Kyle Jamieson made a crucial breakthrough to put New Zealand on top against Pakistan at stumps on Day 2 of the first Test in Mount Maunganui on Sunday.
Kane Williamson scored his 23rd Test century against Pakistan on Day 2. (AP Photo)
- New Zealand were dismissed at 431 after Tea on Day 2
- Abid Ali and Abbas took Pakistan to 30/1 at stumps
- Williamson faced 261 balls to bring up his 23rd Test century
All-rounder Kyle Jamieson removed Shan Masood after New Zealand were bowled out for 431 to put the hosts in the driver’s seat against Pakistan on Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test.
Abid Ali was unbeaten on 19 with nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas as Pakistan crawled to 30 for 1 at stumps on Day 2, still 401 runs behind New Zealand’s 431 after the hosts were dismissed after tea and had about 90 minutes to bowl at the tourists.
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New Zealand had resumed the day on 222 for three with captain Kane Williamson on 94 and Henry Nicholls on 42.
Williamson scored 129, his 23rd Test century before Yasir Shah dismissed NZ captain in the 105th over. Left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers, finishing with 4-109.
The seventh-wicket stand between Watling and Jamieson allowed New Zealand to consolidate a position which was already strong after captain Kane Williamson made a century and shared partnerships of 120 with Ross Taylor and 133 with Henry Nicholls.
Watling said it was important to press home the advantage when play resumes on Monday but that Pakistan would be no pushovers.
“We have got a decent total on the board,” he added.
“We have to come back tomorrow and put some pressure on them, take some early wickets and see where we end up.
“We’re not expecting to run through them. They look like they’re in for the long run. We will have to bowl well, accurately and challenge them.”