* (61b 2x4)      DR Tuffey    6-3-5-0
Imran Farhat    22* (53b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    6-1-22-0

Quiet cricket, not much happening but Pakistan are negotiating the fast bowlers easily. Vettori comes on now. He has two slips and a short leg

19.1

Vettori to Imran Farhat, FOUR, going after him, tossed it up with plenty of width, reached for it and drove it hard with an open face through point

19.2

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, not much turn there, shortish on the off, rocked back and punched it to cover

19.3

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, went on straight, drew him forward with that tossed up good-length delivery but he left it alone

19.4

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, beaten by the straighter one, drifting in just a hint, plays for the turn there as he tries to drive it past mid-off

19.5

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, rises up to Farhat after landing short on the off, pushed off the back foot toward spoint

19.6

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, targeting middle and off, gets across and pushes it past short leg to midwicket

End of over 20 (4 runs) Pakistan 40/0
Imran Farhat    26* (59b 3x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-4-0
Salman Butt    13* (61b 2x4)      DR Tuffey    6-3-5-0

Alastor: "Get used to it Roddy, he's out for the Napier test as well. Sorry, (sniff) now I'm tearing up, its so cruel... one test back , takes 8 wickets and now two test out? Come back Bondy"

20.1

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, Butt flirts with her outside off though there is no reason to, Tuffey gets a bit of late movement there as Butt tries to push her past cover

20.2

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, held it back just slightly and Butt was more to the task this time, opting to leave it alone

20.3

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, short of a good length on middle, gets behind it and plays it to midwicket

20.4

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, banged it short on the off, moves away from it, good carry but ineffective

20.5

Tuffey to Salman Butt, 1 run, targeting the pads, worked away towards square leg

20.6

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, hurled it full on the off, pushed it through the line towards mid-off

End of over 21 (1 run) Pakistan 41/0
Imran Farhat    26* (60b 3x4)      DR Tuffey    7-3-6-0
Salman Butt    14* (66b 2x4)      DL Vettori    1-0-4-0

Evan: "Peter Fulton is going to have to stand up really tall in this innings. Its time for him to grow into his role as our pillar in the middle order"

21.1

Vettori to Salman Butt, FOUR, aggression, Vettori won't mind that, just a hint of drift, lands outside off and he drags through square leg for a boundary

21.2

Vettori to Salman Butt, 2 runs, shortish on the off, punched off the back foot through cover and point for two more

21.3

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, lands on a good length on middle, gets across and presents Vettori with the straight bat

21.4

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, gave it some air this time, lunges forward and plays it back to the bowler

21.5

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, bowls it on a good length outside off, pushes it towards cover off the front foot

21.6

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, goes on straight, gets it on a good length but can't tempt Butt to play at it, leaves it be

End of over 22 (6 runs) Pakistan 47/0
Salman Butt    20* (72b 3x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-10-0
Imran Farhat    26* (60b 3x4)      DR Tuffey    7-3-6-0

22.1

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, nicely played, bowled it short on middle and leg, knocked into the leg side towards midwicket, Farhat thinks of a single but is sent back, Tuffey races to get to the ball but fumbles, Farhat slips, Tuffey misfields, but no damage done

22.2

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, short of a good length on the off, eased off the front foot to cover

22.3

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, in the corridor and Farhat plays it the way it should in a Test match, leave it alone

22.4

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, 2 runs, short of a length, playing away from his body there as he dabs it behind point for a couple more to the score

22.5

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, gets back and drops it into the off side towards cover

Round the wicket...

