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Pakistan will go for NZ Test win

NZN 5 days ago

New Zealand and Pakistan say they will both be aiming for a win on the final day of the second Test in Hamilton with Test rankings in mind.

Pakistan, already 1-0 down in the two match series, will effectively start their innings from square one on Tuesday, needing 368 to win. The highest successful fourth-innings chase at Seddon Park is 212-4, by Australia in 2000.

Pakistan need victory to maintain their second place on the ICC Test rankings table. A loss or a draw will see them drop to fourth.

New Zealand, who have scored 271 and 5-313(dec), need to win to rise one place to sixth. A draw will still give them their first series victory over Pakistan since 1985.

Pakistan left-armer Mohammad Amir says they will definitely go for the target and the pitch has become better for batsmen to play shots.

"The ranking is very important and achieved after a lot of hard work," Amir said

"It's very important to us. We like to be among the top teams of the world and we try our best to retain it.

Kiwi second-innings century-maker Ross Taylor believes the first few overs on Tuesday will be crucial and that Pakistan will indeed go for the target and try and square the series.

"Hopefully we can get a couple of early wickets and put them under some pressure," Taylor said

"This Pakistan side is not the No.2 side in the world for no reason. They'll come out fighting."

Taylor also said no thought had been given to batting on to put the game out of Pakistan's reach.

"We still want to win Test matches... It would be easy to do one-nil but at the same time we are not going to get up those rankings winning the series one-nil, we want to win two-nil," he said.

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