New Zealand vs Pakistan: Tim Southee becomes 3rd New Zealand bowler to take 300 test wickets

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Only Richard Hadlee and Daniel Vettori have more test wickets for New Zealand than Tim Southee.© AFP


Tim Southee became the third New Zealand bowler to pick 300 Test wickets as the Kiwis put themselves firmly on track to record a victory against Pakistan in the first Test. Southee chose two while Trent Boult took a wicket with the new ball to leave Pakistan with three on the stumps on Tuesday. The visitors now have to hit three sessions to score an unlikely victory in the first test. When the second innings resumed, the New Zealand openers got off to a brilliant start. Tom Latham and Tom Blundell hit timely limits to add some quick runs.

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The duo sewed a 111-run stand for the first wicket before Mohammad Abbas sent Blundell past in the 33rd. After making the breakthrough, Pakistan did not allow a major partnership as they took wickets at regular intervals.

If Shaheen Afridi stole the show in the first innings, it was Naseem Shah who caught the eye and sent the majority of the New Zealand batsmen to the pavilion.

But it was also because of the aggressive approach of the Kiwis to make a few quick runs for the declaration. New Zealand declared their innings 20 minutes before the tea, as Pakistan needed 373 to win.

But Boult struck from his second ball and then Southee sent Shan Masood away in the next over to lower Pakistan to 0/2. Haris Sohail entered into a brief partnership with Azhar, but Southee made the first his 300th wicket in the longest format of the game.

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Ali and Fawad Alam then weathered the storm and will resume the innings for Pakistan from 71/3 on Wednesday.

Short scores: New Zealand 431 and 180/5 p; Pakistan 239 & 71/3 (Azhar Ali 34 *, Fawad Alam 21 *; Tim Southee 2-15, Trent Boult 1-24)

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