Watling, Nicholls Continue Gritty Stand

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Pakistan vs New Zealand, First Test Day 3 in Abu Dhabi, Live Score: Watling, Nicholls Continue Gritty Stand

BJ Watling (R) of New Zealand and his teammate Henry Nicholls leave the field due to rain during the third day of the day-night Test cricket match between New Zealand and England at Eden Park in Auckland on March 24, 2018.
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Catch all the live action from Day 3 of the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.Day 2 Report: Left-arm pacer Trent Boult helped New Zealand foil Pakistan’s advantage with four wickets as the first Test was evenly poised after day two in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Boult’s 4-54 derailed the Pakistani batsmen who were bowled out for 227 in response New Zealand’s first innings total of 153.

He was well supported by debutant spinner Ajaz Patel (2-64) and Colin de Grandhomme (2-30) as Pakistan managed a first innings lead of just 74.

New Zealand then battled to 56-1 when bad light forced umpires to end the day with 4.2 overs still remaining. The Black Caps still trail by 18 runs with nine wickets remaining.

Skipper Kane Williamson will hold the key for his team as he walked off with 27 not out and with him opener Jeet Raval on 26 not out. The pair has added 56 for the second wicket after Tom Latham was bowled by Hasan Ali for naught in the second over, negotiating the spin bowling well under cloudy conditions.

New Zealand can take heart from the fact that Pakistan lost a Test at this venue last year against Sri Lanka by 21 runs, falling short of a target of just 136.

Pakistan squandered a good chance of taking a big lead through some inept batting, with only Babar Azam (62), Asad Shafiq (43) and Haris Sohail (38) making significant contributions.

Azam hit five boundaries in his 109-ball knock and was the last man out when he edged Boult for wicketkeeper BJ Watling to take a low diving catch.

Pakistan had resumed at 59-2 but lost overnight batsmen Sohail and Azhar Ali (22) in the space of just six balls at the same score of 91.

Sohail was the more confident of the pair who added 64 for the third wicket. He hit four boundaries but was caught at short mid-wicket by Latham after a loose shot off leg-spinner Ish Sodhi’s low full toss.

Azhar was dropped by Jeet Raval off Boult on 19 and was again lucky two runs later when given not out as the fast bowler reviewed for a leg-before decision.

But Boult had the last laugh, forcing an edge off Azhar’s bat for Watling’s one-handed diving catch.

In spite of losing those two wickets during the morning session, Pakistan were well-placed at 144-4 at lunch, seeking a big lead to get a 1-0 advantage in the three-match series.

But Boult checked their progress by dismissing Asad Shafiq for 43, bowled off an inside edge. That was 174-5, the start of a passage that saw Pakistan’s last six wickets fall for 63 runs.

Patel had Sarfraz Ahmed caught off a miscued sweep for two and Bilal Asif stumped by Watling for 11 while Boult, de Grandhomme and Neil Wagner also chipped in.

Wagner, playing in his 37th Test, achieved a personal milestone by becoming the eighth New Zealand bowler to take 150 wickets when he dismissed Yasir Shah for nine.

Richard Hadlee leads the chart of New Zealand bowlers with 431 wickets in 86 Tests.

Others who have 150 or more wickets are Daniel Vettori (361 in 112 Tests), Chris Martin (233 in 71), Tim Southee (220 in 60), Boult (219 in 55), Chris Cairns (218 in 62) and Danny Morrison (160 in 48).

The second Test will be played in Dubai (November 24-28) and the third in Abu Dhabi (December 3-7).

Commentary (New Zealand innings)

80.3 M Abbas to Nicholls, Length ball outside off, Nicholls is half forward in defense. 201/4

80.2 M Abbas to Watling, Slightly fuller and angling in on middle, tucked away behind square leg for a run by Watling. 201/4

80.1 M Abbas to Watling, Good length and a tad outside off, Watling shoulders his arms to it. 200/4

The players are back on the field for the final session of play. 33 overs to be bowled in the remainder of the day. BJ Watling to face the first ball after the break. Mohammad Abbas to start off the proceedings. Here we go…

… Day 3, Session 3 …

New Zealand’s session and comprehensively so! There has not been a single wicket to fall in this session and even chances were far and few. Watling and Nicholls have blunted the threat of the spinners and have looked very comfortable out there in the middle. The unbeaten 92-run stand couldn’t have come at a better time but there is so much time left in the Test and the pitch seems to have really eased out, so it is imperative for them to continue. Will they or will Pakistan break the stand with the new ball which is available now? Join us in a bit for the last session!

79.6 Y Shah to Nicholls, Changes the angle for the last ball! He floats it up middle, it is blocked well. TEA ON DAY 3! 200/4

79.5 Y Shah to Nicholls, Very full on middle, Nicholls jams it out to short leg. 200/4

79.4 Y Shah to Nicholls, Gives it a nice loop around off, it spins in. Nicholls tries to defend but the ball goes off the inner half towards short leg. 200/4

79.3 Y Shah to Nicholls, Floats it up on off, it is blocked. 200/4

79.2 Y Shah to Watling, Down the leg side, it is flicked towards deep square leg for a run. 200 up and the lead is now 126. 200/4

79.1 Y Shah to Watling, This is tossed up on off, Watling strokes it to mid off. 199/4

78.6 M Hafeez to Nicholls, Bowled short and on off stump, Nicholls rocks back and attempts to cut it away. He just manages to get the under edge and the ball rolls down to the fielder at point. 199/4

78.5 M Hafeez to Nicholls, Flatter and quicker on middle, Nicholls prods ahead to dead bat this one. 199/4

78.4 M Hafeez to Nicholls, Shorter this time outside off, punched away straight to extra cover. Azhar Ali stumbles and falls down while fielding it. It doesn’t cost a run though. 199/4

78.3 M Hafeez to Nicholls, Well outside off on a length and turning away, left alone. 199/4

78.2 M Hafeez to Nicholls, Flighted and the ball is almost on yorker length, Nicholls digs it out. 199/4

78.1 M Hafeez to Nicholls, Well looped up delivery on middle, Nicholls brings his bat in front of the pad and defends. 199/4

77.6 Y Shah to Watling, This is on the stumps. Blocked. 199/4

77.5 Y Shah to Nicholls, Goes back and then punches it through covers for a run. 199/4

77.4 Y Shah to Nicholls, Quicker and on off, it is defended. 198/4

77.3 Y Shah to Nicholls, This is tossed up outside off, Nicholls tries to drive but gets it off the inner half towards the bowler. 198/4

77.2 Y Shah to Nicholls, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 198/4

77.1 Y Shah to Nicholls, This is down the leg side, the batter works it to short fine leg. 198/4

76.6 M Hafeez to Watling, Length ball on middle to which Watling comes down the wicket and plays it to mid on. No run taken though. 198/4

76.5 M Hafeez to Watling, Similar ball slightly wider this time, Watling prods forward and defends it into the ground. 198/4

76.4 M Hafeez to Watling, Fuller and on off, kept out by Watling coming ahead. 198/4

76.3 M Hafeez to Nicholls, Fifty up for Nicholls! The ball is on the pads and is worked behind square on the leg side. They pick up a single and it brings up the 6th Test 50 for Nicholls. This is a really important innings in the context of the game. The key has been his patience. He walked in when his team was in a lot of trouble and has batted very sensibly to reach here. Must carry on though. 198/4

76.2 M Hafeez to Nicholls, Shorter in length this time, Nicholls defends off the back foot. 197/4

76.1 M Hafeez to Nicholls, Immediately paid off! Leading edge and just goes above Hafeez’s head. The ball was on length and turned away after landing. Nicholls closed the face of the bat too soon and gets the leading edge but his luck is good today and survives. The ball runs to the left of mid off and the batsmen come back for two. 197/4

Mohammad Hafeez is now on.

