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Pakistan beat New Zealand to level Test series

Second Test, Wellington, day four:
Pakistan 264 & 239 bt New Zealand 99 & 263 by 141 runs
Match scorecard

Pakistan celebrate with skipper Mohammad Yousuf
Yousuf celebrates his second Test win in his fifth match as captain

Pakistan levelled the three-match series against New Zealand at 1-1 with a 141-run victory in Wellington, their first Test success since January 2007.

New Zealand began day four at 70-3 needing a further 335, but lost Peter Fulton in the third over of the day.

Ross Taylor fired nine fours and five sixes in his 97 but was denied a fifth Test ton when he was the sixth man out.

Mohammad Asif ended the contest with his fifth five-wicket Test haul. The final Test begins on 11 December.

After Fulton could not resist a drive at Asif and edged through to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, Taylor led a rearguard, and swiped the paceman high over square-leg for six to bring up the New Zealand 100.

He slog-swept spinner Danish Kaneria for another mammoth maximum in the next over and Pakistan soon lost a challenge when a video review confirmed that Grant Elliott had indeed been struck outside the line of off-stump so remained at the crease.

Elliott's reprieve was not significant, however, and he departed in the next over after trying to sweep fine, getting his angles wrong and merely deflecting the ball on to his stumps.


Taylor was not deterred and recorded his fifty by dispatching a Kaneria full toss over mid-wicket for six.

The talented 28-year-old swept the slow bowler for another huge six to bring up a fifty stand with the usually fluent Brendon McCullum, whose contribution was just seven.

McCullum successfully appealed against a Rudi Koertzen lbw decision when replays showed a clear inside edge, but in the 61st over Taylor was tempted outside the off-stump and got a thick edge to first slip.

Skipper Daniel Vettori struck two early boundaries as tea was taken at 205-6, but in the first over of the final session McCullum edged a sharply turning Kaneria delivery that also bounced more than he expected, and the alert Akmal took an excellent catch.

The wicket took Kaneria past Abdul Qadir and he soon added to his tally by dismissing Tuffey, who

Shoaib Malik dropped two slip catches in two balls off the bowling of Kaneria and Asif, before Kaneria spilled the sixth dropped catch of the innings when he made a complete hash of a skied return chance offered by Vettori and fell to the turf.

The Kiwi skipper was out in the next over and the match ended when Malik finally held one at second slip to dismiss Iain O'Brien, who is to retire from international cricket at the end of the series.

Pakistan's complete lack of recent success is slightly misleading, given that they did not play at all in 2008 because security concerns made it impossible to stage home matches.

Since that last win, against South Africa in Port Elizabeth, they played 12 matches, losing six and drawing six.

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