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Pakistan vs New Zealand - 1st Test

Series: Pakistan and New Zealand in UAE, 3 Test Series, 2018
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date: 16 November 2018

Pakistan 171/10 (58.4 Ovs) RR: 2.91 | New Zealand beat Pakistan by 4 runs

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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
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Azam, Boult delivers a length ball outside off, Azam plays a delightful cover drive and turns down the single.
82.6
0
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to Abbas, Fullish and angling into the batsman, Abbas flicks but finds mid-wicket.
82.3
0
de Grandhomme to Abbas, Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Abbas makes a careful leave.

Mohammad Abbas is the number 11 batsman.

82.2
0
de Grandhomme to H 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
de Grandhomme to Ali, A gentle full ball on the pads, Hasan flicks it straight to mid-wicket.
81.6
0
T Boult to Azam, A strong back foot punch by Babar Azam but straight to the cover fielder.
81.5
0
T Boult to B 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
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Azam, A length delivery angling away from the batsman, Babar allows it through to the keeper.
81.1
0
T Boult to 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.

80.6
0
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to Ali, Beaten! This one skids off the surface after landing outside off, Hasan pushes inside the line and misses.
80.4
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, Gentle delivery, on a good length outside off, an easy leave for Ali.
80.3
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, Angling into the batsman from around off, Ali defends it from the crease to the leg side.
80.2
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, In the channel outside off, holding its line, Hasan allows it through to the keeper.
80.1
1
de Grandhomme to 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.

79.6
0
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to H 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
N Wagner to 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
0
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to 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.
78.6
0
Ish Sodhi to Shah, Tossed up ball on off, defended off the front foot to end the over.
78.5
0
Ish Sodhi to 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 Azam, Very full in length this time, around off, Babar forces it down to deepish mid on for a run.
78.3
0
Ish Sodhi to 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 Shah, Loopy full ball on off, Yasir is on the front foot as he drives it to covers.
78.1
1
Ish Sodhi to Azam, Flatter and on off, punched from the back foot to covers for a run.
77.6
0
N Wagner to Shah, Switches to 'round the wicket and bowls a length delivery in the channel outside off, Shah shoulders arms.
77.5
0
N Wagner to Shah, A length delivery angling away from the batsman, Yasir watches the line closely and allows it through to the keeper.
77.4
0
N Wagner to Shah, Bouncer around leg, Shah ducks underneath it.
77.3
0
N Wagner to Shah, A pitched up ball on off, driven to extra cover where the fielder misfielded and parried it to mid off.
77.2
0
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to Azam, Angling away from the batsman, Babar pushes it towards cover-point for a run.
76.6
4
Ish Sodhi to 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 Shah, Flatter and shorter outside off, staying low, Shah punches it to extra cover.
76.4
4
Ish Sodhi to 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 Y 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 Azam, Floated full ball on off, Azam pushes it with the turn to cover-point for one.
76.1
0
Ish Sodhi to Azam, Flighted full ball on middle, defended off the front foot.
75.6
0
N Wagner to Y Shah, Full and angling away, Shah drives but straight to covers.
75.5
0
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to Shah, Gently bowls a length delivery in the zone outside off, an easy leave for the batsman.
75.3
0
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to Azam, A length ball angling into the batsman, Babar nicely drives it through covers and collects a single.
74.6
3
Ish Sodhi to B Azam, Full and on off, driven through covers for three runs. The lead crosses 50 now!
74.5
1
Ish Sodhi to Shah, Leans forward and pushes it towards backward point for a brisk single.
74.4
0
Ish Sodhi to 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 Shah, Tossed up delivery, a low full toss, Yasir pushes it back past the bowler to mid on.
74.2
1
Ish Sodhi to 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 Azam, Full and flighted on off, Azam is on the front foot in defense.

Ish Sodhi is into the attack.

