1st Inn - 153/10(66.3) 2nd Inn - 249 /10(100.4)
NZ
VS
PAK
1st Inn - 227/10(83.2) 2nd Inn - 171/10(58.4)
CRR: 2.91 | New Zealand beat Pakistan by 4 runs

NZ beat PAK by 4 runs | New Zealand vs Pakistan, Highlights And Cricket Score 1st Test Match - Commentary

Pakistan and New Zealand in UAE, 3 Test Series, 2018

Date: Nov 16, 2018 Start Time: 11:30 IST | 06:00 GMT | 10:00 Local
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Match Commentary

New Zealand vs Pakistan Highlights And Cricket Score 1st Match - Test Commentary

End of Over : 66.3 NZ: 153/10

There were no significant partnerships barring one between Williamson and Nicholls which provided some resistance. Once Nicholls and the skipper departed, no one else could hold the fort and New Zealand were bowled out for the lowest first innings total in Abu Dhabi. As for the Pakistani bowlers, Yasir Shah was the pick of them with three wickets, 3 others picking a brace and Bilal getting one of his own. Tea was pushed ahead and now has been taken at the fall of the last wicket of the first innings. New Zealand can gather themselves in the break and will be hoping to pick some quick wickets in the final session or else Pakistan would be out of sight on Day 1 itself.

Fantastic work by Pakistan! This isn't what they would've expected after Williamson won the toss and decided to bat. They would've been looking towards a long toiling day on the field (given the track looked a batting beauty) but the New Zealand innings just capitulated in the post-Lunch session. Once their skipper departed after a well-made 63, the Pakistani spinners just raced through the lower middle order. Disappointing that innings didn't even last for 70 overs.

66.3 W

Yasir Shah to Ajaz Patel. OUT! What a bizarre end to the innings that promised a lot when the Kiwi captain and Nicholls were batting before the lunch break. It has come to an immature end as they have lost 7 wickets in this session. Coming to the ball, Yasir had changed his angle to over the wicket for this delivery, lands it on middle. Ajaz shoulders his arms playing for the turn but the ball holds its line and hits him on his pads bang on middle. Umpire has no hesitation in raising his finger. New Zealand all out for 153!

66.2 0

Yasir Shah to Ajaz Patel. Outside off and the ball turns in again, Ajaz plays it down the ground on the leg side.

66.1 0

Yasir Shah to Ajaz Patel. Outside off and turning in, Ajaz defends it toward mid-wicket.

End of Over : 66 4 Runs NZ: 153/9
65.6 0

Bilal Asif to Trent Boult. Flatter and quicker at the pads, Boult plays it towards square leg.

65.5 4

Bilal Asif to Trent Boult. FOUR! Flighted outside off and Boult comes down the track and hits it over the bowler's head for four runs.

65.4 0

Bilal Asif to Trent Boult. Flatter and turning into the pads, Boult works it down on the leg side.

65.3 0

Bilal Asif to Trent Boult. Full and outside off again, Boult smothers the spin by coming ahead.

65.2 0

Bilal Asif to Trent Boult. Full and outside off, Boult comes ahead and defends.

Trent Boult is the last batsman for New Zealand. Should have been Tea now, but since just one wicket is remaining, the session has been extended by 30 minutes.

65.1 W

Bilal Asif to Neil Wagner. OUT! Caught by Asad Shafiq at first slip. New Zealand lose their ninth wicket! Looped up outside off and this was always coming. Had been beating the outside edge consistently over the past two or three overs. Deserved the wicket and gets it finally. Wagner wants to prod ahead and defend but it takes the edge for an easy catch.

End of Over : 65 0 Runs NZ: 149/8
64.6 0

Yasir Shah to Ajaz Patel. Presses forward to a full ball and defends it again to end the over.

64.5 0

Yasir Shah to Ajaz Patel. Shout for an lbw, not given! A leg spinner landing outside off and turning back in sharply. Patel fails to defend and is hit on the pads. Turning too much, feels the umpire.

64.4 0

Yasir Shah to Ajaz Patel. Floated full ball on off, Patel lunges in defense.

64.3 0

Yasir Shah to Ajaz Patel. Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

64.2 0

Yasir Shah to Ajaz Patel. Flatter and on off, defended off the back foot.

64.1 0

Yasir Shah to Ajaz Patel. Tossed up ball on off, turning back in, Ajaz defends it off his front foot.

End of Over : 64 2 Runs NZ: 149/8
63.6 0

Bilal Asif to Neil Wagner. Good ball! The ball is flighted and turns again, the batsman comes ahead to play at it but is beaten by the spin on the ball.

63.5 0

Bilal Asif to Neil Wagner. Flatter and quicker on off, Wagner goes back and punches it back towards mid off.

63.4 0

Bilal Asif to Neil Wagner. Shorter in length again, Wagner plays it to the point fielder off his back foot.

63.3 0

Bilal Asif to Neil Wagner. OUCH! The ball is short and outside off, Wagner goes back and cuts it. It hits the silly point fielder on his knee as he tries to move away. Must've hurt but he's okay to continue, without any treatment. Just rubs his knee and good to go.

63.2 0

Bilal Asif to Neil Wagner. Beaten again! Draws Wagner ahead and beats his outside edge with the turn. Unlucky not to get the edge.

63.1 2

Bilal Asif to Neil Wagner. Shorter and quicker outside off, Wagner pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.

End of Over : 63 1 Runs NZ: 147/8
62.6 0

Yasir Shah to Ajaz Patel. Flatter ball, defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

62.5 0

Yasir Shah to Ajaz Patel. Flighted on middle, Patel flicks the ball onto the leg side but straight to the fielder.

62.4 0

Yasir Shah to Ajaz Patel. Well outside off and turns in, Ajaz goes back in his crease and defends with a straight bat.

62.3 0

Yasir Shah to Ajaz Patel. Quicker ball at the pads, flicked away to square leg. Ajaz thinks about the single but decides against it in the end.

62.2 1

Yasir Shah to Neil Wagner. Shorter this time and enough time for Wagner to pull it away to deep mid-wicket for a single.

62.1 0

Yasir Shah to Neil Wagner. Around the wicket, the ball lands outside off and turns in, Wagner defends on the back foot.

Yasir Shah returns in the attack.

End of Over : 62 1 Runs NZ: 146/8
61.6 0

Bilal Asif to Ajaz Patel. Shoulders his arms for the third delivery in a row outside off.

61.5 0

Bilal Asif to Ajaz Patel. Again left alone by the batsman as the ball was way outside off.

61.4 0

Bilal Asif to Ajaz Patel. Way outside off and full, Ajaz lets it go through.

61.3 1

Bilal Asif to Neil Wagner. Flatter delivery this time outside off, punched to cover point and a quick run taken.

61.2 0

Bilal Asif to Neil Wagner. BEATEN BY THE SPIN! Full and flighted outside off, Wagner is drawn ahead for the defensive shot but the ball turns away and misses the outside edge.

61.1 0

Bilal Asif to Neil Wagner. Looped up and turning away outside off, Wagner stays back and punches it to cover.

End of Over : 61 0 Runs NZ: 145/8
60.6 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Flatter and quicker on the pads this time, Ajaz flicks it to short leg.

60.5 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Around the wicket, flighted and on middle, Ajaz gets his bat ahead to defend it.

60.4 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Full ball outside off again, Ajaz comes ahead and dead bats it.

60.3 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. A tad fuller this time, Ajaz drives to mid off.

60.2 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Similar ball and similar shot played again.

60.1 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Full and loopy outside off, Ajaz comes ahead and defends.

End of Over : 60 3 Runs NZ: 145/8
59.6 3

Bilal Asif to Ajaz Patel. Full and on the pads this time, Ajaz flicks it down to fine leg for three runs.

59.5 0

Bilal Asif to Ajaz Patel. Arm ball this time, angling on the pads. Ajaz misses the flick and gets hit on the pad.

59.4 0

Bilal Asif to Ajaz Patel. Flighted outside off, kept out on the front foot.

59.3 0

Bilal Asif to Ajaz Patel. Fuller in length and Patel comes ahead to smother the spin.

59.2 0

Bilal Asif to Ajaz Patel. Wide outside off and turning even more away, Ajaz lets it go.

59.1 0

Bilal Asif to Ajaz Patel. Looped up outside off, Ajaz tries to drive but gets the outside edge onto the off side.

Bilal Asif is back into the attack.

End of Over : 59 2 Runs NZ: 142/8
58.6 0

Haris Sohail to Neil Wagner. Fuller and flighted outside off, Wagner prods ahead and defends it.

58.5 0

Haris Sohail to Neil Wagner. Flatter delivery this time, the batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.

58.4 1

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Full and outside off, driven by Patel through the covers for another run.

58.3 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Outside off and turns in a long way, Patel comes ahead and defends, but gets an inside edge that falls far away from short leg.

58.2 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Flatter and quicker on off stump, Ajaz defends on the back foot.

58.1 1

Haris Sohail to Neil Wagner. Flighted outside off, turns in. Ajaz defends it well off the back foot onto the vacant leg side for a single.

End of Over : 58 5 Runs NZ: 140/8
57.6 1

Hasan Ali to Neil Wagner. DROPPED! Yasir was placed there for that particular reason and he has spilled it. Sarfraz cannot believe it. A short delivery again, Wagner takes on the challenge to pull but fails to middle his shot. Yasir is standing a few paces ahead of the rope in the deep square leg region but fails to grab a simple catch. A run for Wagner and he lives to fight another day.

57.5 0

Hasan Ali to Neil Wagner. Full and outside off, driven off the front foot to covers.

57.4 0

Hasan Ali to Neil Wagner. Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it safely.

57.3 2

Hasan Ali to Neil Wagner. In the air...in the air... safe! Ali digs in a short delivery from 'round the wicket, well-directed, Wagner takes his eyes off the ball as he attempts to wheel a pull shot. It takes the top edge of the bat and flies wide of the keeper for a couple again.

57.2 2

Hasan Ali to Neil Wagner. Edgy! Lands it on a length and outside off, holding its line, Wagner tries turning it on the leg side but it takes the outside half of his willow and runs wide of backward point for a brace.

57.1 0

Hasan Ali to Neil Wagner. Good length ball on off, angling in, Wagner defends it off his back foot.

End of Over : 57 0 Runs NZ: 135/8
56.6 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Almost the same as the previous ball, Ajaz comes forward and plays the defense with the full face of the bat.

56.5 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Again full and outside off, Ajaz comes well ahead and defends it into the ground.

56.4 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Full and outside off, the batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

56.3 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Flatter delivery outside off, turns into Patel who tries to flick it away on the leg side.

56.2 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Flighted and lots of turn after landing outside off. It comes in to hit the batsman's pad and the ball lobs away to the off side.

56.1 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Full and flighted outside off, Ajaz looks to play the drive but gets the inside edge on the bottom part of the bat. It goes on to hit the keeper's pads.

End of Over : 56 1 Runs NZ: 135/8
55.6 0

Hasan Ali to Neil Wagner. Another good ball, this one is slightly fuller of a good length and Wagner is defending it but the ball moves slightly to miss the edge.

55.5 0

Hasan Ali to Neil Wagner. Short of a good length and above the off pole, Wagner defends it off the back foot.

55.4 1

Hasan Ali to Ajaz Patel. Overpitched outside off, Ajaz mistimes his drive towards cover. The batsmen run through for a quick single.

55.3 0

Hasan Ali to Ajaz Patel. Fuller and on off, Ajaz plays it with a straight bat.

55.2 0

Hasan Ali to Ajaz Patel. On a length outside off, Ajaz covers the swing this time and defends it on the back foot.

55.1 0

Hasan Ali to Ajaz Patel. What a jaffa! Too good for a number 10 batsman. Lands on off stump and moves away after landing. Misses the outside edge by a whisker.

End of Over : 55 1 Runs NZ: 134/8
54.6 0

Haris Sohail to Neil Wagner. Quicker and full this time, Wagner plays the back foot punch to the off side at the last moment and doesn't connect well. No run to end yet another successful over for New Zealand.

54.5 0

Haris Sohail to Neil Wagner. Flighted on off, Wagner comes well ahead to play this with a straight bat.

54.4 0

Haris Sohail to Neil Wagner. Flatter and quicker on off this time, Wagner goes back and defends.

54.3 1

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Fuller and outside off, Ajaz pushes it through the covers for a single.

54.2 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Another huge appeal! The impact is surely outside off on this one. The ball pitches outside off and comes in a long way to hit Ajaz on the pads. But he had come a long way ahead and the impact is outside off.

Debutant Ajaz Patel is in next.

54.1 W

Haris Sohail to BJ Watling. OUT! What a ripper! This ball lands on leg stump and turns enough to beat the bat of Watling who was on the back foot trying to defend this one onto the leg side. The Kiwi keeper is rapped on the pads, they appeal and the finger goes up one more time. Watling takes the DRS but to no avail. There are three reds on the Ball Tracker and the on-field decision remains. The last recognized batsman departs and New Zealand are in all sorts of trouble now.

BJ Watling has been given out leg before. The DRS has been taken. No choice, he has to take it upstairs. Height is the only thing that can save him.

End of Over : 54 3 Runs NZ: 133/7
53.6 0

Hasan Ali to Neil Wagner. Switched to 'round the wicket and lands it on a length outside off, Wagner defends it soundly to the off side.

53.5 1

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Pitches it up and outside off, it's driven off the front foot through extra cover. The mid off fielder moves across to his left to stop the ball and they collect a run.

53.4 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. On a length around off, defended off the back foot to the off side.

53.3 2

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Goes for the yorker this time but ends up serving a half-volley on off, Watling does well to work it wide of mid on for a couple of runs. Reverse swing is happening and Hasan is getting it in abundance.

53.2 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Angling into the batsman, on middle and off, BJ covers the line and blocks it with a straight bat towards mid on.

53.1 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Good length delivery on off, shaping back in, Watling stays back and defends it in the direction of the bowler.

End of Over : 53 2 Runs NZ: 130/7
52.6 0

Haris Sohail to Neil Wagner. Things are happening here! This ball pitches way outside off stump line and rips in. Takes the inside edge and onto the pads of Wagner who was playing a defensive shot on the back foot. Would've been a goner if not for the edge. On a hindsight it looks like the impact was outside off as well and a bit high too.

52.5 0

Haris Sohail to Neil Wagner. WOAH! Lots of spin on this one, starts outside off and ends way down the leg side. Wagner wants to flick it but the turn beats him completely. Good take by Sarfraz down the leg side.

52.4 0

Haris Sohail to Neil Wagner. Flatter and quicker this time on off, Wagner goes back and defends it with a straight bat.

52.3 2

Haris Sohail to Neil Wagner. Shorter and outside off, Wagner punches it square on the off side for a couple.

52.2 0

Haris Sohail to Neil Wagner. Fuller this time outside off, Wagner prods ahead and defends.

52.1 0

Haris Sohail to Neil Wagner. Over the wicker to Wagner, good ball turning into the batsman, Wagner defends on the back foot.

End of Over : 52 0 Runs NZ: 128/7
51.6 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Short of a length and on off stump, Watling goes back in the crease and defends it.

51.5 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Second bouncer of the over, Watling ducks under it safely.

51.4 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Full and slightly moves in after landing, Watling plays it to mid on with a straight bat.

51.3 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Length ball outside off, Watling wants to punch it through the off side but gets the inside half of the bat and the ball rolls to mid on.

51.2 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Surprise bouncer there! Short and aimed at the head, Watling ducks under it and lets it go.

51.1 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Good length ball on off stump, Watling defends it towards mid-wicket.

Neil Wagner is in next.

End of Over : 51 1 Runs NZ: 128/7
50.6 W

Haris Sohail to Ish Sodhi. OUT! What a decision! Sodhi has to depart. New Zealand are now seven down and in danger to get bowled out under 150. A flighted delivery landing full around leg. It straightens a touch after hitting the deck as Sodhi tries to defend it near his front pad. As soon as the connection is made, Pakistan go up in a huge extended appeal for an lbw. They believe it's pad first and the umpire, after thinking for a while, raises his finger. Ish, however, feels that he has middled his shot and goes for the review. Time for the replays. It shows that the ball has brushed the bottom half of Sodhi's front pad before hitting the bat. Wow, Bruce Oxenford has the eyes of a hawk as he has spotted that in real time. Apart from that, everything is in line as the Ball Tracker has three reds. The decision remains as it is. Ish is on his bike home.

Ish Sodhi has been adjudged lbw! He immediately reviews. Looks quite adjacent but is there any bat?

50.5 0

Haris Sohail to Ish Sodhi. Slower through the air, full and on middle, Sodhi gets forward and offers a straight bat in defense.

50.4 1

Haris Sohail to BJ Watling. Shortish and on off, stroked off the back foot through covers for a run.

50.3 0

Haris Sohail to BJ Watling. This one skids back in from around off, Watling blocks it solidly.

50.2 0

Haris Sohail to BJ Watling. Flatter and bit shorter on off, BJ punches it off his back foot to mid off.

50.1 0

Haris Sohail to BJ Watling. Flighted full ball on leg, Watling plays it out off his pads to mid-wicket.

End of Over : 50 4 Runs NZ: 127/6
49.6 4

Hasan Ali to Ish Sodhi. FOUR RUNNING RUNS! This was an attempted yorker, Sodhi takes it on the full and pushes it down to long off where there is a huge gap. The ball rolls all along the ground but before it can reach the boundary the batsmen run all four.

49.5 0

Hasan Ali to Ish Sodhi. Bouncer aimed at the head, Ish ducks under it and lets it go through to the keeper.

49.4 0

Hasan Ali to Ish Sodhi. Full and on off stump again, Sodhi defends it with the full face of the bat again.

49.3 0

Hasan Ali to Ish Sodhi. No hat-trick for Hasan. The ball is on a good length and on off stump, Ish Sodhi defends it well and back to the bowler.

Ish Sodhi to face the hat-trick ball.

49.2 W

Hasan Ali to Colin de Grandhomme. OUT! Golden duck for Colin de Grandhomme. He gets a reverse swinging beauty on a good length, the first ball he faces. He is late on his defensive prod and gets hit on the pad in front of middle stump. There was no chance that was missing or going above the stumps. Colin asks Watling if he should go upstairs, but is smartly advised not to. Hasan Ali on a hat-trick!

Drinks break. Meanwhile, Colin de Grandhomme has joined Watling in the middle.

49.1 W

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. OUT! Pakistan have got another gift. Williamson and New Zealand will be really disappointed. The ball was a short one and going down leg, the Kiwi skipper was looking to pull it behind square leg but got some glove behind to Sarfraz. He was looking so good out there in the middle but had a minor lapse of concentration and thrown it away. It was going down leg and was an easy run-scoring opportunity. Huge wicket and Pakistan firmly in control now.

End of Over : 49 3 Runs NZ: 123/4
48.6 0

Haris Sohail to BJ Watling. Shorter and on middle, Watling goes back and defends it showing the full face of the bat.

48.5 1

Haris Sohail to Kane Williamson. Full and at the pads, Williamson pushes it to square leg for a single. He wants two but then decides against it.

48.4 1

Haris Sohail to BJ Watling. Flatter one fired at the pads, Watling turns it away behind square leg for a run.

48.3 0

Haris Sohail to BJ Watling. Full and on middle, Watling's turn to defend now.

48.2 1

Haris Sohail to Kane Williamson. Short and outside off, cut away by the skipper to get a single.

48.1 0

Haris Sohail to Kane Williamson. Flighted on middle, Williamson prods forward and dead bats it.

Haris Sohail has been brought back into the attack. Not sure if it's needed, maybe to give a change of ends to his main bowlers.

End of Over : 48 5 Runs NZ: 120/4
47.6 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Just short of a good length and comes in after landing, Watling defends it to mid on off the back foot.

47.5 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Length ball well outside off, Watling shoulders his arms to this one.

47.4 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Good length ball just outside off, Watling stays back and defends it with a straight bat.

47.3 4

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. FOUR! This ball is on a length and outside off, Watling plays it with soft hands and guides it to the third man boundary.

47.2 1

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. This one is short and outside off, Williamson pulls it to deep square leg for a single.

47.1 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Full and outside off, slight shape which is covered and defended on front foot by Kane.

End of Over : 47 0 Runs NZ: 115/4
46.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Shorter this time, Watling stays back and defends it.

46.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Fuller and angling in to middle, Watling drives to mid on.

46.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Good length ball again outside off, Watling just keeps it out by playing it back straight.

46.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. This one skids after landing on a good length on off stump, Watling is quick to come ahead, stays down and defends it with ease.

46.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Length delivery again on the top of off, Watling stays back to defend it straight.

46.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Good length on off stump from Abbas again, Watling defends it on the front foot.

End of Over : 46 4 Runs NZ: 115/4
45.6 1

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Full and angling into the pads, Watling tucks it away behind square on the leg side to get off the mark.

45.5 3

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Beautiful shot from Williamson. Asad Shafiq gives chase and stops it just inside the boundary. Ball was on a good length and outside off, he drives it elegantly in the gap through the covers and picks up three runs.

45.4 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Back to short of a good length on top of off, Williamson punches it back down the ground with a straight bat.

45.3 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Length ball just outside off. Well judged leave by the skipper this time.

45.2 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Slightly short of a good length, Williamson guides it toward gully.

45.1 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Good length ball outside off, calmly defended into the ground on the off side by Kane.

End of Over : 45 0 Runs NZ: 111/4
44.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Good length on off stump. Abbas is relentless, Watling defends it to mid off.

44.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Fuller in length and on middle this time, Watling defends it to mid on.

44.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. A carbon copy of the previous delivery. And a similar shot played by the batsman as well.

44.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Short and outside off, Watling defends on the back foot to cover.

44.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Good yorker length delivery to welcome Watling to the crease. He defends it watchfully.

BJ Watling is the new batsman.

44.1 W

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. OUT! Caught by Sarfraz. Nothing shot from Nicholls, very minimal foot movement on this one. He just drives expansively from his crease and gets the outside edge which is safely pouched by a diving Sarfraz to his left. The ball was full and outside off and was actually a half volley begging to be put away, but instead Pakistan have been presented with a wicket. The 72-run stand has been broken and Henry will be gutted with the way he threw away his wicket.

End of Over : 44 7 Runs NZ: 111/3
43.6 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Good length and on off stump, Kane goes back and defends it back to the bowler.

43.5 4

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. FOUR! The ball is short and outside off, this is a great cut shot behind point for a boundary from the New Zealand captain.

43.4 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. This one is on a similar length but comes in slightly after landing. Kane watchfully lets it go through to the keeper.

43.3 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Outside off stump and slightly fuller than good length, Kane decides to leave it alone.

43.2 3

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Full and outside off, Nicholls drives it between point and cover and the fielder dives and stops it just in front of the boundary. Three runs have been picked up.

43.1 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Around the wicket to the lefty, outside off and on a good length. The ball shapes away slightly after landing. Nicholls leaves it alone.

Hasan Ali is back into the attack.

End of Over : 43 0 Runs NZ: 104/3
42.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Length ball outside off again, Kane is slightly ahead and defends it toward point.

42.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Good length ball on off stump, Williamson shows off his textbook back foot defense again.

42.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Good length ball a bit wide outside off, Williamson shoulders his arms to it.

42.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Similar delivery but the bounce is true this time. Kane defends it straight back to the bowler.

42.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. What happened there? Kept a little low after bouncing on a length outside off. Kane was trying to defend it but it took the inside edge and fell down on the leg side.

42.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Good length on off stump, Williamson presents the full face of the bat as he defends it.

End of Over : 42 9 Runs NZ: 104/3
41.6 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Full and outside off from around the wicket to Nicholls. He comes ahead and dead bats it.

41.5 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Short and outside off, Williamson just pushes it away to sweeper cover for a single.

41.4 2

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Looped up full outside off, Kane drives it through extra cover for another couple.

41.3 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Full and flighted, Kane covers the spin and keeps it out.

41.2 2

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. 50 up for Williamson! He is such a consistent performer. The ball is short and wide outside off, Williamson just dabs it behind point and comes back for two. Making batting look very easy here. It is his 27th fifty in Test cricket. He will be looking to go big in this innings.

41.1 4

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. FOUR! Easy pickings! Very short and on middle. Kane stays low and pulls it away to deep square leg for four easily.

End of Over : 41 3 Runs NZ: 95/3
40.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Fuller length this time, the batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground on the off side.

40.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Short and on middle, Nicholls defends it on the back foot.

40.4 3

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Elegant shot from the NZ skipper here, it was full and just outside off, he goes ahead and times it beautifully in the gap through the covers. It is a long chase for Azhar Ali who does well in the end to save one run for his team. There are plenty of replays being looked at before the umpire decides it's a legal stop.

40.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Short and bowled a little wide off the crease, Williamson looks to punch it off the back foot but doesn't connect well.

40.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Full and on off again, Kane will keep those out all day long.

40.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Good length and on off stump. Williamson defends it with a straight bat.

End of Over : 40 8 Runs NZ: 92/3
39.6 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Full on off stump, Nicholls comes ahead and defends it.

39.5 4

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. FOUR! Swept away this time. Outside off and flighted, Nicholls goes down early and sweeps it away behind square leg for another boundary. It also brings up the 50-run partnership between these two.

39.4 4

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. FOUR! Nice-looking shot from Nicholls. He stays back to a short pitched ball and punches it straight down the ground to long on for four runs. Sarfraz isn't too pleased with the mid on fielder's effort.

39.3 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. This one keeps low, ball is fuller and outside off. It turns in and keeps low on the stumps, Nicholls gets down in time and pulls it to square leg.

39.2 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Good spin on this one, landing outside off and spins enough to beat Nicholls' bat who wants to defend it. He gets hit high on the pad. Pakistan appeal but aren't too vociferous.

39.1 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Shorter length outside off, spins into Nicholls. He wants to push it to square leg but it hits forward short leg.

End of Over : 39 0 Runs NZ: 84/3
38.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Fuller this time on off, Williamson defends it to mid on.

38.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Length delivery and Abbas is pegging away at off stump, Williamson is unperturbed and defends again.

38.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Good length on off stump, the NZ skipper just defends it back with a straight bat calmly.

38.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Good length outside off and shaping in slightly, Williamson lets it go.

38.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Slightly ahead this time on off stump, Williamson plays it to mid-wicket.

38.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Short of a length on off, Williamson defends to cover off the back foot.

Mohammad Abbas to bowl some medium pace from the other end.

End of Over : 38 3 Runs NZ: 84/3
37.6 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Way outside off, Nicholls prods well forward and defends it to short cover.

37.5 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Slightly shorter, Nicholls goes back and defends off the back foot.

37.4 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Full and outside off, the batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

37.3 2

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Loopy outside off again, Nicholls comes and sweeps it to fine leg for a couple. Little risky but plays it well in the end.

37.2 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Around the wicket to the left-hander, looped up outside off, turns into Nicholls who comes ahead and defends.

37.1 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. First ball after Lunch is flighted outside off, Williamson drives it to covers for a single.

We are back for the afternoon session. Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls will carry on from where they left off. Yasir Shah to take the ball first. A slip and a short leg in place.

... Day 1, Session 2 ...

Batting usually gets easier in the afternoon session, so New Zealand will look to score a bit freely. Though, they will remember that the ball is turning, so they have to be wary of the Pakistan spinners. Remember, it's an extended Lunch break due to the Friday prayers, so play will resume at 1330 local (0930 GMT).

A grinding session for New Zealand, and Pakistan too in all honesty. The surface didn't have much to offer, but despite that, Pakistan have managed to pick three wickets, which will particularly please them after losing the toss. Abbas started it all off by removing Raval first, Yasir joined in and got rid of both Latham and Taylor rather quickly. Williamson, who is looking quite assured as always, has since joined hands with Nicholls to put 81 on the board with their stand currently on 42.

End of Over : 37 0 Runs NZ: 81/3
36.6 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Henry Nicholls. Drifting in on a fuller length, around off, nicely negotiated by the left-hander. That's LUNCH ON DAY 1!

36.5 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Henry Nicholls. Watches the ball as it comes to him and blocks.

36.4 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Henry Nicholls. Nicholls has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

36.3 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Henry Nicholls. Some flight on this, on off stump, Nicholls presses forward to meet it with a straight bat.

36.2 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Henry Nicholls. Straighter in line, worked in front of short mid-wicket.

36.1 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Henry Nicholls. Quicker through the air around off, met with the full face of the bat.

Mohammad Hafeez is on now. Probably the last over before Lunch.

End of Over : 36 2 Runs NZ: 81/3
35.6 0

Haris Sohail to Kane Williamson. Full on the stumps, guarded out well.

35.5 1

Haris Sohail to Henry Nicholls. Spinning in on middle and leg, easy enough for Henry to sweep it behind square leg for a single.

35.4 1

Haris Sohail to Kane Williamson. Goes with the spin and drives it through the gap in the covers. One run collected.

35.3 0

Haris Sohail to Kane Williamson. The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

35.2 0

Haris Sohail to Kane Williamson. A touch shorter around off, Kane camps back and pushes it away from the body on the off side.

35.1 0

Haris Sohail to Kane Williamson. Starts from around the wicket, serves it around off and it spins away. Williamson leaves it alone.

Haris Sohail will roll his arm over.

End of Over : 35 1 Runs NZ: 79/3
34.6 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Shifts his weight on the back foot and turns it to backward square leg.

34.5 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Waits for the ball to come to him before guarding it out off the back foot.

34.4 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Full outside off, Nicholls gets forward and across as he drags the sweep behind square leg. Wants the run but it's too close to the fielder.

34.3 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Looped up leg break attacking the stumps, blocked right under his nose.

The umpire is checking the shape. Cuts off some of the threads off it and we're good to continue.

34.2 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Knocks it into the covers and gets to the other end.

34.1 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Pushed quicker through the air, on the stumps, from over the wicket. Kane prods forward and pushes it away.

End of Over : 34 7 Runs NZ: 78/3
33.6 4

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. FOUR! Too straight in line and it's put away. Tossed up on middle and leg, Nicholls gets low and sweeps it through the square leg area to send it across the boundary line.

33.5 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

33.4 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Drifting in on middle and then turning away, some pace given to this. It is kept out from the back foot.

33.3 1

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. A lot of flight on this, on leg, swept down to fine leg for one.

33.2 0

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Uses the depth of the crease to go inside and work it down in front of short leg.

33.1 2

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Bilal continues from around the wicket, pitches it on off. Williamson backs away and punches it a bit square on the off side for a double.

End of Over : 33 1 Runs NZ: 71/3
32.6 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Positions himself right behind the line of the ball and defends.

32.5 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Goes with the spin and turns it away on the on side.

32.4 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Spinning in from middle, it goes off Nicholls' pads and Imam at short leg takes the catch. Pakistan appeal, but to no avail.

32.3 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. From around the wicket, it's tossed up on middle and off. Spins in as the left-hander presses forward and buries it into the track.

32.2 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Short and wide outside off, slapped through to sweeper cover for a run.

The physio is out to have a look at Imam. The magic spray is out. Should be fine to continue.

32.1 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. That must have hurt! Yikes! Williamson goes and pulls it with a lot of power. Unfortunately, catches Imam on the inside of the thigh. Lucky it wasn't a bit to his left, would have done some serious damage.

End of Over : 32 1 Runs NZ: 70/3
31.6 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

31.5 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Similar kind of ball, it's defended down on the leg side once more.

31.4 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Sliding in on middle and leg, Nicholls works it off his pads on the leg side.

