Cricket

NZ bounces back in 1st test by dismissing Pakistan for 227

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) New Zealand came back strongly by dismissing Pakistan for 227 and curtailing its opponents' lead to 74 runs on the second day of the first test on Saturday.

New Zealand recovered from Tom Latham's first-ball dismissal to reach 56-1 in its second innings at stumps, trailing by just 18 runs.

Captain Kane Williamson, who scored a fighting half century in New Zealand's first-innings score of 153, was batting on 27. Jeet Raval was not out on 26 as both batsmen batted resolutely against seamer Mohammad Abbas and leg-spinner Yasir Shah.

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