73.6
0
N Wagner to Y Shah, Puts it on a full length outside off, Shah drives it towards extra cover.
73.5
0
N Wagner to Shah, Good length delivery on off, angling away from the batsman, Yasir does well to let it go.
73.4
0
N Wagner to Shah, Too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
73.3
0
N Wagner to Shah, Slower bouncer around off, Yasir lets it go and the keeper collects it on the bounce.
73.2
0
N Wagner to Y Shah, Fullish on off, Yasir drives it a bit uppishly in the direction of mid off.
73.1
0
N Wagner to Shah, Fuller length ball angling into the batsman, it's pushed back to the bowler.
72.6
4
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Azam, Flat and quick on off, defended off the back foot.
72.4
0
A Patel to Azam, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
72.3
0
Patel to 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
A Patel to Azam, Slower delivery, loopy and full on middle, Babar defends it off his front foot.
72.1
0
A Patel to Azam, Full and around off, Babar is forward in defense.
71.6
0
N Wagner to Shah, Full and angling back in from around off, Yasir covers the line and defends it to the off side.
71.5
0
N Wagner to Shah, Another delivery outside off has been left alone by the number 9 batsman.
71.4
0
N Wagner to Shah, Good length delivery outside off, left alone.
71.3
0
N Wagner to Y 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
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to 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.

70.6
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Y Shah, Short in length and outside off, cut off the back foot to point.
70.4
0
A Patel to Shah, Flatter and quicker on middle, defended off the back foot.
70.3
0
A Patel to Shah, Tossed up ball on off, pushed off the front foot to point.
70.2
0
A Patel to Shah, Full and flighted on off, Shah defends it off his front foot.

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

70.1
0
A Patel to 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.

69.6
1
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Asif, Bowls it outside off, angling away, Bilal has nothing to do with it.
69.2
0
T Boult to Asif, Back of a length ball on off, Bilal remains back footed as he offers a straight bat in defense.
69.1
2
T Boult to 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.
68.6
1
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Asif, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
68.4
0
A Patel to Asif, Arm ball on off, pushing the batsman on the back foot, Asif defends it from the crease.
68.3
0
A Patel to Asif, Gets on the front foot to a full ball and defends it to covers.
68.2
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to 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.

67.6
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Asif, Very full in length on off, Asif once again remains back and pushes it down to mid off.
67.1
0
T Boult to 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.
66.6
0
A Patel to Azam, Arm ball on the shorter side, staying a bit low around off, Azam punches it from the crease to covers.
66.5
0
A Patel to Azam, Slower through the air, full and on middle, Babar is forward in defense.
66.4
0
A Patel to Azam, Loopy and full on off, pushed off the front foot to covers. The fielder fumbled a bit but no run.
66.3
1
A Patel to Asif, Flatter and shorter this time, outside off, Asif moves back and taps it down towards point for one.
66.2
0
A Patel to Asif, Flighted and full on middle, Bilal defends it back to the bowler.
66.1
0
A Patel to Asif, Asif has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
65.6
2
T Boult to Azam, A touch short in length around off, Azam stays back and punches it through covers for a couple of runs.
65.5
0
T Boult to Azam, Inviting length, around off and angling away, Babar lets it through to the keeper.
65.4
0
T Boult to Azam, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
65.3
0
T Boult to Azam, In the channel outside off, Babar allows it through to the keeper.
65.2
0
T Boult to Azam, Fuller and straighter, Azam defends it back with a straight bat.
65.1
4
T Boult to B 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.
64.6
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Asif, Bilal has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
64.4
0
A Patel to Asif, Flighted delivery outside off, Asif leaves it alone.

Bilal Asif's turn to bat now.

64.3
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Ahmed, Lunges to a full ball around off and defends it to the off side.
64.1
1
A Patel to 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.
63.6
0
T Boult to Ahmed, On a length around off, angling away, Ahmed stays back to defend it to the off side.
63.5
2
T Boult to 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
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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.
62.6
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Azam, Fullish and on middle, pushed down towards mid on for a run.
62.3
0
A Patel to Azam, Flighted this time, on middle, it's driven off the front foot to covers. Nice flow of the bat there.
62.2
0
A Patel to Azam, Flat delivery, fires it full on off at 90.7 kph, Azam gets forward and drives it to covers.
62.1
0
A Patel to Azam, Tossed up ball on middle, defended off the front foot.
61.6
0
T Boult to Shafiq, Straighter in line, Asad works it off his pads but straight to the fielder standing in front of square leg.
61.5
0
T Boult to Shafiq, A rising delivery on middle, Asad goes on his toes and defends it down safely.
61.4
0
T Boult to Shafiq, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
61.3
0
T Boult to Shafiq, Angling across the batsman, on a length around off, Shafiq defends it to the off side.
61.2
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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.