31.3 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Lovely. Really slow through the air, on off, spins away and beats the outside edge of Henry Nicholls' bat. Beaten in the flight.

31.2 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. A lot of air on this, landed on off, Henry is well forward in defense.

31.1 1

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Flighted on the stumps from around the wicket, goes back and turns it with the spin past short leg for a single.

End of Over : 31 5 Runs NZ: 69/3
30.6 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Nicholls tries to sweep again on a similar length delivery and finds the fielder again. No run.

30.5 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Fuller and outside off, Nicholls sweeps it to short fine leg.

30.4 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Shorter ball and turning into the left-hander, he defends off the back foot.

30.3 2

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Goes around the wicket now, pitches outside off on a full length. Nicholls sweeps it in front of square on the leg side for a couple.

30.2 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Full and fast on leg stump, Nicholls gets his bat ahead of his front pad and defends it.

30.1 3

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. On off stump and turning away but Kane gets down and paddle sweeps it towards fine leg. They run three.

End of Over : 30 1 Runs NZ: 64/3
29.6 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Loopy delivery on off stump, Nicholls comes forward and defends it well.

29.5 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Shorter ball on middle, the batsman goes back and defends it with a straight bat.

29.4 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Flighted on off stump, Nicholls comes ahead and defends.

29.3 1

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Slightly fuller this time but at the pads, Williamson works it away to deep mid-wicket for a single.

29.2 0

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Even shorter this time, Williamson rocks back and pulls it but it goes straight to the fielder at square leg again.

29.1 0

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Full and at the pads, played to short square leg.

End of Over : 29 5 Runs NZ: 63/3
28.6 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Full and driven to deep extra cover for a run.

28.5 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Short and spinning away outside off, Williamson cuts it straight to point.

28.4 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Overpitched and played by Kane to the short mid-wicket fielder that's just been brought a little straighter.

28.3 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Quicker delivery on off stump line, Williamson is quick to come ahead and block.

28.2 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Fuller in length this time, KW defends from the front foot.

28.1 4

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. FOUR! Classic Williamson here! Flatter ball well outside off, but the Kiwi skipper flicks it to the deep mid-wicket boundary. Super shot.

End of Over : 28 1 Runs NZ: 58/3
27.6 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Flighted on middle, Nicholls defends it after getting right behind the line of the delivery.

27.5 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Shorter again this time, the batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

27.4 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Full and quick outside off, the batsman is forward as he defends with a straight bat.

27.3 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Flatter and quicker this time on middle, Nicholls goes back and defends.

27.2 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Flighted outside off, draws Nicholls ahead but he defends well.

27.1 1

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Short ball and on off stump, Williamson moves slightly inside the line and plays it to deep square leg for a run.

End of Over : 27 9 Runs NZ: 57/3
26.6 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Flatter ball and on off, the batsman goes back and defends it comfortably.

26.5 2

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Flighted outside off, Nicholls plays the cover drive against the spin and gets it in the gap for a couple of runs.

26.4 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Full and flighted outside off, Nicholls comes ahead and dead-bats it.

26.3 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Shorter and on the pads, defended off the back foot.

26.2 3

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Short and wide outside off, Williamson looks to cut and the ball takes a thick edge and goes in the air to left of point. 'Catch it' is the shout from Sarfraz but it was pretty far away from the fielder. The batsmen pick up three.

26.1 4

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. FOUR! Flatter and quicker on the pads, Williamson picks up the length very quickly and rocks back. Flicks it away in front of square on the leg side for a beautiful boundary. Also brings up the 50 for New Zealand.

End of Over : 26 1 Runs NZ: 48/3
25.6 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Shorter length on middle, bounces a little more and is defended from within the crease by the batsman.

25.5 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Flatter ball and turns slightly, Nicholls defends on the back foot towards the off side.

25.4 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Full and flighted, Nicholls comes ahead and defends with a straight bat.

25.3 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Quicker ball on off stump, Nicholls stays back and defends it.

25.2 1

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Loopy ball on off stump but turns in a bit and is played away behind square on the leg side for a single by the skipper.

25.1 0

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Short and outside off, Williamson cuts it but it goes straight to point.

Bilal Asif is back into the bowling attack.

End of Over : 25 4 Runs NZ: 47/3
24.6 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Flighted delivery to end the over, Nicholls comes forward and dead-bats it.

24.5 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Flatter ball on middle, the batsman goes back and defends on the back foot this time.

24.4 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Full and flighted outside off, Nicholls is well forward in defense.

24.3 4

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. FOUR! Nicholls charges down the wicket to a loopy delivery on middle and hits it over mid on cleanly. A boundary results.

24.2 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Similar delivery, the batsman comes ahead and keeps it out.

24.1 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Flighted on middle, Nicholls comes ahead and defends.

Second Drinks break of the session. In case you are wondering why, the first session in U.A.E on Fridays is slightly extended due to prayers and Lunch will be a one-hour break.

End of Over : 24 0 Runs NZ: 43/3
23.6 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Slightly short of length and on top of off stump, Williamson defends to mid on.

23.5 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Back to good length and slightly shaping in, Kane defends to cover.

23.4 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Yorker length and outside off, Williamson digs it into the ground.

23.3 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Good length and well outside off this time, the skipper lets it go through.

23.2 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Good length and just outside off, Kane comes ahead and defends confidently.

23.1 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Bouncer but wayward down the leg side, Williamson just ducks under it.

End of Over : 23 3 Runs NZ: 43/3
22.6 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Loopy and full, landing on off, Henry is just a little tentative in getting on the front foot as he defends it towards mid-wicket.

22.5 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. An attempted googly on middle and off, a bit on the shorter side, Henry goes back in defense.

22.4 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Lands it full and on off, Nicholls lunges and defends it watchfully.

22.3 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Quicker through the air, flat and on middle, Nicholls gets back and blocks it.

22.2 2

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Surrounded by four close-in fielders, Henry Nicholls. Still he keeps a calm head to a shortish ball and punches it through mid-wicket for a brace.

22.1 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Flatter and shorter on off, Williamson goes back and punches it to sweeper cover for a run. He is showing to his batsmen that there isn't anything to worry about on this surface.

End of Over : 22 1 Runs NZ: 40/3
21.6 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Alters his length this time and spears in a full ball on middle and off, Henry gets behind the line and pushes it out to covers.

21.5 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Slightly short in length and angling into the batsman from outside off, Nicholls blocks it solidly to the off side.

21.4 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Nice tempting line. Hasan pitches it up and outside off, inviting the drive but Henry lets it go to the keeper.

21.3 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Switches to 'round the wicket and angles in a length ball on middle and off, Nicholls covers the line and blocks it safely.

21.2 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Back of a length delivery on middle and leg, Nicholls goes on the back foot and defends.

21.1 1

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Kane is timing his shots beautifully. Needless to say, he holds the key from hereon. Gets on the front foot to a full ball and drives it in the gap at covers for a run.

End of Over : 21 2 Runs NZ: 39/3
20.6 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Appeal for an lbw! A tossed up ball on middle, turning back in at 83.3 kph, Nicholls prods forward to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. They put in an unsuccessful appeal. Later, Pakistan think about reviewing it but then decide against it. Good call. End of a successful over.

Henry Nicholls is in next.

20.5 W

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. OUT! Caught behind! Lovely bowling by the leggie and he has hunted down New Zealand's most experienced player. He once again gives it a nice loop and lands his leggie on a fuller length just outside off. Taylor, with a sorry footwork, feels for it inside the line and the ball spins away a bit to take the outside edge. Sarfraz makes no mistake behind the wickets and Taylor immediately walks back without even waiting for the decision. New Zealand slip further. Don't think there is much in the pitch to bother the batsmen but they are finding ways to get out due to improper application. Pakistan on top in this Test match. They wouldn't have wished for a better start after losing the toss.

20.4 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Loopy and on off, a shade short in length, Kane pushes his weight on the back foot and punches it through the cover region for a run.

20.3 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Once again Yasir gives it a good toss and lands it full on middle, Williamson defends it back from the inner half of the bat.

20.2 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Extra flight this time, full and drifting in around off, Kane presses forward in defense.

20.1 1

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Flighted delivery, on the shorter side around off, Taylor moves back and slaps it with the spin through point for a run.

End of Over : 20 0 Runs NZ: 37/2
19.6 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Fractionally short and on off, Williamson rocks back and blocks it safely towards mid on. A maiden over.

19.5 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. This time the length is full and in line of the stumps, Williamson immediately gets behind the delivery and keeps it out safely towards mid-wicket.

19.4 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Good length delivery on off, Kane goes on the back foot and pushes it towards the mid on fielder.

19.3 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Brings a length ball back into the batsman from around off, Williamson stays back and closes the face of the bat to play it towards the mid-wicket fielder.

19.2 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Back of a length delivery around off, Williamson goes on the back foot and punches it through the line. Finds the cover fielder. Looking quite good and composed at the crease, the Kiwi skipper.

19.1 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Lands it on a good length outside off, holding its line, Kane watches the line closely and lets it be.

End of Over : 19 0 Runs NZ: 37/2
18.6 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Flighted outside off, Taylor wants to drive but gets the inside half again and just pushes it to cover in the end.

18.5 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Outside off and spins away, Taylor leaves it alone.

18.4 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Slightly shorter, Taylor defends on the back foot.

18.3 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Fuller on the pads this time, Taylor drives to mid on.

18.2 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Flighted outside off, driven to short cover.

18.1 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Quicker one on off stump, Taylor tries to cut but gets the inside half and goes back to the bowler.

End of Over : 18 0 Runs NZ: 37/2
17.6 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Good length and shaping in again on off stump, Kane plays the back foot on drive to mid on.

17.5 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Slightly fuller outside off, Williamson defends on the front foot.

17.4 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Shorter this time outside off, Kane punches it towards point.

17.3 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Length ball shaping in on off stump, the Kiwi skipper defends it comfortably.

17.2 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Slightly fuller and outside off, Kane covers the line of the ball and defends it.

17.1 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Good ball to start the over, on a length and on the off stump line, well defended by Kane.

End of Over : 17 2 Runs NZ: 37/2
16.6 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Looped right up there, Taylor brings his bat ahead of his pad and blocks it out.

16.5 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

16.4 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Short and flat from the leggie, Kane is back as he whips this through mid-wicket for a single.

16.3 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Darted in full on the stumps, jammed out well to keep it at bay.

16.2 1

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Taylor rocks onto the back foot and punches it through to sweeper cover for one.

16.1 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Spinning away from around off, Taylor looks to defend but it goes off the edge behind square on the off side.

End of Over : 16 0 Runs NZ: 35/2
15.6 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Big shout for a leg before, turned down! Missing leg from the looks of it. Good variation from Hasan, fuller and on middle and shapes in after landing. Williamson looks to flick it and misses as the ball hits his pad. Sarfraz and the bowler consider reviewing but too much time has passed and they don't in the end. Lucky for them in hindsight, as the replays show the ball would've missed leg stump.

15.5 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Shorter and outside off, Williamson plays it away to cover.

15.4 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Pitching on off stump and shaping in slightly, Williamson isn't troubled. Defends it to short mid-wicket.

15.3 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Just short of a good length outside off, Williamson cuts it straight to point this time. Well timed but no run.

15.2 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Slightly fuller this time, Kane gets right behind the line of the ball and defends it.

15.1 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Good length outside off, Williamson defends it safely to cover.

Hasan Ali is back on.

End of Over : 15 1 Runs NZ: 35/2
14.6 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Flighted this time, Taylor comes ahead and dead-bats it into the ground.

14.5 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Flatter and quicker on middle, Taylor defends off the back foot.

Ross Taylor is next in to bat.

14.4 W

Yasir Shah to Tom Latham. OUT! Caught by Hafeez at short mid-wicket! A very soft dismissal to be honest. The ball is flighted on off and turns in a bit after landing, Latham is brought forward into a shot and plays it in the air towards mid-wicket. Hafeez is there to take the simplest of catches. He fumbled at first, but then managed to take it on the second attempt. A wicket thrown away by the New Zealand opener. Yasir is pumped up.

14.3 0

Yasir Shah to Tom Latham. Shorter and on off stump, Latham stays back and defends.

14.2 0

Yasir Shah to Tom Latham. Short and spinning quite a bit down the leg, huge appeal from the keeper and Yasir for caught behind. But the ball seems to have grazed the thigh pad before Sarfraz takes it. Umpire wants nothing to do with it.

14.1 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Short one to start off with outside off stump, Kane cuts it to sweeper cover and picks up one.

Yasir Shah is into the attack now.

End of Over : 14 7 Runs NZ: 34/1
13.6 3

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Flatter outside off this time, Kane rocks back and punches it through the covers for three.

13.5 0

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Looped up outside off, dead-batted onto the ground.

13.4 0

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Flighted on off, defended after coming ahead by KW.

13.3 4

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. FOUR! Quick feet from the skipper and the good length ball on off is flicked away through mid-wicket for his first boundary.

13.2 0

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Looped up this time, kept out on the front foot.

13.1 0

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Shorter and on off stump, Williamson flicks it to square leg.

The first Drinks of the match is on the field now! A very sedate start to the day by the Black Caps. Abbas has struck to dismiss Raval, but Latham and Williamson are looking good out there. The pitch is looking like a flat cement road and beautiful for batting. A long day for the bowlers and fielders seems to be in store!

End of Over : 13 3 Runs NZ: 27/1
12.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Tom Latham. Around the wicket to Latham, just ahead of a good length and on off stump. Latham comes ahead and defends with a straight bat.

12.5 3

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Slightly full this time, and Williamson is off the mark with a flick through mid-wicket. The batsmen run three. Good running.

12.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Length ball outside off, comes ahead and defends again.

12.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Similar ball again, and well defended again by Williamson.

12.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Good ball just outside off, Williamson is good in defense.

12.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Good length aiming the top of off stump, Williamson defends solidly on the back foot.

End of Over : 12 4 Runs NZ: 24/1
11.6 4

Bilal Asif to Tom Latham. FOUR! That's a very good shot from Tom Latham. Bilal loops it up on off stump, the southpaw leans into the shot and wrists it through the left of mid on for a boundary.

11.5 0

Bilal Asif to Tom Latham. Rocks on the back foot and guards it out without much trouble.

11.4 0

Bilal Asif to Tom Latham. The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

11.3 0

Bilal Asif to Tom Latham. Lands it short once more, Tom is on the back foot to keep this out.

11.2 0

Bilal Asif to Tom Latham. A bit fuller around off, kept out from inside the crease.

11.1 0

Bilal Asif to Tom Latham. Quicker off break outside off, short too, Latham goes back and forces it to covers.

End of Over : 11 0 Runs NZ: 20/1
10.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. A length ball which is in the channel just outside off, blocked by taking a step forward. Good over from Abbas comes to an end. A wicket maiden for him.

10.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Shaping away from outside off, Kane makes a rather simple leave.

10.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Brings it in a little, on middle this time, Williamson gets right behind the line and blocks it in the same area.

10.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Fuller length delivery on off, Williamson defends it well towards mid-wicket.

Skipper Kane Williamson is in at no.3.

10.2 W

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. OUT! And he strikes! What a delivery from a superb bowler! Bowls it a tad fuller outside off, it's angling in at first but then it moves away ever so slightly. Raval is forced to play at it and is undone by the late movement. The edge is taken and it's a regulation take for captain Sarfraz Ahmed behind the stumps. Jeet Raval will be disappointed after putting in the hard work in the first 10 overs.

10.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Fires it full and just outside off, driven to the covers.

End of Over : 10 0 Runs NZ: 20/0
9.6 0

Bilal Asif to Tom Latham. On the shorter side of things again, it's played back to the bowler. End of the over. So, New Zealand have safely negotiated the first 10 overs.

9.5 0

Bilal Asif to Tom Latham. Flatter and shorter outside off, guarded out safely.

9.4 0

Bilal Asif to Tom Latham. Latham shoulders arms to let that one through.

9.3 0

Bilal Asif to Tom Latham. Drifting in on off, turning away, Tom stays inside the crease and defends it down on the off side.

9.2 0

Bilal Asif to Tom Latham. Well outside off, going away again, Tom Latham lets it be.

9.1 0

Bilal Asif to Tom Latham. Quite slow through the air from around the wicket, spinning away outside off. No shot offered by Latham.

End of Over : 9 0 Runs NZ: 20/0
8.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. So this is smart by Raval. He's standing well outside the crease to deal with Abbas' swing. Works too, as he defends it a bit square on the off side.

8.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. On a length, on off, kept out from within the crease.

8.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Full ball attacking the stumps, driven straight back in the bowler's direction.

8.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Good length delivery outside off, left alone.

8.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Full delivery outside off, a mistimed drive finds its way to the cover fielder.

8.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Wow. That was close. Really close. Abbas bowls this full, makes it come in and then it goes away late. Raval has no option but to play at it. Comes forward, hangs his bat out and gets beaten.

End of Over : 8 1 Runs NZ: 20/0
7.6 0

Bilal Asif to Tom Latham. The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

7.5 1

Bilal Asif to Jeet Raval. Pushes this floated delivery through the cover area for a single.

7.4 0

Bilal Asif to Jeet Raval. A touch quicker through the air, around off, blocked.

7.3 0

Bilal Asif to Jeet Raval. Nicely tosses it up on middle and off, Raval brings his bat ahead of his pad and defends.

7.2 0

Bilal Asif to Jeet Raval. Slows this one up. Loops it up on off, Raval comes forward to keep it out.

7.1 0

Bilal Asif to Jeet Raval. Short, flat and quick on off, Raval goes back and punches it to the man at cover.

First bowling change for Pakistan. Bilal Asif is brought into the attack. The lone slip in place for him, along with a short leg.

End of Over : 7 1 Runs NZ: 19/0
6.6 1

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Uses the angle into him to turn this away in front of square leg and get to the other end.

6.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Coming in at first but then goes away, Jeet stays inside his crease and meets it with the full face.

6.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Keeps it on the fuller side, around off, defensively pushed away to the cover area.

6.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Angling in at first but then straightening up off the seam, worked straight to the man at short mid-wicket.

6.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Full length delivery on off stump, blocked by taking a big stride forward.

6.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Abbas continues from around the wicket and pitches it wide outside off, no way Jeet Raval is going to bother himself with that.

End of Over : 6 8 Runs NZ: 18/0
5.6 0

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. Shaping away from around off, Latham plants his front foot forward, covers the line and makes a watchful leave.

5.5 0

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. Outside off on a length, left alone.

5.4 0

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. A touch straight in line, turned away on the leg side with soft hands.

5.3 4

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. FOUR LEG BYES! Too straight from Hasan Ali, a length ball on leg. Latham looks to flick but it goes off his pads, past the diving keeper for a boundary.

5.2 2

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. Similar shot. Plays it through the covers to the man in the deep for two more.

5.1 2

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. Good timing on that. Latham offers a firm punch to this fuller length ball and finds the gap through the covers. Two runs result.

End of Over : 5 0 Runs NZ: 10/0
4.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump once again. Good, tight over from Abbas.

4.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Throws it outside off, Raval lets it go.

4.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Switches the angle to around the wicket, angles in a length ball on off, forces Raval to play at this one. It is blocked.

4.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Make that three in a row. Similar ball, same thing done by the batsman. Left alone.

4.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Too far outside off this time, another leave.

4.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Seeing the ball land outside the line of off stump, Jeet shoulders his arms to it.

End of Over : 4 0 Runs NZ: 10/0
3.6 0

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. Good carry on this occasion for Hasan Ali. He hurls it on a length in the off stump channel, left alone for the keeper to collect.

3.5 0

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. Outside off once more, another easy leave for the batsman.

3.4 0

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. Bowls it on the fifth stump line, Tom Latham covers the line, keeps his eyes on the ball and leaves it alone.

3.3 0

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

3.2 0

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. Angling away from Latham, he plays with the angle and taps it to the covers.

3.1 0

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. Length delivery attacking the off stick, patted away defensively on the off side.

End of Over : 3 2 Runs NZ: 10/0
2.6 1

Mohammad Abbas to Tom Latham. A little too straight in line, it's clipped down to fine leg for one run.

2.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Tom Latham. Fraction straight in line, on a length, blocked down in front of square leg. Thinks about taking the single at first, but then decides against it.

2.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Tom Latham. Fullish in length, just outside off, met with the full face of the bat.

2.3 1

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Good running between the wickets. Raval taps this down just wide of the short cover fielder and both batsmen hare across.

2.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Keeps it around that off stump channel, Jeet raises his bat and lets it through.

2.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Good length ball on the fourth stump line, quite close to the off stump, but Raval keeps his eyes on the ball and lets it be.

End of Over : 2 4 Runs NZ: 8/0
1.6 0

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. In the channel outside off, left alone to end the over.

1.5 4

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. FOUR! Shot. He'll feel good about that. Latham gets off the mark in style. It's full and outside off, he drives this well through the covers for a boundary. Good balance while playing that.

1.4 0

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. Outside off yet again, another easy leave.

1.3 0

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. Shaping away from the left-hander, from a good length and outside off, no shot offered to that.

1.2 0

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. On the fuller side of things, Latham comes on to the front foot and defends yet again.

1.1 0

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. Spears in a full delivery on off stump, Latham brings a straight blade down in defense.

Well... this is a surprise! Hasan Ali to share the new ball with Abbas from the other end. Three slips and a gully in place for him too.

End of Over : 1 4 Runs NZ: 4/0
0.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. That wasn't far away either! So close to the off stump. Abbas serves an accurate length delivery around off, Raval makes a watchful leave.

0.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Just ahead of a length on this occasion, blocked with a straight blade in response.

0.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Oooofff! Well hello! Superb delivery. Bowls it in that channel around off, on a length and it nips away late. Raval looks to defend it from the crease but the ball whizzes past the outside edge.

0.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Another one in the channel outside off, Raval makes another leave.

0.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Much better. Hits the good length area around off, Raval has nothing to do with it.

0.1 4

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Four running runs! Fine way to start off! Full and just outside off, Raval leans into the shot and drives it crisply through the big gap in the covers. The fielder chases it down near the fence and by then the batsmen complete four runs. Not sure it has happened before in a Test match, four running runs off the first ball of a match.

We are ready to begin. Tom Latham and Jeet Raval make their way out to the middle, as the Pakistan team spreads out across the field taking their positions. Mohammad Abbas will take the new ball first up. Three slips and a gully in place for him. Let's roll...

TOSS - New Zealand win the toss and opt to bat first! An expected XI put out by Pakistan, with Hasan Ali getting a spot. Ajaz Patel will make his Test debut for New Zealand. Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Colin de Grandhomme will be the seamers for the tourists, while Ish Sodhi and the debutant will take on the spin responsibilities.

A stern challenge awaits the Black Caps. Firstly, it will be interesting to see what combination they go with. Unlike Pakistan, who have a more or less settled XI, New Zealand have a few new faces to incorporate. The visitors are a balanced, competitive outfit, so the onus will be upon the experienced players in the Pakistan ranks to really step up. All in all, it should be a good contest. The toss and other updates to soon follow.

Hello and welcome for the opening Test between Pakistan and New Zealand. Pakistan have recently fared well in the longest format, having beaten Australia, and there's much to be excited about watching them on the field. That is largely down to their new-found star Mohammad Abbas. Him against some quality Kiwi batsmen will be a battle to witness, especially against someone like Kane Williamson.

End of Over : 83.2 PAK: 227/10

Pakistan will be very disappointed after failing to seize the advantage. They dismissed New Zealand for a paltry total last evening but their batsmen failed to gather a big lead. Plenty of starts for their batters but none carried on to make it count. Still, a lead of 74 can be considered handy on this surface which is offering something to every type of bowler. Let's see how New Zealand respond with the bat second time around.

Excellent bowling show by the Kiwis! They are behind in the game by 74 runs but it could have been even more had their bowlers not stepped up. Trent Boult, as expected, was the pick of the bowlers and finished with a 4-wicket haul. He was nicely assisted by other bowling partners and Ajaz Patel, in particular, impressed with his accuracy on his debut.

83.2 W

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. OUT! Strangled down the leg side. A fine catch by Watling, yet again. Boult serves a good length delivery on middle and leg line. It goes on with the angle as Babar tries to play the flick shot off his pads. But it collects the inside half of his willow and Watling takes a wonderful catch diving low to his left. The umpire quickly checks upstairs for the no ball and the cleanliness of the catch. All good in the replays and PAKISTAN ARE ALL OUT FOR 227!

83.1 0

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. Boult delivers a length ball outside off, Azam plays a delightful cover drive and turns down the single.

End of Over : 83 0 Runs PAK: 227/9
82.6 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Abbas. Beaten! Colin drops it on a good length outside off, Abbas pushes at it tamely and misses. A wicket maiden for de Grandhomme.

82.5 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Abbas. On the pads, Abbas works it through square leg and Babar initially looks for a run. Both batsmen are midway down the track and then Azam sends him back.

82.4 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Abbas. Fullish and angling into the batsman, Abbas flicks but finds mid-wicket.

82.3 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Abbas. Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Abbas makes a careful leave.

Mohammad Abbas is the number 11 batsman.

82.2 W

Colin de Grandhomme to Hasan Ali. OUT! Edged and gone! A little bit of shape for Colin de Grandhomme and everything happened in slow motion. He serves a near-yorker (if not a yorker) around off, Hasan tries to squeeze it out but gets a fat outside edge to Taylor at first slip. Number 9 goes down with Pakistan leading by 74 runs.

82.1 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Hasan Ali. A gentle full ball on the pads, Hasan flicks it straight to mid-wicket.

End of Over : 82 2 Runs PAK: 227/8
81.6 0

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. A strong back foot punch by Babar Azam but straight to the cover fielder.

81.5 0

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. Edged but safe! Good length ball shaping away from the batsman, Azam pushes inside the line and edges it behind. It falls in front of Latham at second slip.

81.4 2

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. Too full and too straight, Babar flicks it from the inner half of his bat to deep mid-wicket for a couple.

81.3 0

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. This one stays down low after landing on a length around off. Azam keeps his eyes glued to the ball and pushes it out towards backward point.

81.2 0

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. A length delivery angling away from the batsman, Babar allows it through to the keeper.

81.1 0

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. An overpitched delivery on off, Babar times his off drive superbly but finds the mid off fielder.

The final session of the day is about to begin. Babar Azam will continue with Hasan Ali. Trent Boult will take the new ball now from the other end.

... Second Day, Third Session ...

A satisfactory session for the Kiwis! They managed to snaffle four wickets in the afternoon and have reached Pakistan's tail. Babar Azam is holding one end strongly but is running out of partners. Once his partnership with Asad Shafiq was broken, there was a period where wickets went down in a flurry. The touring team sniffed in a chance but failed to close the innings. The lead has now reached 72 runs and given the way this pitch is turning, anything over 100 will be alarming. Do join us in a short while for the last session.

End of Over : 81 1 Runs PAK: 225/8
80.6 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Hasan Ali. Beaten again! Colin just puts it around off and gets it to straighten from there, Hasan once again is caught pushing and missing inside the line. TEA TIME ON DAY 2!

80.5 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Hasan Ali. Beaten! This one skids off the surface after landing outside off, Hasan pushes inside the line and misses.

80.4 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Hasan Ali. Gentle delivery, on a good length outside off, an easy leave for Ali.

80.3 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Hasan Ali. Angling into the batsman from around off, Ali defends it from the crease to the leg side.

80.2 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Hasan Ali. In the channel outside off, holding its line, Hasan allows it through to the keeper.

80.1 1

Colin de Grandhomme to Babar Azam. Starts with a fullish delivery on off, Babar pushes it quietly in the gap at covers for a run.

Second new ball is now available. New Zealand have taken it straightaway. Colin de Grandhomme to make first use of it.

End of Over : 80 5 Runs PAK: 224/8
79.6 0

Neil Wagner to Hasan Ali. Good length delivery on off, straightening a bit, Hasan stays back to play inside the line and edges it behind. Doesn't carry to the slip cordon.

79.5 4

Neil Wagner to Hasan Ali. FOUR! Streaky! A little bit of a tail away from the number 10 batsman. Hasan Ali goes chasing after it and edges it past the gully fielder for a boundary.

79.4 0

Neil Wagner to Hasan Ali. Wagner changes his angle and speeds in from 'round the wicket. Looks to bowl the old sandshoe crusher but Hasan is equally up the challenge. Blocks it out safely.

Hasan Ali walks in next. He can surely tonk the cricket ball. Needs to hang around though with Babar.

79.3 W

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. OUT! Wagner strikes at last! He has really worked hard for his 150th Test wicket. Has a relieved look on his face. Ups his pace this time, angles across a length delivery at 136.8 kph, Yasir opens up his body and tries to muscle it across the line. But it takes a faint outside edge behind the stumps and Watling takes a simple catch. Pakistan lead by 67 runs with two wickets in hand!

79.2 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Slower delivery, dipping into the batsman and reaching on a low full toss, Shah keeps it out at the last moment. That was a knuckle ball.

79.1 1

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Wagner bowls it from 'round the wicket and angles in a length delivery on off. Azam pushes it out in the gap at covers for one.

End of Over : 79 3 Runs PAK: 219/7
78.6 0

Ish Sodhi to Yasir Shah. Tossed up ball on off, defended off the front foot to end the over.

78.5 0

Ish Sodhi to Yasir Shah. Loopy and around leg, Shah flicks it across the line, it's a bit uppish but not carrying to Colin de Grandhomme at mid-wicket.

78.4 1

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Very full in length this time, around off, Babar forces it down to deepish mid on for a run.

78.3 1

Ish Sodhi to Yasir Shah. Googly this time. On the shorter side around middle, Yasir rocks back to pull but misses. It goes off his thigh pad to short fine leg for a leg bye.

78.2 0

Ish Sodhi to Yasir Shah. Loopy full ball on off, Yasir is on the front foot as he drives it to covers.

78.1 1

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Flatter and on off, punched from the back foot to covers for a run.

End of Over : 78 1 Runs PAK: 216/7
77.6 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Switches to 'round the wicket and bowls a length delivery in the channel outside off, Shah shoulders arms.

77.5 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. A length delivery angling away from the batsman, Yasir watches the line closely and allows it through to the keeper.

77.4 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Bouncer around leg, Shah ducks underneath it.

77.3 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. A pitched up ball on off, driven to extra cover where the fielder misfielded and parried it to mid off.

77.2 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Play and a miss! Width on offer outside off, short in length, Shah chases it away from the his body and misses.

77.1 1

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Angling away from the batsman, Babar pushes it towards cover-point for a run.

End of Over : 77 9 Runs PAK: 215/7
76.6 4

Ish Sodhi to Yasir Shah. FOUR! Connects and connects well this time. A flighted full ball around off, Shah gives it the full whack of his bat and powers it over mid off for a boundary.

76.5 0

Ish Sodhi to Yasir Shah. Flatter and shorter outside off, staying low, Shah punches it to extra cover.

76.4 4

Ish Sodhi to Yasir Shah. FOUR! Sodhi delivers it down the leg side, Yasir goes deep inside the crease and deflects it at the last moment to the fine leg fence.

76.3 0

Ish Sodhi to Yasir Shah. Edged but safe! Shah goes hard at a full ball on off, tries to go inside-out but slices it. It travels off the outside edge to point.

76.2 1

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Floated full ball on off, Azam pushes it with the turn to cover-point for one.

76.1 0

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Flighted full ball on middle, defended off the front foot.

End of Over : 76 1 Runs PAK: 206/7
75.6 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Full and angling away, Shah drives but straight to covers.