22.6

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, short of a good length outside off, holds its line, leaves it alone

End of over 23 (2 runs) Pakistan 49/0
Imran Farhat    28* (66b 3x4)      DR Tuffey    8-3-8-0
Salman Butt    20* (72b 3x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-10-0

23.1

Vettori to Salman Butt, 2 runs, short of a length on the off, punched off the back foot through the in-field on the off side to raise the 50-stand

The openers have done an excellent job on a pitch that has failed to live up to New Zealand's expectations, and they've made the hosts miss Bond

23.2

Vettori to Salman Butt, 2 runs, two more, cracked off the back foot through that same gap again

23.3

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run

23.4

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, quicker through the air, pushed back to the bowler leaning forward

23.5

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, tossed it up on the off, leans forward and drops him back to the bowler

23.6

Vettori to Salman Butt, 1 run, short on middle, pushed back past the bowler to mid-on who misfields and allows them a quick single

Cory: "Tim Southee is the future of NZ cricket, he's in career best form and he bats better than half these guys to yet he still cant get a gig? Are they waiting for him to get a few more injuries and loose half his pace before he gets another shot?"

End of over 24 (5 runs) Pakistan 54/0
Salman Butt    25* (78b 3x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-15-0
Imran Farhat    28* (66b 3x4)      DR Tuffey    8-3-8-0

24.1

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, troubled him a little with the bouncer there, short on the off, he made sure he took his bottom-hand off while jabbing it wide of the pitch

Tuffey coming round the wicket

24.2

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, banged it short on middle, Butt ducks under it with ease

24.3

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, short of a length outside off, holds its line and he lets it go

24.4

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, angling in and hurling it short from wide of the crease, defended off the back foot onto the pitch

24.5

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, banged it short, another bouncer this time outside off, Butt backs away

24.6

Tuffey to Salman Butt, no run, hurled it short on the off, dropped it wide of the stumps and thought of a single there but it wasn't available

End of over 25 (maiden) Pakistan 54/0
Salman Butt    25* (84b 3x4)      DR Tuffey    9-4-8-0
Imran Farhat    28* (66b 3x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-15-0

Ben: "One amazing innings does not equal career best form. Is Neil Broom in career best form because he is coming of 196? Southee will get lots of opportunities but todays opportunity was given to someone who has been more consistent over the last two years." Speaking of Broom, one disgruntled New Zealand fan had referred to him as a "specialist fielder" during the Champions Trophy

25.1

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, drifting in and beating the outside edge as he reached forward to defend

Brendan Layton: "In Umar, it looks like Pakistan have someone who can stand up to the Australian bowlers and give them some schtick when they tour over here in the coming months."

25.1

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run

25.2

Vettori to Imran Farhat, 1 run, quicker through the air, kept a little low as he got back to defend, took a thick inside edge and rolled wide of square leg

Round the wicket...

25.3

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, short of a length outside off, holds its line and he lets it be

25.4

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, short of a length on the off, dropped dead on the pitch

25.5

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, bowled at 83 kmph on middle, stays rooted to the crease and defends it on the pitch

25.6

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, short of a good length on the off, taps it towards cover

End of over 26 (1 run) Pakistan 55/0
Salman Butt    25* (88b 3x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-16-0
Imran Farhat    29* (68b 3x4)      DR Tuffey    9-4-8-0

26.1

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, beaten! Movement, finally, and plenty of it this time, hit it on a length outside off and got it to nip away as Farhat tried to go for a booming drive through mid--off

26.2

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, bowled it short on the off, defended off the back foot towards point

26.3

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, a touch too wide this time, short and Farhat doesn't go for it

26.4

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, bowled it short outside off, gets back to play it from the crease, comes back in just a hint

26.5

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, shortish on the off, defended towards cover off the front foot

26.6

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, fuller and trying to induce him into playing the drive but he doesn't

End of over 27 (maiden) Pakistan 55/0
Imran Farhat    29* (74b 3x4)      DR Tuffey    10-5-8-0
Salman Butt    25* (88b 3x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-16-0

Vettori to bowl

27.1

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, quicker through the air, short on middle, moves across and pushes it back to the bowler

27.2

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, lands on a good length on the off, defended to extra cover

27.3

Vettori to Salman Butt, FOUR, tossed up outside off and Butt senses an opportunity, slog-sweeping it hard through midwicket to the ropes

A fielder has been pushed back now

27.4

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, just a slight element of turn, defended back to the bowler

27.5

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run

27.6

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, held it back a hint, shortish on middle, gets across and defends it to short leg

End of over 28 (4 runs) Pakistan 59/0
Salman Butt    29* (94b 4x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-20-0
Imran Farhat    29* (74b 3x4)      DR Tuffey    10-5-8-0

Tamoor: "It's so good to see these two lefties batting sensibly. Pakistan has always amused the world with the quality left-handed openers. I hope they get a good chance to prove their point. Farhat looks a lot more composed today while Butt must have had learnt a lesson after being out of action for such a long time now."

