Pakistan in New Zealand, 2 Test Series, 2020-21
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Date: 26 December-30 December, 2020
RR: 2.19 | New Zealand beat Pakistan by 101 runs
We are all set to begin Day 4. The Pakistan players are in a huddle and receive a few words from their skipper before they take their respective positions in the field. Tom Latham and Tom Blundell are the openers for New Zealand. Shaheen Afridi will start with the ball for the visitors.
Mitchell Santner says that he tried to release the ball as quickly as possible when he was asked about the run out of Mohammad Rizwan. Goes onto say that it depends on how the first session goes. Adds that the way the lads have fought was pleasing.
Pitch report - Craig McMillan says that there are some footmarks on the pitch. Adds that Yasir Shah might come into play earlier on Day 4. Adds that the good length area will be one area to target for the seam bowlers.
Welcome back! New Zealand lead by 192 and are well on top but it was pleasing to see Pakistan show some fight on Day 3. New Zealand would now look to score some quick runs and get the lead to above 400 and push Pakistan out of the game. Pakistan, on the other hand, would want to get quick wickets and not let the Kiwis run away with the game. Join us in a while. Will Pakistan make a comeback in this game? We will find out.
... Day 4, Session 1 ...
Right then! The Pakistani entourage has avoided the follow on but they are still trailing by 192 runs. The Kiwis will be looking to come out tomorrow and add some important runs and increase their lead to a good margin so that they can come out and bowl the visitors out. Day 4 promises to be a cracker. Join us for all the action at 1045 Local (2145 GMT, Previous Day). Till then cheers, take care, stay safe and adios!
The bowling by the Kiwis was brilliant at the start as they lost their way when Rizwan and Ashraf were batting. Though, they came back strongly during the fag end of the day to take the remaining Pakistan wickets and stamp their authority on the game. Jamieson was the pick of the lot scalping three wickets while Wagner, Southee and Boult all picked up 2 wickets apiece. In the end, they did enough to clean up the Pakistani batters towards the end of the Day.
There were a couple of bouts of rain which slowed down the pace of the game after Tea. But the duo of Rizwan and Faheem kept motoring along. It was then that the much-needed break for the Kiwis was found. It was Santner who delivered the goods, not with the ball, but in the field. His pinpoint throw saw Rizwan get run out and the stand which had been punishing them had been taken care of. After that, Boult made small work of Yasir Shah. It was then that Ashraf and Shaheen battled it out and kept the scoreboard ticking. Wagner got the better of Afridi right towards the end of the day. As Faheem, who was looking for his 100, was sent packing by Jamieson and Pakistan got bowled out with 239 on the board.
They came out after Lunch with their skipper Rizwan and Faheem out in the middle with a mammoth task in their hands. But with 5 wickets back in the shed, they were resolute as their skipper Rizwan showed his mettle and with the support of Ashraf, both of them stitched a 100-run partnership and settled some of the Pakistani nerves as they saw off the Kiwi challenge until the end of the second session. The bowling by the Black Caps was good, but they could not pick any wickets to break this partnership.
Starting Day 3, Pakistan were watchful, but the wicket of Abid Ali soon opened the floodgates, as Pakistan were reduced to 52/5 in no time. Mohammad Abbas, Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail all came and went but none looked to play long stable innings as Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner wreaked havoc in the Pakistan camp. Pakistan went to Lunch with the score reading 62/5.
An engrossing and engaging day of play comes to an end. A day where the skipper for the visitors led from the front and was well supported by Faheem Ashraf at the other end but towards the end of day, a wonderful run out by Santner slightly derailed Pakistan's plans and they lost their way towards the end to eventually get bowled out. Overall though, the Kiwis will be the happier bunch heading back at the end of Day 3.
The youngster, Naseem Shah is the last man in for the visitors.
The physio is out in the middle. He is having a look at Shaheen Afridi. Doesn't seem to be anything serious and he is okay to continue.
Jamieson is back on. His figures so far read 20-12-29-2.
Mitchell Santner is back on. 4-1-6-0 are his numbers until now.
Shaheen Afridi is the new man in.