60.6
0
A Patel to Shafiq, Flatter through the air, full and on off, defended off the front foot to the off side.
60.5
4
A Patel to 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
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Azam, Gets forward to a full ball and pushes it back to the bowler.
60.2
0
A Patel to Azam, Shorter, flatter and on middle, Babar punches it off his back foot to mid-wicket.
60.1
0
A Patel to Azam, Loopy full ball on off, it's defended off the front foot.
59.6
0
N Wagner to Shafiq, Effort delivery but lacks direction. Full and way down the leg side, Shafiq tries to flick but misses.
59.5
0
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to Shafiq, Outside off, left alone.
59.3
0
N Wagner to Shafiq, Full and outside off, driven off the front foot but straight to the cover fielder.
59.2
0
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to 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.
58.6
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to 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
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Shafiq, Slower this time, full and around off, Asad is drawn forward as he pushes it to the off side.
58.2
0
A Patel to Shafiq, Arm ball, landing on off and skidding back in, Shafiq is on the front foot in defense.
58.1
0
A Patel to Shafiq, Flighted and full on middle, worked on the leg side but straight towards the mid-wicket fielder.
57.6
0
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to Azam, Goes wider of the crease and angles in a length ball on off, Azam defends it off his back foot.
57.4
0
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to B Azam, On a length around off, Babar sticks back inside the crease and pushes it out to covers.
57.2
0
N Wagner to Azam, Another delivery which lacks pace but has good direction. Fuller and on off, Azam is forward in defense.
57.1
0
N Wagner to Azam, A pretty much gentle delivery, on a good length and outside off, Babar leaves it alone for the keeper to collect.
56.6
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Shafiq, Gives it a nice toss yet again. It's full and on off, Shafiq strides forward in defense.
56.4
0
A Patel to Shafiq, Flighted and around off, Asad dances down the track and then brings his bat and pad together in defense.
56.3
1
A Patel to Azam, Takes a stride forward to a full ball and drives it with the spin to sweeper cover for a run.
56.2
0
A Patel to B 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
A Patel to Azam, Fullish and on middle, defended back off the front foot.
55.6
0
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to Shafiq, Keeps probing in the channel outside off, Asad is also motivated in not flirting with those away from his body.
55.4
0
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to Shafiq, A delivery hurled in the zone outside off, Asad makes a leave.
55.2
0
N Wagner to A 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
N Wagner to Shafiq, Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Shafiq allows it through the keeper.
54.6
0
A Patel to Azam, Another watchful front foot defense by Azam to end the over.
54.5
0
A Patel to Azam, Floated one, full and on off, Babar blocks it safely.
54.4
1
A Patel to Shafiq, Bowls it short and on off, it's punched off the back foot to sweeper cover for one.
54.3
0
A Patel to Shafiq, Skidding down leg, Asad turns it off his pads to square leg.
54.2
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to 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.
53.6
0
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to Shafiq, Good length delivery in the zone outside off, Asad will keep leaving those.
53.4
0
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to A 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
N Wagner to 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...

52.6
0
A Patel to Azam, Leans forward to a full ball in line of the stumps and defends. A maiden to start the session!
52.5
0
A Patel to Azam, A bit flat and on off, Babar defends it stoutly with a straight bat.
52.4
0
A Patel to Azam, Slower through the air, full and on off, Azam is forward in defense.
52.3
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to 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
A Patel to 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.