28.1

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, appeal for lbw, we are in the 29th over and it's the first of the day, gets him to drive at it by bowling it on a length on the off stump, gets an inside edge onto his pads, a colossal one

28.2

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, watches it through to the keeper, holds its line and he doesn't poke, fish, prod, jab, dab, knock

28.3

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, appeal for lbw, another one, appears to land outside leg and angles in towards middle, strikes him high on the pads as he tries to work it away, would have gone over as well

28.4

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, banged in short outside off, a bouncer, a harmless one

28.5

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, angling it away from the left-hander, shortish, leaves it be

28.6

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, bowls it on a length on middle, gets front and across and plays it back with a straight bat

End of over 29 (maiden) Pakistan 59/0
Imran Farhat    29* (80b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    7-2-22-0
Salman Butt    29* (94b 4x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-20-0

Vettori back to over the wicket. A slip and a short leg

29.1

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, lands on a good length on the off, pushed back to the bowler

29.2

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, tossed up on the off, reaches forward and defends it watchfully

29.3

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, flighted on the off, pushes it back with a full face back to the bowler

29.4

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, unable to get him to drive at that one, leaves it alone

29.5

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, flighted on the off, driven through to midwicket

29.6

Vettori to Salman Butt, no run, short of a length outside off, cut away straight to point

End of over 30 (maiden) Pakistan 59/0
Salman Butt    29* (100b 4x4)      DL Vettori    6-1-20-0
Imran Farhat    29* (80b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    7-2-22-0

30.1

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, short of a good length on middle, defended on the pitch

30.2

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, lands on a good length outside off, gets to it and guides it to point

30.3

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, banged in short on the off, ducks under in time and evades it successfully

30.4

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, short of a length, holds its line, the openers have tried to avoid these as much as possible and Farhat does the same this time

30.5

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, 1 run, gets across to defend but it takes a thick inside edge through square leg for a single

30.6

O'Brien to Salman Butt, no run, back of a length on middle, defended back to the bowler

End of over 31 (1 run) Pakistan 60/0
Salman Butt    29* (101b 4x4)      IE O'Brien    8-2-23-0
Imran Farhat    30* (85b 3x4)      DL Vettori    6-1-20-0

It's gotten a little windy

31.1

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, getting him to reach out to defend, guides it to point

31.2

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, tossed up outside off, pitches it on a length, driven hard to extra cover who dives to his left to save a few runs

31.3

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run

31.4

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, pitched up on the off, gets to the pitch and drops it into the off side

31.5

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, short of a length outside off, cuts it hard and Elliott does well, diving to his right at point

31.6

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, played inside the line to that straightish delivery and ended up getting a thick outside edge to point

End of over 32 (maiden) Pakistan 60/0
Imran Farhat    30* (91b 3x4)      DL Vettori    7-2-20-0
Salman Butt    29* (101b 4x4)      IE O'Brien    8-2-23-0

DK: "This Kiwi attack really lacks a spearhead capable of running through a side. Its a shame the only one they have produced this decade is Bond and he is missing yet again. Martin as a 'spearhead' is just not in same league as Lee/Johnson, Zaheer/Harbhajan, Anderson, Fidel/Jerome, Aamer/Asif, Murali/Malinga, Steyn."

