Cricket: Doull launches the Kiwi counter-attack

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New Zealand 155; Pakistan 52-5

The New Zealand pace bowler Simon Doull launched a stunning fightback against Pakistan on a dramatic opening day of the first Test in Lahore yesterday.

Doull took 4 for 21 in seven overs as Pakistan, who earlier dismissed the Kiwis for 155, slumped from 21 for no wicket to 52 for 5 when bad light halted play 10 overs early.

For New Zealand it was a spectacular turnaround from the opening two sessions. After winning the toss and batting, they struggled to recover from a poor start, which saw openers Bryan Young and Justin Vaughan back in the pavilion with 16 on the board.

The innings was briefly revived by a third-wicket stand of 51 between Adam Parore and Stephen Fleming. But New Zealand crumbled after lunch, losing their last seven wickets for 88, Waqar Younis taking 4 for 48 and Mushtaq Ahmed 4 for 59. The last-wicket pair, Dipak Patel and Doull, added 38.

Pakistan, whose captain Wasim Akram was missing because of a sore shoulder, started their collapse when Doull bowled the stand-in captain Saeed Anwar for eight with the total on 21. They then lost Ijaz Ahmed, lbw to Chris Cairns.

Pakistan's woes continued with the dismissal of Inzamam-ul-Haq, brilliantly taken at third slip without scoring by Nathan Astle off Doull. Three runs later debutant Zahoor Elahi was caught by Fleming at first slip for 22. Four balls later Doull picked up his fourth wicket when Mohammad Wasim, also winning his first cap, played on for a duck.

First day; New Zealand won toss

NEW ZEALAND - First Innings

B A Young lbw b Waqar Younis 8

J T C Vaughan lbw b Shahid Nazir 3

A C Parore c Salim Malik b Saqlain Mushtaq 37

S P Fleming c Salim Malik b Mushtaq Ahmed 19

N J Astle lbw b Mushtaq Ahmad 0

M J Greatbatch c Mohammad Wasim b Waqar 18

C L Cairns c Inzamam-ul-Haq b Mushtaq Ahmed 4

C Z Harris b Waqar Younis 16

*L K Germon lbw b Waqar Younis 0

D N Patel lbw b Mushtaq Ahmed 26

S B Doull not out 15

Extras (b4 lb5) 9

Total 155

Fall: 1-6 2-16 3-67 4-70 5-73 6-83 7-102 8-102 9-117.

Bowling: Waqar Younis 15-3-48-4; Shahid Nazir 8-3-15-1; Mushtaq Ahmed 22.1-4-59-4; Saqlain Mushtaq 12-3-24-1.

PAKISTAN - First Innings

*Saeed Anwar b Doull 8

Zahoor Elahi c Fleming b Doull 22

Ijaz Ahmed lbw b Cairns 3

Inzamam-ul-Haq c Astle b Doull 0

Salim Malik not out 11

Mohammad Wasim b Doull 0

Moin Khan not out 5

Extras (b1 nb2) 3

Total (for 5) 52

Fall: 1-21 2-29 3-34 4-37 5-37.

To bat: Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Waqar Younis, Shahid Nazir.

Bowling: Cairns 7-2-27-1 (nb2); Doull 7-2-21-4; Harris 1-0-3-0.

Umpires: Shakoor Rana (Pak) and R Tiffin (Zim).

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