51.6
0
N Wagner to Shafiq, Too far outside off, Shafiq lets it be. That will be LUNCH ON DAY 2!
51.5
0
N Wagner to Shafiq, Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Shafiq comes forward, covers the line and shoulders arms.
51.4
0
N Wagner to Shafiq, Fuller and outside off, going away, played from the outer half to gully.
51.3
0
N Wagner to Shafiq, Goes full this time, just outside off, driven firmly but can't get it past mid off.
51.2
0
N Wagner to Shafiq, Bouncer outside off, angling away, ducked and avoided by the batsman.
51.1
0
N Wagner to A Shafiq, Full length ball nipping back in on off, Asad drives from the inner portion towards the man at mid on.
50.6
0
A Patel to Azam, Camps on the back foot and sees the over off without any problem.
50.5
1
A Patel to Shafiq, Short and quick outside off, punched off the back foot to sweeper cover. One run collected.
50.4
0
A Patel to Shafiq, Full and slow, close to the off stump, played out off the front foot.
50.3
0
A Patel to Shafiq, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
50.2
0
A Patel to Shafiq, Spinning away from outside off, played square to point.
50.1
0
A Patel to Shafiq, No spin, no bounce and it almost gets Shafiq. Flat on off, Asad looks to cut but chops it off the inner half.
49.6
4
N Wagner to B 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
N Wagner to Azam, Outside off, short in length, no shot offered yet again.
49.4
0
N Wagner to Azam, Another short ball, at first Babar thinks of bringing out the pull shot but then opts out of it.
49.3
0
N Wagner to Azam, Accurate bouncer, shaping away around off, the batsman arches back and lets it go.
49.2
2
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to Azam, Pounds it in short again, on off, Babar steers it with an angled bat to Williamson at gully.
48.6
1
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Shafiq, Short and wide outside off, cut through towards sweeper cover for a single.
48.4
1
A Patel to Azam, Flat and short, wristed through backward square leg for a single.
48.3
1
A Patel to Shafiq, Wrists it away into the leg side and crosses over.
48.2
4
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Shafiq, Full on the stumps, blocked safely from the front foot.

Ajaz Patel is back to roll his arm over.

47.6
1
N Wagner to Shafiq, Fraction straight in line, clipped down to fine leg for a single.
47.5
0
N Wagner to Shafiq, Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
47.4
0
N Wagner to Shafiq, Third of the over. Short ball on leg, Shafiq crouches really low and avoids it.
47.3
0
N Wagner to Shafiq, Another bumper, Asad lets it sail over his head.
47.2
0
N Wagner to Shafiq, Full in length, outside off, eased away to the cover fielder.
47.1
0
N Wagner to Shafiq, Starts the over with a bumper, ducked and evaded.
46.6
1
Ish Sodhi to Shafiq, Going away from outside off, Shafiq slaps the cut through to sweeper cover for a single.
46.5
0
Ish Sodhi to Shafiq, Tossed up ball on middle, spinning away, blocked off the front foot.
46.4
0
Ish Sodhi to Shafiq, Dropped on off, Shafiq comes forward, watches the ball and lets it go past him.
46.3
4
Ish Sodhi to A 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 Azam, Spinning away outside off, shorter in length, punched through to sweeper cover for a run.
46.1
0
Ish Sodhi to Azam, Turning away on middle and off, wristed away towards mid-wicket.
45.6
1
N Wagner to Azam, Turns this away in front of square leg and retains strike with a single.
45.6
0
N Wagner to Azam, Wide! Banged in short, but it's too short. Wide signalled by the umpire for height.
45.5
0
N Wagner to Azam, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
45.4
0
N Wagner to Azam, This full outside off is driven to covers.
45.3
0
N Wagner to Azam, Babar Azam defends it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
45.2
1
N Wagner to Shafiq, Strays on the pads again, easily tucked behind square leg for a single.
45.1
0
N Wagner to 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.
44.6
0
Ish Sodhi to Azam, Babar Azam dances down the track to this turning ball and defends it right under his nose.
44.5
0
Ish Sodhi to Azam, Slightly quicker through the air, on off, goes off the outer half towards point.
44.4
0
Ish Sodhi to B 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 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 B Azam, Looped up outside off, driven to covers. Dot ball.
44.1
2
Ish Sodhi to Azam, Tossed up outside off, Babar gets forward and across before paddling it fine down the leg side. A brace results.
43.6
0
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to Shafiq, Wants to do nothing with this one either. Length ball outside off, arms are shouldered.
43.4
0
N Wagner to Shafiq, Once again makes it go away from around off, another leave.
43.4
0
N Wagner to Shafiq, No ball! Wagner oversteps on this occasion. Length ball on off and it's defended.
43.3
0
N Wagner to Shafiq, Brings it in closer to off this time, Shafiq covers the line and lets it be.
43.2
0
N Wagner to Shafiq, Short of a good length going across, no shot offered by the batsman.
43.1
0
N Wagner to 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.
42.6
1
Ish Sodhi to Shafiq, Spills it on the pads, worked behind square on the leg side for a single.
42.5
1
Ish Sodhi to Azam, Spinning away from around off, pushed from the back foot to covers for one.
42.4
2
Ish Sodhi to 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 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 Shafiq, Looped up leg break outside off, driven once more by Shafiq to covers.
42.1
0
Ish Sodhi to A Shafiq, A lot of loop on this, outside off, driven hard but can't beat a diving Tom Latham at covers.
41.6
0
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to B Azam, Overpitched outside off, Babar drives but can't pierce the gap in the cover region.
41.4
0
N Wagner to Azam, Similar ball, same shot. Same result.
41.3
0
N Wagner to Azam, Full delivery just outside off, driven to mid off. No run taken.
41.2
0
N Wagner to Azam, Positions himself well behind this length ball on off and blocks.
41.1
1
N Wagner to Shafiq, Yorker on the pads, easily flicked away down towards fine leg for one.