32.1

O'Brien to Salman Butt, no run, a bouncer outside off, no trouble backing away from it

32.2

O'Brien to Salman Butt, OUT, watch out for the blog later today, banged in short on the off and a rush of blood costs Butt his wicket, rises up to him a little more than he expected and he gets a top edge as he attempts a pull, Tuffey moves a few steps forward from mid-on and takes a dolly

Salman Butt c Tuffey b O'Brien 29 (133m 103b 4x4 0x6) SR: 28.15

New Zealand have had to be extremely patient to get this. A much-needed break, this. Nevertheless, a solid stand between the openers. The star of the first Test for Pakistan, Umar Akmal, comes in

32.3

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, short of a length on the off, defended off the back foot towards point

32.4

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, pushed off the back foot to cover

32.5

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, good pace there, bowling it at 138 kmph, hurled it short outside off, stood all as he defended it towards gully

32.6

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, FOUR, almost had another one! Well bowled O'Brien, getting excellent bounce off this pitch, bowled it short outside off, Umar, playing away from his body, thought of playing at it initially but then decided to withdraw, was a little too late and it took the edge and flew through the gap between gully and slip, streaky

A testing over by O'Brien

End of over 33 (4 runs) Pakistan 64/1
Umar Akmal    4* (4b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    9-2-27-1
Imran Farhat    30* (91b 3x4)      DL Vettori    7-2-20-0

33.1

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run

33.2

Vettori to Imran Farhat, 2 runs, got a thick outside edge as he leaned forward to defend, it held its line and he earned a couple

33.3

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, 93 kmph and the pace and the bounce almost gets Farhat as he rocks back to defend and plays it inside the line

33.4

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, flighted on the off, driven through the line to mid-off

33.5

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run

33.6

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, short of a length on the off, dropped just wide of the stumps off the front foot

End of over 34 (2 runs) Pakistan 66/1
Imran Farhat    32* (97b 3x4)      DL Vettori    8-2-22-0
Umar Akmal    4* (4b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    9-2-27-1

Four slips in place

34.1

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, Umar plays an irresponsible shot, short of a length outside off, tries to flay it through the off side without any foot-movement, misses

34.2

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, ruffles him up with a bouncer this time which Umar fails to read and is very late to react, he's struggled

34.3

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, awkwardly played because O'Brien had him in two minds there, stayed rooted to the crease and tried to duck as though he were facing a bouncer but it was bowled full and he adjusted late to defend it to the off side

34.4

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, short of a good length on the off and nips in a touch, tries to defend off the back foot and it whizzes through

34.5

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, an excellent over, this, gets wider of the crease and hurls it short outside off, nips away after pitching and Umar has no clue, jumping around to defend it towards point

34.6

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, gets it in the middle this time, fullish on the off, pushed towards cover from the crease

The best over of the innings, made possible also by the way Umar chose to play it

End of over 35 (maiden) Pakistan 66/1
Umar Akmal    4* (10b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    10-3-27-1
Imran Farhat    32* (97b 3x4)      DL Vettori    8-2-22-0

35.1

Vettori to Imran Farhat, OUT, The openers have been sent back, New Zealand have clawed back before tea! Short of a length outside off and appeared to hold its line, quicker through the air and Farhat, trying to be a little cheeky, made a bit of room to play it past slip but ended up getting a thick outside edge straight to Taylor who reacted well to snap a sharp one

Imran Farhat c Taylor b Vettori 32 (145m 98b 3x4 0x6) SR: 32.65

New Zealand's persistence and patience has payed off. Both openers have fallen to needless shots. The Pakistan captain comes in amid a bit of pressure with a struggling partner at the other end

Round the wicket....

35.2

Vettori to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, drifted in, bowled it short and he played it really late, just got his bat down in time

35.3

Vettori to Mohammad Yousuf, OUT, three down! Yousuf doesn't opt for the review, that's because he knows he's a gonner, angling in towards middle and leg and it holds its line, Yousuf is only half-forward as he tries to play at it, misreads the line and is rapped right in front of the stumps

Mohammad Yousuf lbw b Vettori 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Pakistan in a bit of trouble now. Misbah comes in. A turnaround in a matter of minutes. A slip and a short leg in place for Vettori.

