NZ vs PAK 2nd Test – Pakistan pacer Mohammad Abbas declares, “Our fielders let us down”: Pakistan pacer Mohammad Abbas rued dropped catch as after a classic century by Kane Williamson in an unbroken 215-run stand with Henry Nicholls hauled New Zealand into a strong position at 286 for three at stumps on day two of the second Test against Pakistan on Monday.
Meanwhile, in the post-match conference, Abbas said, “We bowled well early but after tea some catches were dropped and that’s why we’re struggling.”
Notably, Pakistan first dropped Latham when Afridi found the edge of his bat with the ball flying to Shan Masood who spilled the catch at second slip.
Later, Masood failed to pouch difficult chances from Williamson on 82 and 107, while Mohammad Rizwan dropped Nicholls on 86.
Meanwhile, New Zealand coach Luke Ronchi lauded Williamson for another masterful century and said, “When you know you’ve got someone like Kane Williamson there you know you’ve got a pretty strong rock to change the tide of an innings.”
“It’s him being him out there, it’s his own little world. He’s one of those players that make the game look really easy yet other people seem to find it not so easy.
“It’s brilliant to watch. When he does get to a score of 100 it’s just another run to him.”
NZ Vs PAK 2nd Test Day 2 Stumps: Williamson hits yet another ton as NZ trail by just 11 runs
New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test Day 2 Stumps (286/3): Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls’ unbeaten 215-run stand on day two of the second Test against Pakistan gave New Zealand an edge at stumps on Monday here at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
The Kiwis concluded day two at 286/3, trailing Pakistan by 11 runs. Williamson and Nicholls are currently unbeaten on 112 and 89 respectively. For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, and Faheem Ashraf scalped one wicket each.
Starting their innings on day two, New Zealand openers provided a steady start to the side as Tom Latham and Tom Blundell put on 52 runs for the first wicket, but Pakistan came back strongly as the visitors dismissed both the openers in a span of six balls.
First, Blundell was dismissed by Faheem Ashraf, and five balls later, Latham (33) was sent back to the pavilion by Shaheen Afridi, reducing New Zealand to 52/2. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor then ensured that the hosts do not lose any more wickets before the lunch break.
After the lunch break, the Kiwis lost the wicket of Ross Taylor (12) as he was sent back to the pavilion by Mohammad Abbas, but Williamson and Henry Nicholls steadied the ship for the hosts and the duo took the score to 145/3 at the tea interval with Williamson and Nicholls on 40 and 25 respectively.
Williamson and Nicholls did not let the foot down from the peddle in the final session and both batsmen went past their half-century mark in the final session of the day. In the end, the duo saw out the final session of play and the Kiwis ended day two with just three wickets down.
New Zealand had bundled out Pakistan for 297 in the first innings as Kyle Jamieson scalped five wickets.