tailender Matt Henry brought up a quick half-century and lifted new zealand 433-9 on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan on Tuesday.
The Black Caps tail batted throughout the first session with Tom Blundell (51) scoring his eighth Test half-century before No. 10 Henry frustrated Pakistan with an aggressive 56 not out off 59 balls.
Henry and Ejaz Patel, who was not out on 31, hammered Pakistan for over an hour and added an invaluable 88 as Pakistan wrapped up New Zealand’s innings despite using all five of their bowling options against the last-wicket pair. Could not ,
resumes at 309-6, Pakistan Naseem Shah (3-71) did well to clean up Ish Sodhi to take the score to 11 in the first hour.
Overnight, the 30-year-old Blundell brought up his half-century in 103 balls with the help of six fours, before being clean bowled by Abrar Ahmed (3/142) which came from the right hand and was also a bit low. .
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Tim Southee (10) successfully overturned an LBW decision against Hasan Ali but was stumped by Abrar, before Patel was trapped by Henry, who made the only change, replacing Neil Wagner, as New Zealand drew the first Test. Done with the doing team.
Henry showed plenty of aggression against the pace, hitting Hasan and Naseem for big sixes over mid-wicket and also hitting six fours. Naseem went for an unsuccessful lbw TV referral when Henry was on 27, before Henry, playing his first Test since June last year, barged any looser deliveries.
Patel was equally good against the spinners, hitting three fours as the duo showed great determination and boosted New Zealand’s total.
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