Neil Wagner now comes on to bowl.

40.6
0
Ish Sodhi to Azam, Drives this tossed up ball to the cover fielder.
40.5
0
Ish Sodhi to Azam, Seeing the ball land outside off, the batsman has nothing to do with it.
40.4
0
Ish Sodhi to Azam, Nice shape on it. Drifting in on middle and off, Babar defends before the ball can turn.
40.3
4
Ish Sodhi to B 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 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 Azam, Spinning away from the batsman, full and outside off, left alone.
39.6
0
T Boult to Shafiq, Aims the top of off stump with a length ball, Asad Shafiq defends it well. Pakistan trail by 49 runs.
39.5
0
T Boult to Shafiq, Back to over the wicket, a length ball on off, defended with soft hands on the leg side.
39.4
2
T Boult to Shafiq, Brings it back in from outside off, driven through the covers again. Two more to the total.
39.3
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Azam, That's well played. Babar Azam drives it square through the off side and gets off the mark with a couple of runs.
38.6
2
Ish Sodhi to Shafiq, Leans into this tossed up delivery and drives it through the covers for a double.
38.5
0
Ish Sodhi to 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 Shafiq, Loopy leg spinner outside off, full in length, Shafiq pressed forward and dead-bats it.
38.3
0
Ish Sodhi to Shafiq, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
38.2
0
Ish Sodhi to Shafiq, Full delivery outside off, driven to mid off.
38.1
4
Ish Sodhi to A 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.
37.6
0
T Boult to Azam, Full delivery swinging back in, flicked off the pads to the man in front of square leg.
37.5
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Azam, Going away from outside off, Babar shoulders his arms to it.
37.3
0
T Boult to Azam, Yorker on the stumps, Babar just about manages to dig it out.
37.2
0
T Boult to 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
0
T Boult to 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.
36.6
0
Ish Sodhi to Shafiq, Punched off the back foot to cover-point to end a successful over from Ish Sodhi.
36.5
0
Ish Sodhi to Shafiq, Short and wide, cut away but towards Williamson at point. It's not easy to beat him.
36.4
0
Ish Sodhi to 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 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
0
Ish Sodhi to 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 Ali, Quicker and shorter in length, spinning away, punched away through the covers for one.
35.6
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Sohail, Full in length, on off stump, driven to mid off.
35.4
0
T Boult to Sohail, Shaping away from a good length, around off, blocked from within the crease to covers.
35.3
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to H Sohail, Leans into this full ball and eases it to the mid off fielder.
35.1
0
T Boult to 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.
34.6
0
Ish Sodhi to Ali, Outside off, left alone again for the keeper to collect.
34.5
0
Ish Sodhi to Ali, Slight spin away from around off, Azhar plants his front foot forward and leaves it alone.
34.4
0
Ish Sodhi to A Ali, Loopy leg break outside off, the right-hander comes forward and pushes it to mid off.
34.3
0
Ish Sodhi to Ali, Spinning away from outside off, left alone.
34.2
0
Ish Sodhi to Ali, A lot of loop on this, just outside off, a mistimed drive finds the cover fielder.
34.1
1
Ish Sodhi to 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.