75.6 Y Shah to Watling, Clever bowling! It is the slider after the last ball which turned. Watling though plays for the original trajectory and keeps it out. 195/4

75.5 Y Shah to Watling, BEATEN! This is flighted on off, it pitches on off and then turns square. The batter lunges to keep it out but is beaten by the spin. 195/4

75.4 Y Shah to Watling, Loopy ball on leg stump, the batsman plays it onto the ground. 195/4

75.3 Y Shah to Nicholls, This is given nice amount of air, the batsman strokes it towards mid on for a quick run. 195/4

75.2 Y Shah to Nicholls, This is given air on middle, it is flicked to short mid-wicket. 194/4

75.1 Y Shah to Nicholls, On the shorter side, it is worked with the turn towards mid-wicket. 194/4

74.6 B Asif to Nicholls, Down leg, worked through square leg for one. 194/4

74.5 B Asif to Watling, Goes the other way. Outside off, picked up by Watling and creams it to extra cover. They manage to come to come back for the third. 193/4

74.4 B Asif to Watling, Off spinner on off, Watling bunts it down. 190/4

74.3 B Asif to Nicholls, A bit shot outside off, punched off the back foot through covers. Another run taken. 190/4

74.2 B Asif to Nicholls, Loopy ball around off, Nicholls blocks it out. 189/4

74.1 B Asif to Watling, Arm ball comes into Watling. H rocks back and looks to cut it but gets a bottom edge towards short third man. One run taken. 189/4

73.6 Y Shah to Nicholls, On middle, it is defended. 188/4

73.5 Y Shah to Nicholls, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 188/4

73.4 Y Shah to Nicholls, Drives it with the turn to mid on. 188/4

73.3 Y Shah to Nicholls, Flighted ball on off, Nicholls blocks it out. 188/4

73.2 Y Shah to Nicholls, Just wide! A half-chance that! This was tossed up outside off, it comes back in. Nicholls defends inside the line, the ball goes off the inner half, uppishly towards short leg. Imam there dives full stretch to his right but can’t reach to it. 188/4

73.1 Y Shah to Nicholls, NOT OUT! And Pakistan now have lost both their reviews. A massive inside edge there. This was tossed up outside off, it turns in a little. Nicholls lunges to defend but the ball hits his pads. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. After a chat Sarfraz signals the ‘T’. They go upstairs and replays show that there is bat involved. 188/4

Review time! A huge appeal for an LBW has been turned down. Pakistan have reviewed. Impact looks outside off, Nicholls is the man in question.

72.6 B Asif to Watling, On the stumps, it is defended. 188/4

72.5 B Asif to Watling, Down the leg side, left alone. 188/4

72.4 B Asif to Watling, Flighted ball on middle, the batsman works it to mid-wicket. 188/4

72.3 B Asif to Nicholls, This is flatter and on middle, it is worked around the corner for a single. 188/4

72.2 B Asif to Nicholls, Flatter and on middle, Nicholls pushes it to covers. 187/4

72.1 B Asif to Watling, Worked with the turn towards backward square leg for a run. 187/4

Bilal Asif is back on.

71.6 Y Shah to Nicholls, Gives this a nice loop, the ball pitches and bounces a touch extra. Nicholls tries to defend but the ball hits him high on the bat. Luckily though is goes onto the ground. 186/4

71.5 Y Shah to Watling, The batsman has punched that ball through the offside. They pick up a single. 186/4

71.4 Y Shah to Watling, The flipper on off, the batsman punches it to covers. 185/4

71.3 Y Shah to Watling, On the shorter side, it is punched to covers. 185/4

71.2 Y Shah to Watling, Flighted on middle, Watling defends it off the front foot. 185/4

71.1 Y Shah to Watling, On middle, it is blocked. 185/4

70.6 H Sohail to Nicholls, Flighted ball on off, Nicholls lunges and keeps it out. 185/4

70.5 H Sohail to Nicholls, Floats it up on off, it is kept out. 185/4

70.4 H Sohail to Nicholls, On the shorter side, Nicholls goes down on one knee and pulls it through square leg for a couple. 185/4

70.3 H Sohail to Nicholls, Bowls this one flatter and on off, the batsman rocks back and keeps it out. 183/4

70.2 H Sohail to Nicholls, Gives it air around off, Nicholls is solid in defense. 183/4

70.1 H Sohail to H Nicholls, Very full outside off, Nicholls mistimes it through covers. Abbas gives it a chase and the batsmen run two. 183/4

69.6 Y Shah to Watling, Floats it up on off, the batsman lunges and blocks it out. 181/4

69.5 Y Shah to Nicholls, Plays the sweep again towards short fine leg. A run taken this time. 181/4

69.4 Y Shah to Nicholls, Plays the sweep but it goes off the inner half towards short fine leg. 180/4

69.3 Y Shah to Nicholls, Gives it a nice loop outside off, Nicholls reaches out for it and then blocks it out. 180/4

69.2 Y Shah to Nicholls, Another tossed up ball outside off, HN lunges and defends it. 180/4

69.1 Y Shah to Nicholls, The leg spinner around middle, Nicholls with the turn works it to square leg. 180/4

Yasir Shah is back on.

68.6 H Sohail to H Nicholls, SHOT! But just one. Short ball down the leg side. Henry pulls it with disdain. Imam at short leg gets a piece of it. It goes to deep square leg and the batsmen cross. 180/4

68.5 H Sohail to Nicholls, Loopy ball on off, Henry leans forward and blocks it out. 179/4

68.4 H Sohail to Nicholls, HN has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 179/4

68.3 H Sohail to Watling, Outside off, cut in the gap through cover-point for an easy run. 179/4

68.2 H Sohail to Watling, Full and down leg, Watling flicks it to the on side. 178/4

68.1 H Sohail to Watling, Flatter ball over the stumps, Watling punches it to covers. 178/4

67.6 H Ali to Nicholls, Outside off, punched off the back foot towards covers. 178/4

67.5 H Ali to Nicholls, Back of a length ball way down leg, Nicholls leaves it alone. A good take from Sarfraz. 178/4

67.4 H Ali to H Nicholls, FOUR! Hasan digs in a bouncer down leg. Nicholls well in control of it pulls it fine through fine leg. No protection there and a boundary results. 178/4

67.3 H Ali to Nicholls, Drags his length back a bit from the previous ball, outside off. Henry drives it to the off side. 174/4

67.2 H Ali to Nicholls, Full and on off, Nicholls blocks it out with a straight bat. 174/4

67.1 H Ali to Nicholls, Yorker. Full and on the off pole. Nicholls does well to jam it out. 174/4

66.6 H Sohail to Watling, This one is flatter in trajectory, Watling keeps it out. 174/4

66.5 H Sohail to Watling, Full and slightly outside off, it is defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 174/4

66.4 H Sohail to Watling, This one is short and on middle, Watling punches is straight back. 174/4

66.3 H Sohail to Nicholls, This is full and well outside off but Henry takes a large stride ahead and sweeps it behind square on the leg side for a run. This also takes the lead to 100. 174/4

66.2 H Sohail to Nicholls, Appeal for LBW, but there was an inside edge on that one. This ball is outside off and turns in quite a bit after landing. Nicholls fails to cover the turn completely and is lucky to get the inside edge. 173/4

66.1 H Sohail to Nicholls, Full to start off with outside off stump, Nicholls comes ahead and dead bats it. 173/4

Haris Sohail is into the attack now.

