New Zealand bowlers have suffered several rain and hail shower delays and have slowly broken Pakistan’s stubborn resistance, helping them take control of their first test Monday.
Faheem Ashraf was sent off at the Bay Oval with 91 points, the highest test score, just before the end of their third day match with Pakistan bowling out at 239, still 192 points behind New Zealand’s 431 points.
Tourists faced the prospect of being asked to bet again after captain Mohammad Rizwan pulled 71 by Mitchell Santner and ended his 107-run partnership with Faheem, leaving 187-7 for about an hour.
However, Faheem surpassed his previous high score of 83 points in a match against Ireland before disbanding, with five minutes left of the match that day.
Tourists resumed on Monday 30-1, and Rizwan and Fawad Alam lost 4 wickets in 13 runs before stopping corruption with a prudent partnership of 28 runs in 17 overs.
Rizwan and Faheem continued their resistance through a partnership in mid- and final sessions, which were interrupted twice by a shower that forced the players to leave the stadium.
The final delay broke some of the momentum of New Zealand bowlers, who had been as good as Pakistani players, on the pitch where hitters had to wait for a bad ball to hit.
At some point, Kyle Jamieson had a figure skating 2-9 in over 17, 12 of them virgins, ending the day 3-35 in over 23.2.
Neil Wagner fired Fawad after lunch and Shaheen Afridi shortly before the end, despite nursing a broken toe and having to pass a fitness test before the start of the match.