Fleming hits century after passing fitness test

New Zealand 295-6 v Pakistan
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Stephen Fleming's unbeaten century helped New Zealand reach 295 for six at the end of the first day's play in the first Test against Pakistan in Hamilton.

New Zealand survived an early scare when Lou Vincent was dismissed for eight, caught by Inzamam-ul-Haq off the bowling of Shabbir Ahmed as the hosts went into lunch at 98 for one.

New Zealand could have lost a second wicket when Pakistan had a good shout for lbw against Fleming, but it was adjudged to have been off a no ball.

Mark Richardson was then stumped by bowler Umar Gul and left with 44 runs as New Zealand went in 192 for two at tea.

When the match resumed, Styris was caught by Umar off Danish Kaneria's bowling to end their successful partnership and leave him with 33 runs and New Zealand on 217 for three.

In the 65th over Fleming notched his sixth Test century and his first in Hamilton in 248 minutes, 195 balls with 17 fours.

Shabbir Ahmed replaced Abdul Razzaq with New Zealand on 235 for three, but it was Craig McMillan who made the immediate impact. The New Zealand batsman hit a couple of sixes but was caught by Umar off Kaneria for 22.

Chris Cairns was dismissed with just 11 runs, having been caught by Moin Khan off Ahmed.

Jacob Oram has had nine Test innings so far in his career and has been dismissed on all occasions by a spinner. This time he fell to Ahmed with New Zealand on 271 for five.

Pakistan made a couple of changes with their bowlers but New Zealand ended the day at stumps on 295 for six with Fleming on 125 and Robbie Hart on seven.

Pakistan won toss

New Zealand First Innings

M H Richardson run out 44

L Vincent c Inzamam-ul-Haq

b Shabbir Ahmed 8

*S P Fleming not out 125

S B Styris c T Umar b Danish Kaneria 33

C D McMillan c T Umar b Danish Kaneria 22

C L Cairns c Moin Khan b Shabbir Ahmed 11

J D P Oram b Shabbir Ahmed 6

ÝR G Hart not out 7

Extras (b1 lb7 w1 nb30) 39

Total (for 6, 90 overs) 295

Fall: 1-16 2-117 3-217 4-249 5-266 6-274.

To bat: D L Vettori, D R Tuffey, I G Butler.

Bowling: Mohammad Sami 19-2-84-0; Shabbir Ahmed 24-7-51-3; Umar Gul 16-4-46-0; Abdul Razzaq 11-2-43-0; Kaneria 20-4-63-2.

Pakistan: Imran Farhat, Taufeeq Umar, Yasir Hameed, *Inzamam-ul-Haq, Y Youhana, Abdul Razzaq, ÝMoin Khan, Mohammad Sami, Shabbir Ahmed, D Kaneria, Umar Gul.

Umpires: S J Davis and D l Orchard.