x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Pakistan level the series

Asif leads the way as the visitors complete a comprehensive 141-run victory with a day to spare in the second game to draw parity with New Zealand.

Pakistan levelled the three-match Test series with New Zealand thanks to a comprehensive 141-run win in the second match in Wellington. Chasing 405 for victory after bowling out Pakistan for 239 in their second innings, New Zealand were dismissed for 263 to lose with more than a day remaining. It was Pakistan's first Test win since their five-wicket defeat of South Africa in Port Elizabeth in January 2007 - 13 Tests ago. Mohammad Asif was named man of the match after his five-wicket haul in the second innings gave him a match return of nine wickets for 107 runs. The teams will now head to Napier for the series decider next week. New Zealand resumed day four on 70 for three but lost quick wickets as Peter Fulton went in the third over having added just one run to his overnight score of 12. Grant Elliott faced 19 balls before being bowled by Danish Kaneria for six trying to sweep the leg-spinner, a dismissal which left New Zealand 108 for five. In one bright moment for New Zealand, Ross Taylor, who began the day on 15, brought up his eighth Test half-century with a six in the same over. But even he had lived dangerously, needing the stiff breeze at the Basin Reserve to get a mistimed skied shot over the boundary rope. Taylor's 51 took 80 balls and included four boundaries and three sixes.