New Zealand’s pace attack dominated day three of the first Test against Pakistan at Mount Maunganui on Monday.
But their efforts quickly to wrap up the innings were stalled by a late century stand from Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf. On a day disrupted by intermittent showers and an unseasonal hail storm, the Black Caps paceers took five for 50 in the first two sessions before Pakistan rallied to be all out for 239 at stumps, 192 in arrears.
Rizwan and Ashraf provided a face-saving partnership for Pakistan with 107 for the seventh wicket before the former was run out for 71 by a smart underarm throw from Mitchell Santner at square leg.
Ashraf soldiered on to a career-best 91 before he was the last wicket to fall.
When Pakistan resumed the day at 30 for one, Abid Ali and nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas were more intent on batting long rather than run gathering – especially with a question mark over the workload for the injured Neil Wagner.
The pair put on just nine runs in 74 balls while Wagner, who suffered a fractured toe while batting on Sunday and was told by a doctor he could bowl only if he could “tolerate the pain”, was kept out of the attack.
The partnership was broken by Kyle Jamieson who hurt Abid Ali with the last ball of his first over which smacked into the batsman’s fingers.
New Zealand scored 431 in their first innings. Skipper Kane Williamson scored 129.