Yasir Shah is the new man in.
The third umpire is called into play to check this run out appeal. Looks close. Let's see what the replays have to show.
DRINKS. Right then, the Pakistani batters who are out there are doing a wonderful job and will want to continue the same towards the end of Day 3. They will try their best not to lose another wicket and end the Day with Rizwan and Ashraf out in the middle. The hosts, meanwhile, will be looking to clean up this Pakistani batting attack before finishing play on this Day and with the new ball in their hand, they will believe that they can do this. An interesting last stage of play awaits.
Tim Southee to bowl with the second new ball from the other end.19-5-37-2 are his figures so far.
New Zealand now have the option to go for the new ball and the Kiwis straightaway go for the new ball. Trent Boult to bowl now.
Time for some spin! Mitchell Santner is handed the ball now.
Neil Wagner comes back into the attack. His figures so far read 16-4-36-1.
Kyle Jamieson to bowl now. 17-12-9-2 are his numbers so far.
The players are back on the field as play resumes again. Southee to finish his over. Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf with the bat for Pakistan.
UPDATE 1635 Local (0335 GMT) - Ohh my word! The rain has decided that it has not had it's full say for today and has come back again. The covers are back on and the players race back. Just 13 balls bowled after the Tea break and we are in for yet another delay. Seems to be more heavier than the last time around. Let's hope that this is just a quick, passing shower and nothing more.
Trent Boult will bowl from the other end. 17-4-38-1 are his numbers so far.
Welcome back for the one last time on Day 3. The New Zealand players are out on the field so are the two Pakistan batsmen, Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf. Tim Southee to start the final session with the ball for the hosts.
... Day 3, Session 3 ...
UPDATE 1610 Local (0310 GMT) - Good news as the big covers on the wicket are being removed . The sun has too paid a visit. Not far away from getting the game started. Hopefully rain won't pay a visit again. The two umpires too are out in the middle to have an inspection and we are not far away from the start. Play resumes at 1625 local (0325 GMT).
UPDATE 1600 local (0300 GMT) - It seems that the covers are coming off and the game should get underway again in a bit. The umpires have decided that play will resume again at 1615 local (0315 GMT). Ohh..wait. Scratch that previous update. It seems that the covers are coming back on again. Might be in for a bit more delay as the rain has decided to have another bite of the cherry. Hopefully, should be a short delay and nothing more.
The last session coming up after the break. It is known as the happening session as runs are scored at a brisk pace and so are wickets taken. How long can Pakistan hang in there? Join us to find out at 1555 local (0225 GMT).
New Zealand, on the other hand, would be happy with their performance with the ball. They are just 4 wickets away from derailing Pakistan and getting on track to win this game comprehensively. All their bowlers bowled brilliantly as Boult, Southee, Wagner and Jamieson all entered the wickets column and made life difficult for the opposition batsmen.
Another session that belonged to the hosts as they managed to tighten the noose on Pakistan. Having six down and with just the tail to play with the skipper out in the middle, it looks a daunting task for the visitors to avoid a follow-on. Mohammad Rizwan will need to bat like a superhero if he is to bail his team out of trouble. Lack of partnerships earlier caused them this problem and that persisted as the batsmen coming to crease are not able to keep the scoreboard ticking.
UPDATE 1535 local ( 0205 GMT ) - Oh no! Another rain delay is in store for us as the players run off the field. The covers are on and it looks like there is also a hailstorm coming down. And it looks like Tea has been taken.
Tim Southee is back on, with the ball in hand. 15-4-22-2 are his figures so far.
Faheem Ashraf is the new man in with the bat for Pakistan.
Trent Boult comes back on. 12-4-18-1 from him so far.
The New Zealand players make their way out to the middle. They are followed by Mohammad Rizwan and Fawad Alam. Neil Wagner to complete his over.
UPDATE 1418 local ( 0118 GMT) - Good news for all the cricket fans. The rain as stopped and the covers are coming off. The groundstaff is working to get the ground match ready. We should get a start soon. Let's hope that the rain does not return again. The two on field umpires are also coming out have an inspection. We should get a start in about 3 minutes or so.
