BLACKCAPS v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Dubai

Ross Taylor and Tom Latham put on a 65-run partnership to make it to stumps, but day three belonged to spinner Yasir Shah, who became the first Pakistan bowler to claim 10 wickets in a single day.

De Grandhomme leads disciplined bowling display

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BLACKCAPS bowling coach Shane Jurgensen said he was proud of the way his bowling unit contained Pakistan after losing the toss on the opening day of the second Test in Dubai.

The ground is notorious for bat dominating ball early on, and Pakistan's total of 207-4 from 90 overs, rated as the second lowest runs ever accumulated on a full opening day at the venue. 

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Colin de Grandhomme bowled brilliantly in the morning session and could have had more than the two wickets he picked up in the first hour.

Azhar Ali continued his strong form, posting back to back 50s in the series, as the hosts ground their way to tea at 124-2 from 59 overs.

As he did in the first Test, Tim Southee came on as a substitute fielder and made an impact. This time by running out the dangerous Ali for 81, as the right-hander pushed and ran to mid-off, only to be sent back too late by Haris Sohail (81*).

Ajaz Patel claimed the late wicket of Asad Shafiq as the BLACKCAPS finished the day at near-parity.

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Ross Taylor and Tom Latham put on a 65-run partnership to make it to stumps, but day three belonged to spinner Yasir Shah, who became the first Pakistan bowler to claim 10 wickets in a single day.

BLACKCAPS stay in the fight as Pakistan grind to 418-5 declared

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BLACKCAPS all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme felt his side did all they could during an attritional first two days of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

The visitors bowled 167 overs, including 765 dot balls, before Pakistan declared at 418-5 late on day two.

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De Grandhomme finished with the sparkling figures of 2-44 from 30 overs, while Neil Wagner conceded just 63 runs from his 37 overs.

BLACKCAPS openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval then put on 24 runs in the nine remaining overs of day two.

Patient centuries by Haris Sohail (147 off 421) and Babar Azam (127 off 263) were the key features on a day where the run-rate again crept along at just over two an over.

The BLACKCAPS bowlers and fielders stuck to their task well, with de Grandhomme and Wagner bowling an incredible 67 overs for just 107 runs.

Trent Boult claimed the only wicket of the day, after 62 overs, as he had Sohail caught behind by BJ Watling.

Pakistan eventually declared with forty minutes remaining on day two.

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Ross Taylor and Tom Latham put on a 65-run partnership to make it to stumps, but day three belonged to spinner Yasir Shah, who became the first Pakistan bowler to claim 10 wickets in a single day.

Shah seizes control of second Test

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Ross Taylor (49*) and Tom Latham (44*) put on a 65-run partnership to make it to stumps, but day three belonged to spinner Yasir Shah, who became the first Pakistan bowler to claim 10 wickets in a single day.

The BLACKCAPS will resume day four at 131-2, trailing by 197 runs after Shah claimed 8-41 in the first innings as Pakistan claimed a firm upper hand in the second Test in Dubai.

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The 32-year-old finished with ten wickets for the day, the most ever by a Pakistan bowler, as the visitors were forced to follow on after being dismissed for 90 in their first innings.

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Ross Taylor and Tom Latham put on a 65-run partnership to make it to stumps, but day three belonged to spinner Yasir Shah, who became the first Pakistan bowler to claim 10 wickets in a single day.

BLACKCAPS go down fighting as Abu Dhabi decider looms

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Fighting knocks by Ross Taylor (82), Henry Nicholls (77) and Tom Latham (50) were not enough to prevent Pakistan from leveling up the Test series 1-1 against the BLACKCAPS in the UAE.

Leg-spinning star Yasir Shah claimed six second-innings wickets to finish with 14 for the match, as the visitors mustered 312 runs in their second innings, falling 16 short of forcing the hosts to bat again.

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After being tipped up for 90 in the first innings, the BLACKCAPS batsmen responded in the second dig by combining for four partnerships of 50-runs or more.

Tom Latham looked unlucky to be given caught behind for 50, while Ross Taylor seemed on his way to an 18th Test hundred before he top-edged a sweep off Shah.

Henry Nicholls overturned an LBW decision to avoid a pair of ducks and went on to post his second fifty of the series while also passing 1000 Test runs.

The teams now have five days to prepare for the third and deciding Test starting in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

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