Cricket: Kiwis push for win amid arguments

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Pakistan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .216 and 174

New Zealand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .264 and 39-3

THERE was further controversy on Pakistan's tour of New Zealand yesterday which forced the match referee, Peter Burge, to issue a warning to both teams following the third day's play in the one-off Test in Hamilton.

The International Cricket Council official said in a statement that he would implement ICC code of conduct regulations to punish any more displays of temper.

Pakistan have already been involved in controversy surrounding behaviour on the pitch, with the fast bowler Aqib Javed suspended for a match last week. But it was Dipak Patel, the New Zealander off-spinner, who appeared to be at the centre of the latest trouble. Fielding at short leg, he apparently made a comment to the Pakistani wicketkeeper, Rashid Latif, who angrily gestured to the umpires.

Patel and his captain, Ken Rutherford, were spoken to, but the finger-pointing and words continued and Rashid had to be physically restrained from approaching Patel.

Rutherford declined to comment on the incident, but said it was one of several on Pakistan's two-week tour. 'Whenever you play the Pakistanis there's always that over-competitive edge to the game. There's always some banter going on, some of it not all that happy.'

Meanwhile, poor batting by Pakistan's top order left New Zealand needing 88 runs to win with two days and seven wickets in hand. Pakistan's fast bowlers, though, had put in a fiery effort before the close to remove the Kiwis openers and their first nightwatchman.

Andrew Jones and Adam Parore were left at the wicket but, should Jones go, the only remaining experienced batsman is Rutherford. New Zealand had begun the day by quickly losing their two remaining wickets, a total of 264 giving them a 48-run lead over Pakistan on first innings.

Pakistan then had plenty of time in which to raise a challenging total. Instead, a collapse put them in trouble. Aamir Sohail, who was on a pair, hardly offered a stroke to the first ball of the innings from Danny Morrison and was bowled. Rameez Raja, facing the same bowler, snicked an easy catch to Adam Parore and, in the fifth over, Asij Mujtaba was out lbw.

At the other end, Murphy Su'a also had Javed Miandad leg before for 12 and Salim Malik was out first ball, attempting to pull Morrison.

Pakistan were 39 for 5 when Inzamam-ul-Haq came to the wicket and he went on to show up his colleagues by making his highest Test score of 75 and saving Pakistan from complete humiliation. Most of his runs came in partnership with Rashid, the pair adding 80 in 99 minutes before Rashid was caught in the gully off Patel.

Wasim Akram joined Inzaman, who was eventually out leg before to Michael Owens. When Wasim followed three balls later, the tail rapidly folded leaving Morrison to celebrate his best Test haul with 5 for 41.

HAMILTON SCOREBOARD

(Third day: New Zealand won toss)

PAKISTAN - First Innings 216 (Javed Miandad 92, Rashid Latif 32no; M L Su'a 5-73, D K Morrison 3-42).

NEW ZEALAND - First Innings

(Overnight: 256 for 8)

A C Parore lbw b Wasim Akram. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

D K Morrison not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

M B Owens b Waqar Younis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0

Extras (b1 lb15 nb16 w 1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .264

Fall: 1-108 2-111 3-117 4-147 5-164 6-193 7-254 8-256 9-257.

Bowling: Wasim Akram 31-9-66-3; Waqar Younis 28-11-59-4; Mushtaq Ahmed 38-10-87-3; Aqib Javed 7-2-24-0; Aamir Sohail 5-2-12-0.

PAKISTAN - Second Innings

Aamir Sohail b Morrison. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0

Rameez Raja c Parore b Morrison. . . . . . . . . . 8

Asif Mujtaba lbw b Morrison. . . . . . . . . . . .11

* Javed Miandad lbw b Su'a. . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Salim Malik c Su'a b Morrison. . . . . . . . . . . 0

Inzamam-ul-Haq lbw b Owens. . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Rashid Latif c Rutherford b Su'a. . . . . . . . . 33

Wasim Akram b Patel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

Waqar Younis not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Mushtaq Ahmed c Rutherford b Morrison. . . . . . .10

Aqib Javed c Hartland b Patel. . . . . . . . . . . 2

Extras (nb2 lb2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174

Fall: 1-0 2-20 3-25 4-25 5-39 6-119 7-158 8-158 9-171.

Bowling: Morrison 15-2-41-5; Su'a 13-1-47-2; Owens 7-0-19-1; Patel 20.1-5-65-2.

NEW ZEALAND - Second Innings

B C Hartland b Akram. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

M J Greatbatch c Sohail b Akram. . . . . . . . . . 8

A H Jones not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

D K Morrison lbw b Akram. . . . . . . . . . . . . .0

A C Parore not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0

Extras (b1 lb3 nb7). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Total (for 3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39

Fall: 1-19 2-31 3-32.

To bat: R T Latham, * K R Rutherford, C Z Harris, D N Patel, M L Su'a, M B Owens.

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