75.5 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Bouncer down the leg side, troubling his keeper more than the batsman. Yasir ducks and Watling has to dive to his left to collect the ball.

75.4 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Gently bowls a length delivery in the zone outside off, an easy leave for the batsman.

75.3 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. That's uppish but safe! Full and on middle, Shah whips it off his pads but it doesn't carry to Raval at mid-wicket.

75.2 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Back of a length delivery on middle and off, Yasir tries defending it with a straight bat and gets it away from the outer half on the off side.

75.1 1

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. A length ball angling into the batsman, Babar nicely drives it through covers and collects a single.

End of Over : 75 5 Runs PAK: 205/7
74.6 3

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Full and on off, driven through covers for three runs. The lead crosses 50 now!

74.5 1

Ish Sodhi to Yasir Shah. Leans forward and pushes it towards backward point for a brisk single.

74.4 0

Ish Sodhi to Yasir Shah. Wonderful delivery, missed the batsman, keeper and slip. Nicely looped up around off, Yasir gets forward to defend but it spins away to beat the bat. Watling fails to collect it and the ball deflects off his gloves towards Taylor at first slip. He too is not able to reach it. Not that it was necessary.

74.3 0

Ish Sodhi to Yasir Shah. Tossed up delivery, a low full toss, Yasir pushes it back past the bowler to mid on.

74.2 1

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Flighted again, around off and spinning away, Babar goes back and punches it to covers for a run. 8th Test fifty for Azam. He is playing a vital knock here. Pakistan lead by 48 runs.

74.1 0

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Full and flighted on off, Azam is on the front foot in defense.

Ish Sodhi is into the attack.

End of Over : 74 0 Runs PAK: 200/7
73.6 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Puts it on a full length outside off, Shah drives it towards extra cover.

73.5 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Good length delivery on off, angling away from the batsman, Yasir does well to let it go.

73.4 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.

73.3 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Slower bouncer around off, Yasir lets it go and the keeper collects it on the bounce.

73.2 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Fullish on off, Yasir drives it a bit uppishly in the direction of mid off.

73.1 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Fuller length ball angling into the batsman, it's pushed back to the bowler.

End of Over : 73 4 Runs PAK: 200/7
72.6 4

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. FOUR! 200 up for Pakistan. Babar Azam uses his feet to this delivery, reaches the pitch of the ball and lifts it over mid on for a boundary.

72.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Flat and quick on off, defended off the back foot.

72.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

72.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Shout for an lbw! Tossed up ball on middle, Babar gets down the track and then tries to defend. He misses and is rapped on the pads. They put in an unsuccessful appeal. That might have been hitting the stumps but the 3 metre rule applies.

72.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Slower delivery, loopy and full on middle, Babar defends it off his front foot.

72.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Full and around off, Babar is forward in defense.

End of Over : 72 1 Runs PAK: 196/7
71.6 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Full and angling back in from around off, Yasir covers the line and defends it to the off side.

71.5 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Another delivery outside off has been left alone by the number 9 batsman.

71.4 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Good length delivery outside off, left alone.

71.3 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Angling into the batsman, Yasir goes hard at it and hits it towards mid on. Or shall I say, mishits it towards mid on.

71.2 1

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. This time Wagner fails to control his line and ends up bowling it a little too straight. Babar works it in front of square leg for a run.

71.1 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Some reverse swing first up for Neil. He bowls a length ball from 'round the wicket and gets it to swing back in with the shine. Azam defends it off his front foot.

Neil Wagner is back on.

End of Over : 71 0 Runs PAK: 195/7
70.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Yasir Shah. Nicely flighted, full and on off, it's defended back to the bowler. Now, it's over.

The over is called with a ball remaining. The umpire realizes it late or maybe was informed by the third umpire/scorers. Ajaz is called back to bowl the last ball.

70.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Yasir Shah. Short in length and outside off, cut off the back foot to point.

70.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Yasir Shah. Flatter and quicker on middle, defended off the back foot.

70.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Yasir Shah. Tossed up ball on off, pushed off the front foot to point.

70.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Yasir Shah. Full and flighted on off, Shah defends it off his front foot.

Yasir Shah walks in ahead of Hasan Ali. Hmm...

70.1 W

Ajaz Patel to Bilal Asif. OUT! Superb glovework! A tossed up delivery landing full around off. Bilal Asif gets forward with a big stretch and tries to go inside-out over extra cover. But the ball spins away to beat his bat and Watling behind the stumps is quite quick in dislodging the bails. He appeals and the square leg umpire takes it upstairs. The replays roll in and they show that Bilal's back leg is on the crease and it's not behind enough. Ajaz Patel has another scalp to his name and Pakistan lose their 7th wicket. Poor shot selection by Bilal, there was some extra flight and spin.

Stumping appeal has been referred upstairs. Is Bilal gone?

Trent Boult is leaving the ground. Maybe for some comfort break. This could be the end of his spell as well. Meanwhile, Tim Southee is his replacement on the field currently.

End of Over : 70 9 Runs PAK: 195/6
69.6 1

Trent Boult to Bilal Asif. Full and around off, Bilal pushes it in the gap at covers and once again picks up a run off the final ball. So Babar is showing confidence in Asif's ability with the bat. The lead is now eight short of fifty.

69.5 2

Trent Boult to Bilal Asif. The line is too straight this time by Boult and Asif nudges it fine down the leg side for a couple of runs.

69.4 4

Trent Boult to Bilal Asif. FOUR! Fullish in length on middle, Bilal plays it off his pads and flicks it past the diving mid on fielder for a boundary. Once again the fielder there was a bit lazy in putting in a dive. Sloppy from the Kiwis!

69.3 0

Trent Boult to Bilal Asif. Bowls it outside off, angling away, Bilal has nothing to do with it.

69.2 0

Trent Boult to Bilal Asif. Back of a length ball on off, Bilal remains back footed as he offers a straight bat in defense.

69.1 2

Trent Boult to Bilal Asif. Angling away from the batsman, on a length outside off, Bilal reaches out for it and drives it through the line. Wagner dives over the ball at mid off and allows it through. Two runs taken.

End of Over : 69 2 Runs PAK: 186/6
68.6 1

Ajaz Patel to Bilal Asif. Tossed up ball on middle, flicked on the leg side towards square leg for a quick single. New Zealand won't mind Bilal on strike for the next over.

68.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Bilal Asif. Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

68.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Bilal Asif. Arm ball on off, pushing the batsman on the back foot, Asif defends it from the crease.

68.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Bilal Asif. Gets on the front foot to a full ball and defends it to covers.

68.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Bilal Asif. Generously tossed up ball on off. Bilal goes hard at it, trying to drive it through covers but it takes the outside edge and rolls to point. Williamson makes a tumbling save.

Silly point in place now.

68.1 1

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Loopy full ball on off, it's driven through covers. The fielder there is lazy in getting down low and hence misfields. A single is taken.

Drinks break. Superb first hour post Lunch for the Kiwis. They have managed to pick two wickets so far and with Pakistan's lead under 50, this Test match is hanging in the balance. For the home team, Babar Azam will have to play well with the tail to build on a big lead while for the touring side, their aim will be to bundle out the Pakistan innings ASAP. An interesting next hour coming up.

End of Over : 68 0 Runs PAK: 184/6
67.6 0

Trent Boult to Bilal Asif. Boult switches to 'round the wicket and spears in a fuller length ball on off. Bilal somehow keeps it out from the outer half of his bat to point.

67.5 0

Trent Boult to Bilal Asif. Beaten on the drive this time. Sucker ball. Boult delivers it full and outside off, Asif is tempted into the drive and is beaten.

67.4 0

Trent Boult to Bilal Asif. Beaten all ends up! Boult slants across a length delivery around off and gets it to nip away just a bit. Bilal stays back to play the defensive shot but gets beaten.

67.3 0

Trent Boult to Bilal Asif. Good length delivery angling away from the batsman, it's outside off, Bilal remains back to cover his sticks and allows it through.

67.2 0

Trent Boult to Bilal Asif. Very full in length on off, Asif once again remains back and pushes it down to mid off.

67.1 0

Trent Boult to Bilal Asif. Full in length around off, angling away, Bilal stays back and plays near his body. He opens the face of the bat to push it in the direction of cover-point.

End of Over : 67 1 Runs PAK: 184/6
66.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Arm ball on the shorter side, staying a bit low around off, Azam punches it from the crease to covers.

66.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Slower through the air, full and on middle, Babar is forward in defense.

66.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Loopy and full on off, pushed off the front foot to covers. The fielder fumbled a bit but no run.

66.3 1

Ajaz Patel to Bilal Asif. Flatter and shorter this time, outside off, Asif moves back and taps it down towards point for one.

66.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Bilal Asif. Flighted and full on middle, Bilal defends it back to the bowler.

66.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Bilal Asif. Asif has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

End of Over : 66 6 Runs PAK: 183/6
65.6 2

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. A touch short in length around off, Azam stays back and punches it through covers for a couple of runs.

65.5 0

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. Inviting length, around off and angling away, Babar lets it through to the keeper.

65.4 0

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

65.3 0

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. In the channel outside off, Babar allows it through to the keeper.

65.2 0

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. Fuller and straighter, Azam defends it back with a straight bat.

65.1 4

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. EDGY FOUR! Nearly wicket number 7 for Pakistan. Boult takes a length delivery away from the batsman with his natural angle. A lazy waft by Babar away from his body and he edges it behind. Luckily for him, it speeds past the left side of Williamson at gully for a boundary. Trent has his hands on his head. Since he is getting the ball to bend back in, it has put some doubt in the batsman's mind.

End of Over : 65 1 Runs PAK: 177/6
64.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Bilal Asif. Beauty! Drifting into the batsman around off, Asif gets forward to defend but it straightens after landing and beats the outside edge. End of a top over by Patel.

64.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Bilal Asif. Bilal has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

64.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Bilal Asif. Flighted delivery outside off, Asif leaves it alone.

Bilal Asif's turn to bat now.

64.3 W

Ajaz Patel to Sarfraz Ahmed. OUT! Sarfraz will have to go! Maiden Test wicket for Ajaz and it's a big one of the Pakistan skipper. Patel tosses it up in the air and lands it full on middle. Sarfraz kneels to go for the sweep shot and does so aerially. There is a fielder strategically placed at backward square leg and he makes no mistake. Neil Wagner runs in joy after grabbing the ball. The replays suggest that it came off the top half of Sarfraz' bat. Pakistan are throwing away the advantage here.

64.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Sarfraz Ahmed. Lunges to a full ball around off and defends it to the off side.

64.1 1

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Flighted and full on off, an arm ball, Babar gets forward to defend but it takes the inside edge and rolls behind square leg for a run.

End of Over : 64 7 Runs PAK: 176/5
63.6 0

Trent Boult to Sarfraz Ahmed. On a length around off, angling away, Ahmed stays back to defend it to the off side.

63.5 2

Trent Boult to Sarfraz Ahmed. Reaches out for a length delivery outside off and plays it through the gap at covers for a brace. The Pakistan skipper is off the mark first ball.

Sarfraz Khan is the number 7 batsman.

63.4 W

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. OUT! Shafiq chops it on! Take that for a reply from the bowler. In spite of getting hit for a boundary on the last ball, Boult keeps probing in the area around off. It's once again angled away from the batsman and Shafiq stays back to defend. But to his disappointment, it catches the bottom half of his bat and goes on to uproot the off stump. Trent roars in delight. The 83-run partnership is broken and Pakistan's lead is just 21 runs with half the side back in the pavilion.

63.3 4

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. FOUR! Guided away! Lovely soft hands. Once again Boult angles across a good length delivery around off, Shafiq gently pushes it inside the line and guides it through the gap between slips and gully.

63.2 0

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. Angling away from the batsman, on a good length, Shafiq stays back and taps it down with an angled bat to gully.

63.1 1

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. Width on offer outside off, Babar chases it and hits it square of the wicket on the off side. It's aerial but goes safely to the deep. A single has been taken.

End of Over : 63 7 Runs PAK: 169/4
62.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Slows this up in the air and bowls this one full around off, Shafiq defends it by getting on the front foot.

62.5 6

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. SIX! Shot! Ajaz bowls it around middle and leg, Shafiq wears his skates to dance down the track and hoists it over long on for a biggie. Fancy footwork, well done, Asad!

62.4 1

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Fullish and on middle, pushed down towards mid on for a run.

62.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Flighted this time, on middle, it's driven off the front foot to covers. Nice flow of the bat there.

62.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Flat delivery, fires it full on off at 90.7 kph, Azam gets forward and drives it to covers.

62.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Tossed up ball on middle, defended off the front foot.

End of Over : 62 1 Runs PAK: 162/4
61.6 0

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. Straighter in line, Asad works it off his pads but straight to the fielder standing in front of square leg.

61.5 0

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. A rising delivery on middle, Asad goes on his toes and defends it down safely.

61.4 0

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

61.3 0

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. Angling across the batsman, on a length around off, Shafiq defends it to the off side.

61.2 0

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. Full and around off, it's been defended back in the direction of the bowler. Not shaping in enough, so far.

61.1 1

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. Back of a length ball on off, Azam goes on the back foot and punches it towards the cover region for a run.

Change in bowling. Trent Boult is brought back into the attack.

End of Over : 61 5 Runs PAK: 161/4
60.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Flatter through the air, full and on off, defended off the front foot to the off side.

60.5 4

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. FOUR! That was aerial but through the gap! Got to say, well placed in the end. Asad Shafiq jumps out of the crease and flicks against the spin. It goes right through the gap between mid-wicket and mid on for a boundary.

60.4 1

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Just a bit on the shorter side outside off, an arm ball, Azam rocks back and slaps it through covers for one.

60.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Gets forward to a full ball and pushes it back to the bowler.

60.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Shorter, flatter and on middle, Babar punches it off his back foot to mid-wicket.

60.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Loopy full ball on off, it's defended off the front foot.

End of Over : 60 2 Runs PAK: 156/4
59.6 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Effort delivery but lacks direction. Full and way down the leg side, Shafiq tries to flick but misses.

59.5 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Length delivery angling into the batsman, around off, Shafiq closes the face of the bat and helps it to mid-wicket.

59.4 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Outside off, left alone.

59.3 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Full and outside off, driven off the front foot but straight to the cover fielder.

59.2 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Bangs in a bouncer, on middle, Shafiq ducks. So far, he has restrained himself from pulling or hooking which is a good ploy on this slowish pitch. However, the technique to duck ain't good, he had his bat hanging like a periscope.

59.1 2

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. A length delivery outside off, Shafiq takes the offer to drive and middles his shot quite well. Nicholls misfields at covers as he gets some awkward bounce and a couple of runs result.

End of Over : 59 5 Runs PAK: 154/4
58.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Skidding back into the batsman, a bit on the shorter side, Azam goes back and plays it down to short leg.

58.5 4

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. FOUR! Pakistan have the lead now! A tossed up ball around off, Azam uses his feet to get down the track and hammers it through mid off for a cracking boundary.

58.4 1

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. The length is full and on middle, Asad bunts it down in front of mid on and steals a run. 150 comes up for Pakistan, they trail by just 3 runs.

58.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Slower this time, full and around off, Asad is drawn forward as he pushes it to the off side.

58.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Arm ball, landing on off and skidding back in, Shafiq is on the front foot in defense.

58.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Flighted and full on middle, worked on the leg side but straight towards the mid-wicket fielder.

End of Over : 58 0 Runs PAK: 149/4
57.6 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Fullish and just outside off, Azam defends it off his front foot. A maiden for Wagner, he is really putting in a good effort although his pace has dipped a bit. Understandably so, this was his 9th over on the trot.

57.5 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Goes wider of the crease and angles in a length ball on off, Azam defends it off his back foot.

57.4 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Offers width outside off, it's on the shorter side, usually a batsman gets tempted and goes after it but Babar shows patience and restrains himself from doing so.

57.3 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. On a length around off, Babar sticks back inside the crease and pushes it out to covers.

57.2 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Another delivery which lacks pace but has good direction. Fuller and on off, Azam is forward in defense.

57.1 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. A pretty much gentle delivery, on a good length and outside off, Babar leaves it alone for the keeper to collect.

End of Over : 57 1 Runs PAK: 149/4
56.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Loopy and on middle, it's been pushed back to the bowler. Ajaz is rushing through his overs, this one took him two minutes to complete. Spare a thought for our fingers.

56.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Gives it a nice toss yet again. It's full and on off, Shafiq strides forward in defense.

56.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Flighted and around off, Asad dances down the track and then brings his bat and pad together in defense.

56.3 1

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Takes a stride forward to a full ball and drives it with the spin to sweeper cover for a run.

56.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Slight away spin from around off, Azam gets forward to defend and it catches the outside edge. Rolls past first slip.

56.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Fullish and on middle, defended back off the front foot.

End of Over : 56 0 Runs PAK: 148/4
55.6 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Brings a full ball back into the batsman with the angle, Asad gets forward to block it near his front pad.

55.5 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Keeps probing in the channel outside off, Asad is also motivated in not flirting with those away from his body.

55.4 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Left alone again. This time Wagner bowls it from the edge of the crease and angles in a good length ball just outside off. Shafiq guards his stumps and then leaves it.

55.3 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. A delivery hurled in the zone outside off, Asad makes a leave.

55.2 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Well fielded! A delightful cover drive by Asad Shafiq but the fielder (Henry Nicholls) does well to dive and stop the racing ball.

55.1 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Shafiq allows it through the keeper.

End of Over : 55 4 Runs PAK: 148/4
54.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Another watchful front foot defense by Azam to end the over.

54.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Floated one, full and on off, Babar blocks it safely.

54.4 1

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Bowls it short and on off, it's punched off the back foot to sweeper cover for one.

54.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Skidding down leg, Asad turns it off his pads to square leg.

54.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Nearly rolls back onto the stumps! Tossed up ball around off, Asad gets forward to defend and gets it away off the inner half of his bat. The ball drops in and then bounces again to catch his bat. After that it rolls back but away from the stumps.

54.1 3

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Flatter delivery, full in length and on middle, Babar goes hard at it and drills his drive past the bowler. Sodhi gives the chase from mid on and stops the ball just before the fence. Three runs taken.

End of Over : 54 0 Runs PAK: 144/4
53.6 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Better, much better! Maybe, bowling wide outside off was a ploy for this peach of a delivery. Wagner steams in and delivers it outside off on a fuller length. It curls back in after landing as Shafiq shoulders arms. It shapes back in and beats the off pole by a whisker. Wagner cannot believe his luck.

53.5 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Good length delivery in the zone outside off, Asad will keep leaving those.

53.4 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Identical to the last delivery, only difference is that it's even wider outside off. Shafiq has nothing to do with it. Wagner needs to target the off stump from the angle he's bowling.

53.3 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Once again the length is full but this time it is a little too wide outside off. Asad doesn't bother offering any shot.

53.2 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Pitches it full and lands it outside off, inviting the drive, Asad gets on the front foot and pushes it to covers.

53.1 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Lands it on a length and outside off, from 'round the wicket, an easy leave for Shafiq.

Neil Wagner to continue from this end...

End of Over : 53 0 Runs PAK: 144/4
52.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Leans forward to a full ball in line of the stumps and defends. A maiden to start the session!

52.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. A bit flat and on off, Babar defends it stoutly with a straight bat.

52.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Slower through the air, full and on off, Azam is forward in defense.

52.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Quicker arm ball, full and on middle, Babar draws forward and this time blocks it from the inside half of his willow.

52.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Flighted and full on off, Azam gets forward to defend and keeps it out from the outer half of the bat to point.

52.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Nicely tossed up ball to start the afternoon. The length is full on middle and Babar defends it back to the bowler.

We are back for the afternoon session. The players are on the field as well. Just 9 runs behind are the virtual hosts. The pitch has offered some assistance to the spin bowlers, in particular and the Kiwis will be hoping for some quick wickets. They are beginning with Ajaz Patel. A slip and short leg in place.

... Second Day, Second Session ...

A decent session for both sides. In 29 overs, 85 runs have been scored for the loss of 2 wickets. Sodhi and Boult dismissed the two overnight batsmen Sohail and Azhar, but from that point on, Shafiq and Azam have taken things in their control with a fifty-stand, not allowing New Zealand to capitalize further. Things are very much in the balance right now as Pakistan still trail by 9 runs. Will be interesting to see if Williamson goes for a complete spin attack, from both ends, to apply pressure on the Pakistan batsmen in the next session. Join us on the other side of the break for all the action.

End of Over : 52 0 Runs PAK: 144/4
51.6 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Too far outside off, Shafiq lets it be. That will be LUNCH ON DAY 2!

51.5 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Shafiq comes forward, covers the line and shoulders arms.

51.4 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Fuller and outside off, going away, played from the outer half to gully.

51.3 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Goes full this time, just outside off, driven firmly but can't get it past mid off.

51.2 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Bouncer outside off, angling away, ducked and avoided by the batsman.

51.1 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Full length ball nipping back in on off, Asad drives from the inner portion towards the man at mid on.

End of Over : 51 1 Runs PAK: 144/4
50.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Camps on the back foot and sees the over off without any problem.

50.5 1

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Short and quick outside off, punched off the back foot to sweeper cover. One run collected.

50.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Full and slow, close to the off stump, played out off the front foot.

50.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

50.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Spinning away from outside off, played square to point.

50.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. No spin, no bounce and it almost gets Shafiq. Flat on off, Asad looks to cut but chops it off the inner half.

End of Over : 50 6 Runs PAK: 143/4
49.6 4

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. FOUR! Back of a length which just sits up for Babar. He hangs on the back foot and muscles the pull along the turf through mid-wicket. Boundary! And that brings up the 50-run stand between these two.

49.5 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Outside off, short in length, no shot offered yet again.

49.4 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Another short ball, at first Babar thinks of bringing out the pull shot but then opts out of it.

49.3 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Accurate bouncer, shaping away around off, the batsman arches back and lets it go.

49.2 2

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Back of a length on the stumps, Babar helps the pull through mid-wicket and takes two.

A fly slip in place.

49.1 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Pounds it in short again, on off, Babar steers it with an angled bat to Williamson at gully.

End of Over : 49 8 Runs PAK: 137/4
48.6 1

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Outside off, slapped away through the covers again. A single is taken as the man in the deep mops it up.

48.5 1

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Short and wide outside off, cut through towards sweeper cover for a single.

48.4 1

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Flat and short, wristed through backward square leg for a single.

48.3 1

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Wrists it away into the leg side and crosses over.

48.2 4

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. FOUR! But that in no way was a shot in control. Shafiq decided to take Patel on, danced down and lofted it off the inner half just over mid on. It races away for a boundary.

48.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Full on the stumps, blocked safely from the front foot.

Ajaz Patel is back to roll his arm over.

End of Over : 48 1 Runs PAK: 129/4
47.6 1

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Fraction straight in line, clipped down to fine leg for a single.

47.5 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.

47.4 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Third of the over. Short ball on leg, Shafiq crouches really low and avoids it.

47.3 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Another bumper, Asad lets it sail over his head.

47.2 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Full in length, outside off, eased away to the cover fielder.

47.1 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Starts the over with a bumper, ducked and evaded.

End of Over : 47 6 Runs PAK: 128/4
46.6 1

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Going away from outside off, Shafiq slaps the cut through to sweeper cover for a single.

46.5 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Tossed up ball on middle, spinning away, blocked off the front foot.

46.4 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Dropped on off, Shafiq comes forward, watches the ball and lets it go past him.

46.3 4

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. FOUR! Short ball on the stumps, Shafiq picks up the length early, rocks back and nails the pull over mid-wicket for a boundary.

46.2 1

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Spinning away outside off, shorter in length, punched through to sweeper cover for a run.

46.1 0

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Turning away on middle and off, wristed away towards mid-wicket.

End of Over : 46 5 Runs PAK: 122/4
45.6 1

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Turns this away in front of square leg and retains strike with a single.

45.6 wd

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Wide! Banged in short, but it's too short. Wide signalled by the umpire for height.

45.5 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. The batsman defends it from within the crease.

45.4 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. This full outside off is driven to covers.

45.3 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Babar Azam defends it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

45.2 1

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Strays on the pads again, easily tucked behind square leg for a single.

45.1 2

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Length delivery on leg, Shafiq looks to flick it down but it goes off his pads to fine leg. Patel cuts it off as the batsmen take two leg byes.

End of Over : 45 2 Runs PAK: 117/4
44.6 0

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Babar Azam dances down the track to this turning ball and defends it right under his nose.

44.5 0

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Slightly quicker through the air, on off, goes off the outer half towards point.

44.4 0

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Short, flat and close to off, goes back and looks to pull, but only gets it off the inner half on the leg side.

44.3 0

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Beaten! Lovely. Gives this flight and lands it around off, Azam is drawn forward to block but is beaten by the away turn.

44.2 0

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Looped up outside off, driven to covers. Dot ball.

44.1 2

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Tossed up outside off, Babar gets forward and across before paddling it fine down the leg side. A brace results.

End of Over : 44 1 Runs PAK: 115/4
43.6 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Finds the man at cover with the drive. Asad Shafiq connects with the full face of the bat, unable to find the gap.

43.5 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Wants to do nothing with this one either. Length ball outside off, arms are shouldered.

43.4 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Once again makes it go away from around off, another leave.

43.4 1

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. No ball! Wagner oversteps on this occasion. Length ball on off and it's defended.

43.3 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Brings it in closer to off this time, Shafiq covers the line and lets it be.

43.2 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Short of a good length going across, no shot offered by the batsman.

43.1 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Seaming away after serving it on off, Asad taps it down in front of cover-point. Wants the single but won't get it.

End of Over : 43 5 Runs PAK: 114/4
42.6 1

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Spills it on the pads, worked behind square on the leg side for a single.

42.5 1

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Spinning away from around off, pushed from the back foot to covers for one.

42.4 2

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Babar gives the charge and drives it towards mid off. Boult moves to his left, gets low but misfields. Conceded an extra run.

42.3 1

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Superb delivery! Sodhi drops it on off, drifts in then spins away sharply. Shafiq does well to back away and play it with some control just wide of backward point. One run taken.

42.2 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Looped up leg break outside off, driven once more by Shafiq to covers.

42.1 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. A lot of loop on this, outside off, driven hard but can't beat a diving Tom Latham at covers.

End of Over : 42 1 Runs PAK: 109/4
41.6 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Lands on middle and leg and then shapes away late. Azam looks to defend but it goes off the outer half square to point.

41.5 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Overpitched outside off, Babar drives but can't pierce the gap in the cover region.

41.4 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Similar ball, same shot. Same result.

41.3 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Full delivery just outside off, driven to mid off. No run taken.

41.2 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Positions himself well behind this length ball on off and blocks.

41.1 1

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Yorker on the pads, easily flicked away down towards fine leg for one.

Neil Wagner now comes on to bowl.

End of Over : 41 4 Runs PAK: 108/4
40.6 0

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Drives this tossed up ball to the cover fielder.

40.5 0

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Seeing the ball land outside off, the batsman has nothing to do with it.

40.4 0

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Nice shape on it. Drifting in on middle and off, Babar defends before the ball can turn.

40.3 4

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. FOUR! Full toss outside the off stump, Babar smashes it through the gap in the covers. A freebie which he's taken full advantage of. Poor delivery.

40.2 0

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. A lot of air provided by the leggie, on the stumps, it's drilled down towards mid off.

40.1 0

Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam. Spinning away from the batsman, full and outside off, left alone.

End of Over : 40 7 Runs PAK: 104/4
39.6 0

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. Aims the top of off stump with a length ball, Asad Shafiq defends it well. Pakistan trail by 49 runs.

39.5 0

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. Back to over the wicket, a length ball on off, defended with soft hands on the leg side.

39.4 2

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. Brings it back in from outside off, driven through the covers again. Two more to the total.

39.3 0

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. Switches the angle and comes from around the wicket, angles in a length ball. Shafiq shoulders arms. The ball goes quite closely past the off stump.

39.2 3

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. Full delivery hurled across, Azam drives it neatly through the covers this time. It won't go all the way, but the timing is good enough to fetch him three good runs.

39.1 2

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. That's well played. Babar Azam drives it square through the off side and gets off the mark with a couple of runs.

End of Over : 39 6 Runs PAK: 97/4
38.6 2

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Leans into this tossed up delivery and drives it through the covers for a double.

38.5 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Good length. Good line. Sodhi finding his rhythm here. Serves it on middle and it goes away, it's pushed square past silly point.

38.4 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Loopy leg spinner outside off, full in length, Shafiq pressed forward and dead-bats it.

38.3 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

38.2 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Full delivery outside off, driven to mid off.

38.1 4

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. FOUR! In the air again but it's just short! Tossed up outside off, Shafiq comes forward and drives it aerially to covers. Raval there moves to his right, dives but it falls short and goes through. A boundary results.

End of Over : 38 0 Runs PAK: 91/4
37.6 0

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. Full delivery swinging back in, flicked off the pads to the man in front of square leg.

37.5 0

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. Nips back in by a fraction, on a length, takes the inside edge of Azam's bat and hits him on the pads. The ball falls beside him.

37.4 0

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. Going away from outside off, Babar shoulders his arms to it.

37.3 0

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. Yorker on the stumps, Babar just about manages to dig it out.

37.2 0

Trent Boult to Babar Azam. Almost! Another edge could have been had. Moving away on a back of a length, Azam looks to play at it and gets beaten.

Babar Azam is the next man in to bat.

Drinks break. Pakistan had started the day well with Azhar and Sohail carrying on from Day 1, but two wickets in successive overs from Sodhi and Boult, got Sohail and Azhar respectively. Chance for the visitors to pick a wicket or two more and eat into the Pakistan tail.

37.1 W

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. OUT! Edged and taken! That's a fine take from BJ Watling behind the stumps. Since coming on to bowl, Trent Boult has been brilliant. Azhar Ali has been dismissed, he was looking nervy out there for a while. Going across, on a bit of a fuller length, Azhar plays away from his body and the edge is induced. The Kiwi keeper dives low to his right and takes it well. Two wickets in as many overs for New Zealand. Both the set overnight batsmen have departed.

End of Over : 37 1 Runs PAK: 91/3
36.6 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Punched off the back foot to cover-point to end a successful over from Ish Sodhi.

36.5 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Short and wide, cut away but towards Williamson at point. It's not easy to beat him.

36.4 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Pushes this square past silly point. Shafiq calls for the run but is rightly sent back by his partner.

36.3 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Short and fast, turning away from outside off, Shafiq mistimes the back foot punch towards mid off.

Asad Shafiq out in the middle. Two of Pakistan's most experienced players batting together now.

36.2 W

Ish Sodhi to Haris Sohail. OUT! Sohail departs! Another wicket thrown away. Sodhi recently brought into the attack and he strikes. Loopy, a dipping full toss on leg, Haris flicks it in the air and hands a simple catch to Tom Latham at mid-wicket. He moves to his left, leaps and takes it without any problem. Partnership of 64 comes to an end.

36.1 1

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Quicker and shorter in length, spinning away, punched away through the covers for one.

End of Over : 36 0 Runs PAK: 90/2
35.6 0

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. Short of a good length just outside off, punched off the back too in front of covers. End of the over.

35.5 0

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. Full in length, on off stump, driven to mid off.

35.4 0

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. Shaping away from a good length, around off, blocked from within the crease to covers.

35.3 0

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. Brings the short ball out of nowhere, bangs it in short. Takes Haris Sohail a little by surprise but the southpaw just about manages to duck under it.

