Taylor ton puts NZ on top

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Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor put an end to a streak of poor form to put New Zealand in a great position in the Second Test against Pakistan.

Taylor hit an unbeaten 102 as New Zealand posted 313/5 declared to set Pakistan a target of 369 runs to win in Hamilton.

Jeet Raval (2) fell early on the fourth morning with his impressive run of scores in the series finally petering out.

Opener Tom Latham and skipper Kane Williamson (42) would put on 96 for the second wicket before the captain nicked off to Imran Khan to leave New Zealand 107 for 2.

Latham (80) and Taylor added a further 52 as the Black Caps cemented their dominance with Latahm falling twenty short of a ton as Wahab Riaz had him caught behind.

There were decent contributions from Henry Nicholls (26) and Colin de Grandhomme (32) before BJ Watling (15 not out) helped Taylor reach his sixteenth test hundred.

Taylor (102 not out) played a fluent knock including sixteen fours that came at the best possible time with the batsman ending a run of abysmal form just before he is scheduled to have eye surgery to remove a fleshy growth.

Taylor had gone 11 innings without scoring a Test half century and hadn’t passed fifty in a home Test in 13 knocks.

Pakistan were 1 without loss by the close of play but will almost certainly be looking to save the game on day five rather than win it.