65.6 H Ali to Watling, Fuller and outside off, Watling drives it straight to the cover fielder. 173/4

65.5 H Ali to Watling, Well outside off on a length, Watling leaves it alone. 173/4

65.4 H Ali to Watling, Good pace from Hasan Ali here! This one is fuller and on middle. Watling plays it to mid on with a straight bat. 173/4

65.3 H Ali to Watling, On a good length and on middle stump this time, Watling plays it back to the bowler. 173/4

65.2 H Ali to Watling, FOUR! Overpitched and Watling is onto it immediately. Angling onto middle and leg, the Kiwi batsman flicks it to the right of short mid-wicket and times it beautifully. 173/4

65.1 H Ali to Watling, Slightly short of a good length, Watling defends it off the back foot to cover. 169/4

64.6 Y Shah to Nicholls, Shorter again and turning into Nicholls’ pads. He flicks it away towards square leg and runs the first one quickly, putting pressure on the fielder who misfields it, allowing them to come back for a comfortable couple in the end. The lead has swelled upto 95 now. 169/4

64.5 Y Shah to Nicholls, This one turns a lot after landing, Nicholls looks to work it away behind square leg but misses it to get hit on the pad. But the ball is turning too much so there is no appeal. 167/4

64.4 Y Shah to Watling, This one is shorter and wide outside off, Watling cuts it away to the fielder deep on the off side for another single. 167/4

64.3 Y Shah to Watling, Good ball this time! Just outside off, Watling comes ahead and defends it well though. 166/4

64.2 Y Shah to Nicholls, Around the wicket this time, flatter and turning into the pads, Nicholls rocks back and works it away towards square leg for another run. 166/4

64.1 Y Shah to Watling, Flatter and outside off, Watling cuts it away towards sweeper cover for a single. 165/4

63.6 H Ali to Nicholls, Around the wicket to the left-hander, Nicholls defends it coming half-forward to this one which is on good length and outside off. 164/4

63.5 H Ali to Watling, Just as I say he is bowling tight lines, he darts one in at the hips. It is worked away by Watling behind square leg for a single. 164/4

63.4 H Ali to Watling, Hasan is pegging away at the off stump, short of a length this time. Watling defends it comfortably. 163/4

63.3 H Ali to Watling, Similar length but slightly closer to the off pole this time due to which Watling decides to defend it with his willow. 163/4

63.2 H Ali to Watling, This one is left alone by BJ as the ball is on length and well outside off. 163/4

63.1 H Ali to Watling, Length ball outside off, Watling punches it to point off the back foot. 163/4

Hasan Ali is back on.

62.6 Y Shah to Nicholls, FOUR! Reverse swept and it has been hit well! This is full and outside off, Nicholls gets to the pitch of the ball as he takes a huge stride and reverse sweeps to the third man fence all along the ground. 163/4

62.5 Y Shah to Nicholls, This one rares up off a good length and turns to beat the inside edge of Nicholls who comes ahead to defend. The ball was rising as it hits the pads, hence there is not much of an appeal. 159/4

62.4 Y Shah to Nicholls, Fuller and flighted again outside off, Nicholls sweeps it away to square leg. No run though. 159/4

62.3 Y Shah to Nicholls, Shorter and turning into the pads, Nicholls flicks it onto the leg side but straight to the fielder. 159/4

62.2 Y Shah to Nicholls, Around the wicket to the leftie, just falls short of short leg! The ball was outside off, lands on a rough patch and turns in quite a lot to take the inside edge of Nicholls’ bat who was trying to defend on the front foot. 159/4

62.1 Y Shah to BJ Watling, Good flighted ball outside off, Watling gives his partner the strike by driving it to sweeper cover. 159/4

61.6 B Asif to Nicholls, Nicholls is looking solid here as keeps another full one out comfortably. 158/4

61.5 B Asif to Nicholls, Fuller and on middle, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 158/4

61.4 B Asif to Nicholls, The ball is drifting onto the pads on this occasion, Nicholls flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple. It brings up the 50-run stand between these two. Good stand this! Needs to continue though. The lead is now 84. 158/4

61.3 B Asif to Nicholls, Well flighted outside off and turning away, Nicholls doesn’t find the need to play at it. 156/4

61.2 B Asif to Nicholls, Looped up on off, Nicholls takes account of the spin and defends it well. 156/4

61.1 B Asif to Nicholls, Length delivery and turning away outside off, Nicholls cuts it away in the gap through point for a couple. 156/4

60.6 Y Shah to Watling, Slightly fuller on middle, driven down the ground by Watling but there’s no run available. 154/4

60.5 Y Shah to Watling, Well outside off, left alone. 154/4

60.4 Y Shah to Watling, Faint outside edge but it was soft hands so that ball just drops down in front of slip. It was looped up on off stump and turned away slightly at the last moment. 154/4

60.3 Y Shah to BJ Watling, No run. 154/4

60.2 Y Shah to Nicholls, Similar ball but this time he sweeps it squarer this time and picks up a run. 154/4

60.1 Y Shah to Nicholls, Nicholls is taking large strides to make sure he takes LBW out of question. He sweeps this full one from outside off to short fine leg. 153/4

59.6 B Asif to Nicholls, This one is short and on off stump, Nicholls punches it through the covers for a single and keeps the strike. 153/4

59.5 B Asif to Nicholls, Fuller and outside off, The batsman drives this through the covers but no run. 152/4

59.4 B Asif to Nicholls, This one is darted in quicker and shorter on middle. Nicholls gets behind the line of the ball and defends. 152/4

59.3 B Asif to Nicholls, FOUR! 150 up for New Zealand! Welcome boundary for them, one must say! The ball is flighted and overpitched outside off, Nicholls sweeps it away to the square leg fence. 152/4

59.2 B Asif to Nicholls, Fuller and well outside off on this occasion, Nicholls keeps it out. 148/4

59.1 B Asif to Nicholls, Good ball! This one is well bowled on off stump and turns slightly. But the ball is well dealt with by Nicholls. 148/4

58.6 Y Shah to Watling, Shorter ball on off stump, the batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the backfoot. Maiden over. 148/4

58.5 Y Shah to Watling, Flatter delivery at a quick pace. Watling comes forward to defend it again. 148/4

58.4 Y Shah to BJ Watling, Looped up this time outside off, driven to mid off by Watling. 148/4

58.3 Y Shah to Watling, Fuller and quicker outside off, driven straight to cover. 148/4

58.2 Y Shah to Watling, Fuller and on off stump, Watling smothers the spin on this one by defending it into the ground. 148/4

58.1 Y Shah to Watling, Flatter and outside off, Watling punches it straight at silly point on the bounce. He’s not hurt though. 148/4

