Taylor, Franklin mount New Zealand rescue

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Wellington, Jan 15 (AFP) Ross Taylor and James Franklinsteadied the ship for New Zealand, taking the home side to 147for four at tea on the first day of the second Test againstPakistan today.

Taylor was on unbeaten on 65 and Franklin 21 not out asthe pair battled back after Umar Gul and Tanvir Ahmed hadremoved the top order.

Following their humiliation in the first Test, where theywere beaten inside three days, New Zealand need to win tosquare the two-Test series.

But their woes continued when Daniel Vettori won the tossand elected to bat.

Gul removed senior batsman Brendon McCullum in the firstover for two and Kane Williamson for 21.

Taylor and Martin Guptill added 52 for the third wicket,a sizeable stand by New Zealand when compared with theirperformances in recent Tests, before Tanvir Ahmed found hisline and claimed two wickets in two balls.

In the sixth over after lunch the inability of NewZealand''s top order batsmen to remain patient was exposed whenGuptill ignored four balls outside off from Tanvir beforeflashing at the fifth and he was caught behind for 29.

Jesse Ryder, who was out first ball in the second inningsof the first Test, was dismissed for his second consecutivegolden duck, giving wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal a second catchwhen he dabbled at a ball outside the off stump.

New Zealand had slumped from 98 for two to 98 for fourand another collapse was on the cards before the recalledFranklin joined Taylor in an attempt to turn their fortunesaround.

Franklin, a left-arm quick being developed as anall-rounder, was the only change in the New Zealand side fromthe first Test team, coming in at the expense of out-of-formopener Tim McIntosh.

For Pakistan, who have kept the same side that dominatedthe first Test, Tanvir had figures of 2-29 and Gul 2-33 whileleft-arm spinner Abdur Rehman has tied down the other end.

(AFP) CM

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