35.4

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, goes for the drive first up, pitched it up on the off, played to mid-off

35.5

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, lunges forward and defends it on the off side

35.6

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slower through the air, shortish on middle and leg, drops it in front of short leg

End of over 36 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 66/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    0* (3b)      DL Vettori    9-3-22-2
Umar Akmal    4* (10b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    10-3-27-1

36.1

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, O'Brien doing well here, short of a length an gets it to nip away to beat the outside edge

36.2

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run

36.3

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, shortish on the off, pushed off the back foot towards point

36.4

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, bouncer this time, at 138 kmph, a little too high though, ducks under it well

36.5

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, O'Brien's getting it to move around and his opponent has no clue, full outside off and it swings in late to beat the attempted drive and just miss off stump

36.6

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, short of a good length on the off, pushed off the back foot to cover

End of over 37 (maiden) Pakistan 66/3
Umar Akmal    4* (16b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    11-4-27-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    0* (3b)      DL Vettori    9-3-22-2

37.1

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, went on straight, lands on a good length on the off, defended with a reach on the off side

37.2

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of a good length, opts to play on the front foot, rocking forward and jabbing it on the off side

37.3

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, oooh, inside edge onto the pads, was undecided whether to play it front or back, lobbed up but landed short of a diving short leg

37.4

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, gets a chance with a short-and-wide delivery, cuts it hard behind point for a couple of runs

37.5

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of a good length on the off, taps it in front of Vettori

37.6

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX, risky but it pays off, audacious strike by Misbah who takes the challenge to Vettori, dispatching that flighted delivery miles into the stands over long-on with one clean swing

This is great to watch. A player discarded for the series who strikes 284 in his first-game of the QEA trophy is recalled when the Pakistan top order fails in the first Test, and he announces his return with a six off New Zealand's best bowler.

End of over 38 (8 runs) Pakistan 74/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    8* (9b 1x6)      DL Vettori    10-3-30-2
Umar Akmal    4* (16b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    11-4-27-1

38.1

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, short of a good length outside off, rocks back to defend and O'Brien beats him again, using the late movement to beat the outside edge

38.2

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, FOUR, moral victory for the bowler again, holds its line this time, and Umar plays inside the line and gets a thick edge between slip and gully

Plenty of criticism from the TV commentator Waqar Younis on the decision to send Umar Akmal at No.3. "I'm feeling sorry for the youngster," he says

38.3

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, 3 runs, well played this time, bowled it full on the off, no feet movement there but gets it off the middle as he drives through the line through mid-off

38.4

O'Brien to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, banged in short on middle, the bouncer but he anticipates it correctly and ducks under it well

38.5

O'Brien to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, two in a row, no problems evading it this time either

38.6

O'Brien to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, shortish outside off, plays away from his body as he taps it towards gully

End of over 39 (7 runs) Pakistan 81/3
Misbah-ul-Haq    8* (12b 1x6)      IE O'Brien    12-4-34-1
Umar Akmal    11* (19b 2x4)      DL Vettori    10-3-30-2

Andrew: "Consider yourself lucky it's just "a little windy". This game is being played in the home of gale force winds!"

39.1

Vettori to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, drifting in and Umar's in trouble again, getting it down leg and he chases it to get an inside edge behind square leg for a couple

39.2

Vettori to Umar Akmal, no run, lands on a good length on middle, reaches forward to defend it into the leg side

39.3

Vettori to Umar Akmal, no run, drifting in again, gets an inside edge as he takes a big stride forward to defend

39.4

Vettori to Umar Akmal, no run, closes the face on it and drops it to short leg

39.5

Vettori to Umar Akmal, SIX, brilliant to watch, counters the pressure with a free swing of the arms, Vettori gave it some air and he lunged forward, bent low and slog-swept it over deep midwicket into the stands

Last ball before tea..

