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Pakistan salvages draw after Taylor ton

Chasing 261, host ends on 196 for 5 to retain 1-0 lead in three-match series

Pakistan salvages draw after Taylor ton - Cricket News
Younus Khan made a valuable 44 as Pakistan drew the second Test against New Zealand.
Younis Khan (44), Asad Shafiq (41 not out) and Sarfraz Ahmed (24 not out) made vital contributions as Pakistan secured a comfortable draw on the final day of the second Test against New Zealand in Dubai on Friday (November 21).
 
Chasing 261 off 72 overs for victory that would have given it a winning 2-0 lead in the three-Test series, Pakistan suffered minor scares in the middle overs but eventually recovered and ended on 196 for 5 when the captains decided to call off the match. 
 
Brendon McCullum had thrown the game open earlier in the morning by declaring New Zealand’s second innings closed at 250 for 9, not long after Ross Taylor was dismissed for a wonderful 12th Test century.
 
Tim Southee dismissed Taufeeq Umar for just four in the second over, but Pakistan bedded down through Shan Masood (40) and Azhar Ali (24). However, just when it looked like things were going smooth for the host, a mid-innings wobble after lunch gave New Zealand a sniff at victory. Azhar drove a full toss from Mark Craig straight to cover, ending a 62-run stand for the second wicket. It was followed by a double strike from Trent Boult -- he dismissed Shan Masood and Misbah-ul-Haq (0) in successive overs -- and out of nowhere, Pakistan had slipped from 70 for 1 to 75 for 4.
 
With the pacers getting the ball to reverse swing and spinners getting it to turn and bounce, the momentum gradually shifted towards New Zealand. However, the experience of Younis and stubbornness of Shafiq steered Pakistan towards safety. Shafiq showed tremendous patience while Younis ensured that Pakistan did not get into a shell and kept the scoreboard ticking. He often came down the track to tackle the spinners and even smashed three sixes off Mark Craig to unsettle the off-spinner.\


 
Younis perished a little after tea for 44, attempting another big hit against Craig but only managing to glove to slip as the ball exploded off the surface to give New Zealand a ray of hope. However, Sarfraz, who made 112 in the first innings, joined Shafiq to ensure that there were no last-minute twists to the tale.
 
Earlier in the day, a quality knock of 104 from Taylor helped New Zealand build on its overnight 167 for 6 before McCullum made a sporting declaration 40 minutes before lunch.
 
Under pressure after scores of 0, 8 and 23 in the series, Taylor wasn’t afraid to take the attack to the spinners when needed and hit 12 fours during the course of his 133-ball vigil, bringing up his first Test century of 2014 in the process.
 
Craig was the ideal foil for Taylor and the duo added 60 runs for the seventh wicket as Misbah ran out of ideas. Craig went on to make 34 before holing out in the deep off Yasir Shah, the leg-spinner who finished with a five-wicket haul. Two balls later, Taylor was beaten on the drive and had stretched too far out, allowing Sarfaz to effect a smart stumping.
 
Southee then wielded the long handle, hitting Zulfiqar Babar for three successive sixes in his five-ball 20 before mistiming a lofted hit to sweeper cover.
 
Pakistan had won the first Test in Abu Dhabi by 248 runs. The final Test will begin on November 26 in Sharjah. 

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