Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Imam-ul-Haq head injury overshadows Pakistan triumph

Imam-ul-Haq head injury overshadows Pakistan triumph

Ul-Haq before he slumps to the floor. He had his eyes closed but was conscious.

Veteran batsman Ross Taylor top-scored for New Zealand with a laborious 120-ball 86 not out and added 75 for the fifth wicket with Henry Nicholls, who made a gruelling 33 off 63 balls.

The win also sets up an intriguing final match in Dubai on Sunday.

"We wanted to stage a comeback and the team did well to do that", said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

New Zealand squad remains unchanged from the side that beat Pakistan by 47 runs in the first game. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has announced the 34-year-old William Somerville as his replacment for the three-match Test series. He bowls with good control and variation, while his added height means he gets that extra bit of bounce. He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

Ferguson dismissed both batsmen in the 29th over when Zaman skied a catch to Ish Sodhi, and Zaman followed when his upper cut was caught well on the edge of the boundary line at third man. Nicholls was back in action at forward short leg when Shoaib Malik's hard pull ballooned off the fielder's left shoulder and Sodhi grabbed the diving catch.

Sarfraz fell for 13 but Mohammad Hafeez hit the winning boundary to finish with 27 not out.

Somerville played 16 first-class matches for New South Wales but requested to be released from the contract earlier this year in order to join Auckland Aces to qualify to play for New Zealand, his country of birth.

In his second spell, Shaheen yorked Tom Latham for one while Hafeez bowled George Worker for 28 to leave New Zealand struggling at 73-4.

To be fair, there was bad luck - Williamson was run out by a deflection while backing up at the non-striker's end - but there was nothing lucky about the rest of Pakistan's bowling performance.

Pakistan's most expensive fast bowler, Hasan Ali (2-59), returned and had Nicholls bowled in the 38th over before Afridi snapped two more wickets to restrict New Zealand.

Like this: