New Zealand look to build quick lead

Wellington, Jan 18 (AFP) New Zealand''s batsmen went onthe attack for the first time in the series as BrendonMcCullum rode his luck to hit a half century on the fourth dayof the second Test against Pakistan today.

McCullum (58) and Martin Guptill (38) had put on anunbeaten 106 by lunch in New Zealand''s second innings to givethe Black Caps an overall lead of 86 runs after Pakistannotched 376 in their first innings.

It was the first time a New Zealand opening partnershiphas reached more than 50 in the series, allowing the BlackCaps the luxury of some aggressive shot-making as they lookedfor quick runs in the hope of forcing a result.

McCullum had a life when he was dropped on 26 and madethe most of his reprieve, smashing Abdur Rehman for six offthe next ball.

His half century came off 76 balls and included six foursand one six.

Guptill was also dropped on 34, when Tanvir Ahmed failedto take a difficult catch off his own bowling.

Umar Gul was the most economical of Pakistan''s bowlers inthe humid, cloudy conditions, going for 18 runs off eightovers, while a wayward three-over spell from Wahab Riaz cost25 runs, including four no-balls.

Already 1-0 up in the two Test series and with forecastbad weather increasing the likelihood of a draw, Pakistan werecontent to set defensive fields to limit New Zealand''sprogress. (AFP) CM

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