Pakistan in New Zealand, 2 Test Series, 2020-21

New Zealand vs Pakistan - 1st Test

Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

Date: 26 December-30 December, 2020

Pakistan 271/10

RR: 2.19 | New Zealand beat Pakistan by 101 runs

commentary

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.

102.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, OUT! CAUGHT! It was not meant to be for him but he should be proud off the innings that he has played! He knew that the end was near and was looking to get his hundred but he falls in the process. On a length around off, Ashraf looks to have a poke at this but can only induce an outside edge, which goes towards Watling and he does not drop these chances. PAKISTAN END THEIR FIRST INNINGS ON 239. TRAILING BY 192 RUNS!
102.1
4
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, FOUR! Faheem is looking for his hundred now! A short one and on off, Ashraf pulls this one to the deep mid-wicket region and it crosses the ropes on the bounce for a boundary. Moves to 91.
101.6
0
Neil Wagner to Naseem Shah, Beaten! Length and angled across the right hander as Naseem goes chasing at it but gets beaten.
101.5
0
Neil Wagner to Naseem Shah, DROPPED! Full and on the pads, flicked to short leg who drops it.
101.4
0
Neil Wagner to Naseem Shah, BEATEN! Length and angled into the pads, Naseem misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads to short leg.

The youngster, Naseem Shah is the last man in for the visitors.

101.3
0
Neil Wagner to Shaheen Afridi, OUT! CAUGHT! WAGNER SETS THE TRAP AND COMPLETES THE JOB! He keeps peppering Afridi with short stuff and finally has his man. This one is again on the shorter side and on leg, Afridi looks to evade it by pushing at it but the ball takes the glove and lobs to short leg who takes the catch.
101.2
0
Neil Wagner to Shaheen Afridi, On a length and on leg, Afridi hops and defends it to short mid-wicket.
101.1
1
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf,  Full on the pads, Ashraf clips it through square leg and gets a single.
100.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Shaheen Afridi, Low full toss on off, Afridi blocks it off. The umpire's converge to see if that was above waist height or no and they decide against calling it a no ball.
100.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Shaheen Afridi, Full and on off, Afridi bunts it to mid off.

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.

100.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Shaheen Afridi, Length and on leg, Afridi looks to shoulder arms to it but the ball hits his body and rolls to square leg.
100.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Shaheen Afridi, On a length and angled on middle, Afridi does well to block it off his back foot.
100.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Shaheen Afridi, Length ball around middle, Afridi plays it to mid-wicket.
100.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Shaheen Afridi, Length and outside off, Afridi lets it go through.
99.6
2
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, Full and on the pads, Faheem nudges it towards mid-wicket and gets a couple this time.
99.5
4
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, FOUR! PAKISTAN AVOID THE FOLLOW ON! Low full toss from Wagner and Faheem clubs it towards deep square leg for a boundary. He also gets his highest Test score with this stroke.
99.4
0
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, Length and around off, Ashraf nudges the ball to the leg side off the front foot.
99.3
0
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, BEATEN! Full and outside off, Ashraf hangs his bat out but is lucky not to edge one behind.
99.2
0
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, Length ball on off, Ashraf is solid in defense.
99.1
1
Neil Wagner to Shaheen Afridi, In the air... Safe! Full and on leg, Afridi looks to nudge it to the leg side but gets it a bit uppish towards mid-wicket. Tom Blundell is late to react as the ball evades him. A single taken in the end.
98.6
1
Kyle Jamieson to Shaheen Afridi, Full and on off, Afridi drives it off the inner half of the bat towards square leg and gets a single.
98.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Shaheen Afridi, On off, Afridi gets right behind the ball and bunts it to mid off.
98.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Shaheen Afridi, Another length ball outside off, Afridi shoulders arms to it.
98.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Shaheen Afridi, Outside off, Afridi chooses not to play at it.
98.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Shaheen Afridi, Full and targetting the base of off stump, Afridi pushes it back to the bowler.
98.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Shaheen Afridi, Short of length on off, Afridi hops and plays it to covers.
97.6
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf,  Flighted on off, blocked of the front foot this time by Ashraf.
97.5
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Tossed up on off, Ashraf taps it to covers off the outer half of the bat.
97.4
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Another floated ball on off, Ashraf blocks it out.
97.3
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, On middle, kept out.
97.2
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Another tossed up ball on middle, Ashraf plays it solidly.
97.1
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Tossed up on off, kept out to the leg side.
96.6
1
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, In the air... Safe! Faheem survives! Short and on middle, Extra bounce from Jamieson there. Faheem is hurried into the pull as the ball lobs towards mid-wicket. Santner comes running in from the deep but the ball just falls short of him. A run taken.
96.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, Short of a length ball on off, Ashraf taps it towards gully where Latham does well to field it.
96.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, Play and a miss! Length ball outside off, Ashraf tries to drive it on the up but is beaten all ends up.
96.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, Fuller and on off, Faheem drives straight to mid off.
96.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, Short of length on off, Faheem blocks it to covers off the back foot.
96.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, Length and outside off, Ashraf taps it to point.

Jamieson is back on. His figures so far read 20-12-29-2.

95.6
0
Mitchell Santner to Shaheen Afridi, On off, kept out by Afridi.
95.5
0
Mitchell Santner to Shaheen Afridi, BEATEN! Flatter and outside off, Afridi looks to cut it through point but is beaten on the edge there.
95.4
0
Mitchell Santner to Shaheen Afridi, Tossed up on off, pushed to the left of the bowler.
95.3
0
Mitchell Santner to Shaheen Afridi, Turn and kept low! Tossed up on off, Afridi is late to bring is bat down and gets an inside edge to the leg side.
95.2
1
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Darting on the pads, Ashraf tucks it behind square on the leg side for a single.
95.1
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Tossed up on off, Ashraf taps it right near his boots.

Mitchell Santner is back on. 4-1-6-0 are his numbers until now.

94.6
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Full and sliding down leg, Afridi looks to tickle it fine but misses it. Watling behind the sticks does well to take it.
94.5
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, BEATEN! Length and outside off, Afridi looks to go for the drive but is beaten all ends up.
94.4
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Outside off, left alone.
94.3
1
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, Short ball on off, Ashraf tries to sway away from it but is late to pull out as the bottom edge of the bat is found. The ball lobs towards the vacant mid-wicket region for a single.
94.2
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, Full and slanting down leg, Ashraf misses his flick as the ball kisses the pads and goes to fine leg. A couple of leg byes is what they get.
94.1
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, Length on off, blocked off the back foot.
93.6
0
Tim Southee to Shaheen Afridi, Length ball outside off, Afridi keeps his bat close to his body and then leaves the ball. Pakistan need 11 more runs to avoid the follow-on. Can they make New Zealand bat again?
93.5
0
Tim Southee to Shaheen Afridi,  Full on off, Afridi strokes it to mid off.
93.4
1
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Short and on middle, Ashraf pulls it through mid-wicket but gets a single only this time.
93.3
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Length and outside off, Ashraf lets it be.
93.2
4
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, FOUR! SHOT! Short ball on middle, Ashraf pulls it through mid-wicket as the ball races to the fence in no time.
93.1
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Length on off, pushed to off side.
92.6
4
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi,  FOUR OVERTHROWS! Length ball on middle, Afridi tucks it to mid-wicket where the fielder gets to the ball and has a shy at the keeper's end. He though misses it and there is no one backing up as the ball goes to the fence.
92.5
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Length and outside off, Afridi plays inside the line as the ball goes past the outside edge.
92.4
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Bumper on middle. Afridi ducks under it.
92.3
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Length ball on off, Afridi blocks it to the leg side.
92.2
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Another fuller one on off, Afirdi pushes it off the front foot.
92.1
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Full on off, Afridi taps it to gully.
91.6
4
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, FOUR! 4 in a row! Ashraf looks to be in some mood there. Full and outside off, Faheem frees his arms and lofts it over covers and gets a boundary. 16 runs from the over.
91.5
4
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, FOUR! Hat-Trick of boundaries! Short and wide outside off, Ashraf cuts it uppishly over the slip cordon and gets a boundary at third man.
91.4
4
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, EDGY FOUR! Full and outside off, Ashraf looks to push it off the back foot but gets a thickish outside edge that rolls past the slips and into the third man fence for a boundary.
91.3
4
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, FOUR! Up and over! Full and outside off, Ashraf lofts it uppishly and gets it to wide long off as the ball crosses the fence for a boundary.
91.2
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, On a length and on off, Ashraf is solid in defense this time.
91.1
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Full and on off, Ashraf drives only to get an inside edge on it. The ball drops near his boots.

