Sohail's patient century carries Pakistan to 274-4

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Haris Sohail compiled a patient century off 309 balls as Pakistan denied New Zealand a breakthrough before lunch on the second day of the second test on Sunday.

Pakistan advanced to 274-4 with left-handed Sohail unbeaten on 110 with 11 fours and Babar Azam not out on 52 at the interval.

Resuming on 207-4, both overnight batsmen stretched their fifth-wicket stand to 100 runs as New Zealand couldn't break the partnership through either spin or seam.

Sohail, overnight 81, had some nervy moments on 99 when he played 10 dot balls against Ish Sodhi before getting the much deserved 100th run by placing the ball to mid-on against the leg-spinner to complete his century in over 6-1/2 hours.

It was Pakistan's fourth slowest test century in terms of balls behind former test opener Mudassar Nazar, Shoaib Malik and Azhar Ali.

Azam also completed his half century just before lunch as New Zealand tried six bowlers in the session but to no success.

Both batsmen were at ease and at times showed aggression with Azam smashing a six and a four off one Sodhi over before completing his half century.

New Zealand leads the three-match series 1-0 after its stunning four-run win in the first test at Abu Dhabi.

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