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Inzaman ton puts Pakistan back into NZ Test


CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, March 17 (AFP) - Inzamam-ul-Haq made New Zealand pay for a fumble in the slips with a century as Pakistan dominated the third day of the second Test against New Zealand here.

Pakistan ended the day at 341 for six, 135 runs behind New Zealands first innings total of 476 with four wickets remaining.

Yousef Youhana, 73, and Saqlain Mushtaq, 20, were the not out batsmen. Chris Martin was the best of the bowlers with two for 106.

Late Friday, Inzamam, who was then on ten, sent a ball to slip-fielder Nathan Astle who dropped it.

A similar stroke off Martin's bowling and a catch by New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming finally brought Inzaman's innings to a close on Saturday.

But by that time he had batted 318 minutes, faced 241 balls and hit 22 fours and one six in his knock of 130.

Its was a long day in the field with the portable pitch showing an almost unnatural perfection without variation and offering little for any bowler.

Pakistan put on 276 runs during a day dominated by Inzamam's 13th Test century.

New Zealand finally got the breakthrough with the new ball. Inzaman was first to go and 15 balls later Younis Khan nicked a Daryl Tuffey ball which flew to a diving catch by wicket keeper Adam Parore.

It offered some brief hope to the home side as Pakistan was still 17 runs behind the follow on mark.

Shortly after Chris Drum had to retire hurt after he dived awkwardly to stop a fast ball. He succeeded, but in the process painfully put his shoulder out, adding to the lengthy injury woes of the home side.

Drum, with a dislocated joint in the shoulder, is unlikely to be back in this Test.

If he is out his bowling load is likely to go to part timer Craig McMillan.

Pakistan captain Moin Khan, on 28, swung at a flighted ball and sent it straight out to Martin at the boundary. Khan cried out in disgust at himself while bowler Grant Bradburn celebrated his sixth Test wicket, eight years after his fifth.

Although New Zealand had the last session advantage, they seemed to ease up and Pakistan looked untroubled during the last hour.

Having won the first match in the three-Test series, Pakistan have the upper hand as this one moves towards a likely draw. New Zealand will require quick wickets, followed by quick runs to get a result to maintain their hopes of winning the series.







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