57.6 B Asif to Nicholls, Changes the angle for the left-hander and bowls it from over the wicket. It is outside off and it has been left alone. 148/4

57.5 B Asif to Watling, In the air… but safe! The bounce there surprised Watling. This is slightly shorter around off, it pitches and then takes off. Watling was shaping up for playing the pull shot but then seeing the bounce, checks his shot. It goes uppishly towards square leg for a run. 148/4

57.4 B Asif to Watling, Gives it air on off, the batsman defends it off the front foot. 147/4

57.3 B Asif to Nicholls, Shorter and outside off, Nicholls goes back and punches it towards cover for a run. 147/4

57.2 B Asif to H Nicholls, This is driven crisply towards the cover fielder who makes a good stop to his right. 146/4

57.1 B Asif to Watling, This is worked through square leg with the turn for a run. 146/4

56.6 Y Shah to Nicholls, Fuller and outside off, Nicholls comes ahead to defend and is struck on the pad but impact is outside off so there is no problem here for the Kiwi. 145/4

56.5 Y Shah to Nicholls, Nicholls takes a large stride and sweeps it to short fine leg. No run though. 145/4

56.4 Y Shah to Nicholls, This one is way outside off, Nicholls prods ahead and pads it away. The ball lobs onto the leg side. No risk involed here. 145/4

56.3 Y Shah to Nicholls, Flighted well outside off, Nicholls is drawn forward and his attempted forward defense takes the inside edge. Luckily for him, it drops away from the short leg fielder. 145/4

56.2 Y Shah to Watling, Flat again and outside off, Watling cuts it away to point again and picks up a single. Extra bounce on this one. 145/4

56.1 Y Shah to Watling, Flatter and well outside off, Watling cuts it straight to point. 144/4

Yasir Shah is back into the attack now.

55.6 B Asif to Nicholls, A short delivery to end the over, Nicholls pushes it back towards mid on. Bilal is getting turn but it is slow turn, also the ball which have turned are pitched outside off, so nothing for the batsman to worry about. 144/4

55.5 B Asif to Nicholls, Another loopy ball on off, Henry blocks it onto the ground. 144/4

55.4 B Asif to Nicholls, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 144/4

55.3 B Asif to Nicholls, Gives it nice amount of air on off, HN prods forward and keeps it out. 144/4

55.2 B Asif to Nicholls, Flatter and on off, Nicholls goes back and defends it onto the ground. 144/4

55.1 B Asif to Nicholls, Nicely tossed up around off, the batsman lunges and keeps it out. 144/4

54.6 M Abbas to Nicholls, This ball is on the pads and is played by Henry with the angle towards square leg for a run. 144/4

54.5 M Abbas to Nicholls, This ball is on a good length and on middle, Nicholls plays it to mid on with a straight bat. No run. 143/4

54.4 M Abbas to Nicholls, This is well outside off on a length, Nicholls shoulders arms to it. 143/4

54.3 M Abbas to Nicholls, The ball is just short of a length and Nicholls goes back and defends with a straight bat. 143/4

54.2 M Abbas to Watling, Slightly fuller than a good length, the batsman flicks it away to deep square leg for a single. 143/4

54.1 M Abbas to Watling, The keeper has come up to the stumps. The ball was on good length and outside off, defended by Watling to short cover. 142/4

53.6 B Asif to Nicholls, Short and on middle, Nicholls stays in the crease and defends. 142/4

53.5 B Asif to BJ Watling, This ball is flatter and turning into Watling, he rocks back and pulls it to deep square leg for a run. 142/4

53.4 B Asif to Watling, Flatter ball on off, Watling covers the turn and defends it. 141/4

53.3 B Asif to Watling, Huge appeal from Pakistan but the umpire is not fazed. The ball was flighted on off stump and spinning in slightly, Watling goes down and attempts to sweep this one but misses it to get hit on the pads. After a long discussion, Sarfraz decides not to go for the review. The replays show that the ball hits his forearm before going on to hit the pads. So that’s a good decision by Pakistan not to go upstairs. 141/4

53.2 B Asif to Watling, Looped on off stump, Watling plays it with soft hands onto the ground on the leg side. 141/4

53.1 B Asif to Watling, Flighted in on middle, Watling comes ahead and defends it on to the leg side. 141/4

52.6 M Abbas to Watling, Full and angling in on middle again, Watling flicks it again but this time short mid-wicket dives to his right and keeps it down to a single. 141/4

52.5 M Abbas to Watling, FOUR! Wonderful flick off the pads and this time in the gap. The ball is overpitched and at the pads, easily worked square on the leg side to the fence. 140/4

52.4 M Abbas to Watling, Full and on the pads, Watling flicks it off his pads straight to short mid-wicket again. 136/4

52.3 M Abbas to Watling, On middle this time, Watling works it to mid-wicket. 136/4

52.2 M Abbas to Watling, Just outside off, Watling is half forward to this one and defends it to cover. 136/4

52.1 M Abbas to Watling, Good length ball on the off stump, Watling defends on the front foot. 136/4

51.6 B Asif to Nicholls, Spins and beats the edge! Nicholls comes forward to defend the ball outside off on a full length and the ball turns away to beat his outside edge. 136/4

51.5 B Asif to Nicholls, This one is well outside off, left alone by the left-hander this time. 136/4

51.4 B Asif to Nicholls, Slightly flatter this time outside off, Nicholls goes on the back foot and plays it to short cover. 136/4

51.3 B Asif to Nicholls, Even more loop this time, Nicholls keeps it out again. 136/4

51.2 B Asif to Nicholls, Looped up outside off again, Nicholls covers the spin and defends. 136/4

51.1 B Asif to Nicholls, Flighted just outside off, Nicholls prods ahead and defends. 136/4

Bilal Asif to bowl from the other end.

50.6 M Abbas to Watling, Good comeback from Abbas. Apart from the first ball the rest were on point. This one is on a good length, BJ punches it back ahead. 136/4

50.5 M Abbas to Watling, On a good length around off, Watling plays it to the of side. 136/4

50.4 M Abbas to Watling, Full again on off, bunted down. 136/4

50.3 M Abbas to Watling, A tad fuller around off, Watling keeps it out. 136/4

50.2 M Abbas to Watling, That is the Abbas we know. Length ball in line of the stumps, Watling blocks it out with a straight bat. 136/4

50.1 M Abbas to Watling, Comes in from over the wicket and lands it short and wide. A rare loosener from Abbas. Cut away past point for a brace. 136/4

We are back for the afternoon session. BJ Watling and Henry Nicholls will continue their innings. For the hosts, Mohammad Abbas will bowl the first over.

… Day 3, Session 2 …

New Zealand will be disappointed as there were not many questions that the pitch was throwing at them. They needed a bit more application. Having said that, take nothing away from the Pakistan bowlers. They toiled hard and got their rewards. They will look to come back and do more of the same. Join us for the post Lunch session in a while!

Pakistan’s session without a doubt! 3 massive wickets and almost another one towards the end of the session. The first one being the biggest, the New Zealand skipper. Ross Taylor entertained till he was there in the middle but played one shot too many and got caught plumb in front by a Hasan Ali special. The latter picked up one more as he had the well-set Raval caught behind.

