At tea, New Zealand were 388 for 7 with Watling and Tim Southee at the crease
Pakistan’s bowlers strove hard to chip their way into the lower order even as New Zealand pushed towards 400 on day two of the first Test at Mount Maunganui. With the pitch drying out, losing much of its green tinge and offering significantly less seam movement than on day one, the first two sessions of day two were largely about how long Pakistan could hold their discipline, and they did, for most part, but the hosts remained in front with BJ Watling and Kyle Jamieson adding 66 for the seventh wicket to build on the efforts of the upper middle order.
Their partnership, which spanned 22 overs, came to an end in the third over before tea, when Mohammad Abbas extracted bounce and an unusual amount of seam movement in the corridor to get Jamieson to nick off. It was one of a handful of deliveries that had moved as much all day, and it brought Abbas a much-deserved first wicket in his 29th over of the innings.
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Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo
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