Cricket-Late blows boost New Zealand’s victory hopes in Karachi | The Mighty 790 KFGO

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – New Zealand set Pakistan a tricky target of 319 and landed two late blows to boost hopes for a series-closing victory in Thursday’s second Test .

In his first series as Test captain, Tim Southee declared New Zealand’s second innings at 277-5 with three overs left in the penultimate day of the contest at National Stadium.

Pakistan failed to open an account in those overs, but fell into the pit losing opener Abdullah Shafiq and Nightwatchman Mir Hamza to the dying light.

Southy broke through Abdullah Shafiq’s defense with a low ball, while Ish Sodi sent Hamza sharply into a spin.

Earlier, Sodi claimed the last Pakistani wicket as the home side were all out for 408 in the first innings to concede a lead of 41.

In New Zealand’s second at-bat in the game, Tom Latham (62) and Tom Blundell (74) smashed their second 50-point streak in the contest while Michael Bracewell stole 74 to extend the overall lead to 300. extended to a point.

Three wickets fell and several referee decisions had to be overturned in an eventful second session with Pakistani spinner Abra Ahmed.

Pakistan blew two reviews out of 12 overs, both times trying to score Kane Williamson (41) lbw for Abrar.

Abrar’s celebrations were cut short when Latham, then 36, reversed the lbw’s decision against him.

Pakistan, wary of wasting the rest of their review, did not contest the decision to not out after Abrar locked Latham’s plumb forward.

Abrar was eventually involved in Latham’s sacking as he made a spectacular one-handed catch in the middle of the wicket.

Abrar also watched helplessly as Sarfaraz Khan induced an edge from Blundell who spilled behind a stump.

The opening tests for both sides ended in a draw.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty, New Delhi; Editing by Toby Davis)

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