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Pakistan and NZ talk up winning

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6 days ago Dave Williams
Tim Southee of New Zealand bowling during day three of the Second Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan at Seddon Park. © Dave Rowland/Getty Images Tim Southee of New Zealand bowling during day three of the Second Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan at Seddon Park.

New Zealand have the advantage over Pakistan in the second cricket Test in Hamilton but are well aware of how dangerous their opponents can be.

The hosts are 55 runs ahead with 10 second innings wickets in hand heading into day four at Seddon Park. They dismissed the tourists for 216 after exceeding expectations with 271 on a green top after being asked to bat.

Rain restricted play on days one and three but bowler Tim Southee believes there is plenty of time for a result.

"Hopefully there's two fine days to come," he said.

"We just need to gain a little bit of control back again, hit our areas... and hope for a little bit of assistance from the wicket."

New Zealand has been in strong positions against Pakistan at Seddon Park before, but horror second-innings collapses have handed Pakistan matches in 1993 and 2011.

Southee said there was no air of complacency in the side, which is 1-0 up in the two-match series and only needs a draw to ensure the first series victory over Pakistan in more than three decades.

"In no way do we think the job's done or anywhere near done. Obviously we are only starting our second innings, we need to bat well against a quality bowling line up."

Meanwhile, Pakistan's top scorer with 90 not out in their first innings, Babar Azam, believes they are also still in the match.

"We have the confidence in our bowlers, they can do the job," he said after scoring his highest Test innings in his three-match career.

No rain is forecast for Monday or Tuesday.

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