35.2 0

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. Leans into this full ball and eases it to the mid off fielder.

35.1 0

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. Inside edge has saved him there. Length delivery close to off, Sohail looks to play at it. The ball raps him on the pads, but not before taking a big edge.

End of Over : 35 1 Runs PAK: 90/2
34.6 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Outside off, left alone again for the keeper to collect.

34.5 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Slight spin away from around off, Azhar plants his front foot forward and leaves it alone.

34.4 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Loopy leg break outside off, the right-hander comes forward and pushes it to mid off.

34.3 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Spinning away from outside off, left alone.

34.2 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. A lot of loop on this, just outside off, a mistimed drive finds the cover fielder.

34.1 1

Ish Sodhi to Haris Sohail. Spinning in on leg from a shorter length, Sohail goes back and clips it down to fine leg. Just the single results.

Time for some wrist spin. Ish Sodhi will be bowling for the first time in this Test.

End of Over : 34 1 Runs PAK: 89/2
33.6 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Almost! Could have been bowled. Close one. Boult angles across a length ball close to off, Azhar Ali plays at it, gets an inside edge which just rolls past the off stump. He had no clue where the ball was. Not sure why he was complaining to his partner.

33.5 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Full in length, but too straight in line, allows Ali to get behind the line and pushes it to short mid-wicket.

33.4 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Length delivery on middle and off, plays it off the inner half down on the leg side.

33.3 1

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. Pushes back down the ground, past the bowler and a quick single is taken. Good running.

33.2 0

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. Some movement away and Haris almost falls for it. Lands outside off and shapes away, Sohail initially feels for it but then withdraws from the shot in time.

33.1 0

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Sohail lets it through.

End of Over : 33 1 Runs PAK: 88/2
32.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

32.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Sharp chance. Difficult, but it could have been taken. Looped up on off stump, Ali defends but it lobs just a bit in the air to the right of silly point. Latham there gets low to his right, sticks his hand out but can't get to it.

32.4 1

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Gets a single on this occasion. Rocks on the back foot and turns it away to deep mid-wicket.

32.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Pushes this with hard hands to the cover region. Dot ball.

32.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Flat and short outside off, Haris gives the charge and punches it to mid off.

32.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Quick, flat and short outside off, Sohail backs away and punches it square, but can't beat Williamson at point.

End of Over : 32 0 Runs PAK: 87/2
31.6 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Decent carry. Shaping away from around off, Ali covers the line, raises his bat and lets it go. Maiden over from Boult.

31.5 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Too far outside off, left alone for the keeper to collect.

31.4 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Stays right behind the line and defends it out from inside the crease.

31.3 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Targets the top of off stump with a length ball, Azhar offers a defensive punch to mid off.

31.2 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Just ahead of a length, aiming the off stick, defended back down the track.

31.1 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Not out! Height is the issue. Not a good call from skipper Williamson to opt for the DRS. Another good delivery from Boult, angles it across on off. Hits Azhar Ali on the thigh pad as he goes back to defend. Loud shout goes up, but it's turned down. Kane, after speaking to his bowler and keeper, opts for the DRS. It's taken upstairs and replays show that it's missing off stump. So New Zealand lose a review.

The review has been taken. It's for an lbw decision against Azhar Ali. Height could be an issue though. Let's see...

End of Over : 31 1 Runs PAK: 87/2
30.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Seeing the flight on this, Haris gives the charge and drills it towards mid off. Can't beat the fielder positioned there.

30.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Turning in from outside off, Sohail pads it away. There's a shout for a leg before, but it's too far outside the line. Has to be a bit careful here.

30.4 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Slower and flatter on middle and leg, worked off the back foot in front of square leg for one.

30.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Full and on off, dead-batted in front of him.

30.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Darted down leg, Azhar looks to flick but misses. Watling takes the bails off, thinking the batsman might just drag his back leg out but that doesn't happen.

30.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. From around the wicket, it's spinning away from around off, left alone.

End of Over : 30 1 Runs PAK: 86/2
29.6 1

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Single to end a good over from Trent Boult. Ali taps this a bit square towards cover-point and keeps strike with himself.

29.5 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Fires it full and outside off, Ali looks to jam it out but can't put bat to ball.

29.4 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Dropped! Should have been taken. Oh, dear! Boult bowls it full on the pads, Azhar looks to flick but can't keep it down. Hands a decent chance towards short mid-wicket. Raval leaps, gets his hands to it but can't hold on.

29.3 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Too straight in line, worked in front of square leg.

29.2 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Whoa! This is what some injection of pace does. Good carry for Watling too. Boult pushes this around off, there's some extra bounce on offer as Azhar looks to defend. Gets beaten past the edge.

29.1 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Hurls it across on a fuller length, Azhar Ali plants his front foot forward, covers the line and lets it be.

Trent Boult is brought into the attack.

End of Over : 29 2 Runs PAK: 85/2
28.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Quick, flat and outside off, pushed away on the off side.

28.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Smartly bowled. Seeing Sohail give the charge, Patel pushes this quicker and bowls it short, the southpaw can only push it towards mid on.

28.4 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Turning away from Azhar, he plays with the spin and drives it through the covers for a run.

28.3 1

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. A lot of flight on this occasion, just behind a driving length, worked just wide of mid on for a single.

28.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Quicker delivery spinning in outside off, Haris looks to defend but the ball takes the inside edge and rolls past short leg.

28.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Flatter through the air, spinning in on middle and leg, Sohail off the back foot turns it in front of short leg.

End of Over : 28 4 Runs PAK: 83/2
27.6 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Keeps it on the fuller side, shaping away from around off, blocked with a straight blade in response.

27.5 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. On the sixth stump line, too far away to make Ali play at it.

27.4 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Not much bounce on this occasion, seaming away from outside off, Azhar shoulders his arms to it.

27.3 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Hurled well outside off, no shot offered on that.

27.2 4

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. FOUR! Full, outside off, with some shape away, Azhar Ali leans into the shot and drives it through the gap in the covers for a boundary. Easy pickings for him.

27.1 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Length delivery on the stumps, blocked down in front of short mid-wicket.

End of Over : 27 4 Runs PAK: 79/2
26.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Goes deep inside the crease and then turns the ball with the spin on the leg side. Good comeback from Patel after getting hit for a boundary on the first ball.

26.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Watches the ball as it turns into him and then blocks it down from within the crease.

26.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Short and wide, cut straight to the man at point.

26.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Touch quicker through the air outside off, pushed defensively on the off side.

26.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Excellent follow-up from Ajaz Patel. Pitches it just behind a driving length outside off, it spins in off the rough and takes the inner half. Pops up on the leg side but just wide of short leg.

26.1 4

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. FOUR! Brings up the 50-run stand in style. Not exactly in total control, but it's enough to fetch him a boundary. Sohail gives the charge to this tossed up ball and slogs it off the inner half through the left of mid on to find the fence.

End of Over : 26 0 Runs PAK: 75/2
25.6 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Right through! A maiden from Colin de Grandhomme. He serves it on a length close to off, Azhar walks down the track to negate the movement but it goes past the inside edge and into the keeper's gloves.

25.5 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Little bit of shape away on this as it's landed on off, Azhar Ali blocks by coming half forward.

25.4 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Pitches this in line of the stumps, meets the length ball with the full face of the bat.

25.3 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Outside off on a good length, left alone for the keeper to collect.

25.2 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Hurled down the leg side, Azhar looks to flick it away but misses. Watling collects by moving to his left.

25.1 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Coming in at first but then straightens up a shade, blocked back down the track from the crease.

End of Over : 25 8 Runs PAK: 75/2
24.6 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Spinning away from outside off, on a shorter length, Ali cuts it towards sweeper cover to keep strike.

24.5 3

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Straighter one outside off, full in length, Haris comes forward to defend but it goes off the edge. Rolls to third man and three runs are taken.

24.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Drags his length by a fraction, on off and it spins in. Takes the inside edge and rolls to square leg.

24.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Tosses it up just outside off, it's driven straight to mid off.

24.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Short, flat and quick outside off, punched off the back foot to the covers.

24.1 4

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. FOUR BYES! No bounce on that whatsoever. Despite that ball going for a boundary, it will please Patel. He bowls it wide outside off, it keeps really low and goes through Watling's legs for a boundary.

Ajaz Patel to bowl from the other end.

End of Over : 24 8 Runs PAK: 67/2
23.6 2

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Full delivery on leg, Azhar picks it off his pads and flicks it in front of square leg for a couple of runs. 8 off the first over on Day 2.

23.5 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. On a length once more, in the channel outside off, defended down on the off side.

23.4 3

Colin de Grandhomme to Haris Sohail. Fullish in length, on the stumps, driven well past mid on. Wagner there moves to his left and puts in a dive too, but can't stop it. Three runs result.

23.3 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Haris Sohail. Better line. Good length delivery angling across, just around off, Sohail gets an inside edge as he looks to play it on the off side.

23.2 2

Colin de Grandhomme to Haris Sohail. Straying down the leg side, Haris flicks it neatly through square leg and comes back for the second.

23.1 1

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. First runs of the day for Azhar Ali and Pakistan. It's a length ball on off, Azhar turns it away on the leg side for a single.

The New Zealand players are in a huddle by the boundary line. Kane Williamson with some last-minute words of motivation for his teammates. It's an important session for them. They now spread out across the field. Haris Sohail and Azhar Ali stride out to the middle as well, the latter will take strike. Colin de Grandhomme will start off with the ball. Two slips and a gully in position for him. Here we go...

Pakistan lost both their openers as well towards the end of day's play, but since then, Haris Sohail and Azhar Ali have managed to steady things up. Day 1 was supposed to be a batting paradise, which it still could continue to be in the remaining days, but given how it's panned out, there's no way of telling how today will unfold. Should be exciting either way.

Hello and welcome for Day 2 of what is turning out to be an interesting Test match, for the neutrals at least. Pakistan have their noses somewhat ahead at the moment, but only barely. The opening day saw New Zealand crumble to the lowest-ever first innings total posted on the board in Abu Dhabi, with Kane Williamson the only one rising above the challenge to a good extent. It was a day where 12 wickets fell, and you could say most of them were just gifted to the opposition.

... Second Day, First Session ...

The reason for so many wickets falling today is not because the surface has any demons in it, or that it's unpredictable in nature, but for the simple fact that there's been a lack of application from the batsmen. The Kiwis suffered as a result, and so did the Pakistan openers. Will more of the same be repeated on Day 2? We will see. Join us for all the action at 1000 local (0600 GMT). See you then!

A riveting day of Test cricket. What was supposed to be a flat deck has produced 12 wickets on Day 1. Through all this, it's been a good day overall for Pakistan. They first bowled out New Zealand for 153, which is the lowest 1st innings total at this venue. Every Pakistan bowler chipped in with the wickets barring Hafeez. Williamson was the only one who provided any kind of resistance for the Black Caps with a solid 63, but he too, like the others, threw his wicket away. After that, the hosts came out to bat in the last session and lost both their openers. Sohail and Azhar have shored things after that, ensuring no further damage was done.

End of Over : 23 5 Runs PAK: 59/2
22.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Flighted and full outside off, Sohail presses forward and defends it with gentle hands. That will be Stumps on Day 1!

22.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Loopy full ball on off, turning back in slightly, Haris draws forward and defends.

22.4 2

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Gives this one extra air and serves it very full outside off, Sohail drives it through extra cover for another brace.

22.3 2

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Flatter and shorter on off, Haris rocks back and punches it through covers for a couple of runs.

22.2 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Short this time, wide outside off, Ali cuts it with the spin to covers where Raval makes a diving stop. A single taken.

22.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Beaten! Drifting into the batsman, landing around off and spinning away with extra bounce, Azhar tries defending from the crease but gets beaten.

Last over of the day...

End of Over : 22 6 Runs PAK: 54/2
21.6 4

Neil Wagner to Haris Sohail. FOUR! Just a gentle push and it has gone all the way to the fence. Full and on off, Sohail gives it the straight bat treatment. It finds the sweet spot of his willow and speeds away through mid off for a boundary, beating Raval's valiant effort.

21.5 0

Neil Wagner to Haris Sohail. Digs in a bouncer, around off, Sohail ducks this time.

21.4 0

Neil Wagner to Haris Sohail. Lands it on a length around off, Sohail covers the line and dead bats it from the crease.

21.3 0

Neil Wagner to Haris Sohail. Bouncer around middle, Sohail ducks.

21.2 1

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Short in length and pulled from the crease to deep mid-wicket for a run. 50 comes up for Pakistan!

21.1 1

Neil Wagner to Haris Sohail. Too full in length and around leg, it's clipped through square leg for one.

End of Over : 21 0 Runs PAK: 48/2
20.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Goes quicker through the air this time, around off, Azhar keeps it out to covers.

20.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Slower one, extra loop, landing full on off, it's been pushed off the front foot to covers.

20.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Arm ball, on middle, Azhar gets back and works it off his pads to mid-wicket.

20.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Ali has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

20.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Tossed up ball on off, spinning away a bit, Azhar gets slightly squared up and then defends it to the off side.

20.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. A front foot drive from the bat of Azhar Ali but he finds the cover fielder.

End of Over : 20 1 Runs PAK: 48/2
19.6 1

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Bangs in another short ball, around leg, Ali stands back and pulls it behind square leg for a run.

19.5 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Shortish and on leg, Ali goes on his toes and taps it down towards short leg.

19.4 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Wagner digs in a short ball, around off and angling away, Azhar shows good technique as he drops his wrists and sways away from the line.

19.3 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Bowls it in line of the stumps, on a good length, Azhar stays put and defends it to the off side.

19.2 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. This one is quite harmless, outside off, Ali allows it through.

19.1 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Lands it on a length around off, it's defended off the back foot to the off side.

End of Over : 19 0 Runs PAK: 47/2
18.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Quicker and on off, worked on the leg side but straight to the fielder.

18.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Shout for an lbw! Not given and Kane Williamson decides not to review it. Big spin into the batsman from outside off, this time Haris offers no shot and wears it on his pads. They appeal and the umpire thinks that it has not spun in enough. Kane is seen having a chat with his keeper but then decides not to take the DRS. Good call.

18.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

18.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Floated full ball on off, defended off the front foot.

18.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Walks down the track, nearly yorks himself and just digs it out at the last moment.

18.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Excellent delivery. Landing outside off and breaking back into the batsman, Haris watchfully lets it through.

5 more overs left in the day's play. Ajaz Patel to continue...

End of Over : 18 1 Runs PAK: 47/2
17.6 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. This one is angled away from the batsman outside off, an easy leave for Azhar again.

17.5 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Bouncer around leg, Azhar ducks underneath it comfortably.

17.4 1

Neil Wagner to Haris Sohail. A touch short and around off, Sohail uses his wrists to play it in the gap at mid-wicket for a quick single.

17.3 0

Neil Wagner to Haris Sohail. Angling into the batsman, on a full length again, solidly defended.

17.2 0

Neil Wagner to Haris Sohail. Fullish and on middle, Sohail pushes it down to mid off with a straight bat.

17.1 0

Neil Wagner to Haris Sohail. Right on the money first ball. Full and around off, angling in, Sohail brings down a straight bat in defense.

Neil Wagner is introduced into the attack. Watch out for his pace and length. He can be quite intimidating at times.

End of Over : 17 5 Runs PAK: 46/2
16.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Arm ball this time. It skids on with the angle after landing around off, Ali goes deep inside the crease and defends it back at the last moment.

16.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Tossed up ball on off, defended off the front foot to covers.

16.4 2

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Spinning away from the batsman, Azhar drives it through covers and collects a couple of runs.

16.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Presses forward to a full ball and blocks it safely.

16.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Slower through the air, some extra loop on this one as it lands full around off, Azhar Ali defends it from the inner half of the bat to mid-wicket.

16.1 3

Ajaz Patel to Haris Sohail. Flatter through the air, around off, Haris Sohail camps back and punches it through backward point for three runs.

End of Over : 16 0 Runs PAK: 41/2
15.6 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.

15.5 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Variable bounce on this occasion. Azhar makes the leave outside off and it doesn't carry to the keeper.

15.4 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Fullish and on middle, pushed down the ground but straight to mid on.

15.3 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. An inswinger this time, landing outside off and shaping back in, Ali takes a stride forward to cover the line and then makes a leave.

15.2 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. On a length and wide outside off, shaping away, Azhar shoulders arms.

15.1 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Fullish and on off, Azhar defends it by getting forward and across. Extended spell this for Colin, into his 8th over now.

End of Over : 15 1 Runs PAK: 41/2
14.6 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Rocks back to a short ball and punches it towards cover-point for one.

14.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Strides forward to a full ball and drives it firmly through the line. The silly point fielder jumps to make way and it goes straight to the cover fielder.

14.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Walks down the track and is deceived in flight a bit. Ali does well eventually to block it out safely past silly point.

14.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Slower through the air, full and on off, Ali once again blocks it off his front foot.

14.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Flighted full ball on off, Ali defends it by getting forward.

14.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Flat and short on off, Azhar cracks it off his back foot but finds the point fielder.

End of Over : 14 0 Runs PAK: 40/2
13.6 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Haris Sohail. Once again Sohail keeps his composure and allows a length ball through to the keeper. Maiden!

13.5 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Haris Sohail. A length delivery outside off, make it fourth leave in a row.

13.4 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Haris Sohail. Another comfortable leave outside the off stump by Haris.

13.3 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Haris Sohail. Once again playing on the patience of the batsman. Keeping it in the channel outside off and inviting the batsman to go after it. Sohail is watchful so far.

13.2 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Haris Sohail. Fuller in length and outside off, left alone by Haris.

13.1 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Haris Sohail. Lands it on a full length around off, Sohail defends it from the crease to the off side.

End of Over : 13 2 Runs PAK: 40/2
12.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Tossed up ball on middle, spinning away on landing, Azhar pushes his weight on the back foot and defends it down.

12.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Fuller and on off, defended back to the bowler off the front foot.

12.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Identical to the last delivery, this time Ali pushes it with an angled bat to covers.

12.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Full and around off, drifting in and spinning away, Ali defends it off his front foot.

12.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Tossed up ball around off, spinning away after landing, Ali allows it through to the keeper.

12.1 2

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Floated delivery to begin with but he lands it too full around off, Azhar leans forward and drives it through covers for a couple of runs.

Debutant in action. Ajaz Patel has the ball in his hand.

End of Over : 12 4 Runs PAK: 38/2
11.6 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Haris Sohail. Fullish and around off, Sohail slices his attempted drive to point where Henry misfields again. No run taken though.

11.5 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Haris Sohail. Oohhh...that's unplayable! Colin pitches it on a length around middle and off, Haris tries to defend it with a straight bat but it nips away at the last moment to beat his bat. Must say, I was critical of his bowling initially but Colin has now settled into a nice rhythm.

11.4 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Haris Sohail. Third left alone in a row. He has been very watchful to deliveries outside the off stump and punishing everything in line of the stumps.

11.3 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Haris Sohail. Another gentle delivery in the zone outside off, left alone.

11.2 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Haris Sohail. Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.

11.1 4

Colin de Grandhomme to Haris Sohail. FOUR! And again! Second gorgeous drive from Sohail's bat in no time. Colin overpitches in line of the stumps, Haris strides forward and with a lovely followthrough of the bat, he nails his straight drive.

End of Over : 11 5 Runs PAK: 34/2
10.6 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Beaten all ends up! Boult hurls across a length delivery on middle and off, angling away, Ali pushes inside the line without any footwork and gets beaten comprehensively.

10.5 1

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. Back of a length delivery on off, it's punched off the back foot to point where Nicholls misfields and allows a single.

10.4 4

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. FOUR! Beautiful shot. Wonderful way to get off the mark. Full and straight from Boult, Haris Sohail offers a straight bat in response as he drives it back down the ground. No stopping that one, the timing is that good.

10.3 0

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. Holding its line outside off, on a length, left alone.

10.2 0

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. Back of a length delivery coming in from around off, Sohail covers the line and blocks well.

10.1 0

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. Lands it on a length outside off, holding its line, Sohail allows it through to the keeper.

End of Over : 10 2 Runs PAK: 29/2
9.6 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. A length delivery on leg, Ali defends it off his pads to the leg side.

9.5 2

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Bowls it outside off, getting it to shape away, Azhar leans and drives it through cover-point for a couple.

9.4 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Lands it fuller and on off, Ali gets forward with a vertical bat and defends it safely.

9.3 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Full and angling in on off, some movement in the air, Azhar strides forward and blocks it solidly.

9.2 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.

9.1 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Shortish and outside off, Ali shoulders arms.

End of Over : 9 0 Runs PAK: 27/2
8.6 0

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. Another wicket maiden, back-to-back for New Zealand!

8.5 0

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. Sohail has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

8.4 0

Trent Boult to Haris Sohail. Back of a length delivery outside off, some extra bounce, Sohail defends it off his back foot. The floodlights are switched on.

Drinks break. Meanwhile, Haris Sohail is the number 4 batsman.

8.3 W

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. OUT! Wow, another false shot and another wicket! I'm telling you, it doesn't matter how good or bad the pitch is, if you cannot show application, you won't succeed. We saw that with the Kiwis and now we are seeing the same with Pakistan. Boult bangs in a short delivery around off, angling away, Hafeez stands tall to pull it over the leg side, middles his shot as well but straight into the hands of Williamson at short mid-wicket. Idea was right, not the execution. The Kiwis are delighted. They are ahead by 126 runs.

8.2 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Boult serves it way wide outside off, Hafeez has nothing to do with it.

8.1 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Good length delivery on off, angling away from the batsman, Hafeez stays put inside the crease and shoulders arms.

End of Over : 8 0 Runs PAK: 27/1
7.6 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. End of a successful over for New Zealand, a wicket maiden!

7.5 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Loose, very loose by Azhar. Colin delivers an outswinger outside off, you should be leaving those early in the innings but Ali is tempted into the shot. Has a lazy waft at it and misses.

7.4 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Azhar Ali. Ali has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

Azhar Ali is the number 3 batsman.

7.3 W

Colin de Grandhomme to Imam-ul-Haq. OUT! Caught at gully! Can you believe it, Colin de Grandhomme has successfully managed to play on the patience of the batsman. He keeps probing in the area outside off and this time Imam is lured into a drive away from his body. Fails to middle his shot properly and it flies off the outside edge to gully. Kane Williamson can take these catches even in his sleep. 11th wicket of the day on a pitch which looked like a batting beauty.

7.2 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Imam-ul-Haq. In the channel wide outside off, another easy leave.

7.1 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Imam-ul-Haq. Gentle harmless delivery, outside off and angling away, Imam covers his stumps and leaves it alone. All too easy against Colin de Grandhomme. In a way, the Kiwis are wasting the new nut. Should get in Wagner.

End of Over : 7 5 Runs PAK: 27/0
6.6 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Nearly chops it on! A delivery around off, angling away, Hafeez pushes at it tamely from the crease and gets an inside edge onto the pads. Nervy moment.

6.5 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Returns to over the wicket and angles across a good length delivery on off. Hafeez goes on the back foot and defends it to the off side.

6.4 4

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. FOUR! Nice, very nice. Beautiful timing, elegant looking shot. As soon as Boult serves it full and outside off, Hafeez takes his front leg forward and creams it through covers. Two fielders were after it but the ball wins the race.

6.3 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Length ball on off, Hafeez defends it off his back foot.

6.2 1

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Good movement this time. Nipping back in from a fuller length around off, Imam leans across a bit and bunts it wide of mid on for a brisk single.

6.1 0

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Fuller in length and on off, Imam covers the movement and pushes it down to mid on.

End of Over : 6 3 Runs PAK: 22/0
5.6 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

5.5 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. In the corridor of uncertainty, Hafeez chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.

5.4 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. Uppish but safe! Colin slants in a length ball on middle, Hafeez is early into the flick shot and hence fails to keep it down. It falls in front of Sodhi at mid-wicket, luckily for Hafeez.

5.3 1

Colin de Grandhomme to Imam-ul-Haq. Fuller in line of the stumps, Imam plays it with soft hands to mid on and scampers across for a quick single.

5.2 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Imam-ul-Haq. In the channel outside off, Imam allows it through to the keeper.

5.1 2

Colin de Grandhomme to Imam-ul-Haq. Angling away from the batsman, outside off, Imam opens the face and plays it down through backward point for a couple of runs.

End of Over : 5 1 Runs PAK: 19/0
4.6 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Serves an inswinger, lands it wide outside off on a length, Hafeez takes a stride forward to cover the line and then shoulders arms.

4.5 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Shortish on middle, tucked off the pads to square leg.

4.4 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Angles in a good length ball on off, from 'round the wicket, Hafeez blocks it off his back foot.

4.3 1

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Another inswinger for the southpaw, Imam fails to flick and is hit high on the pads. It deflects to square leg and they steal a leg bye.

4.2 0

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Fullish and on middle, Imam pushes it down towards mid on. More of a check shot.

4.1 0

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Shout for an lbw! But it dies down immediately after seeing the umpire shake his head. Boult hurls in an inswinger, landing around off and sliding down leg, Imam fails to keep it out with a close-faced bat and is hit on the pads. Missing leg.

End of Over : 4 8 Runs PAK: 18/0
3.6 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. Shaping away from the batsman, too wide outside off, Hafeez has nothing to do with it.

3.5 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. Colin feeling the pressure. Slips a length ball down the leg side this time, Hafeez lets it be and Watling collects it by diving to his left.

3.4 4

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. FOUR! Really substandard bowling. New Zealand will be already missing Southee here. Short and wide outside off, Hafeez camps back and slaps it square of the wicket on the off side for another boundary.

3.3 4

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. FOUR! Don't bowl there to this batsman! De Grandhomme, in particular, cannot afford to bowl there at his pace. A juicy delivery, full and wide outside off, Hafeez takes into account the away movement and thumps his drive through covers.

3.2 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. Wicket to wicket line, the length is fuller and there is some inward movement. Hafeez turns it at the last moment to mid-wicket.

3.1 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. Good length delivery on off, no real pace again, it's easily negotiated from the back foot by Hafeez.

End of Over : 3 8 Runs PAK: 10/0
2.6 1

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Sharp movement back into the batsman from around off, Hafeez closes the face of the bat and helps it to fine leg for one.

2.5 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Fuller in length on off, Hafeez defends it by remaining inside the crease.

2.4 4

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. FOUR! Boult switches to 'round the wicket and serves a good length delivery outside off. It moves back in with the angle and Hafeez just gives it a push with an open face of his bat. Manages to time and place his shot through backward point for a boundary.

2.3 2

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Smartly played! Boult angles across a length delivery outside off, Hafeez prods forward with an angled bat and pushes it past the point fielder for a couple of runs.

2.2 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Fullish and on off, Hafeez blocks it by getting half-forward.

2.1 1

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Wrong line, sliding down the leg side, Imam picks it up off his pads and nudges it to long leg for a run.

End of Over : 2 0 Runs PAK: 2/0
1.6 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. Fuller in length and around off again, Hafeez strides forward and pushes it with an angled bat to covers.

1.5 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. An inswinger on this occasion but no real pace. It lands outside off and has been easily left alone.

1.4 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. Again it's a pitched up delivery around off, Hafeez brings his bat down and pushes it firmly to mid off.

1.3 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. This time Colin bowls it closer to the off stump line, it's fuller in length and there to be driven but Hafeez is watchful at the moment and allows it to go through.

1.2 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. Hint of away movement after it lands on a length outside off, Hafeez offers no shot and lets it be.

1.1 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. A gentle delivery, shortish and on off, punched off the back foot but straight to the fielder at cover-point.

Colin de Grandhomme to share the red cherry from the other end.

End of Over : 1 2 Runs PAK: 2/0
0.6 0

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Bowls it on a good length and outside off, Imam shoulders arms to complete the over.

0.5 0

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Puts in a length ball on off, angling in, Imam is solidly behind the line in defense.

0.4 0

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Shortish and on off, punched off the back foot but straight in the direction of the cover fielder.

0.3 0

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Angles in a length ball on middle, getting it to straighten, Imam covers the line and blocks it safely.

0.2 1

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. This time Trent lands it on a length around leg, Hafeez clips it off his pads to fine leg for a run. Both the openers are off the mark.

0.1 1

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Boult starts the innings with a shortish delivery around off, Imam goes back and taps it down in the cover region for a run.

End of Over : 100.4 NZ: 249/10

The target is not a big one and with the wicket still a good one to bat on, Pakistan are expected to chase this down. Will they do so or do New Zealand have some fight left in them? We won't know that today but we surely will get some idea about which way the game is heading. 10 exciting overs left in the day. Join us in a while to catch the action.

New Zealand went into their second innings with a trail of 74, they got off to the worst starts possible as they lost Latham early. Kane and Raval did try and steady the ship but a few quick wickets saw the visitors reeling at 108 for 4. However, a magnificent partnership between Nicholls and Watling brought the tourists back into the game. Pakistan though came out all guns blazing after the Tea break and now are favorites to win this game.

From 220 for 4, New Zealand have been bowled out for 249. They had no answers to Yasir Shah and he finished with a fifer. Hasan Ali started things off for Pakistan and he was the one who ended it. He too bagged a fifer to his name. The two shared 10-wickets amongst them.

What a session this has been till now for Pakistan, they have ran through the lower-order in no time and now the advantage is with them as they only have to chase down 176. Nicholls and Watling were cruising, the two added a 112-run stand with both crossing their half centuries. They were batting with no problem whatsoever but then Yasir Shah came to life. He got Nicholls first and that brought about the downfall.

100.4 W

Hasan Ali to Trent Boult. Yes! He can! Five-fer for Hasan Ali! His first ever in Test cricket. Pakistan have wrapped up things in style. Hasan bangs it short on off, Boult looks to pulls this but is very late in doing so. He then checks his shot and the ball takes a top edge and balloons towards short covers. Hafeez won't take a simpler catch ever. Five wickets for Yasir and Hasan. Who gets the ball? New Zealand all out for 249 and set Pakistan a target of 176.

100.3 0

Hasan Ali to Trent Boult. Almost gets it! Hasan Ali bowls it on a length around off, it pitches and comes back in. Boult tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.

Trent Boult is the last man in.

100.2 W

Hasan Ali to Ish Sodhi. OUT! Knocked over! No. 9 is down now. A length delivery around off, it comes back sharply. Sodhi maybe expecting a short is one is rooted to the crease. He tries to keep it out but misses and the ball clips the bails. 4-fer for Hasan Ali. He has 4 balls to take a 5-fer.

100.1 1

Hasan Ali to Ajaz Patel. Works it with the angle towards mid on for a run.

End of Over : 100 2 Runs NZ: 248/8
99.6 0

Yasir Shah to Ish Sodhi. Outside off and beaten again, the batsman fails to put bat on ball.

99.5 0

Yasir Shah to Ish Sodhi. Almost bowled, Sodhi goes for the defense but the ball turns sharply and beats the bat as well as the off stump. Great bowling by Yasir!

99.4 0

Yasir Shah to Ish Sodhi. Darted in on off stump, Sodhi tries to defend but gets a thick edge that runs to point.

99.3 0

Yasir Shah to Ish Sodhi. Wide outside off, Sodhi plays the square drive towards point.

99.2 1

Yasir Shah to Ajaz Patel. Around the wicket to the leftie, Ajaz goes for the huge one. The ball goes in the air and the gap as well. Deep square leg comes around to stop the ball as the batsmen run only one.