Shaheen Afridi is the new man in.

90.6
0
Trent Boult to Yasir Shah, OUT! CASTLED! Perfect delivery from the left-armer and this was too good for Yasir Shah to deal with! Pakistan lose their 8th wicket and it seems that they will might lose all their wickets before the end of play. A good length ball on off, nipping into the right-hander, Yasir looks to fend it away but misses and the ball goes through his defense and goes onto rattle the stumps behind him.
90.5
1
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, A full ball on the leg pole, flicked to the fine leg region for a single.
90.4
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, On off, nudged to the mid-wicket region.
90.3
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, On off, blocked to the mid off region.
90.2
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, Short on off, pulled to mid-wicket.
90.1
4
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, EDGY FOUR! On a length outside off, Ashraf looks to drive but the ball takes the outside edge and flies past the slip cordon into the third man fence. 
89.6
0
Tim Southee to Yasir Shah, On a good length outside off, Shah looks to block this one out but misses.
89.5
0
Tim Southee to Yasir Shah, On off, blocked out.
89.4
0
Tim Southee to Yasir Shah, Full ball on off, Shah pushes it to the off side.
89.3
0
Tim Southee to Yasir Shah, Down the leg side, Yasir misses his flick.
89.2
4
Tim Southee to Yasir Shah, EDGED AND FOUR! Just over the slip cordon! A length ball, outside off, moving away from the right-hander, Yasir swings his bat at this and the ball takes the outside edge and flies over the slip region, into the third man fence for a boundary.
89.1
0
Tim Southee to Yasir Shah, On off, pushed to the cover region. 

Yasir Shah is the new man in. 

88.6
1
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, OUT! RUN OUT! A wicket against the run of play! Brilliant from Santner. Length on the pads, Ashraf flicks it towards mid-wicket and gets off for a run. Rizwan though calls him back for the second as Mitchell Santner in the deep gets to the ball and releases a perfect throw towards the non-striker's end. He hits the bull's eye and New Zealand start celebrating as the umpire takes it upstairs. Replays roll in and it shows that Rizwan who is running to the danger end is short of his ground despite putting a desparate dive. This could be the opening that New Zealand wanted. 

The third umpire is called into play to check this run out appeal. Looks close. Let's see what the replays have to show.

88.5
1
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Length and outside off, Rizwan drives it to covers for a single.
88.4
4
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! What a shot that is! Doesn't get any better! Full and on off, Rizwan drives straight down the ground. It beats the man at mid on and goes to the fence at long on.
88.3
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, On a length on off, Rizwan defends it right under his eyes.
88.2
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan,  Full and on off, Rizwan plays the cover drive but finds the fielder there.
88.1
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Length and on off, Rizwan plays it to covers.

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.

87.6
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Length ball on off, Ashraf plays it back to the bowler.
87.5
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, On off, Ashraf gets right behind the line of the ball and keeps it out.
87.4
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Another yorker around off, Ashraf is equally good to dig it out.
87.3
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf,  Length ball on off, pushed to point.
87.2
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, A yorker off, Ashraf does well to dig it out to the leg side.
87.1
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Length and on off, Ashraf blocks it out.
86.6
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, On off, pushed to point.
86.5
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on middle, pushed to mid off.
86.4
1
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, FIFTY FOR FAHEEM ASHRAF. Just what the doctor ordered and Ashraf has delivered when his team has needed him the most! A back of a length ball and on off, Ashraf drops it to the cover region for a quick single. Some appreciation from his skipper and his teammates are up and clapping. A well deserved half-century.
86.3
1
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, 100-RUN PARTNERSHIP UP BETWEEN THESE TWO! It has been a brilliant partnership and it was something that the visitors needed! They were in at a tough stage and have done well to stay out there and battle it out with the Kiwi pacers. A short one on middle, pulled by Rizwan to deep mid-wicket for one.
86.2
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, On a good length on off, Rizwan pushes this to the off side.
86.1
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Yorker on off, dug out back towards Boult. 
85.6
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, On off, blocked out.
85.5
4
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, FOUR! Boult puts in a dive in the deep but it is not enough to save the ball from crossing the ropes. A full length ball on middle, Ashraf flicks this one to the fine leg region and it goes past the diving Trent into the ropes. Ashraf moves to 49 with that stroke.
85.4
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Good length ball on off, well kept out.
85.3
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Outside off, Ashraf lets it through to the keeper again.
85.2
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Outside off, Ashraf shoulders arms to this one.
85.1
2
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, On off, worked to the leg side for a brace.
84.6
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Outside off, left alone by Rizwan.
84.5
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, On middle, kept out.
84.4
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Good length on off, MR drives it nicely to covers.
84.3
4
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, EDGED...SAFE AND FOUR! Another edge and this one races away to the ropes. Southee is the culprit! A back of a length delivery around off, Rizwan plays this one late and can only induce an outside edge. It flies just past Southee at third slip and runs away to the third man boundary. Could have got the big wicket of the skipper but it was not meant to be.
84.2
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Outside off, punched to the point region.
84.1
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, A full ball on middle, Rizwan digs it out towards the mid on region.
83.6
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, On a good length outside off, Ashraf cuts this one but finds the point fielder. A good over by Tim. Just one run off it.
83.5
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, On off, blocked out.
83.4
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, On middle, tucked to square leg.
83.3
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, An appeal for LBW but no says the umpire! A back of a length ball on off and middle, Ashraf looks to tuck it away but misses to get hit on the pads. The players appeal but nothing from the umpire. They will not go for the review as they do not think it will fetch them the result that they want. Might have been an inside edge on this one and even the height could have been an issue so good decision from the umpire and also the Kiwis, to not take a review.
83.2
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Length delivery around the off pole, Ashraf is solid in his defense.
83.1
1
Tim Southee to Mohammad Rizwan, On off, pulled to fine leg for one.
82.6
4
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, EDGY FOUR! Boult got what he wanted but this evaded everyone and ran away to the ropes. He dishes a back of a length ball around off, nips away after pitching, Faheem looks to block it out but the ball takes the outside edge and goes past the slip cordon and into the ropes.
82.5
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, On off, pushed to the off side.
82.4
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, Outside off, plays it to the point region.
82.3
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, Length outside off, well driven by Faheem but he finds the cover fielder. Solid shot but no result for Ashraf.
82.2
1
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Back of a length and on the pads, Rizwan clips this one to the fine leg region to rotate the strike. Rizwan wanted two but had to settle for the single.
82.1
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, On off, pushed to the mid on region. 
81.6
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, A length delivery on middle, tucked away to the mid-wicket fielder. Pakistan are building up a good partnership, as this one reaches 83 runs. 
81.5
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Outside off, Faheem raises his blade to let this one through. 
81.4
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, PLAY AND A MISS! On a length around off, Ashraf wants to have a bite of this but misses it completely. 
81.3
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Another length ball outside off, well left by Faheem.
81.2
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Outside off, Ashraf has no issues in leaving this one alone.
81.1
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, On a good length on off, Ashraf drives this one nicely but finds the man at mid off. 

Tim Southee to bowl with the second new ball from the other end.19-5-37-2 are his figures so far.

