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Southee’s six props up Kiwis

Southee’s six props up Kiwis
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Only rookie batsman Babar Azam was able to cope with New Zealand\'s chief strike bowler and he was left stranded on 90 after running out of partners as Pakistan fought their way back into the match.

Hamilton: Tim Southee bagged six wickets as New Zealand took a 55-run lead over Pakistan on a rain-shortened third day of the second Test in Hamilton on Sunday.

Only rookie batsman Babar Azam was able to cope with New Zealand's chief strike bowler and he was left stranded on 90 after running out of partners as Pakistan fought their way back into the match.

Pakistan, after resuming the day on the ropes at 76-5, clawed their way to 216 in reply to New Zealand's first innings 271.New Zealand only faced one dot ball in their second innings before rain sent the players from the field for the third and final time in a day when only 38 overs were possible.

Southee was given a pounding in his first three overs of the morning and was removed from the attack after yielding 32 runs.Wahab Riaz faced only five balls before he was lbw to Colin de Grandhomme leaving Southee to remove Mohammad Amir for five and Imran Khan for six.

Despite Azam's bold innings to keep Pakistan in the game, the outcome may ultimately be decided by the weather with more rain forecast over the next two days and New Zealand only needing a draw to take the series after winning the first Test.

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