49.6 B Asif to Nicholls, Outside off, left alone. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 3! 134/4

49.5 B Asif to Watling, BYE! Down the leg side, Watling goes for the pull but misses. The keeper fails to collect it cleanly. The ball rolls towards short fine leg and a bye is taken. 134/4

49.4 B Asif to Watling, This is tossed up on off, blocked. 133/4

49.3 B Asif to Watling, NOT OUT! Missing leg! Did not see that coming to be honest. Excellent use of the technology though by New Zealand. This is tossed up around off, it turns back in after pitching. Watling shuffles across and goes on the back foot, he tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal follows and the umpire agrees. Watling walks upto his partner and then signals the ‘T’. Replays roll in and it shows it is going down leg. Watling survives to fight another day and New Zealand there will breathe a sigh of relief. 133/4

Watling is a goner! He has been given out LBW but he has reviewed. Looks out to be honest.

49.2 B Asif to Watling, Works it with the turn to mid-wicket. 133/4

49.1 B Asif to Watling, Gives it air around off, the batsman keeps it out. 133/4

48.6 M Abbas to Nicholls, Well bowled and also well played! This is pitched on off and then straightens. It also bounces a touch. Nicholls first tries to defend but then seeing the extra bounce, pulls his bat out of the way. 133/4

48.5 M Abbas to Nicholls, Attacks the off pole again, HN blocks it onto the ground. 133/4

48.4 M Abbas to Nicholls, Around off, the batsman gets right behind the line and defends it. 133/4

48.3 M Abbas to Watling, On the pads, it is worked to fine leg for a single. 133/4

48.2 M Abbas to Watling, On the fuller side and it comes in a touch. The batsman strokes it towards silly mid on. 132/4

48.1 M Abbas to Watling, Length again and outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it. 132/4

47.6 B Asif to H Nicholls, On off, blocked. 132/4

47.5 B Asif to Nicholls, Well bowled! This is flatter and around off, it pitches and straightens a touch. HN goes back and plays inside the line to get beaten. 132/4

47.4 B Asif to Watling, Uses his feet and then works it through mid-wicket to rotate strike. A good partnership building here for New Zealand. 132/4

47.3 B Asif to Watling, The off spinner on middle, Watling works it to short leg. 131/4

47.2 B Asif to Nicholls, Shorter and outside off, Nicholls goes back and slaps it through point for a run. 131/4

47.1 B Asif to Nicholls, Slightly shorter and on off, the batsman flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple. 130/4

46.6 M Abbas to Watling, Again a straighter line. It seems to be a plan with two mid-wickets in place, they are hoping for the batsman to flick it uppishly to one of the two. That does not happen though as Watling flicks it all along the ground to the man at mid-wicket. 128/4

46.5 M Abbas to Watling, On the stumps and it is flicked to mid-wicket. 128/4

46.4 M Abbas to Watling, A little too straight this time, BJ works it to mid-wicket. 128/4

46.3 M Abbas to Watling, On the fuller side and it tails back in a touch. The batsman strokes it back to the bowler. 128/4

46.2 M Abbas to Watling, Length again and around off, it is kept out. 128/4

46.1 M Abbas to Watling, Good length on off, the batsman defends it onto the ground. 128/4

45.6 B Asif to Nicholls, Top edge but safe! This is flighted outside off, Nicholls tries to sweep but the extra bounce causes problems. It takes a top edge but lands in no man’s land at the short fine leg region. Couple taken. Sarfraz was heard telling be ready for the top edge but not sure to which fielder. The top edge was induced but there was no fielder there. 128/4

45.5 B Asif to Nicholls, Gives it a nice loop on middle, HN prods forward and tries to keep it out. 126/4

45.4 B Asif to Nicholls, Good turn there! However, it needed to bowled a little more closer to the off pole. This is floated outside off, Nicholls first thinks of playing at it but then seeing the turn, pulls out of the shot. 126/4

45.3 B Asif to Watling, On the shorter side, the batsman goes onto the back foot and pulls it towards deep square leg for a run. 126/4

45.2 B Asif to Watling, Goes down on one knee and paddles it fine down the leg side for a run. 125/4

45.1 B Asif to Watling, Gives it air on off, Watling lunges and blocks it out. 123/4

Bilal Asif is into the attack.

44.6 M Abbas to H Nicholls, Full and around off, Nicholls reaches out to it and strokes it to covers. 123/4

44.5 M Abbas to Nicholls, On off and it is kept out. This is the line he bowls on regular basis, however, he has been a little too wide outside off today. 123/4

44.4 M Abbas to Nicholls, Comes around the wicket but the line is not the right one, it is outside off and the batsman lets it be. 123/4

44.3 M Abbas to Nicholls, Closer to the off pole this time, Nicholls gets right behind the line and defends it. 123/4

44.2 M Abbas to Nicholls, Good length again and outside off, the batsman once again does not fiddle with it. 123/4

44.1 M Abbas to Nicholls, On a length and outside off, the ball is left alone. 123/4

Mohammad Abbas is back on.

43.6 Y Shah to Watling, This is quicker and a bit shorter on middle, Watling goes back and whips it through mid-wicket for a brace. 123/4

43.5 Y Shah to Watling, Gives it a nice loop and the batsman keeps it out. 121/4

43.4 Y Shah to Nicholls, Down the leg side, Nicholls waits for the ball to do its bit and then works it fine down the leg side. Three taken. 121/4

43.3 Y Shah to H Nicholls, The is flighted outside off, it is kept out. 118/4

43.2 Y Shah to Nicholls, Brings out the sweep shot but misses and is hit on the pads. No risk what so ever as Nicholls plants his front foot out of the line of the off stump. 118/4

43.1 Y Shah to Nicholls, Tosses it up around off, Nicholls lunges and defends it out. 118/4

42.6 H Ali to Watling, On the shorter side, the batsman defends it onto the ground. 118/4

42.5 H Ali to H Nicholls, On the shorter side, Nicholls swivels and pulls it through square leg for a run. 118/4

42.4 H Ali to H Nicholls, On the fuller side, the batsman drives it square on the off side but finds the fielder. 117/4

42.3 H Ali to Nicholls, Good length and around off, it is blocked. 117/4

42.2 H Ali to Nicholls, Loose, loose stroke! Short and wide outside off, Nicholls goes to cut away from his body but luckily for him he gets beaten. 117/4

42.1 H Ali to Nicholls, Back of a length on off, it is kept out. 117/4

41.6 Y Shah to Watling, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 117/4

41.5 Y Shah to Watling, Flatter and on off, the batsman keeps it out. 117/4

41.4 Y Shah to Watling, FOUR! Picked the line of the delivery quickly there. This is down the leg side, Watling quickly goes down on one knee and paddles it fine down the leg side. It races away to the fence. 117/4

41.3 Y Shah to Watling, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 113/4

41.2 Y Shah to Watling, Gives it air on middle, it turns away ever so slightly. Watling tries to flick but gets a soft leading edge towards covers. 113/4

41.1 Y Shah to Nicholls, This is floated around off, the batsman sweeps it through square leg for a run. 113/4

40.6 H Ali to Watling, On the shorter side, Watling stands tall and defends it onto the ground. 112/4

40.5 H Ali to Watling, Another inswinger from off, BJ is solid in defense. 112/4

40.4 H Ali to Watling, Full and wide outside off, it comes back in but not enough to make the batsman play. 112/4

40.3 H Ali to Watling, On a length and around off, it is kept out. 112/4

40.2 H Ali to Watling, Better! Bowls it closer to the off pole, it is kept out. 112/4

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40.1 H Ali to Watling, FOUR! A freebie for Watling to get off the mark! Short and wide outside off, BJ cuts it through backward point for a boundary. 112/4