80.6
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, On off, kept out by Rizwan.
80.5
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Length and on middle, nudged to the square leg region. 
80.4
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, On off, blocked.
80.3
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, A full ball around the leg pole, Rizwan looks for the flick but misses and Watling does well to dive to his left and stop this one.
80.2
4
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Anything short and Rizwan has decided that he will disptach those. Pulls this one to the deep square leg region for a boundary. 
80.1
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, SLASH AND A MISS! Back of a length outside off, the bounce got a bit big on Rizwan as he looked to cut but misses it.

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.

79.6
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Tossed up outside off, left alone by Ashraf.
79.5
2
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Flatter on off, Ashraf pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
79.4
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Floated on off, pushed to covers.
79.3
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Tossed up on off, kept out.
79.2
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Loopy on off, defended right near the boots by Ashraf.
79.1
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Tossed up on off, pushed to short mid-wicket.
78.6
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, On off, pushed to mid off.
78.5
2
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, This time he finds the gap as he pulls this short one through mid-wicket and gets a couple of runs.
78.4
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and on middle, Rizwan pulls it but finds mid-wicket.
78.3
2
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Length and on the pads, Rizwan strokes it through square leg for a brace.
78.2
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Another short one outside off, Rizwan leaves it again.
78.1
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and angled across the right hander, Rizwan ducks under it.
77.6
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Floated on middle, Ashraf comes right behind the line of the ball to block it.
77.5
1
Mitchell Santner to Mohammad Rizwan, Loopy on off, cut straight to sweeper cover for a single by Rizwan.
77.4
0
Mitchell Santner to Mohammad Rizwan, Floated on off, driven straight to short cover.
77.3
1
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Flatter outside off, Faheem punches it through covers and gets a single.
77.2
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Darts one on off, Faheem blocks it.
77.1
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Tossed up on off, Ashraf defends it out.
76.6
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Length on off, kept out off the back foot.
76.5
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, On off, watchfully defended.
76.4
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Length and on off, Rizwan taps it to covers.
76.3
2
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, FIFTY FOR MOHAMMAD RIZWAN! Short and outside off, Rizwan cuts it through cover-point. Santner in the deep does well to keep the batsmen down to two runs. Rizwan gets to his half ton too. A well deserved and an important knock from the skipper of Pakistan. His 4th fifty in Tests as well.
76.2
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Another fuller length ball around off, Rizwan strokes it to mid off once again.
76.1
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on off, Rizwan pushes it off the higher part of the bat towards mid off.
75.6
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, On off, tapped to point.
75.5
1
Mitchell Santner to Mohammad Rizwan, Floated around off, Rizwan drives it through covers and takes a single this time.
75.4
1
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Flatter on off, Faheem punches it through covers and takes a run.
75.3
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Turn and bounce! Tossed up ball outside off, Ashraf lets it go through to keeper who fails to collect it. The ball goes to fine leg as the batters take a couple of byes.
75.2
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Tossed up and spinning into Ashraf, Faheem makes room and strokes it to point.
75.1
0
Mitchell Santner to Faheem Ashraf, Floated on off, pushed back to the bowler.

Time for some spin! Mitchell Santner is handed the ball now.

74.6
1
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, Good length around off, pushed to the point region to collect a single.
74.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, On off, punched to the mid off region.
74.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, On off, pushed back to the bowler.
74.3
1
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and on off, pulled to square leg for a single.
74.2
4
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Cut away! Short and wide outside off, Rizwan pounces onto it as he cuts it through point and gets a boundary to his name. He moves onto 46 now.
74.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and around off, Rizwan drives but finds the man at mid off.
73.6
0
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, Length ball on off, Ashraf plays it off the back foot.
73.5
0
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, On off, kept out.
73.4
0
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, Slow and swinging from Wagner as Ashraf goes for a drive. He though misses it as he keeper collects it by going low to his left.
73.3
0
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, On a length and angling into off, Ashraf dead bats it back to the bowler.
73.2
0
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, Another fuller length ball around off, Ashraf keeps it out off the front foot.
73.1
0
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, Fuller and on off, Ashraf blocks it with a straight bat to mid off.

Neil Wagner comes back into the attack. His figures so far read 16-4-36-1.

72.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and aiming at the stumps, angling in too, Rizwan strokes it to mid on. Pakistan in counter-attacking mood.
72.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Full on off, pushed to covers this time by Rizwan.
72.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf,  Length and on leg, Ashraf misses his flick as the ball goes towards square leg off his pads. A leg bye is what the batsmen get.
72.3
4
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, FOUR! SMASHED! Short and on middle, sits up nicely for Ashraf to bring out the pull and nail to towards deep mid-wicket as the ball crosses the fence for a boundary.
72.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, Full and on off, Ashraf dead bats it towards covers.
72.1
1
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Back of a length ball on off, Rizwan taps it to the off side and rotates the strike with a single.
71.6
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Outside off, Ashraf makes a leave.
71.5
1
Tim Southee to Mohammad Rizwan, On off, pushed to covers for a single.
71.4
4
Tim Southee to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Beautiful shot! Full and on off, Rizwan drives it straight and past the bowler. The ball races to the fence. That also brings the 50-run stand between the two. A much needed one though.
71.3
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Rizwan, Length and outside off, Rizwan lets it go.
71.2
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Rizwan, Length and outside off, tapped to the off side.
71.1
4
Tim Southee to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Rizwan joins the party! Short and on middle, Rizwan pulls it through square leg, just past the square leg umpire, who does well to get out of the way and he gets a boundary.
70.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, Short and outside off, Ashraf lets it be.
70.5
4
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, FOUR! Back-to-back hits to the fence. Short and on middle, Ashraf swivels and pulls it behind square on the leg side. The ball beats the fielder there to reach the fence.
70.4
4
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, FOUR! CRACKED! Short and wide outside off, Ashraf gets into the position early as he punches it through cover-point. The ball races to the fence in a jiffy.
70.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, Fuller and on off, Ashraf is happy to push it to covers off the back foot.
70.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Faheem Ashraf, Back of a length ball on off, Faheem taps it to covers now.
70.1
1
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and around off, Rizwan punches it through covers and gets a single.

Kyle Jamieson to bowl now. 17-12-9-2 are his numbers so far.

69.6
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf,  On off, pushed to covers by Ashraf to see off the over from Southee.
69.5
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Back of length ball on off, Ashraf drives it to cover-point.
69.4
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Another length ball around off, Ashraf blocks it out.
69.3
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, On off, blocked to the off side.
69.2
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, A tough chance though! Fuller and around off, Ashraf drvies it uppishly towards short cover where the fielder gets his hands to the ball but fails to hold onto it.

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.

69.1
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, On a length and on off, Ashraf taps it to covers.
68.6
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on off, driven powerfully down the ground where Boult fields in his followthrough.
68.5
1
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, Fuller and on the pads, Faheem flicks it through fine leg and gets a single now.
68.4
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, Length and on off, Ashraf drops it to covers with soft hands there.
68.3
1
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on off, Rizwan drives it only to get an inside edge towards square leg for a single.
68.2
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Another length ball on off, Rizwan taps it but the ball bounces a bit as Rizwan tries to get it away from the stumps.
68.1
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and angled on off, Rizwan blocks it right under his eyes.

Trent Boult will bowl from the other end. 17-4-38-1 are his numbers so far.

67.6
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Fuller length ball outside off, Faheem strokes it to cover-point. Just a single from this over.
67.5
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, On off, Ashraf pushes it to short cover.
67.4
1
Tim Southee to Mohammad Rizwan, On middle, flicked to mid-wicket for a single.
67.3
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Rizwan, Lovely shot! Nothing doing! Full and straight on off, Rizwan drives it with the straightest of the bat but hits the stumps at the other end. A millimeter here or there and that could have been a boundary.
67.2
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and around off, pushed to short cover this time.
67.1
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller and on off, Rizwan pushes it back to the bowler off the front foot.

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. 