33.6
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Ali, Length delivery on middle and off, plays it off the inner half down on the leg side.
33.3
1
T Boult to Sohail, Pushes back down the ground, past the bowler and a quick single is taken. Good running.
33.2
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Sohail, Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Sohail lets it through.
32.6
0
A Patel to Ali, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
32.5
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Sohail, Gets a single on this occasion. Rocks on the back foot and turns it away to deep mid-wicket.
32.3
0
A Patel to Sohail, Pushes this with hard hands to the cover region. Dot ball.
32.2
0
A Patel to Sohail, Flat and short outside off, Haris gives the charge and punches it to mid off.
32.1
0
A Patel to Sohail, Quick, flat and short outside off, Sohail backs away and punches it square, but can't beat Williamson at point.
31.6
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Ali, Too far outside off, left alone for the keeper to collect.
31.4
0
T Boult to Ali, Stays right behind the line and defends it out from inside the crease.
31.3
0
T Boult to Ali, Targets the top of off stump with a length ball, Azhar offers a defensive punch to mid off.
31.2
0
T Boult to Ali, Just ahead of a length, aiming the off stick, defended back down the track.
31.1
0
Boult to 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...

30.6
0
A Patel to 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
Patel to 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
A Patel to Ali, Slower and flatter on middle and leg, worked off the back foot in front of square leg for one.
30.3
0
A Patel to Ali, Full and on off, dead-batted in front of him.
30.2
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Ali, From around the wicket, it's spinning away from around off, left alone.
29.6
1
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Ali, Fires it full and outside off, Ali looks to jam it out but can't put bat to ball.
29.4
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Ali, Too straight in line, worked in front of square leg.
29.2
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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.

28.6
0
A Patel to Sohail, Quick, flat and outside off, pushed away on the off side.
28.5
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Ali, Turning away from Azhar, he plays with the spin and drives it through the covers for a run.
28.3
1
A Patel to 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
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Sohail, Flatter through the air, spinning in on middle and leg, Sohail off the back foot turns it in front of short leg.
27.6
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, Keeps it on the fuller side, shaping away from around off, blocked with a straight blade in response.
27.5
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, On the sixth stump line, too far away to make Ali play at it.
27.4
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, Not much bounce on this occasion, seaming away from outside off, Azhar shoulders his arms to it.
27.3
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, Hurled well outside off, no shot offered on that.
27.2
4
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to Ali, Length delivery on the stumps, blocked down in front of short mid-wicket.
26.6
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Sohail, Watches the ball as it turns into him and then blocks it down from within the crease.
26.4
0
A Patel to H Sohail, Short and wide, cut straight to the man at point.
26.3
0
A Patel to Sohail, Touch quicker through the air outside off, pushed defensively on the off side.
26.2
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to 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.
25.6
0
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to Ali, Little bit of shape away on this as it's landed on off, Azhar Ali blocks by coming half forward.
25.4
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, Pitches this in line of the stumps, meets the length ball with the full face of the bat.
25.3
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, Outside off on a good length, left alone for the keeper to collect.
25.2
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, Hurled down the leg side, Azhar looks to flick it away but misses. Watling collects by moving to his left.
25.1
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, Coming in at first but then straightens up a shade, blocked back down the track from the crease.
24.6
1
A Patel to Ali, Spinning away from outside off, on a shorter length, Ali cuts it towards sweeper cover to keep strike.
24.5
3
A Patel to H 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
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Sohail, Tosses it up just outside off, it's driven straight to mid off.
24.2
0
A Patel to Sohail, Short, flat and quick outside off, punched off the back foot to the covers.
24.1
0
A Patel to 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.

23.6
2
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to Ali, On a length once more, in the channel outside off, defended down on the off side.
23.4
3
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to Sohail, Straying down the leg side, Haris flicks it neatly through square leg and comes back for the second.
23.1
1
de Grandhomme to 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.

22.6
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Sohail, Loopy full ball on off, turning back in slightly, Haris draws forward and defends.
22.4
2
A Patel to H 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
A Patel to Sohail, Flatter and shorter on off, Haris rocks back and punches it through covers for a couple of runs.
22.2
1
A Patel to 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
A Patel to 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...

