Vettori puts Kiwis in charge
Daniel Vettori struck an unbeaten century on day two to put New Zealand firmly in control of the third Test against Pakistan.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 13/12/09 9:06am
Third Test Match
Pakistan 223 (Imran Farhat 117 no, D R Tuffey 4-52, I E O'Brien 4-35) v New Zealand 346-6 (D L Vettori 100 no, B B McCullum 89, T G McIntosh 74, Danish Kaneria 4-119)
Daniel Vettori struck an unbeaten century on day two to put New Zealand firmly in control of the winner-takes-all third Test against Pakistan.
The Black Caps skipper shared a 176-run partnership with Brendon McCullum to see his side to 346-6 at stumps - a first-innings lead of 123.
The middle-order fightback was the perfect tonic for the hosts who had slipped to 145-5 thanks to an inspired spell from leg-spinner Danish Kaneria (4-119).
Vettori brought up his fifth Test century from 126 balls late in the day after McCullum had departed for a composed 89.
The Black Caps resumed on 47-0 but the second day did not start well for the hosts as Test debutant BJ Watling added just five to his overnight 13 not out before crashing Mohammad Aamer to Umar Akmal at backward point.
Martin Guptill was dismissed for just 13 when he was trapped lbw by Kaneria's googly and Ross Taylor, who made 21, lost his patience and top-edged a slog-sweep at Kaneria to backward square leg, where Mohammad Yousuf took a fine catch.
Left-handed opener Tim McIntosh remained patient throughout, contributing just 17 runs and eight scoring shots - in a watchful morning session which saw 41 runs added in 25 overs.
He pushed on to his second Test half-century in 147 balls, with just five boundaries, however he became Kaneria's third victim when he top-edged to keeper Kamran Akmal.
Daniel Flynn made just five before falling victim to a controversial umpire review decision. The caught-behind appeal was turned down but Akmal immediately called for a review and Flynn began walking.
That decision left Kaneria with figures of 4-44 and New Zealand in a spot of trouble on 145-5 as McCullum joined captain Vettori in the middle.
The Kiwi gloveman soon found his rhythm, taking 10 runs from a single Kaneria over and nine from one by Mohammad Aamer on his way to a 63-ball half-century.
Vettori made a steady start before stepping up his scoring rate with consecutive boundaries off Umar Gul.
His 50 arrived one ball quicker than that of McCullum, but the latter provided a highlight of the innings when he hoisted Mohammad Asif for a huge six over mid-wicket.
But, just as both players neared their centuries, McCullum departed for 89 after being cramped by a Gul bouncer and lobbing an easy catch to Faisal Iqbal in the gully.
Vettori struck nine fours - and a six back over Kaneria's head - but was dropped by his rival spinner on 97, Kaneria injuring his hand spilling the sharp chance off his own bowling.
But three singles saw Vettori, promoted to number six, to his fifth Test century from 126 balls and he closed on exactly 100 not out. Daryl Tuffey was 13 not out at the other end.