99.1 1

Yasir Shah to Ish Sodhi. Fuller and outside off, Sodhi drives to sweeper cover for a single.

End of Over : 99 4 Runs NZ: 246/8
98.6 0

Hasan Ali to Ajaz Patel. Beaten comprehensively outside off! The ball was full and moves away after landing. Ajaz plays completely down the wrong line to this.

98.5 0

Hasan Ali to Ajaz Patel. Good ball on top of the off pole, Ajaz defends it but gets the inside edge onto the pad and the ball rolls onto the ground on the leg side.

98.4 1

Hasan Ali to Ish Sodhi. Fuller and drifting onto the pads, Sodhi tucks it behind square leg for a single.

98.3 3

Hasan Ali to Ajaz Patel. Same ball again but this time Ajaz connects it and gets it in the gap and runs it down to third man for three runs. All valuable runs.

98.2 0

Hasan Ali to Ajaz Patel. Shorter in length this time, Ajaz is fishing for it outside off and is lucky not to get an edge.

98.1 0

Hasan Ali to Ajaz Patel. Around the wicket and beats the outside edge! On a good length and shaping away after landing, Ajaz wants to defend but misses it.

Hasan Ali is back on.

End of Over : 98 6 Runs NZ: 242/8
97.6 0

Yasir Shah to Ish Sodhi. On the shorter side and outside off, Sodhi looks to cut but gets a bottom edge towards point.

97.5 0

Yasir Shah to Ish Sodhi. BEATEN! This is nicely tossed up around off, drawing the batsman onto the front foot. Sodhi leans and tries to drive but the ball whizzes past the outside edge.

97.4 4

Yasir Shah to Ish Sodhi. FOUR! Up and over! These are handy runs for New Zealand. Sodhi brings out the slog sweep again, hits it over the mid-wicket region and into the fence.

97.3 1

Yasir Shah to Ajaz Patel. A big swing to a tossed up ball outside off, Patel swings goes for the slog sweep but it goes off the inner half through mid-wicket for a run.

97.2 0

Yasir Shah to Ajaz Patel. The googly on middle, Patel keeps it out.

97.1 1

Yasir Shah to Ish Sodhi. This is timed through covers for a run.

End of Over : 97 0 Runs NZ: 236/8
96.6 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. This one bounces a bit more than normal and misses the bat as Ajaz looks to defend. It hits the pad high on the knee roll so there was not much of an appeal.

96.5 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Drawn ahead by the flight on this one, but Patel manages to defend it with full face of the bat being shown.

96.4 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Shorter and quicker on middle, the batsman has defended it by covering the spin on this one.

96.3 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Falls just wide of short leg! This one is again full and outside off, turns in a long way to take the inside edge and the ball drops away from short leg luckily for Ajaz.

96.2 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. This one is a carbon copy of the previous ball, and Ajaz does well to defend it off the middle of the bat.

96.1 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Full and outside off, Ajaz has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

End of Over : 96 8 Runs NZ: 236/8
95.6 0

Yasir Shah to Ish Sodhi. Flatter on middle, punched back to the bowler.

95.5 0

Yasir Shah to Ish Sodhi. This is really full, almost yorker length. Sodhi just manages to keep it out.

95.4 0

Yasir Shah to Ish Sodhi. Shorter and outside off, it is played to the point region by the batsman.

95.3 2

Yasir Shah to Ish Sodhi. Some finesse after the slog. Sodhi gets outside the line of the ball and paddles it fine on the leg side for a couple.

95.2 6

Yasir Shah to Ish Sodhi. SIX! Overpitched and on middle, Sodhi gets under it and lofts it over deep mid-wicket for a huge one. Every run is important here. Beautiful connection on this one though.

95.1 0

Yasir Shah to Ish Sodhi. Flatter and outside off, Sodhi tries to cut but misses the ball.

End of Over : 95 1 Runs NZ: 228/8
94.6 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Floated ball outside off, driven to covers. 228/8.

94.5 0

Haris Sohail to Ajaz Patel. Arm ball on off, tucked around the corner. Dot ball.

94.4 1

Haris Sohail to Ish Sodhi. Gives this air on the pads of Sodhi. He turns it away getting an inside edge to the on side. They cross.

94.3 0

Haris Sohail to Ish Sodhi. Short and over the stumps, can't get it past the point region.

94.2 0

Haris Sohail to Ish Sodhi. Tossed up ball around off, once again hit back to the bowler.

94.1 0

Haris Sohail to Ish Sodhi. Full and down leg, played with a straight bat back to the bowler.

Ajaz Patel is the new man in.

End of Over : 94 0 Runs NZ: 227/8
93.6 W

Yasir Shah to Neil Wagner. OUT! TIMBER! What a peach! They're falling like nine pins now! Beautifully tossed up outside off and Yasir has given this ball revs. It pitches and then turns in a long way. Wagner tries to defend with a lunge but with a gaping hole between bat and pad. The ball goes through after spinning a crazy amount and hits the off pole. Fifer for Yasir Shah, his 14th in Test cricket! He has completely turned the game on its head.

93.5 0

Yasir Shah to Neil Wagner. This ball is on middle and holds its line and bounces a bit more as Wagner defends off the back foot.

93.4 0

Yasir Shah to Neil Wagner. This one is on middle and leg and straightens a bit after landing. Wagner keeps it out.

93.3 0

Yasir Shah to Neil Wagner. Full and outside off, Wagner is half ahead in defense.

Drinks Break! Meanwhile Neil Wagner joins Sodhi out in the middle.

93.2 W

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. OUT! Another one bites the dust! All it needed was a wicket and now Pakistan are electric. 1, 2 and now 3 wickets for Yasir in three overs. This was dragged down a bit. Watling rocks back to pull it but gets but the ball stays a touch low. Goes under the bat and hits him on the thigh pad. The players put in an appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Both the set batsmen are now back in the hut. Pakistan would now look to run through the lower order.

93.1 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Loopy ball around off, Watling taps it to the on side.

End of Over : 93 3 Runs NZ: 227/6
92.6 0

Haris Sohail to Ish Sodhi. Shorter and on off stump, Sodhi remains in his crease as he defends it.

92.5 0

Haris Sohail to Ish Sodhi. Full face of the bat as Sodhi defends it back to the bowler.

92.4 0

Haris Sohail to Ish Sodhi. Full and on off now, Sodhi comes ahead and defends it.

92.3 2

Haris Sohail to Ish Sodhi. Down the leg side again, Sodhi plays it fine on the leg side. The ball is stopped just inside the boundary and the batsmen pick up two.

92.2 0

Haris Sohail to Ish Sodhi. Sprayed way down the leg side. Sarfraz does well to bring his pads together and stop any byes.

92.1 1

Haris Sohail to BJ Watling. Fuller and on middle, Watling goes down and sweeps it fine on the leg side for a single.

Haris Sohail back on now.

End of Over : 92 2 Runs NZ: 224/6
91.6 0

Yasir Shah to Ish Sodhi. Things are really happening now ! This one lands on middle and rips away at the last moment to beat the outside edge of Sodhi who is front in defense.

91.5 W

Yasir Shah to Colin de Grandhomme. OUT! Grandhomme has reviewed here, he has been given LBW and Hawk Eye returns three reds. A waste of a review by Grandhomme. That was absolutely plumb. He bags another failure and New Zealand have now lost two in quick succession. This one is pitched on middle and turns to hold its line. Grandhomme is on the back foot and wants to flick it away to the leg side but misses and the ball hits him bang in front of middle on the back pad. The players appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Grandhomme reviews but to no avail. The visitors now have lost both their reviews and are also losing their way now.

91.4 0

Yasir Shah to Colin de Grandhomme. Goes for the sweep shot but misses.

91.3 0

Yasir Shah to Colin de Grandhomme. On the middle pole, it is flicked to mid-wicket.

It was at this period of time yesterday that the light started to get a bit dim. Let's hope we get a full day of proper cricket.

Colin de Grandhomme now needs to be more watchful. Has to stick around with his partner and see out as much as the day possible.

91.2 0

Yasir Shah to Colin de Grandhomme. Another inside edge! This time it was full and on middle, Watling comes ahead to defend and there is too little turn on this one. The ball gets the inside edge and rolls to the left of short leg.

91.1 2

Yasir Shah to Colin de Grandhomme. That was a close shave! The ball is flat and outside off, Grandhomme looks to drive it on the back foot, but gets the inside edge that misses the leg stump by a whisker and runs down to fine leg for a run. The lead is now 150!

End of Over : 91 2 Runs NZ: 222/5
90.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. In the corridor of uncertainty, it is blocked.

90.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Back of a length around off, Watling gets right behind the line and defends it onto the ground.

90.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. On the off pole, the batsman is solid in defense.

90.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Good length outside off, Watling makes a leave.

90.2 1

Mohammad Abbas to Colin de Grandhomme. A little away movement there after it pitches on middle, de Grandhomme tries to put bat on ball but gets a leading edge towards mid off. The fielder there has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses.

90.1 1

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. This is on the pads, it is worked through square leg for a run.

End of Over : 90 1 Runs NZ: 220/5
89.6 0

Yasir Shah to Colin de Grandhomme. Wider outside off on a short length, Grandhomme punches it to cover off the back foot.

89.5 0

Yasir Shah to Colin de Grandhomme. Flatter ball on off, Grandhomme shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the backfoot.

Colin de Grandhomme is the new man in.

89.4 W

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. OUT! Yasir strikes! A huge breakthrough for Pakistan! Nicholls has been sweeping well all innings but this one is a tad too full outside off to play the shot. It kisses the under edge and Sarfraz takes a wonderful catch. He goes up in an appeal immediately and the umpire raises his finger. Henry however, reviews after a chat with his partner. Replays show that there is an under edge. Nicholls has been given his marching orders. Pakistan get one of the two well-set batsman and this should pump them up, their shoulders were starting to drop. End of the 112-run stand and the visitors now have half the side back in the hut. They are effectively 146 for 5.

Big moment in the game! Nicholls has been given out caught behind. He though has reviewed.

89.3 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Full and outside off, Nicholls smothers it by coming well ahead.

89.2 1

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Drifting onto the pads with a flatter one, Watling tucks it around the corner on the leg side for a single.

89.1 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Shorter and on off stump, Watling goes on the back foot and plays it to mid on.

End of Over : 89 2 Runs NZ: 219/4
88.6 2

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Dug in short. Nicholls is ready for it and pulls it away to deep square leg for 2 runs.

88.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. A tad fuller this time, Nicholls drives to mid off who dives and stops the ball.

88.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Similar delivery and similarly defended again.

88.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Outside off on a length again, HN plays it into the ground.

88.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Sprayed down the off side, Nicholls just leaves it alone.

88.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Good length and on off stump, Nicholls defends with ease.

End of Over : 88 6 Runs NZ: 217/4
87.6 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Full and on the pads again, poor bowling. Watling flicks it straight to short mid-wicket though.

87.5 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. On leg stump again, Watling guides it to short mid-wicket.

87.4 1

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Shortens the length and turns it into the pads, Nicholls plays it toward deep square leg for a run.

87.3 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Around the wicket to the leftie, pitches it wide outside off. Nicholls comes ahead and defends.

87.2 3

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Short and flat outside off, cut away behind point for three runs.

87.1 2

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. On the pads to start off with, Watling works it towards square leg for a couple.

Yasir Shah is into the attack now.

End of Over : 87 0 Runs NZ: 211/4
86.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Length ball outside off, cut away to point. Maiden over.

86.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Bowls this full on that fourth stump channel in search of swing. Nicholls drives it to covers.

86.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Down leg, Nicholls hops a tad and tucks it to the on side.

86.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Good length ball away from the off pole. Henry leaves it alone. No swing here and the new ball hasn't done much.

86.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. On the money is Abbas. Henry is happy to defend it.

86.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. On a good length down leg, Nicholls tucks it away.

End of Over : 86 8 Runs NZ: 211/4
85.6 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. This is on good length, Watling comes half forward and defends it easily.

85.5 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Short and on off stump, Watling stands tall and defends it.

85.4 4

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. FOUR! Beautiful timing on this occasion towards the mid-wicket fence. It brings up BJ Watling's 15th fifty in Tests. It has been a wonderful innings with a lot of application. The Kiwi wicket-keeper has a knack of playing these grinding innings in pressure situations and here he is again with one more. Coming to the delivery, it was full and on the pads. Easy pickings for someone who's been at the crease for this long. Flicks it away. This also brings up the 100-run stand between these two. What a partnership it has been, taking the game slowly away from Pakistan's grip.

85.3 2

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Good length and on the pads, Watling flicks it towards mid-wicket for a couple.

85.2 1

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Full and at the pads, Nicholls has flicked the ball off his pads towards fine leg. One run added to the total.

85.1 1

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Good length outside off, Watling tries to guide it between third slip and gully. They run through for a quick one and Babar Azam has a shy at the striker's end. Hasan Ali backs up the wayward throw in time and prevents overthrows.

End of Over : 85 0 Runs NZ: 203/4
84.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Similar length and holds its line after pitching, Nicholls is well ahead and punches it to mid off.

84.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. A tad wider this time, Nicholls leaves it alone as it moves away after landing.

84.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Around the wicket, good length and just outside off. Nicholls defends it to mid-wicket.

84.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Length ball on top of off, Nicholls defends it straight back to the bowler.

84.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Close! This one is full and on middle, Nicholls looks to play it toward mid on but gets the leading edge that runs along the ground to backward point.

84.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Good length ball just outside off, Nicholls defends it coming half ahead.

End of Over : 84 1 Runs NZ: 203/4
83.6 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Good length ball on middle, slightly moving away after landing. Watling adjusts well to the swing and plays it down towards point.

83.5 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. This one moves away after landing, Watling doesn't go chasing after it though.

83.4 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Outside off and on a good length, Watling lets it go through to the keeper.

83.3 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Another bouncer but the ball didn't rise as much as the previous one. BJ ducks under it.

83.2 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Short again but on top of off stump, Watling remains on his back foot to defend.

83.1 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. This one is short and outside off, Watling defends it off the back foot.

83.1 wd

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Wide! Too high. Bouncer and aimed at the helmet, Watling ducks and lets it go. The leg umpire signals it as Wide.

End of Over : 83 0 Runs NZ: 202/4
82.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Pitched slightly ahead on this occasion, Nicholls comes ahead and defends.

82.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Short of a good length and just outside off, Nicholls defends it from within the crease.

82.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Down the leg side and short, Nicholls wants to flick it away but the ball was too far away and thus, lets it go.

82.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. This one is on middle and worked down to square leg but no run.

82.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Huge appeal from Pakistan! Was it the outside edge or the thigh pad? The ball was a really good one and Nicholls was completely squared up by this one. Good length just outside off and the batsman was ahead to defend it but the ball just shapes away very slightly. There is a noise as the ball passes the bat. Ultra Edge shows that the noise was of the bat hitting the pad as it comes down.

82.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Good ball on a length outside off, Nicholls leaves it watchfully.

End of Over : 82 1 Runs NZ: 202/4
81.6 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Way outside off stump again, Watling wants nothing to do with it.

81.5 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. This one is well outside off, the ball is left alone by Watling.

81.4 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Good length outside off, rock solid in defense again.

81.3 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Fuller this time, Watling wants to drive it through the covers but gets the inside half of the bat and the ball runs down to mid on.

81.2 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Good length well outside off, slightly shaping in, left alone.

81.2 1

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. No ball! Overstepping by Hasan Ali! Quite a big one at that. The ball was short and outside off, defended on the back foot.

81.1 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Good length on off stump, Watling comes ahead to defend it.

Hasan Ali to bowl from the other end.

End of Over : 81 1 Runs NZ: 201/4
80.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Just short of a good length on top of off stump, Nicholls punches it off the back foot to mid on.

80.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Outside off on a length, Nicholls lets it go through.

80.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Over the wicket now. Starts off on leg stick, Nicholls defends back to the bowler off the back foot.

Abbas pulls up! He comes running in from over the wicket but then sees the batsman standing in the wrong position so bails out. The umpire then asks the batsman to change ends and we are all set to go now.

The second new ball has been taken now. Will it provide Pakistan the breakthrough they are looking for?

80.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Length ball outside off, Nicholls is half forward in defense.

80.2 1

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Slightly fuller and angling in on middle, tucked away behind square leg for a run by Watling.

80.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Good length and a tad outside off, Watling shoulders his arms to it.

The players are back on the field for the final session of play. 33 overs to be bowled in the remainder of the day. BJ Watling to face the first ball after the break. Mohammad Abbas to start off the proceedings. Here we go...

... Day 3, Session 3 ...

New Zealand's session and comprehensively so! There has not been a single wicket to fall in this session and even chances were far and few. Watling and Nicholls have blunted the threat of the spinners and have looked very comfortable out there in the middle. The unbeaten 92-run stand couldn't have come at a better time but there is so much time left in the Test and the pitch seems to have really eased out, so it is imperative for them to continue. Will they or will Pakistan break the stand with the new ball which is available now? Join us in a bit for the last session!

End of Over : 80 1 Runs NZ: 200/4
79.6 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Changes the angle for the last ball! He floats it up middle, it is blocked well. TEA ON DAY 3!

79.5 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Very full on middle, Nicholls jams it out to short leg.

79.4 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Gives it a nice loop around off, it spins in. Nicholls tries to defend but the ball goes off the inner half towards short leg.

79.3 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Floats it up on off, it is blocked.

79.2 1

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Down the leg side, it is flicked towards deep square leg for a run. 200 up and the lead is now 126.

79.1 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. This is tossed up on off, Watling strokes it to mid off.

End of Over : 79 0 Runs NZ: 199/4
78.6 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Henry Nicholls. Bowled short and on off stump, Nicholls rocks back and attempts to cut it away. He just manages to get the under edge and the ball rolls down to the fielder at point.

78.5 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Henry Nicholls. Flatter and quicker on middle, Nicholls prods ahead to dead bat this one.

78.4 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Henry Nicholls. Shorter this time outside off, punched away straight to extra cover. Azhar Ali stumbles and falls down while fielding it. It doesn't cost a run though.

78.3 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Henry Nicholls. Well outside off on a length and turning away, left alone.

78.2 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Henry Nicholls. Flighted and the ball is almost on yorker length, Nicholls digs it out.

78.1 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Henry Nicholls. Well looped up delivery on middle, Nicholls brings his bat in front of the pad and defends.

End of Over : 78 1 Runs NZ: 199/4
77.6 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. This is on the stumps. Blocked.

77.5 1

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Goes back and then punches it through covers for a run.

77.4 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Quicker and on off, it is defended.

77.3 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. This is tossed up outside off, Nicholls tries to drive but gets it off the inner half towards the bowler.

77.2 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

77.1 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. This is down the leg side, the batter works it to short fine leg.

End of Over : 77 3 Runs NZ: 198/4
76.6 0

Mohammad Hafeez to BJ Watling. Length ball on middle to which Watling comes down the wicket and plays it to mid on. No run taken though.

76.5 0

Mohammad Hafeez to BJ Watling. Similar ball slightly wider this time, Watling prods forward and defends it into the ground.

76.4 0

Mohammad Hafeez to BJ Watling. Fuller and on off, kept out by Watling coming ahead.

76.3 1

Mohammad Hafeez to Henry Nicholls. Fifty up for Nicholls! The ball is on the pads and is worked behind square on the leg side. They pick up a single and it brings up the 6th Test 50 for Nicholls. This is a really important innings in the context of the game. The key has been his patience. He walked in when his team was in a lot of trouble and has batted very sensibly to reach here. Must carry on though.

76.2 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Henry Nicholls. Shorter in length this time, Nicholls defends off the back foot.

76.1 2

Mohammad Hafeez to Henry Nicholls. Immediately paid off! Leading edge and just goes above Hafeez's head. The ball was on length and turned away after landing. Nicholls closed the face of the bat too soon and gets the leading edge but his luck is good today and survives. The ball runs to the left of mid off and the batsmen come back for two.

Mohammad Hafeez is now on.

End of Over : 76 1 Runs NZ: 195/4
75.6 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Clever bowling! It is the slider after the last ball which turned. Watling though plays for the original trajectory and keeps it out.

75.5 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. BEATEN! This is flighted on off, it pitches on off and then turns square. The batter lunges to keep it out but is beaten by the spin.

75.4 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Loopy ball on leg stump, the batsman plays it onto the ground.

75.3 1

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. This is given nice amount of air, the batsman strokes it towards mid on for a quick run.

75.2 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. This is given air on middle, it is flicked to short mid-wicket.

75.1 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. On the shorter side, it is worked with the turn towards mid-wicket.

End of Over : 75 6 Runs NZ: 194/4
74.6 1

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Down leg, worked through square leg for one.

74.5 3

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. Goes the other way. Outside off, picked up by Watling and creams it to extra cover. They manage to come to come back for the third.

74.4 0

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. Off spinner on off, Watling bunts it down.

74.3 1

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. A bit shot outside off, punched off the back foot through covers. Another run taken.

74.2 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Loopy ball around off, Nicholls blocks it out.

74.1 1

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. Arm ball comes into Watling. H rocks back and looks to cut it but gets a bottom edge towards short third man. One run taken.

End of Over : 74 0 Runs NZ: 188/4
73.6 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. On middle, it is defended.

73.5 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Punched off the back foot by the batsman.

73.4 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Drives it with the turn to mid on.

73.3 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Flighted ball on off, Nicholls blocks it out.

73.2 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Just wide! A half-chance that! This was tossed up outside off, it comes back in. Nicholls defends inside the line, the ball goes off the inner half, uppishly towards short leg. Imam there dives full stretch to his right but can't reach to it.

73.1 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. NOT OUT! And Pakistan now have lost both their reviews. A massive inside edge there. This was tossed up outside off, it turns in a little. Nicholls lunges to defend but the ball hits his pads. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. After a chat Sarfraz signals the 'T'. They go upstairs and replays show that there is bat involved.

Review time! A huge appeal for an LBW has been turned down. Pakistan have reviewed. Impact looks outside off, Nicholls is the man in question.

End of Over : 73 2 Runs NZ: 188/4
72.6 0

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. On the stumps, it is defended.

72.5 0

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. Down the leg side, left alone.

72.4 0

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. Flighted ball on middle, the batsman works it to mid-wicket.

72.3 1

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. This is flatter and on middle, it is worked around the corner for a single.

72.2 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Flatter and on middle, Nicholls pushes it to covers.

72.1 1

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. Worked with the turn towards backward square leg for a run.

Bilal Asif is back on.

End of Over : 72 1 Runs NZ: 186/4
71.6 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Gives this a nice loop, the ball pitches and bounces a touch extra. Nicholls tries to defend but the ball hits him high on the bat. Luckily though is goes onto the ground.

71.5 1

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. The batsman has punched that ball through the offside. They pick up a single.

71.4 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. The flipper on off, the batsman punches it to covers.

71.3 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. On the shorter side, it is punched to covers.

71.2 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Flighted on middle, Watling defends it off the front foot.

71.1 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. On middle, it is blocked.

End of Over : 71 4 Runs NZ: 185/4
70.6 0

Haris Sohail to Henry Nicholls. Flighted ball on off, Nicholls lunges and keeps it out.

70.5 0

Haris Sohail to Henry Nicholls. Floats it up on off, it is kept out.

70.4 2

Haris Sohail to Henry Nicholls. On the shorter side, Nicholls goes down on one knee and pulls it through square leg for a couple.

70.3 0

Haris Sohail to Henry Nicholls. Bowls this one flatter and on off, the batsman rocks back and keeps it out.

70.2 0

Haris Sohail to Henry Nicholls. Gives it air around off, Nicholls is solid in defense.

70.1 2

Haris Sohail to Henry Nicholls. Very full outside off, Nicholls mistimes it through covers. Abbas gives it a chase and the batsmen run two.

End of Over : 70 1 Runs NZ: 181/4
69.6 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Floats it up on off, the batsman lunges and blocks it out.

69.5 1

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Plays the sweep again towards short fine leg. A run taken this time.

69.4 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Plays the sweep but it goes off the inner half towards short fine leg.

69.3 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Gives it a nice loop outside off, Nicholls reaches out for it and then blocks it out.

69.2 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Another tossed up ball outside off, HN lunges and defends it.

69.1 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. The leg spinner around middle, Nicholls with the turn works it to square leg.

Yasir Shah is back on.

End of Over : 69 2 Runs NZ: 180/4
68.6 1

Haris Sohail to Henry Nicholls. SHOT! But just one. Short ball down the leg side. Henry pulls it with disdain. Imam at short leg gets a piece of it. It goes to deep square leg and the batsmen cross.

68.5 0

Haris Sohail to Henry Nicholls. Loopy ball on off, Henry leans forward and blocks it out.

68.4 0

Haris Sohail to Henry Nicholls. HN has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

68.3 1

Haris Sohail to BJ Watling. Outside off, cut in the gap through cover-point for an easy run.

68.2 0

Haris Sohail to BJ Watling. Full and down leg, Watling flicks it to the on side.

68.1 0

Haris Sohail to BJ Watling. Flatter ball over the stumps, Watling punches it to covers.

End of Over : 68 4 Runs NZ: 178/4
67.6 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Outside off, punched off the back foot towards covers.

67.5 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Back of a length ball way down leg, Nicholls leaves it alone. A good take from Sarfraz.

67.4 4

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. FOUR! Hasan digs in a bouncer down leg. Nicholls well in control of it pulls it fine through fine leg. No protection there and a boundary results.

67.3 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Drags his length back a bit from the previous ball, outside off. Henry drives it to the off side.

67.2 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Full and on off, Nicholls blocks it out with a straight bat.

67.1 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Yorker. Full and on the off pole. Nicholls does well to jam it out.

End of Over : 67 1 Runs NZ: 174/4
66.6 0

Haris Sohail to BJ Watling. This one is flatter in trajectory, Watling keeps it out.

66.5 0

Haris Sohail to BJ Watling. Full and slightly outside off, it is defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

66.4 0

Haris Sohail to BJ Watling. This one is short and on middle, Watling punches is straight back.

66.3 1

Haris Sohail to Henry Nicholls. This is full and well outside off but Henry takes a large stride ahead and sweeps it behind square on the leg side for a run. This also takes the lead to 100.

66.2 0

Haris Sohail to Henry Nicholls. Appeal for LBW, but there was an inside edge on that one. This ball is outside off and turns in quite a bit after landing. Nicholls fails to cover the turn completely and is lucky to get the inside edge.

66.1 0

Haris Sohail to Henry Nicholls. Full to start off with outside off stump, Nicholls comes ahead and dead bats it.

Haris Sohail is into the attack now.

End of Over : 66 4 Runs NZ: 173/4
65.6 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Fuller and outside off, Watling drives it straight to the cover fielder.

65.5 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Well outside off on a length, Watling leaves it alone.

65.4 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Good pace from Hasan Ali here! This one is fuller and on middle. Watling plays it to mid on with a straight bat.

65.3 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. On a good length and on middle stump this time, Watling plays it back to the bowler.

65.2 4

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. FOUR! Overpitched and Watling is onto it immediately. Angling onto middle and leg, the Kiwi batsman flicks it to the right of short mid-wicket and times it beautifully.

65.1 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Slightly short of a good length, Watling defends it off the back foot to cover.

End of Over : 65 5 Runs NZ: 169/4
64.6 2

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Shorter again and turning into Nicholls' pads. He flicks it away towards square leg and runs the first one quickly, putting pressure on the fielder who misfields it, allowing them to come back for a comfortable couple in the end. The lead has swelled upto 95 now.

64.5 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. This one turns a lot after landing, Nicholls looks to work it away behind square leg but misses it to get hit on the pad. But the ball is turning too much so there is no appeal.

64.4 1

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. This one is shorter and wide outside off, Watling cuts it away to the fielder deep on the off side for another single.

64.3 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Good ball this time! Just outside off, Watling comes ahead and defends it well though.

64.2 1

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Around the wicket this time, flatter and turning into the pads, Nicholls rocks back and works it away towards square leg for another run.

64.1 1

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Flatter and outside off, Watling cuts it away towards sweeper cover for a single.

End of Over : 64 1 Runs NZ: 164/4
63.6 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Around the wicket to the left-hander, Nicholls defends it coming half-forward to this one which is on good length and outside off.

63.5 1

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Just as I say he is bowling tight lines, he darts one in at the hips. It is worked away by Watling behind square leg for a single.

63.4 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Hasan is pegging away at the off stump, short of a length this time. Watling defends it comfortably.

63.3 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Similar length but slightly closer to the off pole this time due to which Watling decides to defend it with his willow.

63.2 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. This one is left alone by BJ as the ball is on length and well outside off.

63.1 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Length ball outside off, Watling punches it to point off the back foot.

Hasan Ali is back on.

End of Over : 63 5 Runs NZ: 163/4
62.6 4

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. FOUR! Reverse swept and it has been hit well! This is full and outside off, Nicholls gets to the pitch of the ball as he takes a huge stride and reverse sweeps to the third man fence all along the ground.

62.5 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. This one rares up off a good length and turns to beat the inside edge of Nicholls who comes ahead to defend. The ball was rising as it hits the pads, hence there is not much of an appeal.

62.4 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Fuller and flighted again outside off, Nicholls sweeps it away to square leg. No run though.

62.3 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Shorter and turning into the pads, Nicholls flicks it onto the leg side but straight to the fielder.

62.2 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Around the wicket to the leftie, just falls short of short leg! The ball was outside off, lands on a rough patch and turns in quite a lot to take the inside edge of Nicholls' bat who was trying to defend on the front foot.

62.1 1

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Good flighted ball outside off, Watling gives his partner the strike by driving it to sweeper cover.

End of Over : 62 4 Runs NZ: 158/4
61.6 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Nicholls is looking solid here as keeps another full one out comfortably.

61.5 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Fuller and on middle, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

61.4 2

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. The ball is drifting onto the pads on this occasion, Nicholls flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple. It brings up the 50-run stand between these two. Good stand this! Needs to continue though. The lead is now 84.

61.3 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Well flighted outside off and turning away, Nicholls doesn't find the need to play at it.

61.2 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Looped up on off, Nicholls takes account of the spin and defends it well.

61.1 2

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Length delivery and turning away outside off, Nicholls cuts it away in the gap through point for a couple.

End of Over : 61 1 Runs NZ: 154/4
60.6 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Slightly fuller on middle, driven down the ground by Watling but there's no run available.

60.5 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Well outside off, left alone.

60.4 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Faint outside edge but it was soft hands so that ball just drops down in front of slip. It was looped up on off stump and turned away slightly at the last moment.

60.3 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. No run.

60.2 1

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Similar ball but this time he sweeps it squarer this time and picks up a run.

60.1 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Nicholls is taking large strides to make sure he takes LBW out of question. He sweeps this full one from outside off to short fine leg.

End of Over : 60 5 Runs NZ: 153/4
59.6 1

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. This one is short and on off stump, Nicholls punches it through the covers for a single and keeps the strike.

59.5 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Fuller and outside off, The batsman drives this through the covers but no run.

59.4 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. This one is darted in quicker and shorter on middle. Nicholls gets behind the line of the ball and defends.

59.3 4

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. FOUR! 150 up for New Zealand! Welcome boundary for them, one must say! The ball is flighted and overpitched outside off, Nicholls sweeps it away to the square leg fence.

59.2 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Fuller and well outside off on this occasion, Nicholls keeps it out.

59.1 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Good ball! This one is well bowled on off stump and turns slightly. But the ball is well dealt with by Nicholls.

