Cricket: Sweeping swing to Pakistan

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Pakistan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .344 and 8-2

New Zealand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200

WHEN Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis suddenly began to make the ball swing in mid-afternoon they changed the whole complexion of this third Test match. New Zealand who had passed 100 for the loss of one wicket, collapsed to 157 for 6 at tea. They were all out for 200 in reply to Pakistan's 344, which had been anchored around an innings of 103 from Basit Ali, who was dropped three times in the course of it. At the close of the second day Pakistan were 8 for 2 in their second innings, 152 ahead.

If any tampering was suspected as a cause of the movement, it has to be said that the umpires, Steve Dunne of New Zealand and K T Francis of Sri Lanka, inspected the ball at the end of every over. And it is well known that the Pakistanis are pass masters at making the old ball swing and in producing reverse swing.

There is no doubt too, that they were becoming increasingly frustrated by the second wicket stand of 97 between Bryan Young and Andrew Jones.

New Zealand's first innings

revolved round a fine piece of batting by Jones who is playing his last Test before retirement. Some glorious strokes took him to 50 in an hour, but after lunch he lost much of the strike and could only watch while Waqar went through the batting at the other end.

Eventually, he ran himself out calling for a needless single to mid- on when 19 short of his 100. Waqar finished with 6 for 78 and his fierce spell in mid-afternoon ensured Pakistan of what will surely be a decisive first innings lead.

(Second day: New Zealand won toss)

(Overnight: Pakistan 334 for 7)

PAKISTAN - First innings

Basit Ali c Hartland b Pringle . . . . . . . . . . . . .103

Akram Raza not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

Waqar Younis c Doull b Morrison . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Aamir Nazir b Morrison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0

Extras (lb6 w1 nb3) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Total: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .344

Fall (cont): 7-261, 8-339, 9-344.

Bowling: Morrison 24-3-105-4; Doull 25-3-93-3; Pringle 33-6-83-1; Hart 9-2-37-1; Thomson 6-0-20-1.

NEW ZEALAND - First innings

B R Hartland c Basit Ali b Waqar . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

B A Young lbw b Nazir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38

A H Jones run out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81

* K R Rutherford c Inzamam by Waqar . . . . . . . . . .7

M J Greatbatch lbw b Wasim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

S A Thomson c Latif b Waqar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

T E Blain lbw b Younis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0

M N Hart b Wasim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

S B Doull lbw b Waqar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

D K Morrison not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

C Pringle b Waqar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0

Extras (lb9 b5 nb24) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200

Fall: 1-12 2-109 3-134 4-139 5-147 6-147 7-171 8-186 9-198.

Bowling: Wasim Akram 22-5-54-2; Waqar Younis 19-1-78-6; Aamir Nazir 15-2-54-1.

PAKISTAN - Second innings

Saeed Anwar c Blain b Morrison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0

Aamir Sohail c Young b Doull . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Atif Rauf not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Wasim Raza not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Extras . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0

Total (for 2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

Fall: 1-0 2-3.

To bat: * Salim Malik, Basit Ali, Inzamam-ul-Huq, Rashid Latif, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Aamir Nazir.

Bowling: Morrison 4-3-2-1; Pringle 2-0-4-0; Doull 2-0-2-1.

Umpires: K T Francis (Sri Lanka) and S Dunne (New Zealand).

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