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Hamilton : Experienced batsman Ross Taylor hit an unbeaten 102 and Tom Latham scored 80 to propel New Zealand into a dominant position after the fourth day of the second cricket Test against Pakistan at Seddon Park here on Monday.

Taylor helped the hosts edge closer to victory by notching up his 16th Test century in a match he wasn’t expected to play because of eyesight problems, allowing New Zealand to declare at 313/5 20 minutes before stumps, setting Pakistan target of 369 runs.

With this century, Taylor moved within one short of the New Zealand record of 17 Test tons held by Martin Crowe, who died of cancer earlier this year.


Pakistan had to negotiate three overs in 11 minutes before stumps and reached one without loss.

Pakistan have at least 98 overs at their disposal on the final day to score the 368 runs to square the series and defend their outstanding record in New Zealand.

The home team lead the two-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test at Christchurch by seven wickets and are now in a position to win a Test series against Pakistan at home for the first time since 1985.

Pakistan have won five and drawn three of the eight Test series they have played in New Zealand over the past 31 years.

Kiwis 1st innings

All out: 271

 

Pakistan 1st innings

All out: 216

 

Kiwis 2nd innings

J Raval lbw b Amir……………………..2

Latham c S Ahmed b Riaz………….80

Williamson c S Ahmed b Imran…..42

Taylor not out…………………………102

Nicholls c S Ahmed b Imran……….26

Grandhomme c Azhar b Imran……32

Watling not out………………………..15

Extras: (lb6, w6, nb2)14

Total: (For 5 wkts dec)313

Bowling: Amir 22-4-86-1, Sohail 17-2-69-0, Imran 20.3-4-76-3, Wahab 19-3-53-1, Azhar 6-0-19-0, Shafiq 1-0-4-0

 

Pakistan 2nd innings

S Aslam not out…………………………1

A Ali not out………………………………0

Extras: 0

Total: (0 wickets)1

Bowling: Southee 2-1-1-0, Henry 1-1-0-0.