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Misbah misses ton but Pak snatch lead

cricket Updated: Jan 18, 2011 01:12 IST

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New Zealand will look to bat the first session of the fourth day of the second test against Pakistan on Tuesday and then reassess as to how to approach the rest of the game as they attempt to level the series, pace bowler Chris Martin said on Monday.

The hosts were nine without loss at the close of the third day's play after the visitors had been bowled out for 376, a lead of 20, shortly before stumps at the Basin Reserve.

Brendon McCullum (six) and Martin Guptill (one) safely negotiated the five overs they needed to face to ensure New Zealand would begin the fourth day with an 11-run deficit and looking to force the pace of the game.

"I suppose we turn up and all the cliches will ring true in the morning, about batting that session and seeing where were at," Martin told. "It depends a lot on how much time we have in the game and how far we get with the run rate.

"I know there will be an opportunity for Dan to come into the game quite strongly on that last afternoon."

Pakistan lead the two-match series 1-0 after a 10-wicket victory in Hamilton. They have not won a test series since they beat West Indies 2-0 at home in Nov. 2006.

Captain Misbah-ul-haq had led from the front for Pakistan, falling one run short of his third test century and having shared in a 142-run partnership with Younus Khan (73).

The 36-year-old skipper had been incredibly patient as he clawed his way to 99 off 206 balls, but shuffled across his stumps to try to force a Martin delivery to the leg-side only to be hit in front plumb.

Martin, who had bowled an impressive spell between lunch and tea without reward, captured four for 91 while New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori finished with 4-100.