66.6
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, A full ball on middle, well dug out by Ashraf.
66.5
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, Outside off, left alone.
66.4
6
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, SIX! Faheem has looked good so far and he scores his first biggie of this inning! He also moves onto 21 from 20 balls. Slightly short and on middle, Ashraf pulls this one over the deep square leg fence for a maximum.
66.3
1
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Shorter in length and on middle, MR pulls this to deep square leg for just the single this time.
66.2
2
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Short of a length outside off, Rizwan gets on top of the bounce and punches this one through the cover region for a brace. 
66.1
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Good length on off, pushed to the off side.
65.6
0
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Outside off again, nothing doing says Faheem as he lets this one go.
65.5
2
Tim Southee to Faheem Ashraf, Outside off, Faheem plays this uppishly through the point region for a couple.
65.4
1
Tim Southee to Mohammad Rizwan, In the channel around off on a good length, worked towards the square leg region for a single. They think about the second but settle for one in the end.
65.3
2
Tim Southee to Mohammad Rizwan, A full delivery around the off pole, Rizwan clips this one through mid-wicket to collect a brace. 100 up for Pakistan as well. They still trail by 331 runs.
65.2
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Rizwan, On middle, pushed to the mid on region.
65.1
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Rizwan, Down the leg side, Rizwan misses his flick.

Tim Southee is back on, with the ball in hand. 15-4-22-2 are his figures so far.

64.6
1
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, On a length around off, Rizwan punches it towards covers and gets a single.
64.5
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Another length ball outside off, another leave by Rizwan.
64.4
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Length delivery outside off, Rizwan lifts his bat and lets it be.
64.3
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, Length and down the leg side, Ashraf misses his flick and the keeper to fails to collect it cleanly. The batters take a bye.
64.2
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, Full on off, Faheem drives it uppishly towards covers where it falls short of Tom Latham.
64.1
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, Length and outside off, Ashraf shoulders arms to this one.
63.6
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Bouncer on middle, ducked under by Rizwan again.
63.5
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Short on middle, Rizwan seems to have decided to leave these balls alone, sits under this one too.
63.4
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Another bouncer on middle and leg, Rizwan does what he did on the last ball, ducks under this one.
63.3
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Short ball on middle, MH sits under this one.
63.2
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, On off, blocked out.
63.1
1
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, Short in length and around the middle pole, pulled by Ashraf to deep square leg for a single. 
62.6
1
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, On middle, flicked to fine leg for one more single to end the over.
62.5
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, Good length on off, Ashraf pushes it to the leg side.
62.4
4
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, FOUR! Faheem picks up another boundary! On a fuller length on middle, Faheem just clips this one through the short fine leg region and the ball runs away to the ropes.
62.3
1
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, On off, nudged to square leg for one.
62.2
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Back of a length and on off, tapped to point. No is the call for the single by Rizwan.
62.1
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, On off, pushed to mid off.
61.6
1
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, On middle, pulled to fine leg for a single.
61.6
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, WIDE! A short one on middle, left alone by Rizwan. The umpire indicates a wide for the height.
61.5
1
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, Short and on middle, pulled to the fine leg region for one.
61.4
0
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, On middle, blocked.
61.3
4
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, FOUR! Not high enough from Wagner and Ashraf commits to the shot and sends it past the ropes! On a shorter length on middle, pulled to the deep square leg region to find the ropes. 
61.2
0
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, Length and down the leg side, Ashraf lets it be.
61.1
0
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, Short and on middle, Ashraf looks to play the pull but the ball does not rise at Faheem expected. In the end, he fends it away.
60.6
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, On off, blocked out.
60.5
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Good shot but the fielding is also very good! Length ball outside off, Rizwan drives this one to the cover region where Latham dives and makes a good stop. 
60.4
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and around off, pulled towards the mid on region.
60.3
1
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, Length on off, pushed to the point region for one.
60.2
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, BEATEN! BEAUTY! That's what that was! Boult is looking menacing now! On a length around the off pole, straigtens a touch after pitching, Ashraf looks to play at this but the ball just about misses his outside edge and into Watling's mitts.
60.1
0
Trent Boult to Faheem Ashraf, On off, blocked.
59.6
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Short of a length on leg, Rizwan thinks about leaving but the ball hits him on his back and rolls to the leg side. Nasty, that. Must have hurt. But the skipper should be fine to continue.
59.5
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Same delivery as this was down the leg side again, but this time, Rizwan attempts to pull, he misses though.
59.4
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Rizwan leaves this delivery as it was down the leg side.
59.3
1
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, Another short one on middle, pulled to the fine leg region for one.
59.2
0
Neil Wagner to Faheem Ashraf, Bumper on middle to start off with for Ashraf, who ducks under this one.

Faheem Ashraf is the new man in with the bat for Pakistan.

59.1
0
Neil Wagner to Fawad Alam, OUT! CAUGHT! Wagner peppering Alam with short deliveries does the trick! Another one falls for the visitors and things not going to plan for the Men in Green! On a shorter length and on middle, Alam looks to pull but misses. The ball, though, nicks the bat and goes towards Watling who takes a good catch. The players appeal loudly and the umpire obliges by raising his finger. Alam does not opt for the review and just walks off. Pakistan are in a spot of bother and will need something miraculous if they need to avoid the follow-on.
58.6
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Length and on off, Rizwan looks to defend it but gets beaten to wear the blow on the thigh pad.
58.5
1
Trent Boult to Fawad Alam, Length and on leg, flicked to fine leg for a single.
58.4
1
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Length and on off, pushed to the off side for a single.
58.3
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, Length ball on off, Rizwan works it to the mid off region.
58.2
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Rizwan, On off, pushed back to the bowler.
58.1
1
Trent Boult to Fawad Alam, On a length on middle, tucked to the leg side and Alam looks for the single. The fielder there collects and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. In the end, a single taken.

Trent Boult comes back on. 12-4-18-1 from him so far.

57.6
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Short of a length and on off, pulled to square leg. A maiden to Wagner's name.
57.5
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Short on middle, Rizwan sits under this one. 
57.4
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Bumper on middle, ducked under by Rizwan.
57.3
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Another short one on the ribs, Rizwan pulls but finds the man at square leg. 
57.2
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Short on middle, pulled to the leg side again.
57.1
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, A bumper by Wagner! Bowls a short one on middle, Rizwan swats this one to the mid-wicket region but it is just short of the man there. The Kiwis are setting up a trap as the leg side is packed and Wagner will be peppering Rizwan with short balls.
56.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, Outside off, Fawad cuts this one to the gully region where the fielder dives and makes a good stop.
56.5
1
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Short of a length and on off, Rizwan nudges this one to the leg side for a quick run. 
56.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, On a length outside off, some inward movement noticed as Rizwan raises his blade to let this one through. 
56.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, On off, blocked.
56.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Back of a length and on middle, Rizwan hops and tucks it to square leg. Looks for the single but decides not to go for it. 
56.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Full toss on middle, tucked to the mid-wicket region. 
55.6
1
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, On a length and on off, Rizwan drives it only to find mid off there.
55.5
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Length and on middle, Rizwan gets right behind the ball to defend it.
55.4
2
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Length and on the pads, Rizwan comes inside the line and then flicks it to fine leg. He gets a brace this time.
55.3
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Full on off, Rizwan mistimes the drive to mid off this time.
55.2
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Another fuller length ball on off, Rizwan strokes it to covers.
55.1
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Length ball on off, Rizwan pushes it back to the bowler.
54.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, Another short one and Alam does well to pull it but fails to pierce the gap at mid-wicket.
54.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, Short and on off, Fawad pulls it but finds the man at mid-wicket.
54.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, On a length and on off, Alam turns it to the leg side now.
54.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam,  Short of length ball on off, Alam pushes it away from the body towards covers.
54.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, On a length and on off, Alam tucks it to the leg side this time.
54.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, On a length and on off, Alam taps it to covers. He though gets a bit squared up there.
53.6
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, On a length and outside off, Rizwan lets it be.
53.5
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on off, Rizwan drives it uppishly but it drops just short of the fielder at short cover.
53.4
1
Neil Wagner to Fawad Alam, On the pads of Alam now, Fawad tucks it towards deep square leg for a single.
53.3
1
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Length ball on the pads, Rizwan tucks it to square leg and gets to the other end with a single.
53.2
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Length ball on off, Rizwan taps it to covers.
53.1
1
Neil Wagner to Fawad Alam, Short and on middle, Alam pulls it through square leg and gets just a single this time.
52.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller and on off, Rizwan pushes it to covers.
52.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller in length from Jamieson, Rizwan strokes it from the inner half of the bat towards mid on.
52.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, On a length and on middle, Rizwan pushes it to the leg side.
52.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and on middle, Rizwan pulls it to square leg this time.
52.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller once again, Rizwan dead bats it towards mid off.
52.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on off, Rizwan strokes it to the man at mid off.
51.6
0
Neil Wagner to Fawad Alam, Fuller and on off, Alam pushes it off the inside half of the bat to mid on.
51.5
0
Neil Wagner to Fawad Alam, Short and wide outside off, Alam who is standing on the leg stump line comes towards the off pole once the ball is delivered and then cuts it to cover-point.
51.4
1
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and on middle, Rizwan pulls it to mid-wicket for a single.
51.3
4
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Positive signs! The skipper taking the charge here. Full and outside off, Rizwan comes on the front foot and then drives it past the man at mid off. Once it beats the man there, it goes onto meet the boundary ropes at long off.

