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Draw inevitable in Pakistan v New Zealand Test


CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, March 19 (AFP) - New Zealand openers Mark Richardson and Matthew Bell survived 18 uneventful overs before lunch to be 44 without loss as the second cricket Test against Pakistan headed for a draw here Monday.

Richardson was on 15 and Bell on 26 at the break as they faced few problems in the second innings on a portable pitch still playing well.

It left New Zealand trailing by 51 runs overall after Pakistan declared their first innings on 571 for eight this morning in reply to New Zealand's first innings of 476.

Bell hit four fours in his 63-ball innings while Richardson found the boundary twice as he faced 47 balls.

Earlier, Saqlain Mushtaq reached his first test century to be unbeaten on 101, with Fazle Akbar on nought. The innings took 210 overs and 849 minutes.

Pakistan added just 10 runs in 28 minutes this morning as Saqlain sought the elusive two runs for his century.

He faced 24 balls before bringing up the mark, including 18 balls on 99 before clipping Nathan Astle to fine leg for a single.

The milestone took him 426 minutes, he faced 289 balls and hit 11 fours and a six. It was the third century of the innings after Inzamam-ul-Haq's 130 and Yousuf Youhana's 203.

New Zealand claimed one wicket when Waqar Younis tried to hook Daryl Tuffey on 12 but edged the ball to wicketkeeper Adam Parore.

Tuffey bowled a marathon 49 overs to end with figures of two for 152 while new-ball partner Chris Martin took two for 153 off 41.







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