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Pakistan survive into Day 5

Pakistan have taken the Mount Maunganui Test into the fifth day as New Zealand smell victory to grab another 60 points in the World Test Championship.

New Zealand require seven wickets in the second innings while Pakistan face a daunting task of chasing 373 runs.

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On the fourth day, New Zealand openers Tom Latham and Tom Blundell provided a solid start after a dominating 192-run first innings lead. The Kiwis went into the lunch wicketless.

Both Latham (53 off 112) and Blundell (64 off 107) made half-centuries after first innings failures. The duo put on stand of 112 runs as the lead went past 300.

The hosts needed quick runs but decided to declare on 180/5 after 45.3 overs. Skipper Kane Williamson made 33-ball 21 runs following 129 in the first innings.

Naseem Shah took three wickets but conceded 55 runs in 12.3 overs.

In reply, Trent Boult and Tim Southee sent openers Abid Ali and Shan Masood packing for two-ball and eight-ball ducks at stroke of tea. Haris Sohail fell in the final session, scoring 46-ball nine runes. 

Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam saw through the day as the tourists end day four on 71/3 in 38 overs. Azhar has so far played 117 balls for unbeaten 34 runs. Fawad is on 21* off 55.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 1st innings: 431

Pakistan 1st innings: 239

New Zealand 2nd innings: 180/5d in 45.3 overs (Blundell 64, Latham 53; Naseem 3/55)

Pakistan 2nd innings: 71/3 in 38 overs (Azhar 34*, Fawad 21*; Southee 2/15, Boult 1/24)

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