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Pakistan under pump as NZ sense victory

AAP logoAAP 26/11/2016

Neil Wagner celebrates the wicket of Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan with Black Caps teammates. © Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images Neil Wagner celebrates the wicket of Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan with Black Caps teammates. Pakistan admit they have a major uphill battle to stay in and even win the second cricket Test against New Zealand after a first-innings crash in Hamilton.

The tourists will start the third day on Sunday at Seddon Park on 5-76, still 195 runs behind the hosts first innings of 271.

They are 1-0 down in the two-match series and looking at their first series loss to the Kiwis since 1985.

The first day was rain-affected which meant Pakistan's bowlers had to use a wet ball, but New Zealand still shouldn't have been able to reach 270, admits fast bowler Sohail Khan, who took four wickets.

"It was disappointing to lose five first-innings wickets cheaply and the batsmen needed to learn to stop chasing the new ball outside off stump," he said through a translator.

He admitted it hadn't been an ideal tour. With the warm-up match lost to rain and a rain-shortened first Test in Christchurch, they have essentially just played four days in New Zealand conditions.

They had also lost captain Misbah-ul-Haq for the second Test and experienced the scary 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake.

However, they were not using any excuses, he said.

"[We] are professional and will have to fight it out. It's the start of the Test match, it's not finished yet."

Meanwhile, a much happier New Zealand wicket-keeper, BJ Watling, agreed his side were relishing home conditions after heavy Test losses in South Africa and India.

Watling was not out 49 in New Zealand's innings and was pleased he and the tailend batsmen had helped them reach 270, rather than just 200.

He believed overcast conditions forecast for Sunday might help keep some juice in the wicket, which would be needed get overnight batsmen Babar Azam (34) and Sarfraz Ahed (nine) out.

"We've still got two very good batsmen out there... we've definitely got some work to do."

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