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Pak vs NZ: Pakistan extends lead to 431, day 4, 1st test

India TV News Desk 12 Nov 2014, 14:33:33 PM IST
India TV News Desk

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates : Mohammad Hafeez hit another half century to stretch Pakistan's lead to 431 runs against New Zealand at lunch Wednesday on the fourth day of the first test.

Pakistan, which didn't enforce the follow-on and took a 304-run first-innings lead, was aiming for quick runs and Hafeez made the most of it, smashing 10 boundaries and a six in his unbeaten 72 off 110 balls. Pakistan was 127-1 at the interval.

Younis Khan successfully used the DRS to overturn an lbw decision against him off legspinner Ish Sodhi's last ball before lunch, and he remained not out on 26.

Sodhi got the only breakthrough of the session when he got an LBW decision against makeshift opener Azhar Ali (23), who was standing in for Ahmed Shezad. Shezad fractured his skull in the first innings and was ruled out of the remainder of the three-test series.

Hafeez, who made 96 in Pakistan's first innings of 566-3 declared, batted positively after Pakistan resumed at the overnight 15-0.

He welcomed Sodhi with successive boundaries through the covers before raising his half century off 89 balls by pulling the legspinner to midwicket for his eighth four.

Hafeez seemed to be troubled by cramps soon after completing his half century and received on-field treatment from the team physiotherapist.

He recovered to hoist fast bowler Tim Southee over long-on for a six and then pulled another short ball from Sodhi to the midwicket fence.