Vettori leads New Zealand out of trouble

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Wellington, Jan 16 (AFP) Daniel Vettori and Reece Youngproduced a 138-run salvage operation for New Zealand as theywent to lunch today at 319 for seven on the second day of thesecond Test against Pakistan.

Their partnership ended just before the break when Youngwas dismissed for 57, his maiden Test half-century, leavingVettori unbeaten on 79 with Tim Southee yet to score.

Vettori and Young came together with New Zealand infamiliar trouble after another top order failure at 180-6 andset about methodically rebuilding the innings.

The captain Vettori brought up his 23rd half-century inhis 104th Test and Young brought up his first in only hissecond Test.

Their defiant stand came to an end 10 balls before lunchwhen Young slashed at a short ball from Tanvir Ahmed and edgedit through to wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal.

Adnan has so far taken six catches in the innings, oneshort of the Test world record which is shared by four playersincluding former Pakistan keeper Wasim Bari.

Fired up by the breakthrough, Tanvir shook new batsmanSouthee with a short ball that crashed into the batsman''shelmet, leaving him stunned and requiring a new helmet.

The wicket lifted Tanvir''s figures to three for 93 from25 overs, while Umar Gul has two for 71 and the most miserlyof the Pakistan bowlers, Abdur Rehman, has one for 75 from 40overs. AFP SSC

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