Rehman double strike slows New Zealand

Wellington, Jan 18 (AFP) Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehmanstruck twice in the afternoon session as Pakistan slowed NewZealand''s bid to build a big lead on the fourth day of thesecond Test today.

New Zealand went into the break at 181-3 in their secondinnings, with Ross Taylor on 4 and Jesse Ryder on 11, givingthe Black Caps a 161-run lead.

Rehman broke a 120-run opening stand between BrendonMcCullum (64) and Martin Guptill (73), with Pakistan claimingthree wickets for 46 as the Black Caps chased quick runs toforce a result to level the two-Test series.

The spinner tempted McCullum to try to drive him out ofthe ground shortly after lunch, with the batsman mistiming hisshot and sending the ball to Tanvir Ahmed at long off.

He later trapped Guptill lbw to lift his figures to twofor 65 off 25 overs.

It was the first time a New Zealand opening stand hasreached 50 in the series.

It was also only the second time since 2004 that a BlackCaps'' opening pair has made 100, an encouraging sign for coachJohn Wright as he seeks to improve New Zealand''s brittletop-order following his appointment in December.

Tanvir Ahmed also claimed his first wicket of the inningsas Pakistan bounced back from a frustrating morning sessionwhen Kane Williamson (15) edged to wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal on15. (AFP) CM

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