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DUBAI---Pakistan survived an
unexpected top-order collapse
to draw the second Test with
New Zealand after being set a
tricky target of 261 in 72 overs
on the last day yesterday in the
United Arab Emirates.
Trent Boult's (2-12) twin
strikes left Pakistan reeling at
75-4 before top-scorer Younis
Khan (44) and Asad Shafiq (41
not out) combined for 74 runs
to help guide their team to a
safe 196-5 with five overs
"They (New Zealand) have
improved a lot from the last
game and put us really under
pressure," Pakistan captain Mis-
"We were planning to chase
it down and bat normally up to
40-45 overs, but we lost three
wickets in two-three overs, and
that changed the whole sce-
Earlier, Kiwis captain Brendon
McCullum made a bold decla-
ration at 250-9 for an overall
lead of 260 runs, with Ross Tay-
lor scoring a brilliant 104.
Legspinner Yasir Shah (5-79),
who had Taylor stumped,
bagged his first five-wicket haul,
while left-arm spinner Zulfiqar
Babar took 4-96.
"It was a right result for both
teams, and credit to Pakistan
for the way they fought it out,"
Pakistan kept its 1-0 lead
intact after the 248-run win last
week, with the last test set for
Sharjah next Wednesday.
Offspinner Mark Craig trig-
gered a Pakistan collapse when
Azhar Ali was out for 24 hitting
a full toss straight to cover after
putting on 62 runs with Shan
Boult had Masood lbw off a
vicious yorker, and in his next
over captain Misbah-ul-Haq
was caught behind for a rare
nought in recent times, as Pak-
istan slipped to 75-4.
Khan and Shafiq then defied
the Kiwis' bid for victory in the
last session with a gritty half
century stand before Khan fend-
ed Craig's short delivery to the
slips. The dismissal raised New
Zealand hopes, but not for long.
Earlier, Taylor returned to
form after scores of 0, 8 and 23
to make 104 off 133 balls, his
first test century of the year.
Taylor added 60 invaluable
runs with Craig (34) after New
Zealand resumed at the
overnight 167-6. Both fell to
Shah in the space of three deliv-
eries to give the legspinner his
first five-wicket haul in only his
fourth Test match.
New Zealand looked for quick
runs to press its bid to level the
three-match series on a turning
pitch after losing the first test
by 248 runs last week.
Craig got away with a dropped
catch when left-arm fast bowler
Rahat Ali found a thick outside
edge in his second over and
Umar spilled a low, two-handed
catch at first slip.
Taylor was on 85 when he
survived an lbw appeal in the
next over, as he played Babar
on the back foot and Pakistan
went for an unsuccessful tele-
Taylor, who scored his last
Test century against the West
Indies at Hamilton in December
2013, completed his first test
hundred against Pakistan off 129
balls when he pushed Ehsan Adil
to midwicket and ran a single.
He also joined former captain
John Wright at 12 Test centuries,
five behind Martin Crowe's New
New Zealand made its intent
clear for declaration when Craig
hoisted Babar over midwicket
for a big six before he holed out
in the deep off Shah.
A ball later, Taylor didn't wait
for the TV umpire's decision
and walked back when he was
stumped by Sarfraz Ahmed.
Southee smashed three suc-
cessive sixes off Babar and
pushed the lead beyond the 250-
run mark before he skied a sim-
ple catch and McCullum
Pakistan draws 2nd
Test with New Zealand
MELBOURNE---Steven Smith s
sterling 104 and James Faulkner s
late unbeaten 34 led Australia to
a three-wicket victory over
South Africa and the one-day
international series victory by
three matches to one yesterday.
A century partnership by Smith
and Matthew Wade (52) helped
Australia recover from 98-5 to
finish at 268-7 with six balls to
spare at the Melbourne Cricket
Ground, and give the hosts the
series win ahead of the fifth and
final match on Sunday at Sydney.
Captain AB de Villiers, who
appeared to injure his ribs while
fielding, earlier top-scored with
91 for South Africa, and shared a
122-run fourth-wicket stand with
David Miller (45) to revive the
innings from 77-3.
The visitors, who won the toss,
finished with 267-8.
After 40 overs, Australia needed
8.6 runs an over and with Nathan
Coulter-Nile unable to bat due to
a left hamstring injury he sus-
tained while bowling.
But Smith, who was also named
man of the match in Canberra on
Wednesday in Australia's second
win of the series, slowly helped
Australia get back in the match.
When Smith brought up his
second ODI century with a mist-
imed pull shot off the bowling of
Dale Steyn, the equation was 29
runs off 20 balls. Faulkner then
belted Steyn's next two deliveries
to the boundary and the game
became Australia's to lose with 21
runs required from three overs.
Smith was clean-bowled by
Robin Peterson when his side
needed one run to win.
The game ended in tense cir-
cumstances when the third
umpire checked a catch from
Miller and decided Pat Cummins
hit the winning run.
