Shakeel stands firm to prop up Pakistan

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Saud Shakeel defied New Zealand as he faced 158 balls for his 43*
Saud Shakeel defied New Zealand as he faced 158 balls for his 43* © AFP

Pakistan made steady progress on the second morning in reply to New Zealand's 449. Despite losing the well-set Imam ul Haq on 83, Pakistan managed to add 70 runs during the session.

Imam added only 9 to his overnight score before he got a bottom edge while trying to cut Tim Southee. New Zealand managed to end the 83-run stand with the help of DRS. But Imam's partner through that resolute stand, Saud Shakeel continued on from where he left off.

Showing tremendous patience, Shakeel made his way to an unbeaten 43 punctuated with sweeps off all kinds, from the lap to the slog, that fetched him boundaries in an otherwise dogged knock that ate up 154 balls.

Complementing the stoic Shakeel was Sarfaraz Ahmed in an unbeaten 42-run stand where he remained the driving force. A couple of boundaries as the pacers erred in length allowed him to get the strike-rate up, apart from remaining busy with singles.

New Zealand lost the reverse swing on offer when the ball had to be changed due to a split seam and were made to toil in the latter half of the session and even lost a review against Shakeel in desperation as Pakistan chipped away at the deficit.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 449 (Devon Conway 122, Tom Latham 71, Matt Henry 68*, Tom Blundell 51; Abrar Ahmed 4-149) lead Pakistan 224/4 (Imam ul Haq 83, Saud Shakeel 43*) by 225 runs