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.

51.2
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Outside off, Rizwan watches the ball as it goes past him.
51.1
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller on off, Rizwan strokes it to mid off.
50.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, BOUNCER! Short and on middle, Alam sits under it with ease.
50.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, Fuller on off, Alam taps it to mid on.
50.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, On the pads, Alam clips it to mid-wicket now.
50.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, Length and around off, Alam gets hurried into the shot as he pushes it to the leg side.
50.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, Fuller on off, driven towards mid on where the fielder puts in a dive to save some runs.
50.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, Length and angled on off, Fawad taps it to mid on this time.
49.6
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Outside off, left alone.
49.5
2
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan,  Cut away and cut away well! Short of length ball outside off, Rizwan cuts it through point but the timing is not there on that shot. The ball will not reach the fence as it gets fielded in the deep. A couple taken.
49.4
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Short of good length angling into the batsman, Rizwan hops and plays it to point.
49.3
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Slower yorker outside off, Rizwan pushes it to mid off this time.
49.2
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Length and on off, pushed to short cover off the front foot by Rizwan.
49.1
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Good length and outside off, Rizwan takes a step forward before leaving it for the keeper.
48.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, On a length and around off, Alam looks to play it to the on side but at the last instance gets it towards gully. The ball went off the glove this time.
48.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, Full and on middle, keeping low too. Alam does well to push it back to the bowler.
48.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, Another short one and Fawad does the same thing as the previous delivery. Sits under it.
48.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, Short and on middle, Alam does well to sit under it.
48.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, Length ball outside off, Alam leaves it the Steven Smith way.
48.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, Length ball on off, Alam plays it to covers.
47.6
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Good length ball outside off, Rizwan lets this one through to the keeper. A maiden from Wagner.
47.5
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on off, Rizwan drives only to find short cover to perfection.
47.4
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller and on off, driven towards mid on.
47.3
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Length ball outside off, Rizwan does not play at it.
47.2
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, In the air... Just Short! Fuller and on off, Rizwan looks to drive it through the off side but gets it off the inner half of the bat. The ball lobs towards mid on where the fielder tries to go for the catch but it falls just short of him.
47.1
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and outside off, driven by Rizwan but straight to the man at mid off.

Neil Wagner to bowl from the other end. His figures so far read 7-2-14-0.

46.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, Another length ball outside off, Alam leaves it in an unorthodox manner.
46.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Fawad Alam, Back of a length ball outside off, Alam lets the ball through to the keeper.
46.4
1
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Length and around off, Rizwan tucks it towards square leg and gets a single. First run off the session.
46.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller and around off, Rizwan defends it to covers.
46.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Jamieson is bowling thunderballs there! Short of a length ball on off, Rizwan looks to defend it but gets hit on the glove as his bottom hand comes off.
46.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller and on off, Rizwan drives it off the inner half of the bat towards mid on.

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. 

45.6
0
Neil Wagner to Fawad Alam, On middle, flicked to the leg side. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 3! 
45.5
2
Neil Wagner to Fawad Alam, NOT OUT! This was a very close call but good running on the part of Alam has ensured that he does not lose his wicket. Short and on middle, pulled to the fine leg region. The batters take one but Alam wants another. He runs back and Rizwan is forced to go for the double. The throw is at the keeper's end and Watling whips the bails off quickly, as Alam dives in. The third umpire is called into play. Replays roll in and you can see Alam's bat grounded as the bails are off. Alam survives. 

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.

45.4
0
Neil Wagner to Fawad Alam, Good length and around off, pushed to the cover region. 'No, no', Fawad says, for the single again. 
45.3
0
Neil Wagner to Fawad Alam, On off, tapped to point. Fawad is comfortable in his crease as he denies the single again. 
45.2
0
Neil Wagner to Fawad Alam, Same delivery as the last ball, same shot offered by Alam. Another loud no for the single by Fawad.
45.1
0
Neil Wagner to Fawad Alam, Length delivery around off, tapped towards the off side and no is the call straightaway by Alam for the single.
44.6
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Rizwan, On off, pushed to mid on. Just the single off this over.
44.5
1
Tim Southee to Fawad Alam, A single this time as this good length ball around off is tucked towards square leg by Fawad. 
44.4
0
Tim Southee to Fawad Alam, Just around the off pole, Alam pushes this towards mid off.
44.3
0
Tim Southee to Fawad Alam, Around the off pole on a good length, tucked to the square leg region as Alam looks for the run. Rizwan, though, is not interested and sends him back. 
44.2
0
Tim Southee to Fawad Alam, Outside off, no shot offered to this by Alam. 
44.1
0
Tim Southee to Fawad Alam, On off, pushed back to Tim. 
43.6
2
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and on off, pulled to the deep square leg region for a brace. 
43.5
4
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! The skipper opens his account with a good shot! Pakistan will need his positive tempo if they want to add some valuable runs to this total! On a length on off, Rizwan creams this drive through the cover region to find the ropes.
43.4
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Length on off, Rizwan pushes it towards the point region. 
43.3
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, A good length ball on off and middle, the skipper pushes it back to the bowler. Wagner sees Rizwan outside his crease and looks to hit the stumps but he misses. 
43.2
0
Neil Wagner to Mohammad Rizwan, Outside off, Rizwan shoulders arms to this one. 
43.1
1
Neil Wagner to Fawad Alam, On a good length on middle, tucked towards mid-wicket for a quick single.

Mohammad Rizwan, the Pakistan skipper walks out to bat now.

42.6
0
Tim Southee to Haris Sohail, OUT! CAUGHT! Pakistan suddenly falling apart here! With half the side gone and still 379 runs away from the New Zealand's score Pakistan are in deep waters. Southee gets his second wicket. Fuller and around off, Sohail looks to drive it away from the body as he pushes at it. He though fails to get it off the meat of the bat as the thick outside edge flies towards gully where Henry Nicholls does well to get low and pouch the catch.
42.5
0
Tim Southee to Haris Sohail, On a length and on off, pushed to mid off this time.
42.4
1
Tim Southee to Fawad Alam, Alam is off the mark as he tucks this length ball on the pads to square leg for a single.
42.3
0
Tim Southee to Fawad Alam, Length ball on off, played to mid on by Alam.

Fawad Alam comes out to bat now.

42.2
0
Tim Southee to Azhar Ali, OUT! CAUGHT! Southee gets a wicket finally. Length ball angled across the off stump, Azhar Ali who is camping on the back foot looks to push it to the off side. He though gets it to play with an angled bat but fails to do so. The ball goes to the keeper where Watling collects it and goes up in an appeal. The umpire though is not interested. Kane Williamson signals 'T'. Let's see what the replays have to say. It is a legal delivery as the Ultra Edge comes on. It shows a little spike when the ball goes past the bat. The on-field call is overturned as Azhar Ali has to take the long walk back.

