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Pakistan chases 274 to win 2nd test, series

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Wellington, Jan 18 (AP) Pakistan dismissed New Zealandfor 293 in its second innings of the second Test today andwill chase 274 on the final day to win the match and theseries.

Umar Gul took 4-61 and left-arm spinner Abdur Rehmanclaimed 3-119 for Pakistan, scored 376 in reply to NewZealand''s first innings of 356.

Martin Guptill scored 73 and Brendon McCullum struck 64in a 120-run opening partnership for New Zealand as it soughta substantial lead in its bid to win the match and level theseries.

Ross Taylor went on to score 52, but New Zealandstruggled to build on that solid foundation.

An outstanding late spell of reverse swing by Gul saw NewZealand''s last five wickets fall for 25 runs and kept thematch in a delicate balance. Pakistan has 90 overs on the lastday to chase down its target of 274 and maintain its unbeatenrecord at the Basin Reserve, where it has won three and drawnfour of its seven previous Tests.

Pakistan leads the current series 1-0 after winning thefirst match at Hamilton by 10 wickets.

"It''s set up for what could be a great day of Testcricket," McCullum said.

"About 270 was probably what we were looking at in theday, regardless of whether we were bowled out or not. Theother option could have been if we were able to carry on atthe top and got, say, 350 in a real hurry. In the end, 280-oddruns in the day sets it up pretty nicely."

New Zealand resumed today at 9-0, looking to press onquickly to a position which gave it some control of the match.

Guptill and McCullum gave it a perfect start, taking NewZealand to 106 without loss by lunch, only its second 100-runopening partnerships in Tests since 2004.

But when McCullum was dismissed, Pakistan was able torestrict the New Zealand scoring, slowing its over rate andsetting defensive fields while left-armer Wahab Riaz attackedthe batsmen with short pitched bowling.

Taylor reached his second half century of the match afterhis 78 in the first innings, but New Zealand lost four wicketsfor 42 runs either side of tea. Reece Young joined Taylor toput on 60 for the sixth wicket, steadying the innings, butboth were out in the final 30 minutes before stumps.

Rehman and part-time offspinner Mohammad Hafeez bowledwell, but also gave New Zealand hope, showing there will beturn in the pitch on the final day.

Pakistan was at times sloppy in the field, putting downfive catches including Guptill three times.

Rain is forecast for Wellington tomorrow morning, but isexpected to clear during the day. (AP) CM

Story first published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 14:00 [IST]
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