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Debutants deliver for Kiwis

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Left hand opening batsman Raval was on a composed 55, while Henry Nicholls was 29 not out as New Zealand were 104 for three at stumps, 29 runs behind Pakistan\'s first innings 133.

Christchurch: New Zealand debutants Colin de Grandhomme and Jeet Raval helped their side into a strong position at the close of the second day's play of the first Test against Pakistan at Hagley Oval here on Friday.

Left hand opening batsman Raval was on a composed 55, while Henry Nicholls was 29 not out as New Zealand were 104 for three at stumps, 29 runs behind Pakistan's first innings 133.

Seam-bowling all-rounder De Grandhomme, a surprise selection, dominated the first two sessions as the 30-year-old's nagging line and length provided him with figures of six for 41, the best for a New Zealander on debut.

De Grandhomme became the eighth New Zealander to take a five-wicket haul on debut, doing just enough off the pitch and through the air to create doubt for Pakistan's batsmen in bowler-friendly conditions.

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