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Series still alive for Black Caps

Time:2014-11-23 02:51 Source:Sports Betting Author:www.oppofan.com

New Zealand emerged with plenty of credit from the drawn second Test match with Pakistan in Dubai.

The Black Caps, who are 9.00 to win the 2015 World Cup, will go to Sharjah for the deciding Test on Wednesday needing a victory to take a share of the spoils from the series.

New Zealand had a centurion in each innings, with Tom Latham scoring 137 in the first dig while Ross Taylor hit 12 fours and made 104, his 12th Test century, in the second innings.

When captain Brendon McCullum declared at 9-250 on the final day, the tourists having added 83 to their overnight score, it left Pakistan needing 261 off 72 overs at an asking rate of 3.6 per over.

Spin had looked the way to go, with Pakistan's spin duo Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah having taken all the New Zealand wickets in the second innings.

Whilst there was no winner, a really good advert for Test cricket.

Brendon McCullum

But it was the Black Caps' pace duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult who had success to help reduce Pakistan to 4-75 with 40 overs remaining.

It gave McCullum's side a whiff of an upset victory, but spinners Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig couldn't sustain the pressure and the two captains agreed to call time five overs early with Pakistan 5-196.

McCullum drew strength from denying the hosts a fourth straight Test victory, and felt his declaration was the right move.

He said: "When you're making those kind of decisions, you look at the history of what's happened, how the opposition team has responded in situations like this and try and get a bit of information, rather than having to come up with a willy-nilly score.

"So we looked at all of that stuff, the strength of their line-up, and we thought if we keep them semi-interested, that would give us our greatest opportunity."

He added: "From our point of view, we're trying to win Test matches and hence we went down that route rather than looking to try and bat out more of the day. I thought it was a brilliant Test match and, whilst there was no winner, a really good advert for Test cricket."

New Zealand are 11.00 to win the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup.

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