You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Azhar, Aslam lay groundwork for tense finish

AFP  |  Hamilton 

Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam set up for an afternoon onslaught as they negotiated their way to 76-0 at lunch, chasing 369 on the final day of the second cricket Test here today.

Captain Azhar on 36 and Aslam on 32 have seen off the new ball but their caution has lifted the required run rate from 3.65 to 4.73 and the Test appeared destined for a limited-overs-style finish.



need victory to retain their number two Test team ranking as either a draw or a defeat could push them down to fourth behind India, and Australia.

New Zealand, needing a win to take the series 2-0 and boost their ranking to six, turned to spin for the last half-hour of the morning session after their seamers could not find a way through despite heavy cover.

Mitchell Santner found some turn and bounce but not enough menace to unnerve Pakistan's opening pair whose confidence was growing in their best start of the series.

After 20 overs, were on 21 with Azhar 11 and Aslam 8. By 30 overs the pace had quicked to 55 with Azhar on 29 and Aslam 18, and the last nine overs before lunch added 21.

Aslam was gifted a life just before the adjournment when an lbw appeal from Colin de Grandhomme was turned down.

Kane Williamson, having wasted one-referral, debated too long on whether to appeal again and his chance to request a review timed out.

Replays showed Aslam was plumb in front and the ball would have clattered into the stumps.

wasted the first of their two reviews when Azhar, on 17, was subjected to a half-hearted appeal for caught behind off Matt Henry which was turned down.

With desperate for a breakthrough, Williamson referred the decision to the TV umpire and replays to show the ball flew harmlessly past Azhar at chest level.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU

Azhar, Aslam lay groundwork for tense finish

Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam set Pakistan up for an afternoon onslaught as they negotiated their way to 76-0 at lunch, chasing 369 on the final day of the second cricket Test here today. Captain Azhar on 36 and Aslam on 32 have seen off the new ball but their caution has lifted the required run rate from 3.65 to 4.73 and the Test appeared destined for a limited-overs-style finish. Pakistan need victory to retain their number two Test team ranking as either a draw or a defeat could push them down to fourth behind India, England and Australia. New Zealand, needing a win to take the series 2-0 and boost their ranking to six, turned to spin for the last half-hour of the morning session after their seamers could not find a way through despite heavy cloud cover. Mitchell Santner found some turn and bounce but not enough menace to unnerve Pakistan's opening pair whose confidence was growing in their best start of the series. After 20 overs, Pakistan were on 21 with Azhar 11 and Aslam 8. By ... Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam set up for an afternoon onslaught as they negotiated their way to 76-0 at lunch, chasing 369 on the final day of the second cricket Test here today.

Captain Azhar on 36 and Aslam on 32 have seen off the new ball but their caution has lifted the required run rate from 3.65 to 4.73 and the Test appeared destined for a limited-overs-style finish.

need victory to retain their number two Test team ranking as either a draw or a defeat could push them down to fourth behind India, and Australia.

New Zealand, needing a win to take the series 2-0 and boost their ranking to six, turned to spin for the last half-hour of the morning session after their seamers could not find a way through despite heavy cover.

Mitchell Santner found some turn and bounce but not enough menace to unnerve Pakistan's opening pair whose confidence was growing in their best start of the series.

After 20 overs, were on 21 with Azhar 11 and Aslam 8. By 30 overs the pace had quicked to 55 with Azhar on 29 and Aslam 18, and the last nine overs before lunch added 21.

Aslam was gifted a life just before the adjournment when an lbw appeal from Colin de Grandhomme was turned down.

Kane Williamson, having wasted one-referral, debated too long on whether to appeal again and his chance to request a review timed out.

Replays showed Aslam was plumb in front and the ball would have clattered into the stumps.

wasted the first of their two reviews when Azhar, on 17, was subjected to a half-hearted appeal for caught behind off Matt Henry which was turned down.

With desperate for a breakthrough, Williamson referred the decision to the TV umpire and replays to show the ball flew harmlessly past Azhar at chest level.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

image
Business Standard
177 22

Azhar, Aslam lay groundwork for tense finish

Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam set up for an afternoon onslaught as they negotiated their way to 76-0 at lunch, chasing 369 on the final day of the second cricket Test here today.

Captain Azhar on 36 and Aslam on 32 have seen off the new ball but their caution has lifted the required run rate from 3.65 to 4.73 and the Test appeared destined for a limited-overs-style finish.

need victory to retain their number two Test team ranking as either a draw or a defeat could push them down to fourth behind India, and Australia.

New Zealand, needing a win to take the series 2-0 and boost their ranking to six, turned to spin for the last half-hour of the morning session after their seamers could not find a way through despite heavy cover.

Mitchell Santner found some turn and bounce but not enough menace to unnerve Pakistan's opening pair whose confidence was growing in their best start of the series.

After 20 overs, were on 21 with Azhar 11 and Aslam 8. By 30 overs the pace had quicked to 55 with Azhar on 29 and Aslam 18, and the last nine overs before lunch added 21.

Aslam was gifted a life just before the adjournment when an lbw appeal from Colin de Grandhomme was turned down.

Kane Williamson, having wasted one-referral, debated too long on whether to appeal again and his chance to request a review timed out.

Replays showed Aslam was plumb in front and the ball would have clattered into the stumps.

wasted the first of their two reviews when Azhar, on 17, was subjected to a half-hearted appeal for caught behind off Matt Henry which was turned down.

With desperate for a breakthrough, Williamson referred the decision to the TV umpire and replays to show the ball flew harmlessly past Azhar at chest level.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

image
Business Standard
177 22

Upgrade To Premium Services

Welcome User

Business Standard is happy to inform you of the launch of "Business Standard Premium Services"

As a premium subscriber you get an across device unfettered access to a range of services which include:

  • Access Exclusive content - articles, features & opinion pieces
  • Weekly Industry/Genre specific newsletters - Choose multiple industries/genres
  • Access to 17 plus years of content archives
  • Set Stock price alerts for your portfolio and watch list and get them delivered to your e-mail box
  • End of day news alerts on 5 companies (via email)
  • NEW: Get seamless access to WSJ.com at a great price. No additional sign-up required.
 

Premium Services

In Partnership with

 

Dear Guest,

 

Welcome to the premium services of Business Standard brought to you courtesy FIS.
Kindly visit the Manage my subscription page to discover the benefits of this programme.

Enjoy Reading!
Team Business Standard