39.6 Y Shah to Nicholls, Gives it a little more air this time and Nicholls it solid in defense. 108/4

39.5 Y Shah to Nicholls, On the shorter side, Nicholls defends it onto the ground. Yasir should probably bowl from the over the wicket angle, threatening both the edges, just might create more opportunities. 108/4

39.4 Y Shah to Nicholls, Down the leg side, the batsman misses the flick. 108/4

39.3 Y Shah to Nicholls, Brings out the sweep but mistimes it through square leg. 108/4

39.2 Y Shah to Nicholls, Another leg spinner and Nicholls works it around the corner for no runs. 108/4

39.1 Y Shah to Nicholls, Gives it air outside off, Nicholls works it to mid-wicket with the turn. 108/4

38.6 H Ali to Watling, On a length and around off, Watling keeps it out. Brilliant over by Hasan, three runs and two wickets from it. 108/4

BJ Watling is the new man in.

38.5 H Ali to Raval, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Second in the over and New Zealand are now in big, big trouble. Raval falls four shot of a fifty. Excellent stuff by Hasan Ali. He got the right hander with the in-dipper and now gets the left-hander with an awayswinger. On a length and around off, it is first angled into the batsman and then gets it to shape away a touch late. Raval plays inside the line, the ball kisses the outside edge and Sarfraz Ahmed behind makes no mistake. Pakistan are ecstatic at the moment and New Zealand are effectively 34 for 4. 108/4

38.4 H Ali to Raval, Good aggression by the bowler! Full and on off, it is driven back to the bowler. He mimes a throw at the striker’s end and then gives the batsman the stare. He has his tail up at the moment. 108/3

38.3 H Ali to Nicholls, Goes for the yorker but ends up bowling a full toss, the batsman strokes it through mid on and collects three. Nicholls is off the mark with that. 108/3

38.2 H Ali to Nicholls, Back of a length on off, Nicholls defends it onto the ground. 105/3

Henry Nicholls is the new man in.

38.1 Ali to Taylor, OUT! That is absolutely plumb in front! Hasan Ali strikes! Probably the first ball which has come in a long way and it has provided the wicket for Pakistan. On a length and around off, it comes back in late. Taylor plants his front foot right across and then fails to adjust to the in-dipper. He misses the flick and the ball hits the front pad. An appeal follows and the umpire raises his finger straightaway. Taylor starts walking back as he knew he is a dead duck. 105/3

37.6 Y Shah to Taylor, Works it against the turn for a single through mid-wicket. Taylor has scored all the runs in this partnership which is worth 19 at the moment. 105/2

37.5 Y Shah to Taylor, Quicker again and it is in that in-between length. Taylor is not sure whether to play it off the front or the back foot. He in the end defends it from within his crease. 104/2

37.4 Y Shah to Taylor, Flatter and around off, Taylor defends it onto the ground. 104/2

37.3 Y Shah to Taylor, Taylor dances down the track but does not get to the pitch of the ball. He defends it. 104/2

37.2 Y Shah to R Taylor, Has that been dropped? Well, judging by the reaction of the Pakistan players, it does seem so. Would have been a freakish dismissal. Taylor has absolutely creamed that towards silly point who takes evasive action. The ball hits his boot and lobs up towards Yasir who dives forward and tries to take it but fails to do so. Would not have mattered though as the ball bounced before hitting the foot. 104/2

37.1 Y Shah to Taylor, Gives it a nice loop around off, it turns away. Taylor makes a leave. 104/2

Drinks break! A very good hour of play for the New Zealanders if you take out the wicket of their skipper. They have wiped off the deficit and the pitch looks pretty easy to bat on now. Williamson will be kicking himself for a lapse of concentration. Pakistan will be happy and look to pick another wicket or two before lunch.

36.6 H Ali to Raval, Another bumper to end the over! Raval ducks under it with ease. 104/2

36.5 H Ali to Raval, A little too wide outside off, left alone. 104/2

36.4 H Ali to Raval, Another short ball but with not a lot of fizz. Raval gets behind the line and defends it onto the ground. 104/2

36.3 H Ali to Raval, A good change in length there! A well-directed bouncer by Ali. Raval ducks under it at the very end. 104/2

36.2 H Ali to Raval, Length again around off, Raval gets forward and blocks it out. 104/2

36.1 H Ali to Raval, Good length and just outside off, Raval makes a leave. 104/2

35.6 Y Shah to Taylor, Shorter and quicker this time on middle and leg, Taylor steps back and defends it with a straight bat. Good ball to end the over which had 14 coming off it. 104/2

35.5 Y Shah to Taylor, FOUR! This is the third boundary in the over. Taylor steps down the wicket and lifts it over mid-wicket this time. The ball is quick and on middle. Taylor comes down and converts it into a half-volley as he continues to be aggressive and counter-attacking against the leg spinner. 104/2

35.4 Y Shah to Taylor, Short and well outside off again, Taylor cuts again but this is straight to the point fielder. 100/2

35.3 Y Shah to R Taylor, FOUR! Short and outside off again, Taylor cuts it again, this time to the right of point and for four again. The hundred is up for the Black Caps. The Pakistanis are feeding Taylor with bad balls. 100/2

35.2 Y Shah to Taylor, FOUR! This is a poor ball outside off, Taylor cuts it behind point for four. Backward point dives but can’t stop this one. Taylor is playing a lot of shots this morning. 96/2

35.1 Y Shah to Taylor, Flighted outside off, Taylor comes down the wicket and drives through the covers for a couple. 92/2

34.6 H Ali to Raval, On the middle stump this time, Raval is solid in defense. 90/2

34.5 H Ali to Raval, On a good length and angling away from the left-hander, Raval lets this one go. 90/2

34.4 H Ali to Taylor, Short of a good length and on middle, Taylor plays it down the ground with a straight bat and goes to the other end. 90/2

34.3 H Ali to Taylor, On a good length and middle this time, Taylor stays back and defends to mid on. 89/2

34.2 H Ali to Taylor, This is slightly fuller and on off, driven hard but straight to mid off. 89/2

34.1 H Ali to Taylor, Good length ball just outside off, Taylor comes ahead and defends it with the full face of the bat. 89/2

33.6 Y Shah to Taylor, Full and quick on middle again, Taylor sweeps it again but middles it this time. Goes straight to backward square leg for a run. 89/2

33.5 Y Shah to Taylor, The ball is fuller and on middle now, Taylor goes for the sweep. The ball takes the top edge and goes in the air toward fine leg for a couple. 88/2

Ross Taylor walks out to the middle.