End of Over : 59 0 Runs NZ: 148/4
58.6 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Shorter ball on off stump, the batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the backfoot. Maiden over.

58.5 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Flatter delivery at a quick pace. Watling comes forward to defend it again.

58.4 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Looped up this time outside off, driven to mid off by Watling.

58.3 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Fuller and quicker outside off, driven straight to cover.

58.2 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Fuller and on off stump, Watling smothers the spin on this one by defending it into the ground.

58.1 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Flatter and outside off, Watling punches it straight at silly point on the bounce. He's not hurt though.

End of Over : 58 3 Runs NZ: 148/4
57.6 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Changes the angle for the left-hander and bowls it from over the wicket. It is outside off and it has been left alone.

57.5 1

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. In the air... but safe! The bounce there surprised Watling. This is slightly shorter around off, it pitches and then takes off. Watling was shaping up for playing the pull shot but then seeing the bounce, checks his shot. It goes uppishly towards square leg for a run.

57.4 0

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. Gives it air on off, the batsman defends it off the front foot.

57.3 1

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Shorter and outside off, Nicholls goes back and punches it towards cover for a run.

57.2 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. This is driven crisply towards the cover fielder who makes a good stop to his right.

57.1 1

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. This is worked through square leg with the turn for a run.

End of Over : 57 1 Runs NZ: 145/4
56.6 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Fuller and outside off, Nicholls comes ahead to defend and is struck on the pad but impact is outside off so there is no problem here for the Kiwi.

56.5 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Nicholls takes a large stride and sweeps it to short fine leg. No run though.

56.4 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. This one is way outside off, Nicholls prods ahead and pads it away. The ball lobs onto the leg side. No risk involed here.

56.3 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Flighted well outside off, Nicholls is drawn forward and his attempted forward defense takes the inside edge. Luckily for him, it drops away from the short leg fielder.

56.2 1

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Flat again and outside off, Watling cuts it away to point again and picks up a single. Extra bounce on this one.

56.1 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Flatter and well outside off, Watling cuts it straight to point.

Yasir Shah is back into the attack now.

End of Over : 56 0 Runs NZ: 144/4
55.6 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. A short delivery to end the over, Nicholls pushes it back towards mid on. Bilal is getting turn but it is slow turn, also the ball which have turned are pitched outside off, so nothing for the batsman to worry about.

55.5 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Another loopy ball on off, Henry blocks it onto the ground.

55.4 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

55.3 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Gives it nice amount of air on off, HN prods forward and keeps it out.

55.2 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Flatter and on off, Nicholls goes back and defends it onto the ground.

55.1 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Nicely tossed up around off, the batsman lunges and keeps it out.

End of Over : 55 2 Runs NZ: 144/4
54.6 1

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. This ball is on the pads and is played by Henry with the angle towards square leg for a run.

54.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. This ball is on a good length and on middle, Nicholls plays it to mid on with a straight bat. No run.

54.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. This is well outside off on a length, Nicholls shoulders arms to it.

54.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. The ball is just short of a length and Nicholls goes back and defends with a straight bat.

54.2 1

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Slightly fuller than a good length, the batsman flicks it away to deep square leg for a single.

54.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. The keeper has come up to the stumps. The ball was on good length and outside off, defended by Watling to short cover.

End of Over : 54 1 Runs NZ: 142/4
53.6 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Short and on middle, Nicholls stays in the crease and defends.

53.5 1

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. This ball is flatter and turning into Watling, he rocks back and pulls it to deep square leg for a run.

53.4 0

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. Flatter ball on off, Watling covers the turn and defends it.

53.3 0

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. Huge appeal from Pakistan but the umpire is not fazed. The ball was flighted on off stump and spinning in slightly, Watling goes down and attempts to sweep this one but misses it to get hit on the pads. After a long discussion, Sarfraz decides not to go for the review. The replays show that the ball hits his forearm before going on to hit the pads. So that's a good decision by Pakistan not to go upstairs.

53.2 0

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. Looped on off stump, Watling plays it with soft hands onto the ground on the leg side.

53.1 0

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. Flighted in on middle, Watling comes ahead and defends it on to the leg side.

End of Over : 53 5 Runs NZ: 141/4
52.6 1

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Full and angling in on middle again, Watling flicks it again but this time short mid-wicket dives to his right and keeps it down to a single.

52.5 4

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. FOUR! Wonderful flick off the pads and this time in the gap. The ball is overpitched and at the pads, easily worked square on the leg side to the fence.

52.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Full and on the pads, Watling flicks it off his pads straight to short mid-wicket again.

52.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. On middle this time, Watling works it to mid-wicket.

52.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Just outside off, Watling is half forward to this one and defends it to cover.

52.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Good length ball on the off stump, Watling defends on the front foot.

End of Over : 52 0 Runs NZ: 136/4
51.6 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Spins and beats the edge! Nicholls comes forward to defend the ball outside off on a full length and the ball turns away to beat his outside edge.

51.5 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. This one is well outside off, left alone by the left-hander this time.

51.4 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Slightly flatter this time outside off, Nicholls goes on the back foot and plays it to short cover.

51.3 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Even more loop this time, Nicholls keeps it out again.

51.2 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Looped up outside off again, Nicholls covers the spin and defends.

51.1 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Flighted just outside off, Nicholls prods ahead and defends.

Bilal Asif to bowl from the other end.

End of Over : 51 2 Runs NZ: 136/4
50.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Good comeback from Abbas. Apart from the first ball the rest were on point. This one is on a good length, BJ punches it back ahead.

50.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. On a good length around off, Watling plays it to the of side.

50.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Full again on off, bunted down.

50.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. A tad fuller around off, Watling keeps it out.

50.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. That is the Abbas we know. Length ball in line of the stumps, Watling blocks it out with a straight bat.

50.1 2

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Comes in from over the wicket and lands it short and wide. A rare loosener from Abbas. Cut away past point for a brace.

We are back for the afternoon session. BJ Watling and Henry Nicholls will continue their innings. For the hosts, Mohammad Abbas will bowl the first over.

... Day 3, Session 2 ...

New Zealand will be disappointed as there were not many questions that the pitch was throwing at them. They needed a bit more application. Having said that, take nothing away from the Pakistan bowlers. They toiled hard and got their rewards. They will look to come back and do more of the same. Join us for the post Lunch session in a while!

Pakistan's session without a doubt! 3 massive wickets and almost another one towards the end of the session. The first one being the biggest, the New Zealand skipper. Ross Taylor entertained till he was there in the middle but played one shot too many and got caught plumb in front by a Hasan Ali special. The latter picked up one more as he had the well-set Raval caught behind.

End of Over : 50 1 Runs NZ: 134/4
49.6 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Outside off, left alone. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 3!

49.5 1

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. BYE! Down the leg side, Watling goes for the pull but misses. The keeper fails to collect it cleanly. The ball rolls towards short fine leg and a bye is taken.

49.4 0

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. This is tossed up on off, blocked.

49.3 0

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. NOT OUT! Missing leg! Did not see that coming to be honest. Excellent use of the technology though by New Zealand. This is tossed up around off, it turns back in after pitching. Watling shuffles across and goes on the back foot, he tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal follows and the umpire agrees. Watling walks upto his partner and then signals the 'T'. Replays roll in and it shows it is going down leg. Watling survives to fight another day and New Zealand there will breathe a sigh of relief.

Watling is a goner! He has been given out LBW but he has reviewed. Looks out to be honest.

49.2 0

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. Works it with the turn to mid-wicket.

49.1 0

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. Gives it air around off, the batsman keeps it out.

End of Over : 49 1 Runs NZ: 133/4
48.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Well bowled and also well played! This is pitched on off and then straightens. It also bounces a touch. Nicholls first tries to defend but then seeing the extra bounce, pulls his bat out of the way.

48.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Attacks the off pole again, HN blocks it onto the ground.

48.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Around off, the batsman gets right behind the line and defends it.

48.3 1

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. On the pads, it is worked to fine leg for a single.

48.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. On the fuller side and it comes in a touch. The batsman strokes it towards silly mid on.

48.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Length again and outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it.

End of Over : 48 4 Runs NZ: 132/4
47.6 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. On off, blocked.

47.5 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Well bowled! This is flatter and around off, it pitches and straightens a touch. HN goes back and plays inside the line to get beaten.

47.4 1

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. Uses his feet and then works it through mid-wicket to rotate strike. A good partnership building here for New Zealand.

47.3 0

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. The off spinner on middle, Watling works it to short leg.

47.2 1

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Shorter and outside off, Nicholls goes back and slaps it through point for a run.

47.1 2

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Slightly shorter and on off, the batsman flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.

End of Over : 47 0 Runs NZ: 128/4
46.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Again a straighter line. It seems to be a plan with two mid-wickets in place, they are hoping for the batsman to flick it uppishly to one of the two. That does not happen though as Watling flicks it all along the ground to the man at mid-wicket.

46.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. On the stumps and it is flicked to mid-wicket.

46.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. A little too straight this time, BJ works it to mid-wicket.

46.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. On the fuller side and it tails back in a touch. The batsman strokes it back to the bowler.

46.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Length again and around off, it is kept out.

46.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to BJ Watling. Good length on off, the batsman defends it onto the ground.

End of Over : 46 5 Runs NZ: 128/4
45.6 2

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Top edge but safe! This is flighted outside off, Nicholls tries to sweep but the extra bounce causes problems. It takes a top edge but lands in no man's land at the short fine leg region. Couple taken. Sarfraz was heard telling be ready for the top edge but not sure to which fielder. The top edge was induced but there was no fielder there.

45.5 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Gives it a nice loop on middle, HN prods forward and tries to keep it out.

45.4 0

Bilal Asif to Henry Nicholls. Good turn there! However, it needed to bowled a little more closer to the off pole. This is floated outside off, Nicholls first thinks of playing at it but then seeing the turn, pulls out of the shot.

45.3 1

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. On the shorter side, the batsman goes onto the back foot and pulls it towards deep square leg for a run.

45.2 2

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. Goes down on one knee and paddles it fine down the leg side for a run.

45.1 0

Bilal Asif to BJ Watling. Gives it air on off, Watling lunges and blocks it out.

Bilal Asif is into the attack.

End of Over : 45 0 Runs NZ: 123/4
44.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Full and around off, Nicholls reaches out to it and strokes it to covers.

44.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. On off and it is kept out. This is the line he bowls on regular basis, however, he has been a little too wide outside off today.

44.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Comes around the wicket but the line is not the right one, it is outside off and the batsman lets it be.

44.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Closer to the off pole this time, Nicholls gets right behind the line and defends it.

44.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. Good length again and outside off, the batsman once again does not fiddle with it.

44.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Henry Nicholls. On a length and outside off, the ball is left alone.

Mohammad Abbas is back on.

End of Over : 44 5 Runs NZ: 123/4
43.6 2

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. This is quicker and a bit shorter on middle, Watling goes back and whips it through mid-wicket for a brace.

43.5 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Gives it a nice loop and the batsman keeps it out.

43.4 3

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Down the leg side, Nicholls waits for the ball to do its bit and then works it fine down the leg side. Three taken.

43.3 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. The is flighted outside off, it is kept out.

43.2 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Brings out the sweep shot but misses and is hit on the pads. No risk what so ever as Nicholls plants his front foot out of the line of the off stump.

43.1 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Tosses it up around off, Nicholls lunges and defends it out.

End of Over : 43 1 Runs NZ: 118/4
42.6 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. On the shorter side, the batsman defends it onto the ground.

42.5 1

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. On the shorter side, Nicholls swivels and pulls it through square leg for a run.

42.4 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. On the fuller side, the batsman drives it square on the off side but finds the fielder.

42.3 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Good length and around off, it is blocked.

42.2 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Loose, loose stroke! Short and wide outside off, Nicholls goes to cut away from his body but luckily for him he gets beaten.

42.1 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Back of a length on off, it is kept out.

End of Over : 42 5 Runs NZ: 117/4
41.6 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

41.5 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Flatter and on off, the batsman keeps it out.

41.4 4

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. FOUR! Picked the line of the delivery quickly there. This is down the leg side, Watling quickly goes down on one knee and paddles it fine down the leg side. It races away to the fence.

41.3 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

41.2 0

Yasir Shah to BJ Watling. Gives it air on middle, it turns away ever so slightly. Watling tries to flick but gets a soft leading edge towards covers.

41.1 1

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. This is floated around off, the batsman sweeps it through square leg for a run.

End of Over : 41 4 Runs NZ: 112/4
40.6 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. On the shorter side, Watling stands tall and defends it onto the ground.

40.5 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Another inswinger from off, BJ is solid in defense.

40.4 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Full and wide outside off, it comes back in but not enough to make the batsman play.

40.3 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. On a length and around off, it is kept out.

40.2 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. Better! Bowls it closer to the off pole, it is kept out.

40.1 4

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. FOUR! A freebie for Watling to get off the mark! Short and wide outside off, BJ cuts it through backward point for a boundary.

End of Over : 40 0 Runs NZ: 108/4
39.6 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Gives it a little more air this time and Nicholls it solid in defense.

39.5 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. On the shorter side, Nicholls defends it onto the ground. Yasir should probably bowl from the over the wicket angle, threatening both the edges, just might create more opportunities.

39.4 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Down the leg side, the batsman misses the flick.

39.3 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Brings out the sweep but mistimes it through square leg.

39.2 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Another leg spinner and Nicholls works it around the corner for no runs.

39.1 0

Yasir Shah to Henry Nicholls. Gives it air outside off, Nicholls works it to mid-wicket with the turn.

End of Over : 39 3 Runs NZ: 108/4
38.6 0

Hasan Ali to BJ Watling. On a length and around off, Watling keeps it out. Brilliant over by Hasan, three runs and two wickets from it.

BJ Watling is the new man in.

38.5 W

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Second in the over and New Zealand are now in big, big trouble. Raval falls four shot of a fifty. Excellent stuff by Hasan Ali. He got the right hander with the in-dipper and now gets the left-hander with an awayswinger. On a length and around off, it is first angled into the batsman and then gets it to shape away a touch late. Raval plays inside the line, the ball kisses the outside edge and Sarfraz Ahmed behind makes no mistake. Pakistan are ecstatic at the moment and New Zealand are effectively 34 for 4.

38.4 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. Good aggression by the bowler! Full and on off, it is driven back to the bowler. He mimes a throw at the striker's end and then gives the batsman the stare. He has his tail up at the moment.

38.3 3

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Goes for the yorker but ends up bowling a full toss, the batsman strokes it through mid on and collects three. Nicholls is off the mark with that.

38.2 0

Hasan Ali to Henry Nicholls. Back of a length on off, Nicholls defends it onto the ground.

Henry Nicholls is the new man in.

38.1 W

Hasan Ali to Ross Taylor. OUT! That is absolutely plumb in front! Hasan Ali strikes! Probably the first ball which has come in a long way and it has provided the wicket for Pakistan. On a length and around off, it comes back in late. Taylor plants his front foot right across and then fails to adjust to the in-dipper. He misses the flick and the ball hits the front pad. An appeal follows and the umpire raises his finger straightaway. Taylor starts walking back as he knew he is a dead duck.

End of Over : 38 1 Runs NZ: 105/2
37.6 1

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Works it against the turn for a single through mid-wicket. Taylor has scored all the runs in this partnership which is worth 19 at the moment.

37.5 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Quicker again and it is in that in-between length. Taylor is not sure whether to play it off the front or the back foot. He in the end defends it from within his crease.

37.4 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Flatter and around off, Taylor defends it onto the ground.

37.3 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Taylor dances down the track but does not get to the pitch of the ball. He defends it.

37.2 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Has that been dropped? Well, judging by the reaction of the Pakistan players, it does seem so. Would have been a freakish dismissal. Taylor has absolutely creamed that towards silly point who takes evasive action. The ball hits his boot and lobs up towards Yasir who dives forward and tries to take it but fails to do so. Would not have mattered though as the ball bounced before hitting the foot.

37.1 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Gives it a nice loop around off, it turns away. Taylor makes a leave.

Drinks break! A very good hour of play for the New Zealanders if you take out the wicket of their skipper. They have wiped off the deficit and the pitch looks pretty easy to bat on now. Williamson will be kicking himself for a lapse of concentration. Pakistan will be happy and look to pick another wicket or two before lunch.

End of Over : 37 0 Runs NZ: 104/2
36.6 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. Another bumper to end the over! Raval ducks under it with ease.

36.5 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. A little too wide outside off, left alone.

36.4 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. Another short ball but with not a lot of fizz. Raval gets behind the line and defends it onto the ground.

36.3 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. A good change in length there! A well-directed bouncer by Ali. Raval ducks under it at the very end.

36.2 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. Length again around off, Raval gets forward and blocks it out.

36.1 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. Good length and just outside off, Raval makes a leave.

End of Over : 36 14 Runs NZ: 104/2
35.6 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Shorter and quicker this time on middle and leg, Taylor steps back and defends it with a straight bat. Good ball to end the over which had 14 coming off it.

35.5 4

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. FOUR! This is the third boundary in the over. Taylor steps down the wicket and lifts it over mid-wicket this time. The ball is quick and on middle. Taylor comes down and converts it into a half-volley as he continues to be aggressive and counter-attacking against the leg spinner.

35.4 0

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Short and well outside off again, Taylor cuts again but this is straight to the point fielder.

35.3 4

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. FOUR! Short and outside off again, Taylor cuts it again, this time to the right of point and for four again. The hundred is up for the Black Caps. The Pakistanis are feeding Taylor with bad balls.

35.2 4

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. FOUR! This is a poor ball outside off, Taylor cuts it behind point for four. Backward point dives but can't stop this one. Taylor is playing a lot of shots this morning.

35.1 2

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Flighted outside off, Taylor comes down the wicket and drives through the covers for a couple.

End of Over : 35 1 Runs NZ: 90/2
34.6 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. On the middle stump this time, Raval is solid in defense.

34.5 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. On a good length and angling away from the left-hander, Raval lets this one go.

34.4 1

Hasan Ali to Ross Taylor. Short of a good length and on middle, Taylor plays it down the ground with a straight bat and goes to the other end.

34.3 0

Hasan Ali to Ross Taylor. On a good length and middle this time, Taylor stays back and defends to mid on.

34.2 0

Hasan Ali to Ross Taylor. This is slightly fuller and on off, driven hard but straight to mid off.

34.1 0

Hasan Ali to Ross Taylor. Good length ball just outside off, Taylor comes ahead and defends it with the full face of the bat.

End of Over : 34 4 Runs NZ: 89/2
33.6 1

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. Full and quick on middle again, Taylor sweeps it again but middles it this time. Goes straight to backward square leg for a run.

33.5 2

Yasir Shah to Ross Taylor. The ball is fuller and on middle now, Taylor goes for the sweep. The ball takes the top edge and goes in the air toward fine leg for a couple.

Ross Taylor walks out to the middle.

33.4 W

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. OUT! Bowled 'em! A peach out of nowhere from Yasir Shah. The New Zealand skipper has a lapse of concentration and plays back to a ball that he should've probably been ahead to. The ball is around middle and turns away very slightly. Enough to beat the outside edge of Williamson's bat as he is looking to defend. The ball seems to have clipped the off pole and the Pakistan players start celebrating. The umpire though, just to be sure, take it upstairs to check if the stumps have not been disturbed by Sarfraz. Replays roll in and it shows Yasir has cleaned Williamson up. Huge wicket in the context of the game! The stand of 86-runs comes to an end and Williamson walks back after getting a start. New Zealand in a spot of bother, they are effectively 12 for 2.

33.3 1

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Shorter and spinning into the pads this time, Raval plays it to deep square leg for a run.

33.2 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Pitched wide outside off, Raval takes a big stride forward and defends it into the ground.

33.1 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Around the wicket to the left-hander now. An extra man around the bat now at silly point. The ball is flighted outside off, Raval comes ahead to defend it.

End of Over : 33 0 Runs NZ: 85/1
32.6 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Good length ball on middle, Williamson is half ahead as he plays it mid on.

32.5 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Short of a length and outside off. Kane ducks down and lets it go through.

32.4 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Good ball this time, slightly quicker and keeps a little low. Williamson gets down and keeps it out well.

32.3 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Drifting onto the pads this time, Williamson plays it to short mid-wicket. No run.

32.2 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Outside off on a length this time, Williamson plays a good looking shot to cover.

32.1 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. On a good length, outside off. Williamson cover the line of the delivery and defends it.

The ball is not doing a lot for the Pakistan and the two batters are playing quite comfortably.

Hasan Ali is now into the attack.

End of Over : 32 3 Runs NZ: 85/1
31.6 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Outside off, driven away to sweeper cover for a single.

31.5 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Looped on off, Kane prods ahead and smothers the spin on this one by defending it into the ground.

31.4 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Quicker at the pads, Williamson defends it off the back foot.

31.3 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Shorter and quicker outside off, Williamson cuts it to backward point.

31.2 1

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Full and outside off, Raval drives to the right of mid off and gives the strike back to the skipper.

31.1 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Looped and on off, Williamson takes a step down and drives to mid on and is immediately off for a single. Easily into the crease at the non-striker's end as mid on has a shy at the stumps.

End of Over : 31 7 Runs NZ: 82/1
30.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. On length and angling in towards off stump, Raval defends it into the ground, this time off the front foot.

30.5 3

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Good length outside off again and a beautiful drive through the covers this time. The boundary is quite long and the batsmen come back for three easily.

30.4 4

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. FOUR! What a classy shot! Good length and just outside off. Not much wrong with the ball but that's the class of the batsman. Williamson guides it beautifully in the gap towards the left of point for a boundary.

30.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. On a good length and just outside off, Kane defends to cover very watchfully.

30.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Good length and on middle, Williamson is rock solid in defense.

30.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Short and outside off, Williamson lets it go through to Sarfraz.

End of Over : 30 0 Runs NZ: 75/1
29.6 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Short of a length and decent turn but way down the leg side, the left-hander wants to flick it away but misses the ball to be hit on his thigh guard.

29.5 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Spins away and well down the leg side, Raval wants to poke it away in the gap but doesn't get willow on it.

29.4 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Shorter and quicker on middle, Raval goes back in his crease and defends.

29.3 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Goes slightly short this time, Raval just works it off his pads towards square leg.

29.2 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Looped up on middle and spinning in, Raval plays it to mid-wicket.

29.1 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Good drift on this ball after landing outside off, Raval tries to drive but gets the inside edge that goes onto the leg side.

End of Over : 29 1 Runs NZ: 75/1
28.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. On length and on the middle stump line, Williamson plays a wristy shot to short mid-wicket.

28.5 1

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Surprise bouncer this time at the body, Raval jumps and manages to keep it down and plays it behind square on the leg side for a single.

28.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. On middle this time, Raval wants to drive it down the ground. The ball goes off the inner half of the bat, hits the pad and rolls onto the leg side. No run.

28.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Well outside off on this occasion as the left-hander just shoulders his arms to it.

28.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Fuller and outside off, Raval gets right behind the line of the delivery and defends it comfortably.

28.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. From around the wicket, slightly short of a length and on off. Raval goes back and defends it back to the bowler.

End of Over : 28 1 Runs NZ: 74/1
27.6 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Not great bowling from Yasir, on the pads again, Williamson stays back and easily defends it toward short mid-wicket.

27.5 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Shorter and quicker on middle, it is defended off the back foot by the batsman.

27.4 1

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. This ball is flighted and on middle, Raval makes room to drive it through the covers and picks up a single. New Zealand on level terms with Pakistan now.

27.3 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Similar ball and similarly defended again.

27.2 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Full and quick at the pads, Raval brings his bat ahead of his front leg and defends it.

27.1 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Fuller and on leg stump, Raval plays it to short mid-wicket.

End of Over : 27 3 Runs NZ: 73/1
26.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. On a good length and just above off stump, the skipper defends presenting the full face of the bat.

26.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Low bounce on this occasion and angling down the leg side, Williamson looks to help it on its way but the ball is way down leg for him to get bat on it.

26.4 3

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Around the wicket this time, Raval takes a step forward and pushes into the gap through the covers and picks up three. New Zealand now trail only by a run.

26.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. On a length and off stump now, Raval is half ahead and defends it into the ground.

26.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Slightly shorter and outside off this time. Comes in a bit after landing, Raval lets it go through watchfully.

26.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. On a good length and well outside off, Raval leaves it alone.

End of Over : 26 9 Runs NZ: 70/1
25.6 1

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. On the pads and slightly short this time, the leftie flicks it away to square leg for a single. Good over for New Zealand as 9 comes from it.

25.5 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Full and outside off again, no spin yet. Raval comes ahead and defends again.

25.4 4

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. FOUR! Over the top this time, the ball is full and outside off again. Raval hits it over mid on for another boundary. Positive from intent from Raval this morning.

25.3 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Quick one again on off stump, Raval defends on the front foot.

25.2 4

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. FOUR! The ball is full and on middle, Raval dances down the wicker and whips it through wide mid on, it beats the dive of that fielder and races to the fence.

25.1 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Quicker and fuller on off, Raval comes ahead and defends it straight back to the bowler.

End of Over : 25 0 Runs NZ: 61/1
24.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Slightly fuller and on off stump, Williamson defends as he is half-forward to this one.

24.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Outside off and on a length again, Williamson shoulders arms again.

24.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Well outside off this time, the skipper leaves it alone easily.

24.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Back to just outside off and on a length, Williamson covers his off pole and then lets it go through.

24.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Length ball on middle, Williamson presents the full face of the bat as he defends to mid on.

24.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Starts off on a good length, Williamson stays inside the crease and defends with a straight bat.

Mohammad Abbas is into the attack.

End of Over : 24 5 Runs NZ: 61/1
23.6 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Flatter and quicker on off stump, Raval stays back to this one and defends it.

23.5 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Small appeal from the bowler but Raval was well ahead to that one. It was pitched outside off and he comes ahead to that one but misses it, the ball hits him on the front pad. Going down leg.

23.4 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Full and flighted outside off this time, Raval prods ahead and dead bats it.

23.3 4

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. FOUR! Slightly shorter, Raval goes back and punches it straight down the ground to the long off fence. First boundary today.

23.2 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Good length and starting on middle, spins away down leg and hits Raval on the pad as he comes ahead to defend.

23.1 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Nice and flighted outside off, first run of the morning as Williamson comes forward and pushes it through cover for a single.

Yasir Shah to bowl from the other end.

End of Over : 23 1 Runs NZ: 56/1
22.6 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Jeet Raval. Full and on off again, the batsman comes well forward and defends.

22.5 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Jeet Raval. From around the wicket, nice and flighted on middle. Raval comes ahead and defends.

We are all set for the action to resume. Jeet Raval and Kane Williamson will resume their innings. Mohammad Hafeez will complete his over. He has two balls to go. Here we go...

The first hour of play will be crucial and New Zealand's skipper and best batsman, Kane Williamson will have to shoulder the responsibility of guiding the Black Caps through this phase of play. The pitch is certainly a tough one to play on but not unplayable. Pakistan, on the other hand will be looking to knock off the mainstay and bowl out the visitors cheaply as batting fourth on this pitch will be really tricky and they'd like their target to be as low as possible. Join us for live action in a bit!

Welcome to Day 3 of the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand. We have had riveting action over the past two days and the match is pretty evenly poised right now. New Zealand after a dismal Day 1 have done really well to recover and pull this game back on Day 2 and generate interest. Looking forward to today's play, one of the factors could be how the weather behaves. There is forecast for showers over the day but we hope it stays away as the Test enters the 'moving day' and we will get a fair idea as to who will be ahead by the end of today.

... Day 3, Session 1 ...

The surface was expected to prefer the batsmen, but it has proved quite even and provided something to all. Day 3 is poised quite well and it could make for good viewing for the neutrals. That is, of course, if it doesn't rain as there's some forecast for it. For now, the action will begin on time at 1000 local (0600 GMT). Do join in for all the action. Take care!

A good day for the Black Caps. They took 8 Pakistan wickets since the day started, restricting the lead to just 74 runs. Trent Boult was the leader of the pack as he ran riot with a 4-wicket haul, with the rest chipping in with handy contributions of their own. If not for Babar Azam and his solid fifty, Pakistan's lead would have been slimmer. In response, New Zealand lost Latham early as Hasan Ali removed him but Kane Williamson and Jeet Raval have looked as assured as anyone after that with their stand currently unbeaten on 56. Their team trails by just 18 runs.

So, the umpires take another reading and decide it isn't good enough now to continue. Play has been called off due to bad light. That's STUMPS ON DAY 2!

22.4 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Jeet Raval. Around the wicket now, floated on off, blocked from the front foot.

22.3 1

Mohammad Hafeez to Kane Williamson. Flat and short on leg, Kane works it off his pads and sends it to deep mid-wicket for one run.

22.2 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Kane Williamson. Quite slow through the air, fuller around off, Williamson is well forward in defense.

22.1 0

Mohammad Hafeez to Kane Williamson. Minimal spin around off, kept out off the back foot.

The umpire takes out his light meter and checks. The reading shows it's fine enough to continue. The floodlights are on. Also, Mohammad Hafeez into the attack now.

End of Over : 22 2 Runs NZ: 55/1
21.6 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it. Misses it in the end.

21.5 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. The leg break spinning in a long way from outside off, Jeet goes back and works it down on the leg side.

21.4 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Extremely full outside off, pushed square towards point.

21.3 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Flat and short on off, forced from the back foot to sweeper cover for a single.

21.2 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Leg spinner outside off, on a driving length, Williamson comes forward to defend but gets beaten.

21.1 1

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Good running between the wickets. Raval wrists this towards Bilal at mid on and both batsmen take off. There is a shy at the non-striker's end but it misses. Had he hit, would have been close.

End of Over : 21 7 Runs NZ: 53/1
20.6 0

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Spinning down leg, Williamson looks to flick but misses.

20.5 1

Bilal Asif to Jeet Raval. Full delivery outside off, driven square on the off side for a single.

20.4 4

Bilal Asif to Jeet Raval. FOUR! Floated on middle and off, Raval gets forward and across before bringing out the lap shot. Connects well, uses the pace and finds the fine leg fence. Beats the chasing fielder. Good shot. The 50 comes up for New Zealand, they trail by 22 runs.

20.3 0

Bilal Asif to Jeet Raval. Full and slow on off, blocked with the full face.

20.2 0

Bilal Asif to Jeet Raval. Landed outside off on a driving length, Jeet shoulders arms to it.

20.1 2

Bilal Asif to Jeet Raval. Flatter and quicker angling in on leg, Raval gets low and paddles it fine down the leg side. He'll get a brace for it.

End of Over : 20 2 Runs NZ: 46/1
19.6 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Tad quicker through the air on off, punched back in the bowler's direction to end the over.

19.5 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Turning away from around off, on a shorter length, punched away square towards point.

19.4 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Flights it right up there, on middle and leg, a front foot defensive shot is presented in response.

19.3 2

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Short and flat, on off, whipped from the back foot to deep mid-wicket for a couple.

19.2 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Quicker and fuller outside off, Kane defends.

19.1 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Full, loopy and on the stumps, drilled towards mid on for no run.

End of Over : 19 3 Runs NZ: 44/1
18.6 1

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Moves across his sticks as the ball spins into him and clips it to the man at square leg for one.

18.5 0

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.

18.4 0

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Kane goes on the back foot and works it away on the leg side.

18.3 1

Bilal Asif to Jeet Raval. Quite full outside off from around the wicket, it's driven through the gap in the covers for one more.

