Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 21st 2014 Contents A60
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DUBA---Pakistan spinners polished off
New Zealand s top order to leave the Black
Caps struggling at 167-6 for an overall lead
of 177 runs after Sarfraz Ahmed hit a gallant
century in the second test yesterday.
Ahmed s brilliant 112 with 16 fours lifted
Pakistan to 393 on the fourth day as he shared
a record 81 runs with Rahat Ali for the last
wicket stand and narrowed the Kiwis lead
to just 10 runs.
Zulfiqar Babar (3-60) and Yasir Shah (3-
65) exploited the bowler s rough on both
ends with some sharp-turning deliveries
before Ross Taylor returned to form with an
aggressive unbeaten 77 off 93 balls at stumps.
After his three disappointing knocks in
the series Taylor dominated against both
spinners, hitting ten boundaries by mostly
cutting it through point.
McCullum provided a rapid start of 42
runs before Shah won a contentious decision
against first innings century-maker Tom
Latham immediately went for the television
referral after he was caught in the leg slip,
suggesting the ball had caught his forearm.
However, TV umpire Rod Tucker upheld
the onfield umpire s decision as Latham
walked off shaking his head in disappoint-
McCullum (45) took his tally of test runs
to 5,451 to go second behind former skipper
Stephen Fleming s New Zealand record of
7,172 before Babar and Shah struck three
times within four overs after tea.
Babar removed Kane Williamson and won
an lbw decision against McCullum through
a television referral in his successive overs
and in between Corey Anderson was clean
bowled off Shah s sharp turner.
James Neesham (11) added 46 runs with
Taylor before Babar once again crashed onto
the stumps as the left-hander came out of
his crease and the ball spun sharply from
New Zealand slipped further in the penul-
timate over with Shah dismissing BJ Watling
before umpires called off the day s play due
to bad light with 1.4 overs still remaining.
Resuming at 281-6, Tim Southee s (3-67)
twin strikes had Pakistan reeling at 312-9
before Ahmed raised Pakistan s best 10th-
wicket stand against New Zealand to the
frustration of the Kiwis.
McCullum finally ended the agony when
he caught and bowled Ahmed in the second
over after lunch to get his first test wicket.
Ahmed and Ali improved the previous best
10th wicket partnership of 65 against New
Zealand made by Salahuddin Ahmed and
Mohammad Farooq at Rawalpindi way back
Ahmed raced to his century by hitting
spinners Mark Craig and Ish Sodhi for three
boundaries each in back-to-back overs before
cutting Southee to the point boundary to
complete his century off 153 balls.
Ahmed was on 53 when Ali joined him
but didn t panic despite Pakistan trailing by
91 runs. He mostly kept the strike to himself
and exposed Ali for the last two deliveries
during their gritty 28 overs of resistance.
Ahmed also became the first Pakistan
wicketkeeper to have scored three test cen-
turies in a calendar year after making 109
against Australia last month and 103 against
Sri Lanka in August.
Pakistan leads the three-match series after
an emphatic 248-run victory in the first test
at Abu Dhabi last week.
COLOMBO---Sri Lanka captain Angelo
Mathews wants a settled side to face Eng-
land in their limited-overs series starting
next week, and avoid the wholesale changes
that resulted in a woeful tour to India in
which his team lost all five of its matches.
Rival captain Alastair Cook said yesterday
that England was desperate to make amends
for a 3-2 home series loss to Sri Lanka in
May and June.
The teams are playing seven one-day inter-
nationals, the first on Wednesday in Colombo.
Mathews conceded the India tour, organized
at the last minute after the West Indies pulled
out of its India tour, was disappointing but
said it was important to "flush it out of the
"We experienced quite a bit in India, we
know our players now," Mathews said.
"We will try to taper it down when it
comes to experimenting in this England tour,
we want to have a set batting order and also
try those two or three new faces who we
want to look at."
Sri Lanka went into the India series without
experienced bowlers, and also suffered with-
out a steady opening pair.
But Mathews said one series loss won t
make his team bad, and he looks forward to
doing well against England, which won its
last series in Sri Lanka 3-2, in 2007.
Cook said they re desperate to ratchet up
their preparation for the Cricket World Cup,
which starts in three months, and haven t
forgotten losing the series-decider in June
at Edgbaston, a match overshadowed by
Sachithra Senanayake running out Jos Buttler
while the batsman was backing up.
"Sri Lanka played some really good cricket
in England," Cook said, "and we are desperate
to try and get that trophy back, that s why
we are here."
ISLAMABAD---Pakistan offspinner Moham-
mad Hafeez believes he doesn t extend his
elbow beyond the allowed 15 degrees and
will be cleared of a suspect bowling action
in England next week.
Match officials reported Hafeez s bowling
action after Pakistan won the first test against
New Zealand by 248 runs last week when
the offspinner bowled 22 overs.
"They have shown me the (four) deliveries
they deemed suspected and those are normal
to me," Hafeez said in Lahore yesterday. "They
think after watching those particular deliveries
with naked eyes, it exceeds the 15-degree
Hafeez will be tested at Loughborough Uni-
versity on Monday before he flies back to the
United Arab Emirates where he will be in
contention for the third test against New
Zealand, starting Wednesday.
"It s a protocol and I have to go through
with the test, there s nothing complex in it,"
Hafeez was ruled out of the ongoing second
test after he pulled a hamstring during his
unbeaten century in the second innings at
He was also reported for a suspect bowling
action during the Twenty20 Champions
League in India in September.
"Nothing is different in my bowling from
what I ve been doing for the last 11 years,"
Hafeez said. "I never try to add a variation
into my bowling, so I don t see any differ-
Hafeez is the second Pakistan offspinner
to be reported during international matches.
The ICC suspended Saeed Ajmal for his illegal
bowling action in September.
Ajmal was also unofficially retested at
Loughborough University last week where
despite showing improvement, the offspinner
is yet to come close to the allowed 15-degree
mark on his elbow extension.
But Hafeez said he always reckoned himself
as a specialist batsman, who could also bowl
a bit in international matches. "I never con-
sidered myself as an offspinner and honestly
I never even rated myself as a bowler," he
said. "I hope to continue play my natural
cricket as I have been playing."
ISLAMABAD---The Pakistan Cricket Board
has asked the ICC to allow fast bowler
Mohammad Amir to play in domestic cricket
before his five-year ban ends in September
PCB spokesman Agha Akbar told the AP
Thursday that the cricket board expected the
process to be completed "within the next two
months" and Amir could bowl during the
first-class season that runs until May 2015.
Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif
were banned for a minimum of five years in
2010 for bowling deliberate no-balls during
a test at Lord s.
Unlike Butt and Asif, Amir didn t appeal
against the ban and underwent rehabilita-
According to the ICC antic-corruption
code, a banned player could be considered to
compete in domestic cricket before his ban
ends if he has shown sufficient remorse.
Pakistan fight back
PCB seeks Amir's
early return to
Hafeez hopes to
pass bowling test
Mathews wants settled side for England series
Sarfraz Ahmed struck a gallant century.
New Zealand 1st Inns: 403
Pakistan 1st Inns (o/n 281-6)
Shan Masood b Sodhi
Taufeeq Umar st Watling b Craig
Azhar Ali b Sodhi
Younis Khan c Craig b Neesham
Misbah-ul-Haq c Taylor b Boult
Asad Shafiq c Taylor b Southee
Sarfraz Ahmed c and b McCullum
Yasir Shah c Watling b Southee
Ehsan Adil lbw b Southee
Zulfiqar Babar c Watling b Boult
Rahat Ali not out
Extras: (7b, 2lb, 1nb)
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-32, 3-145, 4-195, 5-220, 6-
279, 7-285, 8-287, 9-312.
Bowling: Trent Boult 30-8-69-2 (1nb), Tim
Southee 30-5-67-3, Mark Craig 28-5-117-1, Ish
Sodhi 39-9-92-2, Corey Anderson 7-0-26-0,
James Neesham 11-2-12-1, Brendon McCullum 2-
New Zealand 2nd Inns
Tom Latham c Shafiq b Shah
Brendon McCullum lbw b Babar
Kane Williamson c Umar b Babar
Ross Taylor not out
Corey Anderson b Shah
James Neesham b Babar
BJ Watling c Shafiq b Shah
Mark Craig not out
TOTAL: (for 6 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-42, 2-63, 3-78, 4-79, 5-125, 6-
Bowling: Rahat Ali 4-0-19-0, Ehsan Adil 5-1-20-0,
Zulfiqar Babar 21.2-5-60-3, Yasir Shah 18-1-65-3.
Toss: won by New Zealand.
Umpires: Paul Reiffel, Australia, and Ranmore
Martinesz, Sri Lanka.
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