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.

42.1
0
Tim Southee to Azhar Ali, Length on off, pushed off the back foot to the mid on.
41.6
0
Neil Wagner to Haris Sohail, Fuller on off, Haris plays it to mid off to see off the Wagner over.
41.5
0
Neil Wagner to Haris Sohail, Length ball but this time closer to off but not close enough to make Haris play.
41.4
0
Neil Wagner to Haris Sohail, Length and on off, Haris plays it to covers.
41.3
0
Neil Wagner to Haris Sohail, Fuller and on off, Haris taps it to gully.
41.2
0
Neil Wagner to Haris Sohail, Fuller length and outside off, Sohail watches the ball sails through to the keeper as he does not offer any shot.
41.1
0
Neil Wagner to Haris Sohail, Good length and around off, Sohail shoulders arms to this one.
40.6
0
Tim Southee to Azhar Ali, Fuller and on off, Ali plays it with an angled bat towards cover-point.
40.5
0
Tim Southee to Azhar Ali, Another length ball outside off, Ali is happy to not play at it.
40.4
0
Tim Southee to Azhar Ali, Length and outside off, Ali lets it be.
40.3
0
Tim Southee to Azhar Ali, Length and outside off, further moves away after pitching as Ali makes a leave.
40.2
0
Tim Southee to Azhar Ali, Full on off, driven with a straight bat to mid on.
40.1
2
Tim Southee to Azhar Ali, Length ball on middle, Ali clips it towards deep mid-wicket and gets a brace.

Tim Southee comes back on. 12-4-18-0 from him so far.

39.6
1
Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali, Full and on middle, Ali clips it past mid on and in the gap for a single.
39.5
0
Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali, Length and across the right hander, Ali lets it be.
39.4
0
Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali, On a length and on middle, Ali turns it to mid on this time.
39.3
0
Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali, Length and outside off, Ali covers his sticks and then makes a leave.
39.2
0
Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali, Length and around off, Ali makes a leave to this one.
39.1
0
Neil Wagner to Azhar Ali, Fuller on off, pushed off the front foot towards mid on.

Neil Wagner comes into the attack now. 3-1-4-0 from him so far.

38.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Haris Sohail, BOUNCER! Short and on middle, Haris does well to sit under it.
38.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Haris Sohail, Length and outside off, Sohail makes a leave now.
38.4
1
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Length ball on the pads, Ali clips it past short fine leg and gets a single this time.
38.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Outsde off, Ali makes a leave to this one.
38.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Fuller on off, driven to mid off by Azhar Ali.
38.1
1
Kyle Jamieson to Haris Sohail, Length and on the pads, tucked towards mid-wicket for a single.
37.6
1
Trent Boult to Haris Sohail, Fuller and outside off, Haris opens the face of the bat and guides it past point for a single.
37.5
0
Trent Boult to Haris Sohail, Short and on off, Sohail reads it early and then sits under it.
37.4
0
Trent Boult to Haris Sohail, Fuller and on off, Haris taps it to mid off.
37.3
0
Trent Boult to Haris Sohail, Another away swinger from Boult as Haris lets it be.
37.2
0
Trent Boult to Haris Sohail, Outside off, left alone this time.
37.1
0
Trent Boult to Haris Sohail, BEATEN! Length and around off, Haris stays on the back foot as he looks to defend it. The ball though shapes away from him and goes to the keeper. Lucky that he did not edge that one.
36.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Another length ball and outside off too, Ali is happy to leave it for the keeper.
36.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Another fuller length ball outside off, Ali comes on the front foot and tries to do a Smithsque leave.
36.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Length and outside off, no shot offered by Azhar Ali.
36.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Back of a length ball on off, Ali taps it to mid off now.
36.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Short one on leg, Ali looks to leave at it but fails to get away from the line of the ball as he gets hit on the tummy.
36.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Back of a length ball on middle, Ali plays it to mid-wicket.
35.6
0
Trent Boult to Haris Sohail, Length ball on off, Haris taps it to mid on this time.
35.5
0
Trent Boult to Haris Sohail, Fuller and outside off, Sohail watches it and then decides not to play at it.
35.4
0
Trent Boult to Haris Sohail, Fuller and on off, Haris pushes it to mid off this time.
35.3
1
Trent Boult to Azhar Ali, Short and on middle, Ali pulls it towards fine leg and gets off the mark with a single.
35.2
1
Trent Boult to Haris Sohail, Fuller and outside off, Sohail drives it through covers and gets a single. He gets off the mark too.
35.1
0
Trent Boult to Haris Sohail, Length and outside off, Sohail taps it to gully.
34.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Full and on off, driven straight to the man at covers.
34.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Another length ball outside off, Ali does not offer a stroke to it.
34.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Short and outside off, Ali watches it and then lifts his willow high up in the air to let the ball pass.
34.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Fuller and on off, Ali manages to push it to mid off.
34.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Length and angled across off, Ali lets it be.
34.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Short and on midle, Ali ducks under it.

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.

33.6
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, OUT! CAUGHT! Boult finally has his man. The nightwatchman departs after some resistance. Boult lands one around off and gets it to shape away from the right hander. Abbas looks to defend it but ends up getting a thick outside edge which flies at a good height towards first slip where Ross Taylor takes the simplest of the catch.
33.5
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Short ball on off, Abbas sits under it.
33.4
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Full and angled on off, Abbas closes the face of the bat early as the ball goes off the outside edge towards point.
33.3
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Another length ball outside off, another leave from Abbas.
33.2
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Outside off, left alone.
33.1
4
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, EDGY FOUR! Fuller and around off, Abbas stoops low to reach to the ball to defend it. He though gets an thick outside edge that goes past the gully fielder and into the third man fence. First boundary of the day.

Trent Boult is back intio the attack.  9-4-11-0 from him so far.

32.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Another length ball on off, Ali defends it to mid on to see off Jamieson's over. A wicket maiden from him.
32.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Fuller length ball on off, Ali pushes it to covers this time.
32.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Another length ball that climbs onto the batsman, Azhar Ali does well to take his bottom hand off as the ball goes towards point.
32.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Azhar Ali, Length and on off, defended to covers by Azhar.

Azhar Ali is the new batsman in.

32.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, OUT! CLEANED UP! Lovely piece of bowling. Bowls a fuller length ball around off, a hint of inward movement as Ali is stranded on the back foot. He looks to block it out but the ball does not come in as Ali expected. It though comes just enough to hit the top of off stump. Abid Ali's resistance finally comes to an end. New Zealand's new pace sensation Jamieson strikes once again.
32.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali. Full and angled on off, Ali blocks it off the front foot.
31.6
0
Mitchell Santner to Mohammad Abbas, Turn and bounce on that one! Floated on off, Abbas comes on the front foot to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and rolls towards point. A good first over from Santner.
31.5
0
Mitchell Santner to Mohammad Abbas, Another fuller one on off, Abbas plays it to gully.
31.4
0
Mitchell Santner to Mohammad Abbas, Fuller on off, kept out to short leg once again.
31.3
0
Mitchell Santner to Mohammad Abbas, Flatter on leg, defended to short leg.
31.2
0
Mitchell Santner to Mohammad Abbas, Fuller on off, driven to short cover.
31.1
0
Mitchell Santner to Mohammad Abbas, Loopy on off, Abbas defends it out.

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.

30.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, That just reared up! Length ball around off, Ali looks to defend it but he gets hit on the glove as his bottom hand comes off the handle there.
30.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Fuller and on off, Ali comes on the front foot and dead bats it to the off side.
30.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Short and around off, Abid drops his wrists and lets the ball go through.
30.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Fuller and on off, Abid does well to play it with bat and pad close to each other.
30.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, BEATEN! Length and around off, Ali looks to cut it through point but the ball bounces just enough to go past the outside edge. Lucky for Abid and Pakistan.
30.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Length and on off, Ali blocks it out.