39.6

Vettori to Umar Akmal, 1 run, hurled it short outside off, chops it down behind point for a single to end the session

A thoroughly entertaining last hour of this session. Openers Farhat and Butt had done a superb job, keeping the New Zealand bowlers at bay to build a solid stand. They played out 194 balls with relative ease before Butt made the mistake, trying to pull a rising O'Brien delivery and getting a top edge. Farhat, too, tried to do something that he had guarded himself against for most of his innings and paid the price. Yousuf was caught on the crease and misread the line before O'Brien bowled a torturous spell to Umar Akmal, thrust into the No.3 slot in just his second Test. Misbah, also wanting to make a mark after being initially discarded for the series, smote a monstrous six before Umar followed suit to counter the increasing aggression from the bowlers.

A highly exciting conclusion to the session, and may the second be the same. Join us in a little over ten minutes.

End of over 40 (9 runs) Pakistan 90/3
Umar Akmal    20* (25b 2x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    11-3-39-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    8* (12b 1x6)      IE O'Brien    12-4-34-1

We are ready for the start of the final session. New Zealand have the advantage at this stage. There's another game taking place, in Mumbai, between India and Sri Lanka. Check it out.

40.1

Martin to Umar Akmal, FOUR, stars the session in confident fashion, Martin has the ball, bowls it short outside off, cuts it hard through gully and point for a boundary

40.2

Martin to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, lands on a good length on the off, driven through mid-off and extra cover for two more, came off the meant

40.3

Martin to Umar Akmal, no run, bowled it short on middle, defended off the back foot into the leg side

40.4

Martin to Umar Akmal, no run, taking the risk there, bowled it short outside off and Umar tried to upper-cut it over the slips, misses as it bounces more than he wants it to

40.5

Martin to Umar Akmal, no run, short of a length on middle, rocks back and defends it short of cover

40.6

Martin to Umar Akmal, 1 run, hurled it short on middle, shuffled a hint and turned it down to fine leg for a single

End of over 41 (7 runs) Pakistan 97/3
Umar Akmal    27* (31b 3x4 1x6)      CS Martin    8-2-16-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    8* (12b 1x6)      DL Vettori    11-3-39-2

Tuffey comes on, two slips in place

41.1

Tuffey to Umar Akmal, no run, bowls it on a good length on middle, gets to the pitch and defends it solidly to mid-on

41.2

Tuffey to Umar Akmal, no run, lands on a good length outside off at 127 kmph, holds its line, leaves it alone to the keeper

41.3

Tuffey to Umar Akmal, no run, bowled it full on the off, drove it down to mid-on who fumbles but they don't attempt the single

41.4

Tuffey to Umar Akmal, FOUR, short and wide, slashes hard and gets a thick edge between gully and slip, je's going for his shots when the opportunity's there

41.5

Tuffey to Umar Akmal, no run, short of a length on the off, rocks onto the back foot and punches it to cover

41.6

Tuffey to Umar Akmal, no run, driving length outside off, he's not tempted this time, leaves it alone

End of over 42 (4 runs) Pakistan 101/3
Umar Akmal    31* (37b 4x4 1x6)      DR Tuffey    11-5-12-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    8* (12b 1x6)      CS Martin    8-2-16-0

42.1

Martin to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, nipping in just a touch, gets outside the line and defends it back to the bowler

42.2

Martin to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of a good length on the off, defended to midwicket on the back foot

42.3

Martin to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, bowled it full outside off, reached forward and pushed it towards cover

42.4

Martin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, short one bowled outside off, pulled it through midwicket for a single into the deep

42.5

Martin to Umar Akmal, no run, jagging back in just a hint, gets on the back foot and punches it back to the bowler

42.6

Martin to Umar Akmal, 3 runs, short of a length outside off, another audacious shot, tries to heave him over midwicket and does so but doesn't get enough on it to take it all the way, lands safely and they take three

He's raced to 34, mixing his uncertainty facing the seamers with some dazzling strokeplay

End of over 43 (4 runs) Pakistan 105/3
Umar Akmal    34* (39b 4x4 1x6)      CS Martin    9-2-20-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    9* (16b 1x6)      DR Tuffey    11-5-12-0

