Pakistan trail New Zealand by 222 on day two

Wellington, Jan 16 (AFP) Taufeeq Umar and Azhar Aliovercame an early misfire to lift Pakistan to 134 for two inreply to New Zealand''s first innings 356 built on a DanielVettori century in the second Test here today.

At stumps on day two, Pakistan trailed New Zealand by 222with eight wickets in hand and the placid pitch starting toshow signs of turn.

Taufeeq was out on the last ball of the day for 70 andAzhar was undefeated on 62.

The pair came together in the second over of the Pakistaninnings after Mohammad Hafeez was given out on a dubiousumpire''s call, and both put on half centuries before Vettoricaptured Taufeeq.

It was just reward for the New Zealand captain whoearlier had the opener nick a ball which wicketkeeper ReeceYoung juggled before he finally secured the catch.

However, the New Zealand players offered a low-key appealand the umpire turned it down.

It was one of several decisions in the Test wheretelevision replays have shown the umpire was wrong. However,there is no provision in the match rules for the captains toappeal to the third official.

Taufeeq added another 36 runs and had three figures inhis sights when he became overly defensive, stabbed at afull-length Vettori ball and it went straight to MartinGuptill fielding close in.

Azhar also had a life when on 32 he edged Tim Southee andthe ball raced to the boundary between Young and first slipRoss Taylor who were standing abnormally far apart.

Their 132-run stand for the second innings underscoredthe placid nature of the wicket as Pakistan look to secure thetwo-Test series after easily wrapping up the first Test insidethree days.

New Zealand, seeking a more committed batting effort inthis Test, were again in trouble when they collapsed to be 180for six before Vettori brought a level of respectability tothe score with his sixth Test century.

He put on 138 with Young (57) for the seventh wicket, wasthe last man out for 110, compiled in nearly four hours at thecrease and including 10 fours and a six. MORE AFP SSC

There were nerve-wrecking moments towards the end for Vettori, who was on 96 when New Zealand''s last batsman ChrisMartin joined him in the middle.

Martin is recognised as one of the worst batsmen in Testcricket and he received a huge ovation from the crowd for eachball he survived as Vettori worked his way to three figures,bringing up his century with a single to fine leg.

New Zealand had resumed the second day at 246 for six andreached 318 before Young was dismissed just before lunch whileSouthee (one) and Brent Arnel (one) fell soon after the break.

Paceman Umar Gul finished with the best figures forPakistan, four for 87 from 32 overs, while Tanvir took threefor 93 from 25.

Left arm spinner Abdur Rehman, who had the difficult taskof bowling a marathon spell into the strong northerly wind,ended with two for 96 from 45.1 overs.

Wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal took six catches in the innings,one short of the world record. AFP SSC

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