Lunch Pakistan 438 and 181 for 4 (Imam 81*, Sarfaraz 49*, Bracewell 2-40, Sodhi 2-47) advantage New Zealand 612 for December 9 for 7 runs
Getting ahead of Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz took the attack route. After picking up two consecutive fours from Southee, he hit three boundaries in Ajaz Patel’s first over of the day. The first two came via the sweeping shot, and as Ajaz switched over the wicket, Sarfaraz leapt to the leg side and sliced through the hedges to move to 25 from 15 balls.
But after that, Ajaz started throwing well with his outside leg, and Sarfaraz seemed happy to push him away, aside from the occasional reverse sweep.
Sodhi, however, was having the ruffo turned off the left-hand batter’s stump. Imam addressed that by going down the track and mostly smothering the turn. There was one occasion where he tried to go hard and got an inside edge, but luckily for him, the ball missed his leg stump.
With Partnership having crossed 50, Neil Wagner was brought into attack for the first time at 57 of the inning. He started around the wicket, and even made Tom Blundell stand up to the stumps for a spin, but Imam and Sarfaraz joined him for lunch.