Watch New Zealand vs Pakistan cricket highlights today. PAK vs NZ highlights of 2nd Test day 5 played on November 29, 2016. These are the final day’s highlights of the 2nd Test played between Pakistan and New Zealand. Today Pakistan’s openers proved their mettle by establishing a 131-run stand in 60 overs that gave their team hope of avoiding an impending defeat. If something untoward doesn’t happen, the likelihood of a draw in Hamilton Test may become a reality which should be a sigh of relief for Pakistan. One wonders why they failed to show the same strength of character in first innings by amassing some good total to put Kiwis under pressure. May be the answer lies in their history of being the most unpredictable team, especially, in batting.
Perhaps sensing that Pakistan, 1-0 down in the series, would try and chase the game, New Zealand set defensive fields even when Azhar and Aslam were scoring less than two runs an over. With the pitch offering the bowlers little help apart from occasional inconsistent bounce – which grew more infrequent as the ball aged – Kane Williamson perhaps felt his best chance of getting wickets was from batsmen making mistakes. Azhar fell in this manner for 58, dragging an attempted cover drive off Mitchell Santner back onto his stumps, but New Zealand tasted no other success in the first two sessions.
They lost a significant chance to pick up a wicket in the penultimate over before lunch, when Simon Fry turned down Colin de Grandhomme’s lbw appeal down against Aslam. Williamson asked for a review, but his request was turned down since he had taken too long to make it. Replays suggested the ball, delivered from around the wicket, had struck the left-handed Aslam’s pad in line with off stump and ball-tracking indicated it would have gone on to hit leg stump.
New Zealand possibly took so long in deciding to review because they had wasted their first referral for a caught-behind appeal when the ball had passed Azhar’s bat and glove by a good twelve inches as he swayed away from a Wagner bouncer.