21.6
4
N Wagner to H 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
N Wagner to Sohail, Digs in a bouncer, around off, Sohail ducks this time.
21.4
0
N Wagner to Sohail, Lands it on a length around off, Sohail covers the line and dead bats it from the crease.
21.3
0
N Wagner to Sohail, Bouncer around middle, Sohail ducks.
21.2
1
N Wagner to Ali, Short in length and pulled from the crease to deep mid-wicket for a run. 50 comes up for Pakistan!
21.1
1
N Wagner to Sohail, Too full in length and around leg, it's clipped through square leg for one.
20.6
0
A Patel to Ali, Goes quicker through the air this time, around off, Azhar keeps it out to covers.
20.5
0
A Patel to Ali, Slower one, extra loop, landing full on off, it's been pushed off the front foot to covers.
20.4
0
A Patel to Ali, Arm ball, on middle, Azhar gets back and works it off his pads to mid-wicket.
20.3
0
A Patel to Ali, Ali has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
20.2
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Ali, A front foot drive from the bat of Azhar Ali but he finds the cover fielder.
19.6
1
N Wagner to Ali, Bangs in another short ball, around leg, Ali stands back and pulls it behind square leg for a run.
19.5
0
N Wagner to Ali, Shortish and on leg, Ali goes on his toes and taps it down towards short leg.
19.4
0
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to Ali, This one is quite harmless, outside off, Ali allows it through.
19.1
0
N Wagner to Ali, Lands it on a length around off, it's defended off the back foot to the off side.
18.6
0
A Patel to Sohail, Quicker and on off, worked on the leg side but straight to the fielder.
18.5
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Sohail, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
18.3
0
A Patel to Sohail, Floated full ball on off, defended off the front foot.
18.2
0
A Patel to Sohail, Walks down the track, nearly yorks himself and just digs it out at the last moment.
18.1
0
A Patel to 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...

17.6
0
N Wagner to Ali, This one is angled away from the batsman outside off, an easy leave for Azhar again.
17.5
0
N Wagner to Ali, Bouncer around leg, Azhar ducks underneath it comfortably.
17.4
1
N Wagner to 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
N Wagner to Sohail, Angling into the batsman, on a full length again, solidly defended.
17.2
0
N Wagner to Sohail, Fullish and on middle, Sohail pushes it down to mid off with a straight bat.
17.1
0
N Wagner to 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.

16.6
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Ali, Tossed up ball on off, defended off the front foot to covers.
16.4
2
A Patel to Ali, Spinning away from the batsman, Azhar drives it through covers and collects a couple of runs.
16.3
0
A Patel to Ali, Presses forward to a full ball and blocks it safely.
16.2
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Sohail, Flatter through the air, around off, Haris Sohail camps back and punches it through backward point for three runs.
15.6
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
15.5
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, Variable bounce on this occasion. Azhar makes the leave outside off and it doesn't carry to the keeper.
15.4
0
de Grandhomme to A Ali, Fullish and on middle, pushed down the ground but straight to mid on.
15.3
0
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to Ali, On a length and wide outside off, shaping away, Azhar shoulders arms.
15.1
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, Fullish and on off, Azhar defends it by getting forward and across. Extended spell this for Colin, into his 8th over now.
14.6
1
A Patel to Ali, Rocks back to a short ball and punches it towards cover-point for one.
14.5
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Ali, Slower through the air, full and on off, Ali once again blocks it off his front foot.
14.2
0
A Patel to Ali, Flighted full ball on off, Ali defends it by getting forward.
14.1
0
A Patel to A Ali, Flat and short on off, Azhar cracks it off his back foot but finds the point fielder.
13.6
0
de Grandhomme to Sohail, Once again Sohail keeps his composure and allows a length ball through to the keeper. Maiden!
13.5
0
de Grandhomme to Sohail, A length delivery outside off, make it fourth leave in a row.
13.4
0
de Grandhomme to Sohail, Another comfortable leave outside the off stump by Haris.
13.3
0
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to Sohail, Fuller in length and outside off, left alone by Haris.
13.1
0
de Grandhomme to Sohail, Lands it on a full length around off, Sohail defends it from the crease to the off side.
12.6
0
A Patel to 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
A Patel to Ali, Fuller and on off, defended back to the bowler off the front foot.
12.4
0
A Patel to Ali, Identical to the last delivery, this time Ali pushes it with an angled bat to covers.
12.3
0
A Patel to Ali, Full and around off, drifting in and spinning away, Ali defends it off his front foot.
12.2
0
A Patel to Ali, Tossed up ball around off, spinning away after landing, Ali allows it through to the keeper.
12.1
2
A Patel to 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.

