Even a broken toe failed to stop New Zealand’s attack on day three of the first Test against Pakistan on Monday, but their efforts to finish the innings quickly were delayed by the standings of Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf at the end of the century. While intermittent showers and an unusual hailstorm disrupted operations on Mount Maunganui, the Black Caps pace foursome made it five to 50 in the first two sessions before Pakistan rallied to get all out for 239 by stumps, and 192 more arrears.
Rizwan and Ashraf secured a face-saving partnership for Pakistan with 107 for the seventh wicket before Rizwan was exhausted for 71 by Mitchell Santner’s smart forearm throw from square leg.
Ashraf worked through to a career-best 91 before being the last wicket to fall.
Kyle Jamieson returned the top marks for New Zealand with three for 35, while Neil Wagner ignored the pain of a broken toe to attack 21 overs and two for 50.
He stumbled upon tree stumps, describing it as one of the hardest days of his career, revealing that he needed painkillers to keep going.
“After the first rain break I just went ‘damn I can’t bear the pain’ and I got a shot and that took the pain away a little bit … but it started to wear off pretty quickly,” said Wagner, who broke. a toe on his right foot when hitting on day two.
“Injuries happen and it’s bad luck but I can still do stuff and run and it won’t stop me. It’s painful and it’s damn uncomfortable but it’s just one of those things you have to deal with and I still felt always that I didn’t. I don’t want to disappoint my teammates. “
New Zealand must win both tests against Pakistan to have a chance at the World Test Championship final in June, and Pakistani batting coach Younis Khan said this would put additional pressure on the Black Caps entering their second innings on Tuesday.
“If New Zealand is to win this test match, they have to make some bold decisions, so we expect an early statement to come and we are ready for that,” said Khan.
When Pakistan resumed the day at 30 to one, Abid Ali and night watchman Mohammad Abbas made just nine runs in 74 balls, keeping Wagner out of the early attack.
The partnership was cut by Jamieson hurting Abid Ali with the last ball of his first ball, which hit the batsman’s fingers.
Two balls in Jamieson’s next over Abid kept his hands out of the way of a ball that was far from the stump, only to see him come back and get thrown for 25.
Following on from Trent Boult, who had harassed Abbas with a succession of short balls, found a lead with a full throw and Ross Taylor kept the catch on the first slip.
Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail stayed together for 50 deliveries, but contributed only nine runs before going both in one Tim Southee.
Wagner tested his foot with three overs before lunch and went on with a spell of seven over after the break, taking the only wicket to fall in the middle session with a trademark bouncer Fawad Alam pushed to wicketkeeper BJ Watling.
The nine-run knock continued a string of low scores for Alam, who has taken an unusual sideways stance that suggests he expects the ball to come off a square leg – even more exaggerated than that of the great Shivnarine Chanderpaul of the West Indies .
Jamieson had the remarkable numbers of two for nine out of 17 overs at Tea, but when the partnership between Rizwan and Ashraf took its toll, he ended the day with three for 35 from 23.1 overs.
Together with Wagner’s pair, Southee finished with two for 69 and Boult with two for 71.
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