UPDATE 1405 local (0105 GMT) - Ohh! The drizzle has picked up pace here as the umpires take the players off the field. The covers are called for as the pitch is covered with the Hessian. It has gone a bit dark too. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the rain eases quickly. Stay tuned for further updates.
Neil Wagner to bowl from the other end. His figures so far read 7-2-14-0.
Welcome back for the post Lunch session as Mohammad Rizwan and Fawad Alam stride their way out to the middle. They are followed by the New Zealand players who take their fielding positions. Kyle Jamieson to start proceedings after Lunch for the hosts. 11-8-7-2 for him so far. Here we go...
... Day 3, Session 2 ...
Now the onus to lead Pakistan to safer shores falls on the shoulders of Mohammad Rizwan who is leading the side for the first time and to give him support is Fawad Alam. Can the duo bat out of their skins? Or will New Zealand pick the final 5 wickets quickly to enforce the follow on? Stay tuned to find out what happens as the second session resumes at 1340 local (1240 GMT).
Pakistan's batting was no different from the teams that visited earlier in the summer. They were too cautious and that led to their downfall. Further, their inability to rotate strike put additional pressure on them. So far only Abid Ali has managed to score above 20 runs as rest of the batsmen capitulated in front of New Zealand's fearsome four. Mohammad Abbas resuming as a nightwatchman consumed 55 balls for his 5 runs but the thing was that he could not rotate the strike which made the scoreboard still. Further, Abid Ali playing the wrong line paid the price of it. Haris Sohail and Azhar Ali failed to come to terms with the surface as well as the situation their side was in. So far, it has been a poor batting effort from the Men in Green.
Bowling tight lines and lengths turned out to be rewarding for the hosts as they pushed Pakistan on the back foot. It all started once again with their inexperienced bowler, Kyle Jamieson as he sent Abid Ali back to the hut via a brilliant delivery. Then came Trent Boult who sent the nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas back. That seemed to have opened the door for New Zealand as Southee's double strike in an over snatched away all the momentum Pakistan was slowly building on. Wagner as usual continued to bowl relentlessly as he kept the pressure created by other bowlers intact. Though he did not get a wicket.
A brilliant session for the hosts as they managed to floor Pakistan batsmen in this session. Pakistan, on the other hand are staring down the barrel at the moment as they managed to score 32 runs in this session but lost 4 wickets.
Run out check sent upstairs! Fawad Alam is the man in question. Lets see what the replays have to say. Looks like he is safe with the dive at the striker's end. Yes, indeed he is safe as the giant screen shows Not Out.
Mohammad Rizwan, the Pakistan skipper walks out to bat now.
Fawad Alam comes out to bat now.
Review Time! New Zealand have taken a review again Azhar Ali. The on field call is not out. Lets see what the replays have to show. It is a legal delivery as the Ultra Edge comes on. It shows a spike as the ball went past the bat. Azhar Ali departs.
Tim Southee comes back on. 12-4-18-0 from him so far.
Neil Wagner comes into the attack now. 3-1-4-0 from him so far.
DRINKS! Excellent hour for New Zealand as they managed to send the two overnight batsmen in quick succession. Jamieson was the one to send Abid Ali back as Boult sends Abbas too. Pakistan after a watchful start once again would look to rebuild once again. Can they stitch a signficant stand here with twwo new batsmen at the crease? Haris Sohail comes out to bat now.
Trent Boult is back intio the attack. 9-4-11-0 from him so far.
Azhar Ali is the new batsman in.
The physio is out there to tend to Abid Ali after he wears a blow to his hand. That must have pinged him hard as the magic spray is applied. He gulps some water and is ready to continue now. Also, Spin time as Mitchell Santner comes into the attack now.
Kyle Jamieson comes onto bowl now. 6-4-5-1 are his figures so far.
Trent Boult to bowl now from the other end. 4-2-8-0 from him so far.
We are all set to begin the action on Day 3 as the two overnight batsmen for Pakistan, Abid Ali and nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas walk out to the middle. The New Zealand players too get on the field after a few words from their skipper as they take their respective fielding positions. Tim Southee to set the day moving as he starts the proceedings with the ball.
