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Black Caps lose Latham, Taylor early on day four against Pakistan

The Black Caps are continuing to struggle with the bat in the second Test with Pakistan, trailing by 106 runs on day four in Dubai, going into lunch at 222/4 in their second innings.

Starting the day at 131/2 having followed on yesterday, both Ross Taylor and Tom Latham were able to reach their half centuries, putting together a partnership of 80 runs for the third wicket.

However, New Zealand were rocked early on in the morning session, with Latham caught behind by Safraz Ahmed off the bowling of Hasan Ali, with Pakistan having to send the decision to the third umpire.

With Latham dismissed for 50, Henry Nicholls joined Taylor at the crease, given out LBW second ball, before a review showed the ball to be missing the leg stump.

The pair put on a stand of 52 runs, before Taylor was out caught in the deep by Yasir Shah, flummoxed by off-spinner Bilal Asif to depart for 82.

BJ Watling (16 not out) then joined Nicholls (31 not out) at the crease, with the pair adding an unbeaten stand of 24 runs, New Zealand still requiring 106 runs to make Pakistan bat again in an attempt to square the three match series.

Pakistan's Yasir Shah reacts as Tom Latham makes a run
Pakistan's Yasir Shah reacts as Tom Latham makes a run Source: Associated Press