43.1

Tuffey to Umar Akmal, FOUR, four more, short down the leg side, turns it down really fine, wide of the diving keeper, all the way to the ropes

43.2

Tuffey to Umar Akmal, 1 run, shortish on middle, turned away through square leg for a single

43.3

Tuffey to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, shortish on middle, worked away off the back foot behind square for a single

43.4

Tuffey to Umar Akmal, no run, back of a length on the off, pushed from the crease towards cover

43.5

Tuffey to Umar Akmal, FOUR, Umar continues his merry way, it's short and wide and he's not going to waste a chance to score when there is one, shortish, waits for it and cuts it hard between point and gully

43.6

Tuffey to Umar Akmal, no run, bowled it full on the off, pushed it with a slightly open face towards cover

End of over 44 (10 runs) Pakistan 115/3
Umar Akmal    43* (44b 6x4 1x6)      DR Tuffey    12-5-22-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    10* (17b 1x6)      CS Martin    9-2-20-0

44.1

Martin to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of a good length outside off, Misbah lets it go

44.2

Martin to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, bowled it full outside off, gets a stride forward and eases it to mid-off

Amit: "Where do Pakistan find these guys? I am a hardcore Indian fan and I should be watching Sehwag & M Vijay bat against Srilanka but I am glued to Umar Akmal. This kid continues to amaze with the confidence he bats with. I hope he gets a hundred so that Waqar does not feel sorry for him."

44.3

Martin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, bowled it short on leg stump, helps it down to fine leg for a single, raises the 50-stand, Umar has made 39

44.4

Martin to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, bowled it short and he goes after it, swats it hard wide of mid-on for two more

Chris: "Gee I like this Umal Akmal. Very exciting. Cant wait to see him in Australia for the New years test. Maybe Phillip Hughes will be back in the Australian side too and we will get treated to two of the best young batsmen going around "

44.5

Martin to Umar Akmal, no run, bowls it on a good length on the off, opts to play it off the back foot and defends it back to the bowler

44.6

Martin to Umar Akmal, 1 run, gets back and works it away wide of midwicket for a single

End of over 45 (4 runs) Pakistan 119/3
Umar Akmal    46* (47b 6x4 1x6)      CS Martin    10-2-24-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    11* (20b 1x6)      DR Tuffey    12-5-22-0

45.1

Tuffey to Umar Akmal, OUT, Tuffey gets Umar! The inswinger and gets it to nip in a little further after pitching, Umar gets forward to defend but is done in by the movement, clips the pads and is bowled through the gate and is bowled

Umar Akmal b Tuffey 46 (57m 48b 6x4 1x6) SR: 95.83

The movement, which has not been on offer to the extent that the New Zealanders would have wanted, has finally earned them a wicket. Shoaib Malik comes in,. Umar walks off after an entertaining innings. An innings of contrasts with the uncertainty and rustiness of a youngster batting at No.3 for the first time, and the belligerence to ward it off.

Tuffey gets his first Test wicket in five years

45.2

Tuffey to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short on middle, knocks it into the leg side for a single, off the mark straightaway

45.3

Tuffey to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run

45.4

Tuffey to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of a length outside off, Misbah shoulders arms to that one

45.5

Tuffey to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short of a good length on the off, pushed back to the bowler from the crease

45.6

Tuffey to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, lands on a good length on the off, squared him up a little, gets a bit of ;late movement and a thick outside edge and rolls down to cover

End of over 46 (1 run) Pakistan 120/4
Misbah-ul-Haq    11* (24b 1x6)      DR Tuffey    13-5-23-1
Shoaib Malik    1* (1b)      CS Martin    10-2-24-0

46.1

Martin to Shoaib Malik, no run, bowled it full on the off, driven hard but straight to a widish mid-off

46.2

Martin to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, excellent shot, in the slot outside off, gets to the pitch and drills it wide of mid-off all along the ground to the ropes, came off the meat

