17 Jan 2011

NZ bowlers lead fightback against Pakistan

8:26 pm on 17 January 2011

New Zealand were nine without loss at stumps on the third day of the second cricket test against Pakistan in Wellington.

Brendon McCullum had scored six runs and Martin Guptill was on 1 when play ended in the second innings at the Basin Reserve on Monday.

New Zealand dismissed Pakistan for 376 - a lead of 20 for the tourists who had resumed on 134 for 2.

Captain Dan Vettori followed his first innings century by taking four wickets. Chris Martin also took four, while Tim Southee claimed two.

Vettori's first wicket for the day ended a 142-run fourth-wicket partnership between captain Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan.

Khan was unlucky to be given out just before tea, caught for 73 as replays showed the ball came off his pad.

Ul Haq was dismissed for 99, but his side is well placed for a series win after a 10-wicket victory in Hamilton.

Rain is forecast for Wellington on Tuesday.