Latham, Williamson stretch New Zealand’s lead

by Staff  •  Published on Thu, Jan 5, 2023, 

Tom Latham and Kane Williamson stitched an unbroken 71-run stand to stretch New Zealand’s lead to 117 at Lunch on Day 4 of the second Test in Karachi. The visitors had rolled out Pakistan for 408, picking up the last remaining wicket in just the first over of the morning, but lost in-form Devon Conway for naught early into their second innings.

Having conceded a slender lead of 41 runs, Mir Hamza got the hosts the start they needed. He struck with his very first delivery – a length ball that nipped back in slightly and ricocheted onto the stumps off Conway’s pad. However, the rest of the session was marred by a couple of poor DRS reviews from Pakistan on either side of the drinks break.

Abrar Ahmed twice convinced Babar Azam to take the LBW appeal against Kane Williamson upstairs, which the Pakistan captain did, albeit reluctantly. Williamson had nothing to worry though, since both were sliding down leg. He went on to become the fifth man, and first from New Zealand, to complete 7000 Test runs at no. 3 position upon reaching 14.

The pair steadily rebuilt after the early loss. Latham played a couple of delectable drives but was also lucky to fetch a couple of boundaries more with the edges harmlessly running past the slip fielders.

Hasan Ali fed Williamson a couple of short balls early into his spell, but the former captain had no trouble pulling them away to the fence to keep the runs flowing. Closer to the break, Pakistan introduced spin from both ends but Agha Salman began with a couple of loose balls that were duly punished by Latham. On 36, he also got an LBW call overturned with a review that found the impact to be outside off. In the morning, it took only six balls for New Zealand to wrap up Pakistan’s first innings on 408 after Ish Sodhi trapped Abrar plumb in front to help his team start with a 41-run headstart.

Brief scores: New Zealand 449 & 76/1 (Tom Latham 37*, Kane Wiliamson 29*; Mir Hamza 1-9) lead Pakistan 408, by 117 runs.

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