Cricket: Blackcaps lose second test to Pakistan by innings, 16 runs

Yasir Shah finished the test with 16 wickets.
Yasir Shah finished the test with 16 wickets. Photo credit: Photosport

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah ended with 14 wickets for the match, as Pakistan thrashed the Blackcaps by an innings and 16 runs to level their three test series at 1-1.

Match figures of 14/184 represent the best bowling figures ever recorded against New Zealand, who were rolled for 90 in their first turn at bat, all-but ending any chance of a series-clinching win.

The Blackcaps will take some heart from a fighting second innings effort of 312, with Ross Taylor, Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls all passing 50.

Captain Kane Williamson was gutted with the overall performance, but hoped the return to form of his top order was a good sign for the series decider back in Abu Dhabi later this week.

"To get 300 batting last was a good sign, but the damage was done," Williamson assessed.

"They [Pakistan] played the perfect game. They batted for two days on that surface and got it to the stage where it was going to offer a bit of assistance to the spinners, and they took full advantage of that.

"There were some good signs, hopefully, we can put all that together and take it all into the decider."

Taylor made a trademark 82, looking to dominate Shah and put pressure back on the hosts. The tactic worked during the first session, with loose bowling providing plenty of scoring opportunities for the former captain and opener Latham.

Their partnership reached 80, before Latham was sawn off by a somewhat controversial DRS review. Replays showed an obvious spike when the ball passed the bat, but it appeared to be from the bat hitting pad.

Nicholls played confidently throughout his innings of 77, combining for handy partnerships with Taylor and BJ Watling.

But momentum shifted after lunch, when Shah removed Watling, exposing New Zealand's brittle lower order that has had a horror series.

Colin de Grandhomme's brisk 14 represented his best score of the series, but endured another horror dismissal, when the right-hander was bowled by Hasan Ali, while attempting an audacious pull shot.

Ish Sodhi came and went quickly, before Nicholls was removed for 77, leaving Shah to finish off the tail in quick order and complete a dominating Pakistan victory.

The final test begins Friday.