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Pakistan bowlers fail in first tour game in New Zealand

LINCOLN: All three pace bowlers — Ehsan Adil, Sohail Khan and Wahab Riaz — gave away more than six runs an over as Pakistan failed to defend a total of 313 against New Zealand Board President’s XI, which grabbed a six-wicket victory. 

Pakistanis opted to bat but suffered a shaky start as Mohammad Hafeez and Younis Khan were out for 2 and 1, respectively, within the first three overs.

Ahmed Shehzad failed to convert his start of 37 and Sohaib Maqsood was out cheaply.

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal  put Pakistan on the right track with a 105-run partnership for the fifth wicket. The youngest Akmal chipped in with 68 off 59 balls, hitting 10 fours.

After Pakistan had fallen to 234 for 7, Misbah and Wahab Riaz, who scored 30 off 21 balls, pushed the score to 313.

NZ Board President’s XI’s chase was set up by a 93-run partnership between openers Michael Pollard and Nicholls, and the latter built on that by adding another 85 runs with Siefert before his dismissal for 104.

Nicholls’ 113-ball innings included 14 fours. Seifert then controlled the chase, notching up an unbeaten 115 off 89 deliveries to lead the side to a victory in the last over.

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