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New Zealand and Pakistan draw second Test


CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, March 19 (AFP) - New Zealand safely batted out day five as the second Test against Pakistan fizzled out to a draw here Monday.

The Kiwis, trailing by 95 runs after Pakistan's first innings, were 196 for one in their second innings when play was halted 40 minutes early.

Mark Richardson remained 73 not out with Mathew Sinclair on 50 having put on an unbroken 127 for the second wicket.

Sinclair claimed the man-of-the-match award for his 204 in New Zealand's first innings total of 476 -- his second double-ton in Test cricket.

It was a Test of centuries with Pakistan's batsmen notching three of their own in their first innings total of 571 for eight declared.

Yousuf Youhana top scored with 203 while Inzamam-ul-Haq blasted 130 and Saqlain Mushtaq 101 not out, his first Test century.

Pakistan, who lead the series 1-0, now travel to Wellington for a three-day match starting Thursday.

The third and final Test begins in Hamilton on March 27.







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