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Pakistan hint at gunning for Kiwi target

NZN 29/11/2016

Pakistan have shown a flicker of interest in gunning down a target of 369 to win the second Test against New Zealand.

The tourists have gone to tea on the final day at 1-158, still needing 211 runs to win and keep their world No.2 ranking.

The asking run rate for the 34 overs in the final session will be 6.2 runs per over.

Sami Aslam is unbeaten on 75 and Babar Azam 16.

In the hour after lunch they scored just 31 runs but half an hour before tea it seemed Pakistan had flicked the switch and were going to blaze.

After one swipe at Mitchell Santner which missed, skipper Azhar Ali gave it another big wind up but could only get an inside edge on to his stumps to go for 58.

It ended Pakistan's second-longest opening standing, lasting 360 balls.

However, they have managed to raise the run rate to four in the last five overs of the afternoon session.

There was precious little encouragement for the Kiwi bowlers and they struggled to beat the bat.

A hooking trap was set for Neil Wagner's short bowling but there appeared to be little interest in taking the left-armer on.

New Zealand, with scores of 271 and 5-313 declared, were 368 ahead of Pakistan's first innings of 216.

The highest successful fourth innings chase at Seddon Park was Australia's 4-212 in 2000.

Pakistan need to win to remain second place in ICC Test rankings - a draw or loss will drop them to fourth.

A win will mean New Zealand would rise from seventh to sixth.

A draw means they remain seventh but with a 1-0 lead in the series it will give them their first series win over Pakistan since 1985.

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