New Zealand have been blowing the opposition batsmen in the entire New Zealand summer. The question that arises is can Pakistan put up a fight and get closer to New Zealand's total? Or will New Zealand blow the Pakistan batting away? All the answers would be known as we get to the first ball of Day 3, then moving day of a Test match.
Coming to the visitors, Pakistan after starting watchfully were still dented during the end of the day's play on Day 2 as they lost Shan Masood to newbie bowler Kyle Jamieson. They would hope that the rest of the team bats well to atleast get closer to the New Zealand total if not surpass them.
Hello and welcome to Day 3 of the first Test between New Zealand and Pakistan. Having scored 431 runs in their first innings New Zealand are currently ahead of the visitors. With the likes of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner along with Kyle Jamieson are on fire. Having Pakistan a wicket down during the end of Day 2 has put them in the driver's seat as they would look to unleash the fearsome four on the Pakistan batsmen and look to get them floored in the morning session to take control of the game.
... Day 3, Session 1 ...
So that's it from Day 2. There is still a lot more left in this Test. It will all depend on how Pakistan play with the bat. New Zealand still have a cushion of 401 runs with them as they would look to bowl fearlessly putting pressure on the opposition. Can Pakistan perform and put the hosts under pressure? Or will New Zealand's dream home run continue in the red-ball format? Do join us to find out as the game moves into Day 3. It begins at 1100 Local ( 2200 GMT). Till then stay safe, take care and cheers.
BJ Watling is down for a chat. He says that it was nice to get the first wicket. He mentions that there was a bit of swing on offer as is the case in New Zealand. Mentions that Pakistan bowlers bowled in good areas and their batsmen respected them. On Kane Williamson, he says that recently he has become a father and a hundred on the Boxing Day Test is something really special. On his 73 runs, he says that he just enjoyed batting out there and with the platform set the plan was set that he along with the tail-enders would look to take the lead as far as possible. Further says that they would look to come back tomorrow and pick up some early wickets. On Kane Williamson's batting, he says that he just plays some good shots, getting to his 23rd Test ton is special. Also says that he too enjoys batting with Kane Williamson. Ends by saying that they expect to bowl intelligently tomorrow and make some early inroads.
Pakistan started their innings on a watchful note as they negotiated the Boult and Southee spells. Just, when it felt that they would end the day unscathed, Shan Masood was strangled down the leg side. They avoided to not give wickets to Boult and Southee but fell to Kyle Jamieson. New Zealand bowlers were disciplined and were generating a lot of swing than what their counterparts had got. Thus, making life difficult for the batsmen. A couple of balls too kept low hinting towards what the pitch could play in the coming days.
Shaheen Afridi was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors as he ended with a 4-wicket haul. Rest of the bowlers supported him as all the frontline bowlers got into the wickets column. Yasir Shah did well to get a 3-fer but was on the expensive side so were the rest of the bowlers. Mohammad Abbas was good with the ball but could manage just one wicket to show for his efforts. To add to it, dropped chances and missed opportunities and regarding the use of the reviews cost Pakistan a lot as they now play the catching game.
On the back of Kane Williamson's ton and contributions from Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls and BJ Watling New Zealand went onto score 431 runs. Though New Zealand did not begin well but were quick to recover from it with two back to back 100-run stands. Pakistan with the ball began just superbly as they had two wickets quickly but then the scenario changed as Williamson-Taylor stand took the steam out of the Pakistan attack. Though they managed to get the wicket of Ross Taylor but Williamson-Nicholls stand deflated them completely.
End of an engrossing day of Test cricket. Pakistan though have lost a wicket but they have ensured to end the day with 30 runs on board.
Mohammad Abbas, the nightwatchman is the new batsman in.
Neil Wagner comes into the attack now.
Kyle Jamieson comes into the attack.
Trent Boult to bowl from the other end.
We are back to start the Pakistan's first innings. The New Zealand players are out in the middle. Shan Masood and Abid Ali will open the innings for Pakistan. Tim Southee will start the proceedings for New Zealand.