Craig bundled out Pakistan for 351

By Hitesh Jain on Nov 29, 2014
Mark Craig’s 7-wicket haul in the third test match against Pakistan has given New Zealand a great chance to try and level the series in which they are currently down by 0-1. Some quick wickets taken by Craig on the second day restricted Pakistan to 351 and then, a rapid hundred by the captain Brendan McCullum got the Kiwis within touching distance of the opposition. They are just about 100 runs behind Pakistan now with 9 wickets in hand and three full days of play left. 

It was not that Craig got any significant help from the pitch on the second day. He, in fact, did not get any turn at all, but, he used the angles to good effect. He was getting a bit of drift away from the right handers and that helped him a great deal. He later went around the wicket and outfoxed a couple of tail-enders with his arm ball. It was a fine spell of off spin bowling, orthodox off spin bowling one should say. 

It would be early to start drawing comparisons of Craig with the England legend Graeme Swann, but, he certainly seems to be a bowler who is in that kind of mould. There is not the slightest bit of doubt over his action and he always looks to use the flight and the angle to bamboozle the batsman rather than looking for the mystery deliveries. He might not be as big a turner of the ball as Swann was, but, he has got a fantastic slider and on pitches where ball tends to skid, he can be a really effective weapon. 

It was the first time that Craig got 5 wickets in one innings in a test match. His previous best figures were 4 for 91 which he had registered against West Indies.
Last updated - Nov 29, 2014 02:17 AM
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