18.2 1

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Touch short around off, Kane works it square on the leg side and changes ends.

18.1 0

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Full and straight, on the stumps, turned away in front of square leg.

End of Over : 18 0 Runs NZ: 41/1
17.6 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Quick, flat and short outside off, punched off the back foot to covers.

17.5 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Sharp spin into the batsman, catches him on the thigh pad as he looks to play off the back foot.

Sarfraz bringing another close-in fielder. A silly point in place now, along with the slip and short leg already positioned.

17.4 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Floated outside off, and coming in, Raval prods forward to defend but is caught on the front pad. Impact well outside off.

17.3 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Watches the ball carefully, waits for it to turn into him and then defends off the back foot.

17.2 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

17.1 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Serves it on a driving length, coming in from outside off, the southpaw comes forward and blocks.

End of Over : 17 3 Runs NZ: 41/1
16.6 0

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Goes on the back foot this time and works it to short leg once more.

16.5 0

Bilal Asif to Kane Williamson. Williamson comes forward, plays with the spin as he turns it to short leg.

16.4 1

Bilal Asif to Jeet Raval. Looped up, outside off, pushed through covers off the front foot for one.

16.3 0

Bilal Asif to Jeet Raval. Outside off, turning away, left alone.

16.2 2

Bilal Asif to Jeet Raval. The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.

16.1 0

Bilal Asif to Jeet Raval. Going away on the stumps, worked away on the leg side.

Bilal Asif is on to bowl.

End of Over : 16 4 Runs NZ: 38/1
15.6 3

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. That's missed everything completely! Great catch from umpire Bruce Oxenford. Yasir tosses it up around off, Raval goes down to sweep but misses and the ball goes through his legs. It races away behind as the batsmen take three. Everybody thought it was a leg bye, except for umpire Oxenford.

15.5 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Waits for the ball to come to him, hangs back and blocks it well.

15.4 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. A lot of revs on this, outside off, Raval presses forward to get close to the pitch and gets an inside edge back onto his pads.

15.3 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Short and flat, spinning away from outside off, cut to sweeper cover for a single.

15.2 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Quite full on off, drilled out on the off side.

15.1 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Full and straight, Kane Williamson is well forward in defense.

End of Over : 15 4 Runs NZ: 34/1
14.6 4

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. FOUR! Welcome runs for Raval and New Zealand. Full and swinging back in, it's flicked through mid-wicket for a boundary.

14.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Full delivery just outside off, defensively pushed towards the cover fielder.

14.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Good length ball on the fifth stump line, arms are shouldered to let it through.

14.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. On a length on off, defended in front of cover from within the crease.

14.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Brave leave. Length delivery just around off, shapes in and Raval leaves. Probably was missing off all along, but maybe even Raval didn't think it'd be this close to the off stump.

14.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Full length delivery shaping in on off, Jeet drives towards mid off.

Drinks are on the field. Pakistan got the early wicket of Latham thanks to a beauty from Hasan Ali, but haven't been able to take advantage of that. Williamson and Raval have done well to get their eye in and both look good. If this pair can see the day off, the visitors will be a happy bunch.

End of Over : 14 2 Runs NZ: 30/1
13.6 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Quick, straight and short on the stumps, punched straight back to the bowler.

13.5 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Short and wide, Kane cuts but can't beat the man at point.

13.4 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Leans ahead to the full ball and eases it to mid off.

13.3 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Positions himself behind the line and blocks it out.

13.2 2

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Tossed up well outside off, going away, forces Williamson to play away from the body and the edge is drawn. Luckily for the Kiwi captain, it goes wide of first slip to third man. Two to the total.

13.1 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Bit quicker through the air on middle and leg, pushed back down the track off the back foot.

End of Over : 13 0 Runs NZ: 28/1
12.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Good length ball on off, Raval nicely gets behind the line and blocks it with a straight bat.

12.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Beaten on the drive this time! Abbas serves it on a fuller length outside off and gets it to shape away, Raval is tempted into the drive and is beaten. Abbas is getting closer and closer to taking his first wicket.

12.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Beauty to beat the bat! Abbas is unreal to southpaws from 'round the wicket angle. His line just around off coupled with a wee bit of away movement always catches the batsman in trouble. This time Jeet is lucky not to edge it.

12.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Pitches it on a length around off, Raval drives it towards extra cover where Bilal Asif dives and parries it to mid off. Good effort!

12.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Once again Raval prods forward to defend but this time it takes the inside edge and deflects off his pads to covers.

12.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Angles in a length ball on off, from 'round the wicket, Raval defends it off his front foot.

End of Over : 12 5 Runs NZ: 28/1
11.6 2

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Picks up the length early as it's flat and short outside off, punched through covers for a couple of runs.

11.5 1

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They have run through for a single.

11.4 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Stays right behind the line and defends well.

11.3 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Coming in once more, Jeet is deep inside the crease as he looks to turn it in front of short leg. Is rapped on the pads instead.

11.2 2

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Outside off, with some width on offer, played through point for a brace.

11.1 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. The inside edge has saved him there. Yasir flights it up outside off, it spins back in off the rough as Raval presses forward to defend. The ball strikes his back pad, but not before taking the inside edge.

Yasir Shah returns.

End of Over : 11 0 Runs NZ: 23/1
10.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Touch fuller in length, it's blocked comfortably to end the over.

10.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Too straight in line, wristed in front of square leg.

10.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Not out! Williamson survives. Poor review from all involved. Abbas angles it in on middle and leg, it keeps going down and catches Kane on the pads. A big appeal goes up, but the umpire shakes his head. Abbas speaks with his skipper and then it's taken upstairs. Replays show the ball to be missing the leg stump. Clearly. Review lost.

Review taken. It's taken by Pakistan for an lbw decision against Kane Williamson. Looks to be going down leg to the naked eye.

10.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

10.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Length delivery aiming the top of off stump, stays inside the crease and blocks it back down the track.

10.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Tad straight in line, attacks the stumps, Kane blocks it down in front of mid-wicket.

Mohammad Abbas is back on.

End of Over : 10 1 Runs NZ: 23/1
9.6 0

Haris Sohail to Jeet Raval. Floats it right up there, Jeet is well forward in defense.

9.5 0

Haris Sohail to Jeet Raval. Uses the depth of the crease again, Raval has enough time to go back and turn it on the leg side.

9.4 0

Haris Sohail to Jeet Raval. Goes deep inside the crease, adjusts and works it to backward square leg.

9.3 0

Haris Sohail to Jeet Raval. Goes with the spin and turns it to square leg.

9.2 1

Haris Sohail to Kane Williamson. Short and wide outside off, slapped the punch to sweeper cover for a single.

9.1 0

Haris Sohail to Kane Williamson. A lot of air on off stump, driven to mid off.

Haris Sohail to roll his arm over.

End of Over : 9 6 Runs NZ: 22/1
8.6 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Shout for a leg before, turned down. Maybe an inside edge there. Looped up leg break around off, turns in sharply and catches Jeet Raval on the pads as he prods ahead to defend. Seems some bat is involved.

8.5 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Spinning away from the batsman, it's cut through to sweeper cover for a run.

8.4 4

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. FOUR! But that was a close one. Quicker one from Yasir, Williamson backs away to cut and almost gets bowled. Luckily, he played it well enough to cut it past short third man for a boundary.

8.3 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Well left. Kane watches the ball as it turns away from him, covers the line and lets it be.

8.2 1

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Turning in from a shorter length this time, goes back and punches it through the covers. One run collected.

8.1 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Tossed up leg break from around the wicket, spinning in, Raval presses forward and defends.

End of Over : 8 0 Runs NZ: 16/1
7.6 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Some more chin music for the New Zealand captain. He just ducks under it and lets it pass.

7.5 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Short and wide outside off, no way Williamson will play at that.

7.4 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Back of a length delivery, close to off, kept out safely from within the crease.

7.3 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Outside off, left alone for the keeper to collect.

7.2 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Full in length, attacking the stumps, another defensive shot from Williamson.

7.1 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Full ball outside off, blocked off the front foot.

End of Over : 7 3 Runs NZ: 16/1
6.6 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Loopy, slow and full outside off, invites Williamson forward and he pushes it through covers to keep strike.

6.5 1

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Quicker and shorter, flicked off the back foot to deep mid-wicket for a run.

6.4 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Goes with the spin and turns it on the leg side with soft hands.

6.3 0

Yasir Shah to Jeet Raval. Tossed up in line of the stumps, pushed back down the track.

6.2 1

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. Looped up leg break, driven from the front foot through the covers for one.

6.1 0

Yasir Shah to Kane Williamson. The flipper on off stump, Kane backs away and forces the punch to point.

Yasir Shah is into the attack now.

End of Over : 6 2 Runs NZ: 13/1
5.6 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. Seaming into the left-hander from a fullish length, blocked off the front foot to end the over.

5.5 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. In the channel outside off, arms are shouldered confidently.

5.4 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. Keeps it on the fuller side, but brings it back in just outside off, Raval takes a step forward and meets it with the full face.

5.3 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. Full ball outside the line of off stump, driven to the mid off fielder.

5.2 2

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. Coming in again but the line is a touch straight, Jeet whips this behind square leg and comes back for the second.

5.1 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. From around the wicket and wide of the crease, swinging back in, Raval is rock solid in defense. Plays it down on the leg side.

End of Over : 5 0 Runs NZ: 11/1
4.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Keeps it close to off, it's defensively punched square to point.

4.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Targets the off stump with a length delivery, blocked with a straight blade in response.

4.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Wide outside off, reaches out to it and slaps it to the man at cover-point.

4.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Beaten! After bringing two back in, Abbas makes this one go away. On a back of a length, Williamson pushes inside the line and misses.

4.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Attacks the stumps, doesn't give Williamson much room with this length ball. The batter can only stay behind the line and block.

4.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Cutting back in from a good length, on middle and leg, worked down in front of mid-wicket.

End of Over : 4 8 Runs NZ: 11/1
3.6 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. Good carry on that. Hasan pitches it in the channel outside off, the southpaw lets it be as Sarfraz collects it at chest height.

3.5 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. Almost dragged it back on! Back of a length just outside off, coming back in, Raval with no foot movement gets an inside edge which thuds onto his pads.

3.4 3

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Short of a good length outside off, the Kiwi skipper punches it through the gap in the covers. Three good runs taken.

3.3 4

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. FOUR! Too straight once again from Hasan Ali and he pays the price. Can't bowl it to him there. Williamson flicks it away sweetly through the vacant square leg region and finds the fence.

3.2 1

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. Too straight in line, allows Raval to work this down towards fine leg for a single.

3.1 0

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. Coming back in from outside off, full in length, Jeet blocks with a defensive blade in response.

End of Over : 3 1 Runs NZ: 3/1
2.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Kane Williamson. Over the wicket, length delivery which keeps a bit low. Williamson does well to bring his bat down and force it away on the off side.

2.5 1

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Fraction straight in line, flicked towards mid-wicket where Bilal Asif makes a diving stop to his left. The batsmen cross over.

2.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Offers no shot this time. Sees the ball landing outside off on a length, he covers the line and lets it through.

2.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Lovely full length, shaping back around off, Raval with the full face of the bat blocks it in front of cover.

2.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Bit fuller around off, Jeet prods forward and pushes it with hard hands to cover.

2.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. From around the wicket to Raval, a good length ball is seaming back in on off. The left-hander stands his ground and blocks it down on the off side.

End of Over : 2 2 Runs NZ: 2/1
1.6 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Well left. Excellent over from Hasan Ali comes to an end. He hurls it in the off stump channel, Kane covers the line and makes a watchful leave.

1.5 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Outside the line of off stump, Williamson confidently offers a firm punch which finds the cover fielder.

1.4 0

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Length delivery outside off, punched off the back foot to short cover.

1.3 1

Hasan Ali to Jeet Raval. Back to around the wicket to the left-hander, it's angled in on a back of a length, Raval too gets off the mark as he works it down in front of square leg for one.

1.2 1

Hasan Ali to Kane Williamson. Over the wicket now to Kane. Fuller length ball on off, it's flicked behind square on the leg side for a single. Williamson is off the mark immediately.

Kane Williamson is in at no.3.

1.1 W

Hasan Ali to Tom Latham. OUT! Bowled first ball! What a beginning from Hasan Ali. Nothing Tom Latham could have done about that, really. Incredible delivery first up. Hasan Ali comes from around the wicket and bowls it around off, it shapes back in as Latham hangs his bat down the wrong line. The off stump goes for the toss and that's the first breakthrough for the home side.

Hasan Ali to bowl from the other end.

End of Over : 1 0 Runs NZ: 0/0
0.6 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Good length delivery outside the line of off stump, left alone to end the over.

0.5 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. That's a brave leave from Jeet Raval. Abbas pitches it close to off on a length and as Raval lets it go, it nips back in. Whiskers past the off stick. Super close, that.

0.4 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Just ahead of a length, on the fourth stump line, Raval plants his front foot forward and shoulders arms.

0.3 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Third leave in a row. Expect more of this with Abbas bowling. He keeps probing in that off stump channel, left alone.

0.2 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Good shape on that. Mohammad Abbas hurls it on a length once more, quite close to off, Raval once again leaves it alone.

0.1 0

Mohammad Abbas to Jeet Raval. Angling across on a good length, Raval watchfully lets it be.

End of Over : 58.4 PAK: 171/10

That's it from this game then! Pakistan have stunned themselves more than anyone by choking so badly. Can they recover from this in 4 days' time? The second Test will be played in Dubai, from Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 10 am local (0600 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Kane Williamson says that the team knew that the surface wasn't the easiest to bat on and a lot of scrappy batting was required. Observes that plenty of turn was available from even Day 1 and is happy to have come out on the right side of the result. Admits that there are a few batting issues to be resolved but then praises the effort put in. Has words of praise for the attitude shown, especially during the times when wickets fell in clumps. Praises Ajaz and Sodhi for bowling tirelessly this morning and does not know what might have happened had they not applied the pressure. Agrees that there are plenty of 'little' areas which need to be worked over but in the larger perspective of the game, Williamson says that he is more pleased with the attitude shown.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed admits that he is very disappointed. Says that when his side lost 3 quick wickets, it seemed like the match was over but then the Azhar-Shafiq stand revived fortunes. To lose from there, is even more heartbreaking, he adds. Praises Ajaz Patel for his accuracy but then believes his batsmen could have shown more patience. Admits that in the first place, this game should not have gone down to the wire and the batsmen should have played more shots. But when it did, then they should have shown some application. Hopes to learn from these mistakes in the future.

AJAZ PATEL HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that his game plan was pretty simple. New Zealand believed that they could keep plugging away and thanks the almighty for letting that happen. Credits the relaxed environment in the dressing room for helping the players absorb the pressure and not overdo things. On his debut, he says that he just tried to remind himself of all the hard work that he has done to get to this stage and on his bowling, he says that he just tried to keep it simple.

Ajaz Patel has a chat with Danny Morisson. The former smiles on being given the ball on having got a 5-fer. Says that it is a very special feeling to have done well and led your team to a win. Stresses further that they played the 'Kiwi' way of cricket, not giving up till the last ball. On the words during the Lunch break, Ajaz says that the discussion was just to keep it simple and not give anything away. Adds that it is quite rewarding to win a game for your country after all the hard work he has put in all these years. Stay tuned for the presentation...

The Babar run out seemed to inspire New Zealand and Pakistan both. The bowling side sensed that they can run through the lower order. The batting unit felt that they needed to get things done quickly. Atrocious shots were played, to say the least and only Azhar Ali seemed to be calm under pressure. However, perhaps he could have batted a bit better with the tail - maybe played more shots?

It seemed to be a non-eventful ball. Flicked towards square leg. Could have been a single, would not have mattered even if it was a dot ball. But then, communication was given no respect by either of the two Pakistan batsmen. Babar Azam was admiring the fielding effort while Azhar Ali desperately wanted the single. Neither a yes, nor a no. Just run and watch. What transpired was a run out, that of Babar and the game turned on its head.

One would back the batting side, of course, you would say. But Pakistan, being Pakistan, played just like Pakistan. There is a great degree of mercury rising involved when they play - irrespective of whether they win or lose and today was no less. It all started with a small incident. Really small. Perhaps the phone line was dead. Perhaps there was no network. But why did Azhar Ali not even TRY to call?

There were a few twists this morning, with Pakistan losing three wickets quickly for 8 runs. However, when Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq got a partnership going, it seemed like the writing was on the wall. Even if Asad Shafiq did get out on the last ball before Lunch - just figure this out - 46 runs needed, 6 wickets in hand and plenty of overs left. Whom would you back?

Coming to the match - not quite sure how and where Pakistan lost the game. They made New Zealand collapse from 111/3 to 153 all out and got a lead of 74 in the first innings. Managed to get a decent lead of 74. Then, just when it seemed like the Kiwis were taking the game away, Pakistan restricted them to 249 in the second dig, taking the last 6 wickets for just 29 runs. And then, they raced to 40, without losing a sweat.

Let us take a breather, folks. What did New Zealand have during the Lunch break? Jubilation for the Kiwis. Heartbreak for Pakistan. This is the first time any team has lost by 4 runs in Test cricket. Lowest margin of defeat for Pakistan. Smallest margin of victory for New Zealand. As my colleague, THEONE, usually says to express his feelings - Wow. Just wow.

58.4 W

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. OUT! New Zealand win by 4 runs. What a Test match! Azhar Ali looks devastated as the Ball Tracker shows the ball to be hitting the top of middle. The decision will remain and Pakistan have imploded quite spectacularly again! The ball was landing on leg and turns enough to beat the outside edge of Azhar Ali who was ahead to defend this one. It goes on to hit his back leg and the umpire thinks a bit before raising his finger. Pakistan had to review but unfortunately for Azhar, it just wasn't his day. It's been a great innings but just couldn't hold his nerve to cross the line in the end. On the other hand though, credit must go to the visitors who came spitting fire after Lunch! And also to some crazy running between Babar Azam and Azhar Ali which began this downfall. The Black Caps will have to be given a lot of appreciation for their 'never-say-die' attitude.

Azhar has been adjudged LBW! The decision though has been reviewed...

58.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Similar ball and similar shot again, again the run is declined.

58.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Shorter outside off, Ali guides it to deep third man but doesn't run.

58.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Flighted outside off, Azhar is drawn forward to drive it to cover-point but no run taken.

End of Over : 58 1 Runs PAK: 171/9
57.6 0

Neil Wagner to Mohammad Abbas. Bowls a bouncer, Abbas does well to duck under it.

57.5 1

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Slow bouncer, the batsman plays it towards third man. The batsmen take a run.

57.4 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. HAHA! Azhar tries something different. Length delivery outside off stump, Azhar goes for the scoop but misses it completely and gets beaten. Wagner starts to appeal for the catch but then bails out.

57.3 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Short of a length delivery, the batsman got a low bounce and he pulls it towards mid-wicket.

57.2 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Short of a length delivery again, Azhar again pulls it towards square leg.

57.1 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Short of a length delivery, Azhar pulls it towards mid-wicket.

End of Over : 57 1 Runs PAK: 170/9
56.6 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Sensible batting from Ali, he comes down the wicket and drives to long off to pick up a single and retains strike. Only six required now!

56.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Full ball at the pads, Azhar reverse sweeps it but short third man comes around and stops the single.

56.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Slower through the air, Azhar is half ahead and adjusts well to defend this one after it turns away slightly.

56.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Comes down the wicket and hits this full one to long off. No run taken.

56.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Shorter outside off, cut away to deep point but no run taken.

56.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Full and on middle, Azhar defends it back to the bowler.

End of Over : 56 1 Runs PAK: 169/9
55.6 0

Neil Wagner to Mohammad Abbas. Full toss around off stump, Abbas defends off the front foot. Wagner fields and throws it back at the stumps but Abbas never left his crease.

55.5 1

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Length delivery outside off stump, the batsman plays the upper cut towards third man. The fielder could not quite get to the ball. The batsmen take a run. 7 more needed now.

55.4 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Length delivery again on off stump, the batsman defends off the front foot.

55.3 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Length delivery outside off stump, Azhar cuts it towards point. He does not go for the run again. Had he tried, there were two runs on offer.

55.2 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Full toss on leg stump, Azhar flicks it towards mid-wicket.

55.1 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Length delivery on off stump, Azhar drives it towards covers.

End of Over : 55 1 Runs PAK: 168/9
54.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Abbas. Not out! There is absolutely nothing on Ultra-Edge. The ball is a brilliant one though! It lands on middle, grips and turns to beat the outside edge of Abbas who was half ahead in defense. Watling and the close-in fielders go up in a huge appeal as Bruce Oxenford shakes his head. The NZ fielders are convinced and ask Williamson to go upstairs. The replays confirm the original decision and that's a lost review for the Black Caps. Drama! Pakistan are trying to do it one run per over here.

IS THAT THE END OF THE MATCH? Abbas has been given not out on a caught behind appeal. New Zealand have taken the review....

54.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Abbas. Faster and full yorker length ball outside off, Abbas lets it go.

54.4 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Takes the single this time. Full and outside off, driven to sweeper cover. 8 required now!

54.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Fuller and outside off, Azhar drives to deep cover.

54.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Flighted well outside off, driven to long off but again declines to take a run.

54.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Looped up on off, pushed to sweeper cover by Azhar but no run taken.

End of Over : 54 1 Runs PAK: 167/9
53.6 0

Neil Wagner to Mohammad Abbas. Bowls a bouncer, Abbas does well to duck under it.

53.5 1

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Slow yorker on middle stump, the batsman digs it out to cover and takes a single. 9 more needed now. Can Abbas survive?

53.4 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends off the back foot.

53.3 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. BEATEN! Wide outside off stump, Azhar wanted to go for the cut but gets beaten on this one.

53.2 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Full outside off stump, Azhar drives it towards covers.

53.1 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Length delivery on off stump, Azhar gets it off the inner half of the bat.

End of Over : 53 1 Runs PAK: 166/9
52.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Abbas. Loud applause from the sparse crowd! Abbas has managed to keep out the three deliveries. This one is overpitched on middle and Abbas comes half forward to defend it straight back to the bowler.

52.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Abbas. Flatter one on off again, Abbas goes back in the crease and defends it with a straight bat.

52.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Abbas. Looped up on off, Abbas defends this one confidently.

52.3 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. This one is flatter and quicker on off stump, Azhar Ali drops it down towards point and wants to come back for two, but they can't pick it up as the sweeper cover fielder is quick to it. Abbas on strike now! 10 required.

52.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Fuller outside off, Azhar drives to deep cover but doesn't take the single.

52.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Almost gone through! Azhar comes down the wicket and yorks himself to this full length delivery. He is able to defend it to cover in the end.

End of Over : 52 1 Runs PAK: 165/9
51.6 0

Neil Wagner to Mohammad Abbas. Comes around the wicket and bowls on off stump, Abbas does well to defend it off the back foot.

51.5 0

Neil Wagner to Mohammad Abbas. Wide outside off stump, Abbas lets it go.

51.4 1

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Length delivery outside off stump, Azhar guides it to third man. The batsmen cross ends. They need 11 more for victory.

51.3 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Good length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends off the back foot.

51.2 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Length delivery outside off stump, the batsman cuts it towards point.

51.1 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Wide outside off stump, Azhar tries to play that but misses it.

Mohammad Abbas is the last man in.

End of Over : 51 3 Runs PAK: 164/9
50.6 W

Ajaz Patel to Hasan Ali. OUT! Yesterday's hero could be today's villain! Hasan Ali, what have you done? No need for him to play this shot at this moment, the ball was flighted outside off and Hasan's eyes lit up on seeing it. He goes for a huge slog over mid-wicket but fails to connect fully. The ball hits the top half of the bat and goes to Tim Southee, who is on as a substitute fielder in place of Ross Taylor. Really good catch under pressure as the ball was high in the air and would've been a difficult catch in the sun. 12 required now and only 1 wicket left.

50.5 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. The batsman has swept that one through the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.

50.4 2

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. In the air and falls in no-man's land. Azhar Ali lofts it over cover. The ball was on off and spinning away. Really good shot under pressure. Played with a lot of control. 2 runs taken by the batsmen.

50.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Huge appeal but there was an inside edge there. Flatter on middle, Azhar Ali just brings the bat down in time to defend it. Luckily, the ball hits the inside edge and hits him on the pads.

50.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Short and outside off, Azhar cuts it straight to point.

50.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Flighted and on middle, Azhar comes ahead and keeps it out.

End of Over : 50 5 Runs PAK: 161/8
49.6 0

Neil Wagner to Hasan Ali. BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off stump, Hasan tries to go towards mid-wicket but gets completely beaten on this one.

49.5 0

Neil Wagner to Hasan Ali. Bowls a bouncer, Hasan does well to duck under it.

49.4 1

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Outside off, flayed through the covers for a single.

49.3 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Outside off, swinging away, left alone.

49.2 4

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. FOUR! Hammered away! Length delivery outside off stump, Azhar hits it straight past the bowler for a beautiful boundary. 16 more to win!

49.1 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Full outside off stump, Azhar drives it towards covers.

End of Over : 49 1 Runs PAK: 156/8
48.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Hasan Ali. Goes for another slog an gets it off the inner half through mid-wicket. They do not run.

48.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Hasan Ali. Sensible from Hasan Ali. Comes forward and defends.

48.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Hasan Ali. A wild slog from Ali, he misses.

48.3 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Comes down the track, Azhar comes down the track and pushes it towards long on for a single.

48.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

48.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Not Out! Azhar and Pakistan breathe a huge sigh of relief. This one was down the leg side and Azhar looks to work it away to fine leg but misses it. Watling fails to gather it properly and the ball rolls off his glove and onto the stumps. They appeal for stumping but the back foot of Azhar is firmly on the ground when the bails fall. The foot does come up slightly but the bails had already fallen by then. The tension in the air is palpable.

Is that the 9th wicket? Watling has appealed for a stumping against Azhar. Referred upstairs...

End of Over : 48 1 Runs PAK: 155/8
47.6 0

Neil Wagner to Hasan Ali. Short and on off, Hasan is inside the crease and defends.

47.5 0

Neil Wagner to Hasan Ali. Outside off and full, Hasan leaves it alone.

Hasan Ali is in at no. 10.

47.4 W

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. OUT! There's the eighth one! Full one after two short ones and Yasir just prods ahead and looks to play it to cover. It takes the outside edge and Ross Taylor who is between first and second slip keeps low to his left and holds on to a good catch. 21 runs still required! New Zealand look to be taking a grip of this game now. 4 wickets have been lost for just 8 runs.

47.3 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Bumper outside off, Yasir just sways and lets it go through.

47.2 0

Neil Wagner to Yasir Shah. Good length well outside off, Yasir watches it go through to the keeper.

47.1 1

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Slightly short of a length on off, Azhar pushes it to sweeper for a single.

End of Over : 47 0 Runs PAK: 154/7
46.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Yasir Shah. The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

46.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Yasir Shah. The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.

46.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Yasir Shah. Tossed up on middle stump, Yasir defends off the back foot.

Caught behind given out by the umpire. Yasir Shah immediately reviews after consulting his partner. Was it the noise of the bat hitting the ground?

46.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Yasir Shah. NOT OUT! The bat has hit the ground! Lucky escape for Yasir. Tossed up outside off stump, Yasir goes for the drive but misses it completely and is beaten on this one. Watling catches and appeals and the umpire raises his finger! Yasir consults Azhar and goes for the review. Ultra Edge shows no spike. The bat had hit the ground. Phew!

Yasir Shah joins Azhar Ali in the middle.

46.2 W

Ajaz Patel to Bilal Asif. OUT! BOWLED! New Zealand are on fire. Bowls straight on middle stump, Bilal goes for the slog sweep but misses it completely and gets bowled. Pakistan lose their seventh wicket. Looks like Azhar Ali is stranded of partners.

46.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Bilal Asif. Tossed up on middle stump, Bilal defends off the front foot.

End of Over : 46 0 Runs PAK: 154/6
45.6 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. On a length outside off again, Azhar lets it go through. Maiden over.

45.5 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Good length, keeps a bit low on the off pole. Azhar defends on the back foot and gets the under edge that runs to gully.

45.4 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. On a length again and outside off, Azhar leaves it again.

45.3 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Just short of a good length, Ali wants nothing to do with it as it well outside off.

45.2 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Similar line again, good pace on this one. Azhar lets it go again. He holds the key here and needs to be patient and wait for the bad balls.

45.1 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Good length ball angling away after landing on off, Azhar shoulders his arms to it.

Bilal Asif is the new man in at 8.

End of Over : 45 1 Runs PAK: 154/6
44.6 W

Ajaz Patel to Sarfraz Ahmed. OUT! The decision is overturned! The game is changing big time. Tossed up on middle stump, Sarfraz goes for the sweep but misses. The ball goes in the air and gets caught by BJ Watling. The umpire shakes his head. New Zealand go for the review. Ultra edge shows a spike when the ball goes past his glove! Sarfraz has to walk back. They still need 22 more to win this match.

Is that LBW? Or is it a catch? It has been given not out. New Zealand reckon Sarfraz is out.

44.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Sarfraz Ahmed. Floated on middle stump, the skipper defends off the back foot.

44.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Sarfraz Ahmed. BEATEN! Drifts away from the batsman, Sarfraz goes for the drive but gets completely beaten on this one.

44.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Sarfraz Ahmed. Tossed up on off stump, the skipper plays it towards point.

44.2 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Flighted delivery on leg stump, Azhar pushes it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen cross ends.

44.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Tossed up on middle stump, Azhar defends off the front foot.

End of Over : 44 5 Runs PAK: 153/5
43.6 0

Neil Wagner to Sarfraz Ahmed. Short one outside off, Sarfraz plays it safely to point.

43.5 0

Neil Wagner to Sarfraz Ahmed. Over the wicket to Sarfraz and the ball is short and angling away, the skipper ducks and lets it go.

43.4 1

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Short and on middle again, Azhar gets inside the line and pulls it away to deep fine leg for a single.

43.3 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Around the wicket, short and well outside off, Azhar ducks to let it go.

43.2 3

Neil Wagner to Sarfraz Ahmed. Slower one outside off, driven well by the captain and he's off the mark immediately. The batsmen come back for three.

43.1 1

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. TOP EDGE, SAFE! Nearly another wicket. A short ball, Azhar goes for the pull but the bounce gets big on him. He miscues it but the top edge does not carry to Trent Boult running in from long leg. A single taken.

End of Over : 43 1 Runs PAK: 148/5
42.6 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Tossed up outside off stump, Azhar cuts it towards point. The fielder misfields and the batsmen take a run.

42.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Loopy delivery on middle stump, Azhar defends off the front foot.

Sarfraz Ahmed is the next batsman in.

42.4 W

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Run-out! Unnecessary from Pakistan. Absolute madness in the middle. The ball is full and at the pads, Azam plays it to short fine leg. Azhar Ali has come charging down and it was his call but Azam was ball-watching and doesn't run through. Azhar passes him and reaches the striker's end first, leaving Azam stranded in the middle. There was no need for this as it could set the cat among the pigeons. The fielder at square leg throws it back to Ajaz who dislodges the bails with his foot by mistake. He then goes on to uproot the stump with the ball in his hand. 29 still required. Do you still think New Zealand have a chance?

42.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Flatter on middle, Azam comes forward and defends it with a straight bat.

42.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Full and pitched on leg, Babar gets his bat in front of his pad as he defends.

42.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Flighted on pads, Babar plays it into the ground on the leg side.

