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New Zealand vs Pakistan, 2nd Test at Wellington, , Dec 03 2009 - Ball by Ball Commentary

RESULT
2nd Test, Wellington, December 03 - 06, 2009, Pakistan tour of New Zealand
264 & 239
(T:405) 99 & 263

Pakistan won by 141 runs

Player Of The Match
4/40 & 5/67
mohammad-asif
New
NZ 2nd Innings
Full commentary

A comprehensive 141-run win for Pakistan, who have levelled this series. Their catching may have been horrendous, but the bowling was top notch with both Asif, who now has 17 wickets in this series, and Aamer making frequent inroads through a line-up that simply failed to measure up to their accuracy and testing lengths. New Zealand's top order will look forward to playing in what has traditionally been a favourable batting wicket in Napier, but their technique is what has let them down in this series and are in need of a major repair work ahead of the next Test. Pakistan have now won their third consecutive game at the Basin Reserve, which, hosting its 50th Test, serves up a disappointment for the hosts.

Presentation time.

Vettori: "Certain aspects of our play have been very disappointing, we lost the Test because we were bowled out for 99 in the first innings. Every one comes under scrutiny apart from Ross Taylor. We're happy with our bowling, we have been for a long time, hopefully they get a decent rest. Napier is known to be a bowler's graveyard, so hope the batting comes good there. An excellent wicket here in Wellington."

Yousuf: "I thank mighty Allah and my team. The bowlers bowled very well, and Kamran Akmal batted well in the first innings. The way Umar Akmal plays sometimes, I find it difficult to stop him. A very good Test wicket, this. We missed catches, we'll try hard in the practice sessions. We are very happy after this win, it's come after a long time."

Asif is the Man of the Match: "I just enjoy my bowling. When we were batting, there was some seam movement. It was a sporting pitch, and if you pitch it in the right areas, it works well for you. We have a few days rest, and we hope to win in Napier."

Pakistan last won a Test in January 2007, and this one is a welcome break from the trend. The next Test begins on December 11. Join us then. Thanks for the feedback, and we'll see you again in a few days time. Take care and on behalf of everyone at Cricinfo, it's goodbye from Sid Talya. Be well!

82.5
W
Mohammad Asif to O'Brien, OUT

Malik finally takes one! Asif takes five, short outside off, hangs his bat out and opens the face but ends up edging it straight to Malik at second slip

Iain O'Brien c Shoaib Malik b Mohammad Asif 31 (45b 5x4 0x6 55m) SR: 68.88
82.4
4
Mohammad Asif to O'Brien, FOUR runs

four more, shortish outside off, swipes it through square leg, plenty of open spaces in the deep and he earns four more

82.3
4
Mohammad Asif to O'Brien, FOUR runs

came off the middle, hammers Pakistan's best fast bowler over his head and he has a huge smile on his place, lands on a length and he strikes it off the middle of the blade for a one bounce four

82.2
Mohammad Asif to O'Brien, no run

banged in short outside off, backs away from it

82.1
2
Mohammad Asif to O'Brien, 2 runs

bowled it full on the off, gets forward and pushes it through cover for a couple of runs

end of over 821 run
NZ: 253/9CRR: 3.08 
Chris Martin0 (6b)
Iain O'Brien21 (40b 3x4)
Danish Kaneria 31-6-74-3
Mohammad Asif 23-9-57-4
81.6
Danish Kaneria to Martin, no run

handles the flipper well, defending it off the back foot towards point

81.5
1
Danish Kaneria to O'Brien, 1 run

pushed down the ground to long-on to take a single and leave Martin exposed for one ball

81.4
Danish Kaneria to O'Brien, no run

turned away just a hint, left alone to the keeper

81.3
Danish Kaneria to O'Brien, no run

bowled it full on the off, pushed back to the bowler

81.2
Danish Kaneria to O'Brien, no run

bowled full outside off, lands in line with off and strikes him on the pads before making contact with the bat, Kaneria goes up, Taufel shakes his head, a review is called for, pitched in line and struck him in line but he had taken a massive stride forward, struck him really low on the pads, virtual eye cannot confirm if that would have gone on, the on-field umpire's decision stands, not out

81.1
Danish Kaneria to O'Brien, no run

bowled flat, gets outside the line to defend it to extra cover

Two slips, a silly point and a short leg

end of over 81Wicket maiden
NZ: 252/9CRR: 3.11 
Chris Martin0 (5b)
Iain O'Brien20 (35b 3x4)
Mohammad Asif 23-9-57-4
Danish Kaneria 30-6-73-3
80.6
Mohammad Asif to Martin, no run

lands on a good length outside off, holds its line, left alone to the keeper

80.5
Mohammad Asif to Martin, no run

gets on the back foot and defends it down towards midwicket, doing well here

80.4
Mohammad Asif to Martin, no run

big cheers as Martin gets his bat to one, presenting the full face to play one back to the bowler

80.3
Mohammad Asif to Martin, no run

beaten, short of a good length on the off, Martin tries to punch it off the back foot, moves away to escape the outside edge

80.2
Mohammad Asif to Martin, no run

almost had a fifth, full and wide, drives off the front foot, it moves away to beat the outside edge

In comes Chris Martin, Pakistan need just one more. Asif takes four wickets for the fourth consecutive time in this series.

80.1
W
Mohammad Asif to Vettori, OUT

gone, sanity restored! Gets it to land just short of a good length outside off and move away a hint, Vettori pokes at it from the crease, gets a thick edge and Umar Akmal snaps a sharp one reacting to his right

Daniel Vettori c Umar Akmal b Mohammad Asif 40 (57b 3x4 0x6 81m) SR: 70.17

Yousuf has taken the new ball, Asif gets it

end of over 801 run
NZ: 252/8CRR: 3.15 
Iain O'Brien20 (35b 3x4)
Daniel Vettori40 (56b 3x4)
Danish Kaneria 30-6-73-3
Shoaib Malik 1-0-5-0
79.6
Danish Kaneria to O'Brien, no run

O'Brien gets one on his ribs, it's the googly, turns in from outside off and he opts out of the shot

79.5
Danish Kaneria to O'Brien, no run

flipper, played off the back foot really late, back to the bowler

79.4
Danish Kaneria to O'Brien, no run
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