Kyle Jamieson comes onto bowl now. 6-4-5-1 are his figures so far.

29.6
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Fuller length delivery around middle, Abbas keeps it out off the back foot this time.
29.5
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Fuller once again, Abbas walks across his sticks a bit as he plays it to mid on.
29.4
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Length and angled across off, Abbas lets it be.
29.3
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Fuller and on off, Abbas does well to block that one out.
29.2
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Length and around off, Abbas defends it with an angled bat to the off side.
29.1
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, BEATEN! Length and outside off, Abbas looks to defend it with an angled bat to the off side but is lucky not to edge that one. The ball was close to the outside edge.
28.6
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Full and outside off, Ali shoulders arms to it.
28.5
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Length and around off, Ali defends it off the front foot towards covers.
28.4
1
Tim Southee to Mohammad Abbas, Finally off the mark! Length ball on off, Abbas tucks it towards mid-wicket and takes a single. He gets off the mark on the 37th ball that he faced.
28.3
1
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, On middle and leg, Ali clips it off his pads towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
28.2
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Fuller and on off, Ali pushes it with a straight bat to the man at mid on.
28.1
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Fuller and on off, defended off the back foot by Ali this time.
27.6
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Length and on middle, pushed to mid on this time by Abbas.
27.5
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Squared him up! Length ball on leg, Abbas once again looks to tuck it away to the leg side  but gets beaten to wear the blow in the thigh pad. The ball rolls to the off side.
27.4
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Length ball angled on leg, Abbas looks to tuck it to the leg isde but the ball goes off his pads to the leg side.
27.3
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Short ball on middle and leg, Abbas ducks umder it.
27.2
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Length on off, Abbas drives it to mid off this time.
27.1
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Fuller and outside off, Abbas looks to lay bat on ball but in the process he hits the ground as the ball goes to the keeper who shows some excitement. The umpire though does not show any interest.
26.6
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Another length ball outside off, Abid lifts his willow and lets the ball go through to the keeper.
26.5
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Length and outside off, Abid makes a leave to this one.
26.4
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Fuller around off, Ali strokes it to covers.
26.3
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Length ball on off, Abid lets it be.
26.2
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, BEATEN! Length and around off, angling into the pole, Ali looks to defend it off the back foot but the ball goes past the outside edge. It is also close to the off pole and hence oohhs and aahhs from the New Zealand players.
26.1
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Fuller and angling on off, Ali does well to get right behind the ball and keep it out.
25.6
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Another length ball but it is outside off, Abbas does not play at it. A maiden from Boult.
25.5
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, BEATEN! Fuller and around off, Abbas looks to lay bat on ball but is beaten as the ball sneaks past the outside edge. Abbas is playing it off the back foot there.
25.4
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Back of a length and on off, Abbas blocks it off the back foot this time.
25.3
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Short one but it keeps low this time as Abbas ducks under it. It just about goes over Abbas and the stumps.
25.2
1
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, On a length and on the pads, Ali clips it towards fine leg and takes a single.
25.1
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Length ball angled across Ali, Abid shoulders arms to it.
24.6
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Abbas, Length and outside off, Abbas lifts his bat and lets the ball go through.
24.5
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Abbas, Abbas is still not off the mark as he makes a leave to this length ball outside off from Southee.
24.4
1
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Length ball on middle, Ali tucks it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end with a single.
24.3
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Fuller and on off, Ali drives it straight to the man at covers.
24.2
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Good length outside off, Ali drops his wrists and lets the ball sail through to the keeper.
24.1
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Length ball on off, Ali keeps it out off the back foot. The ball rolls to the bowler.
23.6
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Length ball but going down leg, Abbas lets it go through as the keeper dives to his left and takes it.
23.5
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Short delivery once again and Abbas watches it and sits under it once again.
23.4
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Full and angled into middle and leg, Abbas does well to dig it out to the leg side.
23.3
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Length and across off, Abbas lets it be.
23.2
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Full and around off, Abbas prods forward and taps it to covers.
23.2
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, WIDE! Another short one and Abbas once again sits under it to let the ball pass.Wide signalled for height.
23.1
0
Trent Boult to Mohammad Abbas, Bumper! Short length ball down the leg side, Abbas lets it be as Watling leaps to his left and takes it.
22.6
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Length and outside off, a bit of inward movement but not enough to make the batsman play at it.
22.5
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Good length and around off, Ali keeps it out off the back foot.
22.4
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Fuller in length but the line is outside off, Ali sees it and then shoulders arms to it.
22.3
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Another fuller length ball on off, Ali comes on the front foot and dead bats it back to the bowler.
22.2
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Good length and around off, Ali gets right behind the ball and blocks it out towards mid on.
22.1
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Fuller and outside off, Ali watches it and then makes a leave for the keeper to do the rest.
21.6
1
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Short of good length on leg, Ali clips it behind square on the leg side and takes a quick run on offer.
21.5
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Good length and angling across off, Ali lets it be.
21.4
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Length and around off, Ali stands tall and blocks it back to the bowler off the backfoot.
21.3
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Full and on off and middle, Ali comes on the front foot and plays it back to the bowler.
21.2
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Fuller and on middle, Ali flicks it to mid-wicket.
21.1
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Full and around off, Ali strokes it to covers off the front foot.

Trent Boult to bowl now from the other end. 4-2-8-0 from him so far. 

20.6
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Abbas, Length and around middle, Abbas plays it to mid-wicket. Good start by Southee.
20.5
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Abbas, Length and around off, Abbas taps it to gully.
20.4
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Abbas, Fuller and outside off, Abbas looks to block it out off the front foot but is beaten on the outisde edge.
20.3
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Length ball swinging in from leg stump, Ali misses his flick as the ball goes off his pads to the leg side. The batsmen get a run. Leg Bye called by the umpire.
20.2
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Length and outside off, a bit of away swing on that one as Ali makes a leave.
20.1
2
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, First runs of the Day! Fuller and on the leg stump, Abid Ali clips it through mid-wicket and gets a couple to start the day.

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.

19.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Abbas, Back of a length on off, Abbas defends it off the back foot. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 2!
19.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Abbas, Length ball on off, Abbas keeps it out.
19.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Abbas, BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Abbas looks to defend but misses it.
19.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Abbas, Back of a length on middle, Abbas blocks it well.
19.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Abbas, Good length ball on off, Abbas defends it off the back foot.
19.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Abbas, Good length delivery outside off, Abbas offers no shot to this one.
18.6
0
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Length delivery on off, Abid defends it off the back foot.
18.5
0
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Short again outside off, Abid sways away from it.
18.4
0
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Short ball outside off, Abid does not bother to play at that.
18.3
0
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Full toss on middle, Abid blocks it off the back foot.
18.2
2
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Length delivery on off, Abid punches it through point. The batsmen get two runs.
18.1
0
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Good length delivery on off, Abid defends it off the back foot.
17.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Abbas, Length delivery on off, Abbas keeps it out.
17.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Abbas, Good length ball on middle, Abbas defends it off the back foot.
17.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Abbas, Length delivery on off, Abbas blocks it off the back foot.
17.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Abbas, BEATEN! Good length ball outside off, Abbas looks to defend but misses it.
17.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Abbas, Length delivery outside off, Abbas does well to duck under it.
17.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Abbas, Bouncer on middle, Abbas does well to duck under it.
16.6
0
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Outside off, Abid offers no shot to this one.
16.5
0
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Back of a length on middle, Abid defends it off the back foot.
16.4
0
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Short delivery outside off, Abid sways away from it.
16.3
0
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Good length ball outside off, Abid offers no shot to this one.
16.2
0
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Length delivery outside off, Abid shoulders arms to this one.
16.1
0
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Short of a length delivery, Abid does well to duck under it.
15.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Abbas, Length delivery on middle, Abbas blocks it off the back foot.
15.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Abbas, Back of a length outside off, Abbas offers no shot to this one.
15.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Mohammad Abbas, Good length delivery on off, Abbas defends it off the back foot.

