Jamieson strikes as Pakistan stumble in reply to New Zealand’s 431 – Sport

Kyle Jamieson scored early to have Pakistan 30-for-one on the stumps after a century of Kane Williamson anchored New Zealand’s 431 on the second day of the first test at Mount Maunganui on Sunday.

Abid Ali was not out of 19 with night watchman Mohammad Abbas yet to score.

Shan Masood was sacked for 10 when he hit a Jamieson ball that went off the side of the leg and was well caught by goalkeeper BJ Watling.

It was an uncomfortable stay for Masood, who had previously been brought down on the third slip by substitute Daryl Mitchell, who was on the field as Neil Wagner continued to receive treatment after being hit by a Shaheen Afridi Yorker while batting.

New Zealand, which had started the day at 222 for three, added 209 more before Wagner was the last to leave.

The entry was led by Williamson’s 129, his 23rd century trial, with considerable contributions from Watling (67) and Henry Nicholls (56) to accompany Ross Taylor’s 70 on day one.

It was a commendable performance from New Zealand after being sent to bat through a green wicket and with Afridi and Mohammad Abbas making life difficult with swing and stitching on the first day.

Although there was not the same movement on the second day, the drying field began to show signs of turning, prompting Yasir Shah to take over three plots, including Williamson’s prized scalp.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson celebrates reaching his century during the second day of the first cricket test match between New Zealand and Pakistan at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Sunday. – AFP

Nicholls, who had teamed up with Williamson in a 133-run position for the fourth wicket, was the first to go down, strangely off the field when, had he argued his case, he would have been allowed to stay.

He was fired in surprise and, after consulting with Williamson, decided not to seek a review when later replays showed the ball hit his forearm and did not graze either the glove or the bat.

Williamson, a model of patience and focus, needed 261 balls to lift his century, his slowest 100th Test, but once he passed that milestone, he picked up the pace and only needed 36 more deliveries to reach 129.

The introduction of Yasir Shah brought the end of the New Zealand captain.

With his third ball, the leg clamp found enough twist to catch the edge of the bat and Haris Sohail took a smart one-handed catch.

Watling, who scored a double century against England on the same Bay Oval ground a year ago, took over as the mainstay of hitting.

He participated in a position of 36 races with Mitchell Santner (19) and 66 with Jamieson (32).

After Tim Southee’s nine-ball duck, Watling and Wagner put in 33 before Watling landed a wide delivery from Afridi to Yasir Shah in the ravine.

It was a productive day for Shah, who also took advantage of the Southee and Wagner grounds (19) to return figures of three for 113, while Afridi took four for 109.