End of Over : 42 7 Runs PAK: 147/4
41.6 3

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Again short of a length delivery, the batsman pulls it towards mid on. The batsmen get three runs.

41.5 2

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Short of a length delivery, Babar pulls it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.

41.4 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Short ball again, the batsman wanted to pull but gets it off his shoulder towards point.

41.3 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Again a bouncer, the batsman does well to duck under it.

41.2 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Bowls a bouncer, Babar lets it go.

41.1 2

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Full outside off stump, Babar drives it towards covers. The batsmen pick up a couple.

End of Over : 41 7 Runs PAK: 140/4
40.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Grip and turn for Ajaz as this ball is pitched on off and beats the outside edge of Azhar who was trying to defend, as it turns away at the last moment. Watling is quick to remove the bails but the foot has come back down by that time.

40.5 1

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. This one is flatter and quicker on off stump, Azam just drops it down on the off side towards point and picks up a quick single. The point fielder has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses it.

40.4 4

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. FOUR! Freebie for the new batsman. Short and slow outside off, all the time in the world for Azam to rock back and cut it away to the point boundary. 37 away now.

40.3 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Good use of the feet here as Azhar comes down the wicket and plays this ball which was on middle for a quick single to mid on.

40.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Similar trajectory, punched straight to cover-point this time by Ali.

40.1 1

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Flatter one on off stump, Babar punches it away to sweeper cover for a single and is off the mark.

End of Over : 40 0 Runs PAK: 133/4
39.6 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Four leaves in a row for Azhar. Again wide outside off stump, Azhar lets it go.

39.5 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Bowls wide outside off stump, the batsman lets it go again.

39.4 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Again on a good length outside off stump, the batsman lets it go.

39.3 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Good length delivery outside off stump, Ali lets it go.

39.2 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Short of a length delivery again, the batsman defends off the back foot.

39.1 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Short of a length delivery outside off stump, Azhar tries to pull but gets a bottom edge on that one.

End of Over : 39 3 Runs PAK: 133/4
38.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Good ball again, on middle. Babar stays back in the crease to defend it.

38.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Flatter one on off stump, Azam defends it on the back foot.

38.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Woah, great ball again! Azam is very lucky as this one bounces a tad too much and turns away to go in between bat and pad. Clips the pad on the way through but the ball is too high and the pad was outside off so there was no chance of an LBW there. The Ultra-Edge shows us that the ball is away from the inside edge too so good decision by the umpire, as well as NZ not to go upstairs.

38.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. What a delivery! This full one on off draws Azam forward into a defensive shot and beats his outside edge as it turns away at the final moment.

38.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam. Looped up outside off, Azam comes ahead and lets it go as it turns away.

38.1 3

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Full and flighted on midde, paddled away to deep fine leg by Azhar. The batsmen come back for three.

Ajaz Patel into the attack.

End of Over : 38 0 Runs PAK: 130/4
37.6 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Another bumper, Azam does well to evade it.

37.5 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. There we go, the bouncer follows the full one. Azam ducks under it.

37.4 0

Neil Wagner to Babar Azam. Full and outside off, Azam comes ahead and defends it.

Welcome back. 46 runs needed, 6 wickets in hand. Babar Azam is the new batsman in. And to face.

... Day 4, Session 2 ...

The game though, is firmly in the favor of Pakistan and they just need to play each ball on its merit as they look to go 1-0 up. Just 46 more runs required! On the other hand, if New Zealand manage to get another couple of wickets quickly after the break, the game will open up again. Join us in a while for the post-Lunch session.

The excitement of the first half an hour had been completely blunted by brilliant and patient batting by Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali. New Zealand were plotting another Pakistan collapse as they managed to pick up three wickets early on but they encountered two rocks in Ali and Shafiq. The hosts' ship sailed clear of troubled waters and reached a very comfortable 130-3 before Wagner played on Shafiq's patience and got him out on the last ball before Lunch.

37.3 W

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. OUT! No fifty for Shafiq! The barrage of bouncers has done the trick in the end! This one is on a good length and slightly shaping away and Asad plays a loose shot outside off. The good length ball was only the second one that this bouncer machine, Wagner has bowled today. And it takes the slightest of feathers as Watling gobbles it up at a good height behind the wickets. Shafiq will be kicking himself as he would've liked to finish the game off and we were moments away from the break. With that, it will also be LUNCH on Day 4.

37.2 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Another bumper on middle, let through again.

37.1 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. No surprises as it's another bouncer outside leg, Shafiq ducks again.

End of Over : 37 2 Runs PAK: 130/3
36.6 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Flighted on off stump, Ali drives to short cover.

36.5 2

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Flatter and quicker at the pads, tucked away towards square leg for a couple. Azhar Ali into the 40s now.

36.4 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Full toss at the pads, Azhar flicks it to short fine leg.

36.3 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Padded away for the third time in a row as the ball lands well outside leg stump again.

36.2 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Similar line again, Azhar pads it away again.

36.1 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Around the wicket and bowled well outside leg, Azhar pads it away.

End of Over : 36 0 Runs PAK: 128/3
35.6 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Oh hello, there we go again. Ends the over with a short one aimed at Shafiq's head. He just ducks again. Quite an exercise. Maiden over.

35.5 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Finally, this one is on good length and just outside off, Shafiq is forced to play at this one as he drives to cover.

35.4 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. This is getting monotonous now, same delivery and similarly left alone.

35.3 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Barrage of bouncers here, there is not even a thought of playing at it as Shafiq just lets it go again.

35.2 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Wagner serving more of the same, Shafiq ducks again.

35.1 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Short one aimed at the head, Shafiq is content to duck and let it go.

End of Over : 35 6 Runs PAK: 128/3
34.6 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Looped up on off stump, Ali dead bats it.

34.5 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. This one is full and outside off and turning away. Ali pads it away, Sodhi appeals but the ball was well outside off and it was turning away.

34.4 1

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Wrong 'un on off stump, Shafiq plays it away to mid-wicket for a single.

34.3 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Short and outside off, cut away to point.

34.2 4

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. FOUR! Too full and taken on the full by Shafiq and swept away behind square on the leg side. The deep square leg fielder dives but cannot stop this one. Six away from his half-century.

34.1 1

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Looped up outside off, easily driven to sweeper cover for a run.

End of Over : 34 5 Runs PAK: 122/3
33.6 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Six bouncers in the over! Shafiq ducks again and is content to let the ball go through. In no hurry.

33.5 0

Neil Wagner to Asad Shafiq. Another bumper, Shafiq just ducks and lets it go.

33.4 1

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Another short ball on middle, this one doesn't climb as much. Azhar pulls it away to deep fine leg for a single.

33.3 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Short and outside off, Azhar attempts the pull again, this time in front of square on the leg side. Finds the fielder though.

33.2 4

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. FOUR! Short again and Azhar is ready this time. Pulls it away behind square leg, always in control and all along the ground for four.

33.1 0

Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali. Bouncer first up on middle, Azhar ducks underneath it.

Wagner into the attack now.

End of Over : 33 4 Runs PAK: 117/3
32.6 1

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Outside off on a length, Ali guides it to sweeper to retain strike.

32.5 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Wide outside off and turning away, Azhar plays the cut and misses the ball completely.

32.4 1

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Short again and pulled away by Shafiq to deep mid-wicket for a single.

32.3 1

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Flatter and pitching on leg, Azhar flicks it in front of square on leg for another run.

32.2 1

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Short and outside off, cut away to sweeper cover for a run.

32.1 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Fuller and on off, Asad is well forward in defense.

Sodhi changes ends.

End of Over : 32 3 Runs PAK: 113/3
31.6 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Angling away and well outside off, left alone.

31.5 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Over the wicket this time, on a good length and off stump line. Azhar is half ahead and defends.

31.4 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Good length outside off, Azhar is solid in defense.

31.3 1

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. Full and slower outside off, Shafiq guides it on the front foot to third man for a single.

31.2 2

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. Slightly fuller and outside off, pushed away through cover-point and comes back for two. Good running that!

31.1 0

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. Good length outside off, left alone by Asad.

End of Over : 31 11 Runs PAK: 110/3
30.6 4

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. FOUR! Terrific shot. Full and around off, Azhar gets down and sweeps it through mid-wicket for a boundary! 11 from the over, Pakistan pressing on the 'finish-it-quickly' button. 66 more to win. Azhar moves to 30 while the stand is worth 62.

30.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Outside off, played straight to point.

30.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Around off, well blocked out.

30.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Full and around off, watchfully pushed it back to the bowler.

30.2 4

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. FOUR! And again! This time by a different batsman, for a different result! Pakistan growing in confidence now. Full and outside leg, Azhar brings out the reverse sweep and gets it through point for a boundary!

30.1 3

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Aha... innovations coming up now. After a series of blocks and flicks, we now get to see a reverse sweep. Pitched outside leg, helped through third man for three runs. 100 COMES UP FOR PAKISTAN. 74 more needed.

End of Over : 30 3 Runs PAK: 99/3
29.6 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Outside off, left alone.

29.5 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. This time he stays back in his crease and blocks.

29.4 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Full and just outside off, watchfully pushed out.

29.3 2

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. A delightful cover drive, finding the gap, keeping the scoreboard ticking and reducing the runs required by 2 more. 50-RUN STAND IS UP BETWEEN THESE TWO. Taken the sting out of the New Zealand attack.

29.2 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Azhar tries to tap and run towards mid on but realizes that he hit it too well. Sends his partner back.

29.1 1

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. Good awareness, good batting. Shafiq notices that the fielders on the off side were not quite charging to the ball. Taps this ball with soft hands, just wide of cover and calls his partner through for a quick single. We are getting to that stage where the Black Caps need wickets and that too, in a bunch. 79 more needed now.

End of Over : 29 6 Runs PAK: 96/3
28.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Pitched outside leg, Ali pads it away.

28.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. That stays low. It is around leg but Azhar manages to keep it out with a back foot defense. That nearly trickled back onto the stumps off the inside edge.

28.4 1

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Clips this through mid-wicket for a run.

28.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Comes over the wicket, lands it around middle, watchfully kept out.

28.2 4

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. FOUR! The partnership continues to grow in confidence. Full on middle, Shafiq comes down the track and whips it over square leg. Acres of free space available in that region. Shafiq has moved to 30 now. His third boundary.

28.1 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Landed outside of spinning away, punched through point for a single.

End of Over : 28 2 Runs PAK: 90/3
27.6 0

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. A bouncer to end the over, Shaifiq ducks.

27.5 0

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. Full and just outside off, watchfully defended.

27.4 0

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. Landed outside off, not played at.

27.3 0

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. A bouncer on middle, Shafiq ducks.

27.2 2

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. Landed outside off, steered behind point for a couple.

27.1 0

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. On a length outside off, well defended.

End of Over : 27 2 Runs PAK: 88/3
26.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Goes right back in his crease and defends.

26.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

26.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Outside off, a touch too wide, left alone.

26.3 1

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. 4000 TEST RUNS FOR ASAD SHAFIQ! Well played. Important player for Pakistan. Keeps his cool in tough circumstances. Full and around middle, Asad comes down the track and flicks it off the inner half through mid-wicket for a single.

26.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Full and around off, watchfully defended.

26.1 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Landed outside off, pushed through point for a single.

End of Over : 26 5 Runs PAK: 86/3
25.6 1

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. On middle and leg, helped through square leg for a run.

25.5 1

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. The batsman has played it to the point region. They pick up a single.

25.4 0

Trent Boult to Asad Shafiq. The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

25.3 1

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.

25.2 0

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Full and outside off, swinging away, left alone.

25.1 2

Trent Boult to Azhar Ali. Down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a couple.

Trent Boult has been summoned. First over of pace today.

DRINKS BREAK. What an opening hour. Just what a cricket fan would have loved. Three quick wickets, then a partnership following it. It seems like Azhar and Shafiq have eased out proceedings but these are two teams playing in a country where anything is possible any time. You can never rule out a collapse, nor can you avoid a fightback. Hold on to your seats. 95 runs needed, 7 wickets in hand...

End of Over : 25 4 Runs PAK: 81/3
24.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

24.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Full again, Asad reaches out and drives it back to the bowler.

24.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Around off, pushed back to the bowler.

24.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

24.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Full and outside off, Asad pushes at it with soft hands and gets an outside edge which dies down in front of slip.

24.1 4

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. FOUR! Second boundary in the space of 3 balls. Short and around off, spinning away, Shafiq rocks back and cut it through point to exploit the massive real estate over there. Punches Azhar's gloves with a smile. This partnership is now worth 33 with Shafiq making 22 of those.

End of Over : 24 4 Runs PAK: 77/3
23.6 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Around off, AA stays back and just about blocks it out.

23.5 4

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. FOUR! Bad ball and punished. A full toss, on middle, Azhar gets down, reaches out and sweeps it behind square leg for a boundary. The runs required come into double figures now.

23.4 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Full and outside off, this time Ali reads the hand, comes forward and pushes it back.

23.3 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. There comes the googly, skids on after pitching, Azhar does not pick it at all, playing it from the crease, reading it off the pitch and just about dabbing it towards short leg.

23.2 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Very full outside off, pretty wide. left alone.

23.1 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.

End of Over : 23 2 Runs PAK: 73/3
22.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Full and outside off, watchfully defended.

22.5 2

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a couple.

22.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Full and straight, this time AS comes forward and blocks patiently.

22.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Quicker one, outside off, probably the arm ball, once again Asad wants to drop and run to the off side but Azhar calmly sends him back.

22.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Landed outside off, another push but straight to cover.

22.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Full and outside off, Shafiq taps it to the off side, wants a single but is sent back.

End of Over : 22 2 Runs PAK: 71/3
21.6 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Fuller length this time, watchfully defended.

21.5 1

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Another full toss, played with soft hands through mid-wicket for a run.

21.4 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Much fuller, outside off, spinning away, Shafiq shoulders arms.

21.3 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Landed outside off, dabbed straight to backward point.

21.2 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

21.1 1

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.

End of Over : 21 4 Runs PAK: 69/3
20.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Full and straight, risky sweep shot employed but the bat meets the ball, getting it to square leg.

20.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. NOT OUT. The foot barely moved. Full and outside off, Shafiq came forward to defend but the ball spun away a touch, went past the outside edge and Watling whipped off the bails. The keeper was extremely confident and it was referred upstairs but nothing in the replays.

Is that a stumping? Watling is confident that he has his man. Referred upstairs...

20.4 4

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. FOUR! Not quite of the middle of the bat but it will do. Full and around middle Shafiq comes down the track and looks to go over the top, but the ball spins in a touch, goes off the inner half, but still eludes mid on.

20.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.

20.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Short and outside off, spinning away, punched straight to cover.

20.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Full and around middle, driven straight back to the bowler.

End of Over : 20 4 Runs PAK: 65/3
19.6 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. A high full toss outside off, Azhar cannot do anything about it, driving the ball straight to short extra cover.

19.5 1

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Another single, punched through the covers. Good batting by this pair. They are concentrating on the singles and not just blocking and defending.

19.4 1

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Eases this through the covers for a run.

19.3 1

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. A bit more flight, gets it as a full toss, Shafiq pushes it towards mid on for a quick single.

19.2 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Outside off, pushed back to the bowler.

19.1 1

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Full and outside off, use of the feet from Azhar as he gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it through the covers for a single.

End of Over : 19 4 Runs PAK: 61/3
18.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Full and outside off, watchfully kept out.

18.5 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Goes back and works it through square leg for a single.

18.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Landed outside off, left alone.

18.3 1

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Plays this extremely late, off the pitch, waiting for the ball to turn and almost guides it to the men waiting there. Manages to nudge it past first slip for a single.

18.2 2

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Short and outside off, punched through cover-point for a couple.

18.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Landed outside off, watchfully pushed back to the bowler.

End of Over : 18 4 Runs PAK: 57/3
17.6 2

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Full and outside off, eased past cover for a brace.

17.5 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Landed outside off, a bit too wide, left alone.

17.4 1

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Outside off, pushed towards point for a single.

17.3 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Full and outside off, pushed towards mid off.

17.2 1

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Too full outside off, Azhar gets underneath it and drives it through the covers for a single.

17.1 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Tossed up outside off, watchfully defended.

End of Over : 17 2 Runs PAK: 53/3
16.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Down the leg side, Shafiq is drawn forward to flick but misses.

16.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Full again, blocked back to the bowler.

16.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Full and outside off, driven towards mid off.

16.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Better from Asad. Gets to the pitch of the ball and blocks.

16.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Full and outside off, watchfully defended. That nearly went through the gap between bat and pad. Shafiq just about managed to get his bat down in time.

16.1 2

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Down the leg side, tucked through square leg for a couple.

End of Over : 16 1 Runs PAK: 51/3
15.6 0

Ish Sodhi to Azhar Ali. Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.

15.5 1

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a single.

15.4 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Landed outside off, let through.

15.3 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Punched off the back foot by the batsman.

15.2 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Very full, outside off, Shafiq comes forward but nearly yorks himself. The ball goes back to the bowler.

15.1 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Full and outside off, driven sweetly but straight to extra cover.

End of Over : 15 1 Runs PAK: 50/3
14.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Full and around off, well blocked out.

14.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

14.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Fuller and with a bit of extra flight, Azhar defends.

14.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. The batsman defends it from within the crease.

14.2 1

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a single. 50 UP FOR PAKISTAN. Suddenly, 176 looks like a mountain to climb.

14.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Asad Shafiq. Full and around off, watchfully defended.

End of Over : 14 5 Runs PAK: 49/3
13.6 1

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Pushes this through mid on for a run.

13.5 0

Ish Sodhi to Asad Shafiq. Outside off, left alone.

Asad Shafiq walks in at number 5, replacing Sohail.

13.4 W

Ish Sodhi to Haris Sohail. OUT! Caught and bowled off a full toss! Well, well, well! Are we onto something here? Another soft dismissal. We saw Hafeez chipping one to cover and now Sohail has done something similar. Only the region is different. It is a ball which takes the pitch out of the equation because it does not land at all. Sohail comes down the track but hits it straight back and that too uppishly! Nice catch taken Ish Sodhi, low to his left,. Bang, bang, bang! 3/8 in the span of 8 balls for the Kiwis!

13.3 4

Ish Sodhi to Haris Sohail. FOUR! Positive cricket. No point in just blocking. Sohail comes down the track gets to the pitch of the ball and whacks it over mid on for a boundary.

13.2 0

Ish Sodhi to Haris Sohail. Around off, defended from the crease.

Haris Sohail comes in at number 4, replacing Hafeez.

13.1 W

Ish Sodhi to Mohammad Hafeez. OUT! Chipped straight to cover. Oh wow. One brings two and New Zealand have two new batsmen in the middle. Full and outside off, Hafeez comes down the track and looks to hit it through the off side, but cannot keep it down. He ends up hitting it straight to short extra cover where Colin de Grandhomme makes no mistake. Two wickets in the space of 5 balls for 4 runs!

End of Over : 13 4 Runs PAK: 44/1
12.6 1

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. Ooohhh.... played back from the crease, misreads the line and just about manages to get his bat down in time, to sneak a run through point.

12.5 1

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.

12.4 2

Ajaz Patel to Azhar Ali. Full and around off, Azhar brings out the sweep and gets it to fine leg for a couple. FIRST RUNS OFF AJAZ PATEL in this innings.

Azhar Ali comes in at number 3, replacing Imam.

12.3 W

Ajaz Patel to Imam-ul-Haq. OUT! LBW! First wicket for New Zealand! Imam departs. Beautiful bowling, excellent length. Ajaz keeps persisting on that tight line and is rewarded. Imam was getting frustrated, being unable to work him away and on this particular ball, he was not sure whether to come forward or go back. It is a decision which needs to be taken in a split second and the southpaw is a second late. Costs him. He tries to play that off the pitch, going back and looking to work it to the leg side but misses. Why? Because the ball lands on the rough outside off and the surface explodes. Massive turn and pings the left-hander right in front of middle. No point reviewing that. So. New Zealand have got a wicket early, conceding just 3 runs this morning...

12.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Imam-ul-Haq. Landed outside off again, a touch quicker, the left-hander gets back and across and defends.

12.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Imam-ul-Haq. Flighted outside off, Imam comes down the track and pushes it back to the bowler.

End of Over : 12 1 Runs PAK: 40/0
11.6 0

Ish Sodhi to Mohammad Hafeez. Full and around off, well defended.

11.5 0

Ish Sodhi to Mohammad Hafeez. Full and around off, pushed towards point.

11.4 0

Ish Sodhi to Mohammad Hafeez. Very full outside off, pushed towards cover.

11.3 0

Ish Sodhi to Mohammad Hafeez. Full and outside off, the attempted googly, left alone.

11.2 1

Ish Sodhi to Imam-ul-Haq. A touch short, outside off, spinning in, worked past short leg, towards deep mid-wicket, for a single. The stand is now worth 40.

11.1 0

Ish Sodhi to Imam-ul-Haq. Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.

End of Over : 11 0 Runs PAK: 39/0
10.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. Comes forward and watchfully keeps it out.

10.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. Pitched outside leg, Hafeez looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. A mild LBW appeal ensues but nothing in it.

10.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

10.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. Fuller and around off, well blocked out.

10.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. Full and around off, watchfully pushed back.

10.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. Full and around middle, worked straight to short mid-wicket.

End of Over : 10 2 Runs PAK: 39/0
9.6 0

Ish Sodhi to Imam-ul-Haq. On middle and leg, flicked straight to square leg.

9.5 0

Ish Sodhi to Imam-ul-Haq. Oohhh.... beaten. Full and outside off, Imam comes down the track, looks to flick, is gone for all money as Watling gets ready to stump. But, the bat comes in the way at the last moment as an inside edge is induced and it hits him on the pads.

9.4 0

Ish Sodhi to Imam-ul-Haq. Full and outside off, watchfully defended.

9.3 1

Ish Sodhi to Mohammad Hafeez. Dropped short, stays low, Hafeez adjusts well and pulls it over mid-wicket for a run.

9.2 1

Ish Sodhi to Imam-ul-Haq. On middle and leg, this time the flick shot is connected, past short leg, for a single.

9.1 0

Ish Sodhi to Imam-ul-Haq. Down the leg side, Imam looks to flick but the ball goes off his pads to short leg.

Ish Sodhi to bowl from the other end.

End of Over : 9 0 Runs PAK: 37/0
8.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. The batsman defends it from within the crease.

8.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. This one spins away, bowled slower through the air, MH looks to defend but gets beaten again.

8.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. Full and outside off, watchfully defended.

8.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. Comes down the track this time and blasts it straight back. Well stopped by the bowler.

8.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. And again! Similar ball, same shot, gets beaten again!

8.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. That is a jaffa! Full and outside off, Hafeez comes forward to defend but the ball holds its line and beats the outside edge.

The Kiwis are out in a huddle. The players are out in the middle as well. Ajaz Patel to start off proceedings for the day. Hafeez to face. Here we go...

Danny Morrison has a chat with Neil Wagner. On his achieved milestone of 150 Test wickets, Wagner says that it is something which he doesn't like to think about, focussing mainly on bowling well. On not being given the new ball, Neil says that the team has missed Tim Southee in this Test, going by the horses-for-courses strategy, going in with three spinners. Defends Colin de Grandhomme, stating that he has done well in domestic cricket with the new ball. On himself, he says that he is better with the old ball. Stresses that the game is not over yet and if the Kiwis can manage to get early wickets today, anything is possible. Praises the physio for keeping the guys fit and hopes to keep playing for more time. On him moving to North Island back home, Wagner credits it to Trent Boult and says that it has come across as a great changing factor in his life.

WEATHER REPORT -: It is slightly cloudy out there but there is no forecast of rain. Hopefully we get through the remainder of the game unscathed.

Welcome everyone to Day 4 and what could and should most possibly be the last day of this opening Test. Pakistan are firmly in the driver's seat and the visitors will have to hope for an insane spell from their bowlers to make the hosts sweat as they look to wipe off the remaining 139 runs required. The pitch has eased out and if last evening is anything to go by, the Pakistan openers look more than comfortable out there in the middle. All things said, the odds are stacked firmly in favour of Pakistan taking a 1-0 lead in this three-Test series. Join us for live action in a bit!

... Day 4, Session 1 ...

Another 139 is what is needed and the 'hosts' have 10 wickets in hand. They are outright favorites to take a 1-0 lead. But Pakistan being Pakistan you just never know what to expect of them. Day 4 will most probably be the last day of the Test match and one would expect New Zealand to give it their all. Will there be a surprise in store or will Pakistan continue their dominance? Join us to find out at 1000 local (0600 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye.

The third session though changed the whole complexion of this game. Yasir Shah and Hasan Ali came to the fore, especially the former. He ran through the middle and lower order and finished with a fifer. Hasan Ali too picked up 5 and the two ensured the lead did not get past 200.

The day began with New Zealand trailing by 18 runs and they were already a wicket down. However, Kane Williamson and Jeet Raval added 86 and took the Kiwis into the lead. Pakistan then fought back as they managed to pick a few wickets quickly but a massive 112-run stand between Nicholls and Watling saw the visitors go on top. The two scored half tons and the Black Caps then, seemed like would stretch their lead to around 250.

Pakistan's session and it is Pakistan's day. First they got the last 6 wickets for 29 runs and then, their openers not only ensured they end Day 3 unscathed but have also deducted 37 runs from the target.

The umpires have offered the batsmen the light and they have taken it. The players are walking off the field and THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 3!

End of Over : 8 6 Runs PAK: 37/0
7.6 1

Ish Sodhi to Mohammad Hafeez. Shorter delivery on off stump, Hafeez covers the spin on the delivery and defends it with a straight bat.

7.5 1

Ish Sodhi to Imam-ul-Haq. Flatter and on the pads, Imam flicks to square leg for a single.

7.4 0

Ish Sodhi to Imam-ul-Haq. Full and overpitched outside off, driven by Imam. A diving Kane at cover stops any runs.

7.3 0

Ish Sodhi to Imam-ul-Haq. Good ball this! Starts outside off, bounces a lot after landing and hits Imam on the thigh pad and lobs up. Short leg takes it and there is a small appeal but Ian Gould signals to the thigh suggesting it came off the thigh pad.

7.2 0

Ish Sodhi to Imam-ul-Haq. Fuller and outside off, Imam takes a big stride and defends it.

7.1 4

Ish Sodhi to Imam-ul-Haq. FOUR BYES! Around the wicket, landing outside off, grips and turns. Beats the keeper and runs down to the fine leg fence for four byes.

Spin from both ends. Ish Sodhi to roll his arm.

End of Over : 7 0 Runs PAK: 31/0
6.6 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. Looped up on off, Hafeez defends it coming ahead. Maiden over to start off with for Ajaz.

6.5 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. Full and flighted on off, Hafeez plays it back patiently.

6.4 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. Full and on middle this time, Hafeez defends it straight back to the bowler.

6.3 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. Fuller and on off stump, driven towards mid off.

6.2 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. This ball is on length, Hafeez goes back and keeps it out well in the end.

6.1 0

Ajaz Patel to Mohammad Hafeez. Looped up outside off, Hafeez plays it with soft hands to point.

Ajaz Patel is into the attack.

End of Over : 6 6 Runs PAK: 31/0
5.6 1

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. The ball was on a length and outside off, Hafeez guides it in the gap to the left of point for a single.

5.5 4

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. FOUR! Hafeez puts his weight on the front foot and drives it beautifully through the covers for another four! The runs are flowing here. This ball was overpitched and outside off and too easy for the master technician.

5.4 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. Short outside off, Hafeez defends it toward point.

5.3 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. Slightly fuller and on off, Hafeez is half forward and plays it to cover.

5.2 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. Good length on the off stump, Hafeez is solid in defense.

5.1 1

Colin de Grandhomme to Imam-ul-Haq. Good length and at a gentle pace but drifting onto the pads, Imam flicks it to deep square leg for a single.

End of Over : 5 3 Runs PAK: 25/0
4.6 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. On middle this time, Hafeez stays inside his crease and defends it.

4.5 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Short of a length and above off stump, Hafeez looks to guide it towards the third man boundary but Grandhomme at gully makes a diving stop.

4.4 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Wide outside off, Hafeez doesn't need to play at those.

4.3 1

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Short of a good length outside off, Imam defends it into the gap on the off side towards cover point again. The batsmen run one.

4.2 0

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Outside off on a length, Imam stands tall and defends it to cover point.

4.1 2

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Short of a good length and on the pads this time, Imam flicks it away to square leg and comes back for the second. Really good running that!

End of Over : 4 5 Runs PAK: 22/0
3.6 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. Around off, Hafeez leans forward and punches it to covers.

3.5 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. Full and around leg, driven back towards the bowler.

3.4 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Mohammad Hafeez. Good leave. Very good leave. On a good length on that fourth stump line. Comes back in a bit. Hafeez it all the way through to the keeper.

3.3 1

Colin de Grandhomme to Imam-ul-Haq. Outside off again, cut past cover-point for a run.

3.2 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Imam-ul-Haq. Length ball outside off, Imam leaves it alone.

3.1 4

Colin de Grandhomme to Imam-ul-Haq. FOUR! Edge and away. New Zealand are leaking boundaries. Fuller ball on middle and off. Imam plays across the wrong line. Gets an edge which rolls between the cordon and away to the third man fence.

End of Over : 3 2 Runs PAK: 17/0
2.6 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. This is on off, Hafeez is solid in defense.

2.5 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Angles this into the batter, Hafeez gets behind the line and defends it.

2.4 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Shortish and on middle, it is worked to mid-wicket.

2.3 2

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Pure timing! Not for a boundary but a couple. Hafeez uses the pace of the bowler and then guides it through backward point. They run two.

2.2 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Good length around off, the batsman guides it towards point.

2.1 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Fuller in length and outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it.

End of Over : 2 4 Runs PAK: 15/0
1.6 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Imam-ul-Haq. On a length and around off, it is blocked.

1.5 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Imam-ul-Haq. Once again it is nicely punched but does not find the gap, it goes to the cover-point fielder.

1.4 4

Colin de Grandhomme to Imam-ul-Haq. FOUR! Imam looks in great touch out there. Slightly short and outside off, Imam rocks back and slaps it through cover-point. It races away. He is dealing in boundaries at the moment.

1.3 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Imam-ul-Haq. Back of a length on middle, Imam defends it onto the ground.

1.2 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Imam-ul-Haq. Good length and outside off, the batsman makes a leave.

1.1 0

Colin de Grandhomme to Imam-ul-Haq. Full on middle, no swing on offer. It is driven back to the bowler.

Colin de Grandhomme to bowl from the other end.

End of Over : 1 11 Runs PAK: 11/0
0.6 0

Trent Boult to Mohammad Hafeez. Back of a length on middle, it is kept out. 11 from the first over, an expensive start by Boult.

0.5 3

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Runs again! This is on the pads, Imam flicks it through square leg. They run three. Imam is in the mood to finish it today.

0.4 0

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Back of a length on off, Imam pushes it to covers.

0.3 4

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. FOUR! Take that, says Imam! This is delightful! Full and around off, Imam leans into it, gets right on top of the delivery and strokes it through covers for a boundary. Pakistan off to a flier here.

0.2 0

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. Good comeback! This is fuller and on the stumps, stays a touch low. Imam pushes it back to the bowler.

0.1 4

Trent Boult to Imam-ul-Haq. FOUR! Cracking start to the Pakistan innings! That has been crunched! Slightly short and outside off, Imam rocks back and punches it through covers for a boundary.

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