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Pakistan defeated by second string NZ team


CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, March 5 (AFP) - New Zealand A took just 25 minutes to inflict an embarrassing innings and 54 run defeat on Pakistan on the final day of their three-day cricket tour match here Monday.

New Zealand A bowlers Chris Drum and Andrew Penn took five wickets for 16 runs between them as Pakistan plummeted from 108 for four overnight to be all out for 124 in the space of 27 balls.

Compounding Pakistan's woes was the absence of experienced opener Saeed Anwar, who didn't bat after injuring his groin while fielding Sunday

. Drum ended with eight wickets for the match after second-innings figures of four for 42, while Penn took three wickets Monday to end with four for 44 and seven for the match.

Pakistan trailed by 70 runs Monday, and it took until just the third over for New Zealand A to make further inroads.

Penn took wickets in successive balls when he bowled Younis Khan for four then had Mushtaq Ahmed caught by Lou Vincent at third slip.

Stand-in captain Waqar Younis survived the hat-trick ball but in the next over Drum got in on the act, removing Saqlain Mushtaq and Arshad Khan in the space of four balls.

Saqlain had a wild swing and was bowled and Arshad suffered the same fate when he tried to turn the ball to leg.

Pakistan's misery was sealed in the next over when tailender Mohammad Sami edged Penn to Glen Sulzberger at first slip.

The first test starts at Eden Park in Auckland on Thursday.





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