Earlier, Wade formed a crucial
121-run stand with Smith, the
best sixth-wicket ODI partnership
at the ground, outdoing Simon
O'Donnell's and Dean Jones' 108-
run effort against Sri Lanka in
De Villiers was denied a 19th
ODI century by Cummins, a rare
error in judgment in the 43rd over
resulting in a regulation catch in
the deep for Smith.
It was a crucial wicket as South
Africa scored only 51 runs from
its final 10 overs.
Both teams made four changes
for the match, with South Africa
sidelining pacemen Morne Morkel
and Vernon Philander, who shared
the new ball in the loss at Can-
berra on Wednesday. Legspinner
Imran Tahir missed the match due
to injury. (AP)
New Zealand: 403 & 250-9
decl. (Ross Taylor 104; Yasir
Shah 5-79, Zulfiqar Babar 4-
96) vs Pakistan 393 and 196-
5 (Younis Khan 44, Shan
Masood 40; Trent Boult 2-12,
Mark Craig 2-66). The match
ended in a draw.
Aussies beat SAfrica by 3 wickets
Australia 268-7 (Steven
Smith 104, Matthew Wade 52;
Dale Steyn 2-47; Wayne
Parnell 2-52) vs South Africa
267-8 (A. B. de Villiers 91,
David Miller 45; James
Faulkner 2-45, Pat Cummins 2-
61). Australia won by three
CHITTAGONG---Shakib Al Hasan
became the 12th cricketer to smash a
century and claim four wickets in a
one-day international as Bangladesh
comfortably beat Zimbabwe by 87
runs in the series opener yesterday.
The allrounder picked up 4-41 to
help Bangladesh bowl the visitors out
for 194 after his 101 guided the side to
a strong 281-7.
He also featured in a national record
148-run partnership with Mushfiqur
Rahim for the fifth wicket that set the
tune. Rahim scored 65.
"Me and Mushy had a very good
partnership. I don't know what I have
changed in bowling," Shakib said. "I
have been bowling a lot, and I love to
contribute, but when it is my day I
have to make sure it belongs to me."
It was Bangladesh's first ODI win
of the year, after losing 12 and having
one washed out.
"It was a brilliant performance, but
still there are areas where we need to
improve and hope we do well in the
next four games," Shakib said. "It's a
relief to win the first ODI in 2014."
For Zimbabwe, Brendan Taylor was
the top-scorer with 54, and Hamilton
Masakadza contributed 42.
Left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny (2-
22), offspinner Mahmudullah (2-40)
and fast bowler Mashrafe Bin Mortaza
(2-33) also shared in the spoils.
Zimbabwe openers Masakadza and
Sikandar Raza were progressing
smoothly in pursuit of the big total
when left-arm spinner Shakib dealt a
double blow, dismissing Raza for 15
and Vusi Sibanda for a duck in three
balls for 47-2.
Taylor resisted, and the dew made
it difficult for the spinners to grip the
ball well, but Mahmudullah produced
a gem to trap Maskadza lbw, ending
his 48-ball innings including seven
fours. Mahmudullah followed with the
wicket of Regis Chakabva on 9 at 124-
4. Bangladesh sensed an easy victory
when captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza
returned with fire in his second spell
to remove Taylor. Rahim dived full
length to his right to claim an excellent
catch, and virtually take the match
away from Zimbabwe's grip at 146-
5 in the 30th over.
Mortaza got his counterpart Elton
Chigumbura for 15 with a slower ball,
after which Shakib took out Solomon
Mire (11) and John Nyumbu (4) to com-
plete his four-wicket haul.
After being sent into bat by Zim-
babwe, Shakib hit his sixth century.
Debutant Sabbir Rahman added a flu-
ent 44, and Mominul Haque 31.
Bangladesh began with a meagre
31-3, Zimbabwe capitalizing on the
local batsmen's wayward shot selec-
Shakib joined Mominul Haque to
settle things. Mominul Haque played
a wretched shot to be out for 31 at 70-
4, then Shakib and Rahim took the
match out of Zimbabwe's grip by play-
ing some bold shots.
The tourists also did not help their
cause by missing Rahim on 16, 56 and
60.Shakib's knock was chanceless. He
played with audacity to reach his sixth
hundred off just 95 balls. He smashed
10 fours in his 101 off 99.
Rahim, for his 17th fifty in ODIs, hit
two fours and as many sixes before
being finally out on 65 off 72 balls.
Rahman's late flourish helped
Bangladesh add 52 runs in the last five
overs. He hit the last two balls across
the rope, among three sixes and three
Fast bowler Tinashe Panyangara
claimed 3-66. (AP)
Bangladesh's Shakib Al
Hasan attacks during
his 101 against
Zimbabwe during the
first ODI in Chittagong,
won by 87 runs.
Shakib century, wickets lead
Bangladesh to 1st ODI win
Bangladesh 281 for 7 (Shakib
101, Mushfiqur 65, Panyangara
3-66) vs Zimbabwe 194 (Taylor
54, Shakib 4-41). Bangladesh
won by 87 runs.
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