New Delhi: Live updates from Day 4 of the second Test match being played between Pakistan and New Zealand at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Over 145 || Score 392/9
Lunch: Sarfraz Ahmed left the ground to a standing ovation as a result of yet another superbly crafted century! In the 138th over of the innings bowled by Southee, Sarfraz was offered room outside the off-stump and he cut it for a boundary to reach his century off 153 balls! It is a superb effort from him considering Pakistan were in dire straits at one stage. He has been well accompanied by Rahat Ali who hit two boundaries straight down the ground off Ish Sodhi’s 39th over. Pakistan now lead by 11 runs and the last-wicket partnership has reached 80 runs!
Over 135 || Score 365/9
In the last two overs, Sarfraz has changed gears and now he is just four runs short of what would be a memorable ton. Sarfraz went for his strokes against the spinners and smashed Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig for six boundaries in the last two overs. He needs some assistance from Rahat Ali at the other end to reach the three-figure mark.
Over 125 || Score 321/9
Trent Boult scalped his second wicket of the innings when Babar too handed over an easy catch to Watling behind the stumps. The ninth wicket fell at the score of 312 and surprisingly, Sarfraz has looked in no sort of hurry to accelerate the pace of the innings. He is unbeaten on 62 while Rahat Ali is yet to open his account.
Over 115 || Score 302/8
Resuming their innings on Day 4, Pakistan lost two more wickets of Yasir Shah and Ehsan Adil. Yasir was dismissed by Tim Southee after he edged a delivery straight into the hands of the wicketkeeper. Southee continued his good run and dismissed Adil in his very next over. Zulfiqar Babar is the new man in and with just two wickets left, Sarfraz will have to go for his strokes. He is batting on 44 at the moment.
Earlier on Day 3, Pakistan lost Asad Shafiq in Tim Southee`s penultimate over and their score read 281-6 at stumps. They were still trailing by 122 runs on New Zealand`s first innings total of 403.
Sarfraz Ahmed was unbeaten on 28 and Yasir Shah on one. Earlier in the day, Younis Khan and Azhar Ali looked like they were on their way to score individual centuries. But that wasn’t the case as Younis was dismissed by James Neesham in the 65th over of the innings. The wicket also ended the 113-run partnership between him and Ali.