New Zealand 246-6 vs Pakistan

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Wellington, Jan 15 (AP) Pakistan took the upper hand onopening day of the second Test today, with wicketkeeper AdnalAkmal taking five catches to help the tourists limit NewZealand to 246-6 by stumps.

Akmal took two catches from the bowling of Tanvir Ahmedand one each from Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz and spinner AbdurRehman to help Pakistan position itself for a series victory.

Tanvir finished with 2-63 and Gul 2-53 as the Pakistanseamers were rewarded for a day of steady toil in windyconditions.

New Zealand''s batsmen extended the pattern of the10-wicket loss in the first Test, with a lack of perseveranceor an inability to build on starts. Two wickets fell in eachsession and Ross Taylor''s uncharacteristically painstaking 78provided the backbone of the innings.

After winning the toss and batting, New Zealand lostBrendon McCullum in Gul''s opening over and was unable for therest of the day to establish any authority over the Pakistanbowlers.

It was 90-2 by lunch, 147-4 by tea and New Zealand wasstill trying to get back on even terms on a grassy but soundbatting wicket when stumps were drawn.

Captain Daniel Vettori was 38 not out and wicketkeeperReece Young 28 not out at the close of play, having added 66for the seventh wicket in one of the day''s few productivepartnerships.

Taylor put on 52 for the third wicket with Martin Guptill(29) and 68 for the fifth wicket with James Franklin (33).


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