11.6
0
de Grandhomme to H Sohail, Fullish and around off, Sohail slices his attempted drive to point where Henry misfields again. No run taken though.
11.5
0
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to Sohail, Another gentle delivery in the zone outside off, left alone.
11.2
0
de Grandhomme to Sohail, Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
11.1
4
de Grandhomme to 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.
10.6
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Sohail, Holding its line outside off, on a length, left alone.
10.2
0
T Boult to Sohail, Back of a length delivery coming in from around off, Sohail covers the line and blocks well.
10.1
0
T Boult to Sohail, Lands it on a length outside off, holding its line, Sohail allows it through to the keeper.
9.6
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, A length delivery on leg, Ali defends it off his pads to the leg side.
9.5
2
de Grandhomme to Ali, Bowls it outside off, getting it to shape away, Azhar leans and drives it through cover-point for a couple.
9.4
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, Lands it fuller and on off, Ali gets forward with a vertical bat and defends it safely.
9.3
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, Full and angling in on off, some movement in the air, Azhar strides forward and blocks it solidly.
9.2
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
9.1
0
de Grandhomme to Ali, Shortish and outside off, Ali shoulders arms.
8.6
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Sohail, Sohail has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
8.4
0
T Boult to 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
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Hafeez, Boult serves it way wide outside off, Hafeez has nothing to do with it.
8.1
0
T Boult to Hafeez, Good length delivery on off, angling away from the batsman, Hafeez stays put inside the crease and shoulders arms.
7.6
0
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to Ali, Ali has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

Azhar Ali is the number 3 batsman.

7.3
0
de Grandhomme to Imam, 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
de Grandhomme to Imam, In the channel wide outside off, another easy leave.
7.1
0
de Grandhomme to Imam, 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.
6.6
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Hafeez, Length ball on off, Hafeez defends it off his back foot.
6.2
1
T Boult to Imam, 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
T Boult to Imam, Fuller in length and on off, Imam covers the movement and pushes it down to mid on.
5.6
0
de Grandhomme to Hafeez, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
5.5
0
de Grandhomme to Hafeez, In the corridor of uncertainty, Hafeez chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
5.4
0
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to Imam, 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
de Grandhomme to Imam, In the channel outside off, Imam allows it through to the keeper.
5.1
2
de Grandhomme to Imam, Angling away from the batsman, outside off, Imam opens the face and plays it down through backward point for a couple of runs.
4.6
0
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Hafeez, Shortish on middle, tucked off the pads to square leg.
4.4
0
T Boult to Hafeez, Angles in a good length ball on off, from 'round the wicket, Hafeez blocks it off his back foot.
4.3
0
T Boult to Imam, 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
T Boult to Imam, Fullish and on middle, Imam pushes it down towards mid on. More of a check shot.
4.1
0
T Boult to Imam, 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.
3.6
0
de Grandhomme to Hafeez, Shaping away from the batsman, too wide outside off, Hafeez has nothing to do with it.
3.5
0
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to M 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
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to Hafeez, Good length delivery on off, no real pace again, it's easily negotiated from the back foot by Hafeez.
2.6
1
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Hafeez, Fuller in length on off, Hafeez defends it by remaining inside the crease.
2.4
4
T Boult to 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
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Hafeez, Fullish and on off, Hafeez blocks it by getting half-forward.
2.1
1
T Boult to Imam, Wrong line, sliding down the leg side, Imam picks it up off his pads and nudges it to long leg for a run.
1.6
0
de Grandhomme to Hafeez, Fuller in length and around off again, Hafeez strides forward and pushes it with an angled bat to covers.
1.5
0
de Grandhomme to Hafeez, An inswinger on this occasion but no real pace. It lands outside off and has been easily left alone.
1.4
0
de Grandhomme to M 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
de Grandhomme to 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
de Grandhomme to Hafeez, Hint of away movement after it lands on a length outside off, Hafeez offers no shot and lets it be.
1.1
0
de Grandhomme to 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.

0.6
0
T Boult to Imam, Bowls it on a good length and outside off, Imam shoulders arms to complete the over.
0.5
0
T Boult to Imam, Puts in a length ball on off, angling in, Imam is solidly behind the line in defense.
0.4
0
T Boult to Imam, Shortish and on off, punched off the back foot but straight in the direction of the cover fielder.
0.3
0
T Boult to Imam, Angles in a length ball on middle, getting it to straighten, Imam covers the line and blocks it safely.
0.2
1
T Boult to 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
T Boult to Imam, Boult starts the innings with a shortish delivery around off, Imam goes back and taps it down in the cover region for a run.