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Pakistan strike twice before rain halts play


New Zealand’s Jeet Raval plays a flick shot during day one of the 2nd Test against Pakistan at Hamilton, on Friday.
 HAMILTON, Nov 25: New Zealand reached 77-2 against Pakistan before rain forced day one of the second and final Test to be abandoned after just 21 overs here.

The players took lunch 15 minutes early as the skies opened, with Jeet Raval on 35 and Ross Taylor on 29 after the early loss of Tom Latham and Kane Williamson.

Three hours later, the umpires tired of waiting for the rain to clear and scratched the final session. Play will resume half-an-hour early at 10:30 am tomorrow.

Pakistan won the toss in bowler-friendly conditions with a green wicket and heavy cloud cover, but apart from Mohammad Amir, their seamers were unable to pin New Zealand down.

Veteran batsman Ross Taylor, who is to undergo surgery at the end of the Test to remove a growth in his left eye, hit six boundaries in his unbeaten 29 off 20 deliveries.

Raval was dropped on his third delivery but otherwise looked composed as he continued the good form from his maiden Test last week when he compiled innings of 55 and 36 not out.

Apart from Amir, who had the ball swinging through the air and nipping off the deck, the Pakistan seamers were too inconsistent with line and length to make the most of the conditions.

In his opening over, Amir had Raval dropped at first slip by Sami Aslam, and removed Latham for a golden duck.

The one blot on Amir’s record was a spilled caught and bowled chance before Williamson had scored. – AFP

SCORECARD

New Zealand 1st innings:

JA Raval not out 35

Latham c S Aslam b Md Amir 0

Williamson c S Ahmed b S Khan 13

R Taylor not out 29

Extras: 0

Total (2 wkts; 21 overs) 77.

Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-39

Bowling:

Md Amir 6-2-15-1

Sohail Khan 7-1-35-1

Imran Khan 7-1-19-0

Wahab Riaz 1-0-8-0

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