33.4 Y Shah to K Williamson, OUT! Bowled ’em! A peach out of nowhere from Yasir Shah. The New Zealand skipper has a lapse of concentration and plays back to a ball that he should’ve probably been ahead to. The ball is around middle and turns away very slightly. Enough to beat the outside edge of Williamson’s bat as he is looking to defend. The ball seems to have clipped the off pole and the Pakistan players start celebrating. The umpire though, just to be sure, take it upstairs to check if the stumps have not been disturbed by Sarfraz. Replays roll in and it shows Yasir has cleaned Williamson up. Huge wicket in the context of the game! The stand of 86-runs comes to an end and Williamson walks back after getting a start. New Zealand in a spot of bother, they are effectively 12 for 2. 86/2

33.3 Y Shah to Raval, Shorter and spinning into the pads this time, Raval plays it to deep square leg for a run. 86/1

33.2 Y Shah to Raval, Pitched wide outside off, Raval takes a big stride forward and defends it into the ground. 85/1

33.1 Y Shah to Raval, Around the wicket to the left-hander now. An extra man around the bat now at silly point. The ball is flighted outside off, Raval comes ahead to defend it. 85/1

32.6 H Ali to Williamson, Good length ball on middle, Williamson is half ahead as he plays it mid on. 85/1

32.5 H Ali to Williamson, Short of a length and outside off. Kane ducks down and lets it go through. 85/1

32.4 H Ali to Williamson, Good ball this time, slightly quicker and keeps a little low. Williamson gets down and keeps it out well. 85/1

32.3 H Ali to Williamson, Drifting onto the pads this time, Williamson plays it to short mid-wicket. No run. 85/1

32.2 H Ali to Williamson, Outside off on a length this time, Williamson plays a good looking shot to cover. 85/1

32.1 H Ali to Williamson, On a good length, outside off. Williamson cover the line of the delivery and defends it. 85/1

The ball is not doing a lot for the Pakistan and the two batters are playing quite comfortably.

Hasan Ali is now into the attack.

31.6 Y Shah to K Williamson, Outside off, driven away to sweeper cover for a single. 85/1

31.5 Y Shah to Williamson, Looped on off, Kane prods ahead and smothers the spin on this one by defending it into the ground. 84/1

31.4 Y Shah to Williamson, Quicker at the pads, Williamson defends it off the back foot. 84/1

31.3 Y Shah to Williamson, Shorter and quicker outside off, Williamson cuts it to backward point. 84/1

31.2 Y Shah to Raval, Full and outside off, Raval drives to the right of mid off and gives the strike back to the skipper. 84/1

31.1 Y Shah to Williamson, Looped and on off, Williamson takes a step down and drives to mid on and is immediately off for a single. Easily into the crease at the non-striker’s end as mid on has a shy at the stumps. 83/1

30.6 M Abbas to Raval, On length and angling in towards off stump, Raval defends it into the ground, this time off the front foot. 82/1

30.5 M Abbas to K Williamson, Good length outside off again and a beautiful drive through the covers this time. The boundary is quite long and the batsmen come back for three easily. 82/1

30.4 M Abbas to K Williamson, FOUR! What a classy shot! Good length and just outside off. Not much wrong with the ball but that’s the class of the batsman. Williamson guides it beautifully in the gap towards the left of point for a boundary. 79/1

30.3 M Abbas to Williamson, On a good length and just outside off, Kane defends to cover very watchfully. 75/1

30.2 M Abbas to Williamson, Good length and on middle, Williamson is rock solid in defense. 75/1

30.1 M Abbas to Williamson, Short and outside off, Williamson lets it go through to Sarfraz. 75/1

29.6 Y Shah to Raval, Short of a length and decent turn but way down the leg side, the left-hander wants to flick it away but misses the ball to be hit on his thigh guard. 75/1

29.5 Y Shah to Raval, Spins away and well down the leg side, Raval wants to poke it away in the gap but doesn’t get willow on it. 75/1

29.4 Y Shah to Raval, Shorter and quicker on middle, Raval goes back in his crease and defends. 75/1

29.3 Y Shah to Raval, Goes slightly short this time, Raval just works it off his pads towards square leg. 75/1

29.2 Y Shah to Raval, Looped up on middle and spinning in, Raval plays it to mid-wicket. 75/1

29.1 Y Shah to Raval, Good drift on this ball after landing outside off, Raval tries to drive but gets the inside edge that goes onto the leg side. 75/1

28.6 M Abbas to Williamson, On length and on the middle stump line, Williamson plays a wristy shot to short mid-wicket. 75/1

28.5 M Abbas to Raval, Surprise bouncer this time at the body, Raval jumps and manages to keep it down and plays it behind square on the leg side for a single. 75/1

28.4 M Abbas to Raval, On middle this time, Raval wants to drive it down the ground. The ball goes off the inner half of the bat, hits the pad and rolls onto the leg side. No run. 74/1

28.3 M Abbas to Raval, Well outside off on this occasion as the left-hander just shoulders his arms to it. 74/1

28.2 M Abbas to Raval, Fuller and outside off, Raval gets right behind the line of the delivery and defends it comfortably. 74/1

28.1 M Abbas to Raval, From around the wicket, slightly short of a length and on off. Raval goes back and defends it back to the bowler. 74/1

27.6 Y Shah to Williamson, Not great bowling from Yasir, on the pads again, Williamson stays back and easily defends it toward short mid-wicket. 74/1

27.5 Y Shah to Williamson, Shorter and quicker on middle, it is defended off the back foot by the batsman. 74/1

27.4 Y Shah to Raval, This ball is flighted and on middle, Raval makes room to drive it through the covers and picks up a single. New Zealand on level terms with Pakistan now. 74/1

27.3 Y Shah to Raval, Similar ball and similarly defended again. 73/1

27.2 Y Shah to Raval, Full and quick at the pads, Raval brings his bat ahead of his front leg and defends it. 73/1

27.1 Y Shah to Raval, Fuller and on leg stump, Raval plays it to short mid-wicket. 73/1

26.6 M Abbas to Williamson, On a good length and just above off stump, the skipper defends presenting the full face of the bat. 73/1

26.5 M Abbas to Williamson, Low bounce on this occasion and angling down the leg side, Williamson looks to help it on its way but the ball is way down leg for him to get bat on it. 73/1

26.4 M Abbas to Raval, Around the wicket this time, Raval takes a step forward and pushes into the gap through the covers and picks up three. New Zealand now trail only by a run. 73/1

26.3 M Abbas to Raval, On a length and off stump now, Raval is half ahead and defends it into the ground. 70/1

26.2 M Abbas to Raval, Slightly shorter and outside off this time. Comes in a bit after landing, Raval lets it go through watchfully. 70/1

26.1 M Abbas to Raval, On a good length and well outside off, Raval leaves it alone. 70/1

25.6 Y Shah to Raval, On the pads and slightly short this time, the leftie flicks it away to square leg for a single. Good over for New Zealand as 9 comes from it. 70/1

25.5 Y Shah to Raval, Full and outside off again, no spin yet. Raval comes ahead and defends again. 69/1

25.4 Y Shah to Raval, FOUR! Over the top this time, the ball is full and outside off again. Raval hits it over mid on for another boundary. Positive from intent from Raval this morning. 69/1

25.3 Y Shah to Raval, Quick one again on off stump, Raval defends on the front foot. 65/1

25.2 Y Shah to Raval, FOUR! The ball is full and on middle, Raval dances down the wicker and whips it through wide mid on, it beats the dive of that fielder and races to the fence. 65/1

25.1 Y Shah to Raval, Quicker and fuller on off, Raval comes ahead and defends it straight back to the bowler. 61/1

24.6 M Abbas to Williamson, Slightly fuller and on off stump, Williamson defends as he is half-forward to this one. 61/1

24.5 M Abbas to Williamson, Outside off and on a length again, Williamson shoulders arms again. 61/1

24.4 M Abbas to Williamson, Well outside off this time, the skipper leaves it alone easily. 61/1

24.3 M Abbas to Williamson, Back to just outside off and on a length, Williamson covers his off pole and then lets it go through. 61/1

24.2 M Abbas to K Williamson, Length ball on middle, Williamson presents the full face of the bat as he defends to mid on. 61/1

24.1 M Abbas to Williamson, Starts off on a good length, Williamson stays inside the crease and defends with a straight bat. 61/1

Mohammad Abbas is into the attack.

