Pakistan reduced to shreds by unknown Kiwi
WELLINGTON, March 22 (AFP) - An unknown bowler reduced Pakistan to 175 all out against Wellington on the first day of a three-day
tour match here on Thursday.
By stumps, on what appeared to be an innocuous pitch, Wellington were 94 for one in reply.
Only Pakistan's first Test star Younis Khan prospered, scoring an entertaining 73 off 96 balls including 12 fours and a six.
Wellington had an unlikely bowling standout, with allrounder Matthew Walker taking five of the last six wickets to end with five for 29 in a
He moved the ball awkwardly off the pitch and claimed three of his five scalps to catches behind the wicket. Walker had only 18 first-class
wickets going into the match.
His late-innings performance stole the thunder of New Zealand Test contenders James Franklin and Andrew Penn, who took two wickets
each in their chase for the vacant third paceman's spot for the third Test starting next week.
Both were watched closely by chairman of selectors Sir Richard Hadlee, with Penn perhaps gaining a slight edge.
Wellington coach Vaughn Johnson was impressed by Walker's effort and the early effort from Penn and Franklin in helpful conditions.
"He's really put his hand up to say 'I'm a senior member of the side'. He bowled a good length, mixed his pace up and bowled really well,"
"There was a bit there early on, if the pitch was going to do anything it was this morning. James and Andrew got it to come off with decent
With left-armer Shayne O'Connor still a 50-50 proposition in his comeback from a knee problem, the Wellington opening pair are next in line
when the Test team is named on Saturday.
Both started encouragingly, with Penn removing 18-year-old Imran Farhat with the day's fifth ball to a gully catch.
Then Franklin did what he couldn't in the first Test in Auckland, producing some useful movement in the air to claim two valuable scalps,
stand-in captain Ijaz Ahmed for 15 and in-form Faisal Iqbal for 11.
After another Penn wicket Pakistan were 69 for four at lunch, both bowlers going to the break with two for 20.
But Franklin suffered at the hands of Younis after lunch, going for 23 runs off three overs.
Younis showed some of the dashing form that brought him 91 and 149 not out in the first Test, hitting the ball all around the wicket.
He and Misbah-ul-Haq resurrected the innings from 52 for four with a stand of 71 before the arrival of Walker in the 43rd over.
He claimed Younis with his first ball thanks to a mistimed pull shot and took three more wickets in the space of eight overs as Pakistan went
to tea on 175 for eight.
The innings was finished soon afterwards when Walker trapped Misbah leg before wicket and ended his 118-ball innings of 26.
Wellington had few worries with Pakistan's pace attack of Fazle Akbar and the recalled Mohammad Akram.
In-form captain Richard Jones made short shrift of some short deliveries, hitting seven fours in a 51-ball innings of 40.
He and Selwyn Blackmore put on 64 for the first wicket, with the only excitement for Pakistan coming in the 17th over when Mohammad
Akram sneaked a ball past Jones' attempted off drive.
Pakistan predictably rested frontliners Moin Khan, Waqar Younis, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mohammad Sami and Yousuf