Hailstones stop play as Pakistan struggling on 112/6 at Tea

Hailstones stop play as Pakistan struggling on 112/6 at Tea

Mount Maunganui: Rain along with hailstones has stopped play at Bay Oval after Pakistan reached 112/6 at Tea.

Skipper Mohammad Rizwan and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf are at 29 and 21 respectively. They trail by 319 runs.

The visitors made 50 runs in the second session for the loss of one wicket of Fawad Alam. Fawad was removed by Neil Wagner as he bowled a quick bouncer that nicked back to wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

Earlier, in the opening session, Pakistan suffered yet another collapse in Test cricket as they lost four wickets in a short interval.

Pakistan had a slowish start and looked comfortable with their defense until Kyle Jamieson’s short bouncer struck Abid Ali’s little finger of the left hand that dismantled the batter.

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Jamieson in the next over bowled a full pitched delivery, rattling Abid’s stumps and he departed with a score of 25 off 104 balls.

Nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas carried to create anger on Kiwi bowlers but his resistance came to end with Trent Boult dismissing him. He made 5 off 55 balls.

Tim Southee came back for another spell of the opening session and he removed former skipper Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail in the 43rd over.

Azhar was given not out by the on-field umpire but the snicko showed he nick one into the hands of BJ Watling. Haris went for a flashy drive but his feet were going nowhere as Henry Nicholls caught a simple catch at Gully.

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