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Shehzad fractures skull in big hit against NZL

Shehzad fractures skull in big hit against NZL
Ahmed Shehzad hit a areer-best 176 before being rushed to hospital with a fractured skull as Pakistan’s batsmen smashed New Zealand around the ground in the first Test on Monday. Younis Khan and Misbah-ul Haq also hit dominant tons to put Pakistan in control on 566 for three declared. But Shehzad’s injury briefly set alarm bells ringing.

In the final over before lunch, Shehzad was hit on the side of the head trying to hook a short ball by New Zealand seamer Corey Anderson on the hard Abu Dhabi wicket. Shehzad’s bat struck the stumps for a hit-wicket dismissal and the dazed batsman fell to the ground before walking off.

Shehzad was later rushed to a hospital where scans showed he had a minor skull fracture and will be kept under observation for the next 48 hours. Before the drama, he had hit 17 fours and a six in his 371-ball innings. While team managers worried about the opener, Younis went on to smash an unbeaten 100, his 28th Test hundred and fourth in five innings. Misbah knocked an unbeaten 102, his third ton in three innings. Azhar Ali missed his hundred after he was dismissed for 87.

At the close on the second day New Zealand were 15-0 with Brendon McCullum on nine and Tom Latham on five. They need another 352 to avoid the follow-on. Younis, who scored 468 runs against Australia in a series which ended last week, hit ten fours in his 141-ball knock. He hit a century in each innings in the first Test against Australia in Dubai and followed that with 213 in the Abu Dhabi Test last week. Misbah, who smashed twin hundreds in the second Test against Australia, knocked nine fours and a six off 162 balls.

BRIEFSCORES New Zealand 15 for 0 trail Pakistan 566 for 3 dec (Shehzad 176, Hafeez 96, Azhar 87, Younis 100*, Misbah 102*) by 551 runs.
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