46.3

Martin to Shoaib Malik, no run, gets wide of the crease and bowls it short outside off, ducks under it easily

Ayaz: "No sense in discussing where they sent in Umar Akmal. Even if he was sent in at number 5, he'd already be at at the crease. He's shown in his short career so far that he loves to embrace challenges and is showing it again right now. "

46.4

Martin to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, short and wide and Malik gives it the treatment, rocks back and cracks it hard in front of point for a boundary

46.5

Martin to Shoaib Malik, no run, back of a length on the off, defended towards cover off the back foot

46.6

Martin to Shoaib Malik, no run, gets back and knocks it towards cover, stood tall and played it confidently

End of over 47 (8 runs) Pakistan 128/4
Shoaib Malik    9* (7b 2x4)      CS Martin    11-2-32-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    11* (24b 1x6)      DR Tuffey    13-5-23-1

47.1

Tuffey to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length on middle, knocks it towards cover

47.2

Tuffey to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length on middle, gets back and punches it wide of mid-on for a single

47.3

Tuffey to Shoaib Malik, no run, nips back in from a good length on the off, drops his bottom hand on that one after spotting it late, fends it into the leg side

47.4

Tuffey to Shoaib Malik, no run, hurled it short outside off, Malik evades it with ease

47.5

Tuffey to Shoaib Malik, no run, leaves this one alone, jags back in a hint after landing on a good length, left alone

47.6

Tuffey to Shoaib Malik, no run, bowled it short outside off, leaves it be

End of over 48 (1 run) Pakistan 129/4
Shoaib Malik    9* (11b 2x4)      DR Tuffey    14-5-24-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    12* (26b 1x6)      CS Martin    11-2-32-0

O'Brien is back

48.1

O'Brien to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, lands on a good length outside off, moves in a hint and defends

48.2

O'Brien to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, shortish outside off, pushes it towards cover

48.3

O'Brien to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, knocks it into the leg side in front of square leg for a single

48.4

O'Brien to Shoaib Malik, no run, much quicker, bowled it on a good length on the off at 143 kmph, got it move away a hint and take the outside edge to gully as Malik tried to drive it through the line

48.5

O'Brien to Shoaib Malik, no run, bowled it short on the off, defended towards cover off the back foot

48.6

O'Brien to Shoaib Malik, no run, the bouncer, bowled it short outside off, Malik ducks under it with ease

End of over 49 (1 run) Pakistan 130/4
Shoaib Malik    9* (14b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    13-4-35-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    13* (29b 1x6)      DR Tuffey    14-5-24-1

49.1

Tuffey to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, nips in from a good length on the off, closes the face a touch and pushes it to mid-on

49.2

Tuffey to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, teasing him outside off and trying it get it back in, Misbah gets a big stride forward and plays it back to the bowler

49.3

Tuffey to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, pushed it full outside off, eases it to cover with a big stride

49.4

Tuffey to Shoaib Malik, no run

49.5

Tuffey to Shoaib Malik, OUT, Tuffey strikes again, needless stuff from Malik, it's pitched up alright but he didn't have to play it uppishly, mistimes a drive straight to Vettori at mid-off

Shoaib Malik c Vettori b Tuffey 9 (22m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 56.25

Poor shot under the circumstances and New Zealand, after that half-century stand between Umar and Misbah, have struck back again.

Kamran Akmal comes in to face.

49.6

Tuffey to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, Akmal off the mark in confident fashion, Tuffey bowls it on a length on the off, drives it hard and firm wide of mid-off, a touch uppish but well wide of the fielder

End of over 50 (5 runs) Pakistan 135/5
Kamran Akmal    4* (1b 1x4)      DR Tuffey    15-5-29-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    14* (32b 1x6)      IE O'Brien    13-4-35-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
Series Results
New Zealand v Pakistan at Napier - Dec 11-15, 2009
Match drawn
New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington - Dec 3-6, 2009
Pakistan won by 141 runs
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New Zealand won by 32 runs
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Mohammad Yousuf after his second Test win as captain

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