Mohammad Abbas, the nightwatchman is the new batsman in.

15.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Shan Masood, OUT! CAUGHT! Strangled down the leg side! Masood departs! Length and down the leg side, Masood looks to tuck it fine towards fine leg but he manages to get an edge. Watling behind the sticks does the formalities. Pakistan dealt a blow close to the end of day's play.
15.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Shan Masood, Back of a length on off, Masood defends it off the back foot.
15.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Shan Masood, Length delivery on off, Masood defends it off the back foot.
14.6
0
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Good length ball outside off, Abid shoulders arms to this one.
14.5
0
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Bumper on middle, Abid does well to duck under it.
14.4
0
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Short delivery down the leg side, Abid leaves it alone.
14.3
0
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Bouncer on leg, Abid ducks under it.
14.2
0
Neil Wagner to Abid Ali, Bouncer on middle, Abid does well to duck under it.
14.1
1
Neil Wagner to Shan Masood, Short delivery on middle, Masood pulls it through square leg for a single.
14.1
0
Neil Wagner to Shan Masood, NO BALL! Wagner oversteps! Short of a length delivery on middle, Masood does well to keep it out.

Neil Wagner comes into the attack now.

13.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Full delivery on off, Abid drives it back towards the bowler where Jamieson does well to stop it.
13.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Back of a length on off, Abid punches it to point.
13.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Length ball on off, Abid pushes it to point.
13.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Good length delivery on off, Abid defends it off the back foot.
13.2
4
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, FOUR! Cracking shot! Short delivery on off, Abid Ali gets on top of the bounce and cuts it through point for a boundary.
13.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Good length delivery on off, Abid defends it off the back foot.
12.6
1
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Full on middle, Abid flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
12.5
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Back of a length on off, Abid blocks it off the front foot.
12.4
2
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Length delivery on off, Abid punches it through point. Two runs taken.
12.3
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Good length delivery on off, Abid blocks it off the back foot.
12.2
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Length ball on middle, Abid defends it off the back foot.
12.1
4
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, FOUR! Lovely shot! Full delivery on off, Abid drives it through covers for a boundary.
11.6
1
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Full delivery on middle, Abid Ali flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
11.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Length ball outside off, Abid shoulders arms to this one.
11.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Back of a length on off, Abid defends it out.
11.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Good length delivery on off, Abid keeps it out.
11.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Oohhs and Ahhhs from the New Zealand players! Full and around off, Abid leaves it alone. It was close to the off stump.
11.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Length ball on off, Abid defends it off the front foot.
10.6
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Length delivery outside off, Masood lets it go.
10.5
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Bouncer on middle, Masood does well to duck under it.
10.4
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Back of a length on middle, Masood pushes it to mid on.
10.3
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Length delivery on off, Masood pushes it to mid off.
10.2
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Full on middle, Masood flicks it to mid-wicket.
10.1
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Length delivery outside off, Masood offers no shot to this one.
9.6
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Outside off, Abid offers no shot to this one.
9.5
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Outside off, Abid leaves it alone.
9.4
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Length ball outside off, Abid shoulders arms to this one.
9.3
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, BEATEN! Full and outside off, Abid looks to defend but misses it.
9.2
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Full delivery on off, Abid pushes it to covers.
9.1
0
Kyle Jamieson to Abid Ali, Good length delivery outside off, Abid offers no shot to this one.

Kyle Jamieson comes into the attack.

8.6
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Back of a length on off, Masood blocks it off the front foot.
8.5
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Back of a length outside off, Masood offers no shot to this one.
8.4
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Good length delivery outside off, Masood leaves it alone.
8.3
1
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Full delivery on middle, Abid flicks it towards fine leg for a run.
8.2
1
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Full delivery on middle, Masood flicks it through square leg for a single.
8.1
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Good length delivery outside off, Masood lets it go.
7.6
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Length delivery on off, Abid keeps it out.
7.5
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Good length ball outside off, Abid leaves it alone.
7.4
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Back of a length outside off, Ali shoulders arms to this one.
7.3
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Good length delivery on off, Abid blocks it off the front foot.
7.2
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Back of a length outside off, Ali offers no shot to this one.
7.1
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Length delivery outside off, Abid Ali shoulders arms to this one.
6.6
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Length ball on off, Masood plays it to the off side.
6.5
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, On a length on off, Masood blocks it out.
6.4
2
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Fuller and on off, Masood drives it through mid on and gets a brace this time.
6.3
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, On off, blocked to the off side.
6.2
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Overpitched and outside off, Masood plays it back to the bowler.
6.1
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Fullish delivery outside off, Masood makes a leave.
5.6
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Length and outside off, Ali shoulders arms to it.
5.5
4
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, FOUR! Slashed! Short and wide outside off, Ali cuts it uppishly over point and fetches a boundary. First one of Pakistan innings.
5.4
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Full and on the pads, Ali nudges it to mid-wicket.
5.3
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Short of good length outside off, Ali dabs it to point.
5.2
3
Trent Boult to Shan Masood, On the pads, Masood flicks it through mid-wicket and gets three runs with ease.
5.1
0
Trent Boult to Shan Masood, Full and down the leg side, Masood goes for the flick but misses it.
4.6
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, On a length and on off, Ali plays it to covers.
4.5
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, On a length and on off, Ali keeps it out off the back foot.
4.4
1
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Length and on off, Masood flicks it through square leg and gets a single.
4.3
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Length ball on off, Shan plays it to mid off.
4.2
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Another length ball outside off, Masood lets it be.
4.1
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Fuller length ball angled across the left hander, Masood leaves it alone.
3.6
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali,  Length and outside off, Ali lets it be.
3.5
1
Trent Boult to Shan Masood, Length and on the pads, Masood flicks it to the fine leg region for a single.
3.4
0
Trent Boult to Shan Masood, Length and on off, Masood pats it to point.
3.3
0
Trent Boult to Shan Masood, Length delivery on off, Masood blocks it off the front foot.
3.2
0
Trent Boult to Shan Masood, Back of a length on off, Masood pushes it to covers.
3.1
0
Trent Boult to Shan Masood, Length delivery outside off, Masood offers no shot to this one.
2.6
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, Overpitched and in line with the stumps, Ali drives it back to the bowler.
2.5
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali,  On a length and on off, Abid goes for the drive but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
2.4
0
Tim Southee to Abid Ali, On a length on off, Ali pushes it to mid-wicket.
2.3
1
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, DROPPED! Length ball on off, Masood looks to push it off the back foot but ends up getting a thick outside edge. The ball flies towards third slip where Daryl Mitchell gets a hand to it but spills it. Pakistan are off the mark with a single.
2.2
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Lovely! Length ball around off, with a hint of shape into the batsman. Masood defends it off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
2.1
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Length and on off, Masood plays it to mid-wicket.
1.6
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Good length delivery outside off, Abid leaves it alone.
1.5
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Back of a length outside off, Abid lets it go.
1.4
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Length delivery outside off, Abid offers no shot to this one.
1.3
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Outside off, Abid leaves it alone.
1.2
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Good length ball on off, Abid defends it off the back foot.
1.1
0
Trent Boult to Abid Ali, Length delivery on off, Abid Ali pushes it to covers.

Trent Boult to bowl from the other end.

Trent Boult to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, A maiden from Southee! Bowls a length ball around off, Masood pushes it towards covers to see off the over.
0.5
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Another length ball on middle. Masood flicks it to mid-wicket.
0.4
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, On middle and leg, Shan turns it to mid-wicket.
0.3
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Bowls one on a length and around off, Masood plays it to covers.
0.2
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Another length ball on off, Shan plays it to the leg side.
0.1
0
Tim Southee to Shan Masood, Southee starts with a length ball around off, Masood plays it to mid on.

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.