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Post by εﺓз• » ιη∂αġι яσ¢χ « • on Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:16 pm

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WELLINGTON: Captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan took Pakistan to 209 for three after New Zealand's Chris Martin made an early breakthrough on the third day of the second Test Monday.

The pair came together after Azhar Ali (67) added only five to his overnight total, falling to a short-pitched Martin delivery that nicked the toe of his bat to provide Ross Taylor with a simple catch at deep extra cover.

With Younis Khan also fresh at the crease after New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori dismissed Taufeeq Umar with the last ball of the previous day's play, the Black Caps mixed up their bowling attack in the search for more wickets.

But the skipper and Younis rarely looked troubled in fine conditions on a flat track at Wellington's Basin Reserve, which offers the tourists the chance to comfortably overhaul New Zealand's first innings total of 356.

Younis took the initiative in the 65-run partnership, hitting five boundaries in the fourth-wicket stand.

Misbah, eyeing a fifth consecutive Test half century, was more conservative, content to occupy the crease and attack any loose balls.

Forecasters predict bad weather will threaten play on Tuesday and Wednesday, meaning a big total could secure the two-Test series for Pakistan after the tourists easily wrapped up the first Test inside three days.

Martin's wicket gave him figures of one for 47 from 18 overs.
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