23.6 Y Shah to Raval, Flatter and quicker on off stump, Raval stays back to this one and defends it. 61/1

23.5 Y Shah to Raval, Small appeal from the bowler but Raval was well ahead to that one. It was pitched outside off and he comes ahead to that one but misses it, the ball hits him on the front pad. Going down leg. 61/1

23.4 Y Shah to Raval, Full and flighted outside off this time, Raval prods ahead and dead bats it. 61/1

23.3 Y Shah to Raval, FOUR! Slightly shorter, Raval goes back and punches it straight down the ground to the long off fence. First boundary today. 61/1

23.2 Y Shah to Raval, Good length and starting on middle, spins away down leg and hits Raval on the pad as he comes ahead to defend. 57/1

23.1 Y Shah to Williamson, Nice and flighted outside off, first run of the morning as Williamson comes forward and pushes it through cover for a single. 57/1

Yasir Shah to bowl from the other end.

22.6 M Hafeez to Raval, Full and on off again, the batsman comes well forward and defends. 56/1

22.5 M Hafeez to Raval, From around the wicket, nice and flighted on middle. Raval comes ahead and defends. 56/1

We are all set for the action to resume. Jeet Raval and Kane Williamson will resume their innings. Mohammad Hafeez will complete his over. He has two balls to go. Here we go…

The first hour of play will be crucial and New Zealand’s skipper and best batsman, Kane Williamson will have to shoulder the responsibility of guiding the Black Caps through this phase of play. The pitch is certainly a tough one to play on but not unplayable. Pakistan, on the other hand will be looking to knock off the mainstay and bowl out the visitors cheaply as batting fourth on this pitch will be really tricky and they’d like their target to be as low as possible. Join us for live action in a bit!

Welcome to Day 3 of the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand. We have had riveting action over the past two days and the match is pretty evenly poised right now. New Zealand after a dismal Day 1 have done really well to recover and pull this game back on Day 2 and generate interest. Looking forward to today’s play, one of the factors could be how the weather behaves. There is forecast for showers over the day but we hope it stays away as the Test enters the ‘moving day’ and we will get a fair idea as to who will be ahead by the end of today.

… Day 3, Session 1 …

The surface was expected to prefer the batsmen, but it has proved quite even and provided something to all. Day 3 is poised quite well and it could make for good viewing for the neutrals. That is, of course, if it doesn’t rain as there’s some forecast for it. For now, the action will begin on time at 1000 local (0600 GMT). Do join in for all the action. Take care!

A good day for the Black Caps. They took 8 Pakistan wickets since the day started, restricting the lead to just 74 runs. Trent Boult was the leader of the pack as he ran riot with a 4-wicket haul, with the rest chipping in with handy contributions of their own. If not for Babar Azam and his solid fifty, Pakistan’s lead would have been slimmer. In response, New Zealand lost Latham early as Hasan Ali removed him but Kane Williamson and Jeet Raval have looked as assured as anyone after that with their stand currently unbeaten on 56. Their team trails by just 18 runs.

So, the umpires take another reading and decide it isn’t good enough now to continue. Play has been called off due to bad light. That’s STUMPS ON DAY 2!

22.4 M Hafeez to Raval, Around the wicket now, floated on off, blocked from the front foot. 56/1

22.3 M Hafeez to Williamson, Flat and short on leg, Kane works it off his pads and sends it to deep mid-wicket for one run. 56/1

22.2 M Hafeez to Williamson, Quite slow through the air, fuller around off, Williamson is well forward in defense. 55/1

22.1 M Hafeez to Williamson, Minimal spin around off, kept out off the back foot. 55/1

The umpire takes out his light meter and checks. The reading shows it’s fine enough to continue. The floodlights are on. Also, Mohammad Hafeez into the attack now.

21.6 Y Shah to Raval, The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it. Misses it in the end. 55/1

21.5 Y Shah to Raval, The leg break spinning in a long way from outside off, Jeet goes back and works it down on the leg side. 55/1

21.4 Y Shah to Raval, Extremely full outside off, pushed square towards point. 55/1

21.3 Y Shah to Williamson, Flat and short on off, forced from the back foot to sweeper cover for a single. 55/1

21.2 Y Shah to Williamson, Leg spinner outside off, on a driving length, Williamson comes forward to defend but gets beaten. 54/1

21.1 Y Shah to J Raval, Good running between the wickets. Raval wrists this towards Bilal at mid on and both batsmen take off. There is a shy at the non-striker’s end but it misses. Had he hit, would have been close. 54/1

20.6 B Asif to Williamson, Spinning down leg, Williamson looks to flick but misses. 53/1

20.5 B Asif to Raval, Full delivery outside off, driven square on the off side for a single. 53/1

20.4 B Asif to Raval, FOUR! Floated on middle and off, Raval gets forward and across before bringing out the lap shot. Connects well, uses the pace and finds the fine leg fence. Beats the chasing fielder. Good shot. The 50 comes up for New Zealand, they trail by 22 runs. 52/1

20.3 B Asif to Raval, Full and slow on off, blocked with the full face. 48/1

20.2 B Asif to Raval, Landed outside off on a driving length, Jeet shoulders arms to it. 48/1

20.1 B Asif to Raval, Flatter and quicker angling in on leg, Raval gets low and paddles it fine down the leg side. He’ll get a brace for it. 48/1

19.6 Y Shah to Williamson, Tad quicker through the air on off, punched back in the bowler’s direction to end the over. 46/1

19.5 Y Shah to Williamson, Turning away from around off, on a shorter length, punched away square towards point. 46/1

19.4 Y Shah to Williamson, Flights it right up there, on middle and leg, a front foot defensive shot is presented in response. 46/1

19.3 Y Shah to Williamson, Short and flat, on off, whipped from the back foot to deep mid-wicket for a couple. 46/1

19.2 Y Shah to Williamson, Quicker and fuller outside off, Kane defends. 44/1

19.1 Y Shah to K Williamson, Full, loopy and on the stumps, drilled towards mid on for no run. 44/1

18.6 B Asif to Williamson, Moves across his sticks as the ball spins into him and clips it to the man at square leg for one. 44/1

18.5 B Asif to Williamson, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. 43/1

18.4 B Asif to Williamson, Kane goes on the back foot and works it away on the leg side. 43/1

18.3 B Asif to Raval, Quite full outside off from around the wicket, it’s driven through the gap in the covers for one more. 43/1

18.2 B Asif to Williamson, Touch short around off, Kane works it square on the leg side and changes ends. 42/1

18.1 B Asif to Williamson, Full and straight, on the stumps, turned away in front of square leg. 41/1

17.6 Y Shah to Raval, Quick, flat and short outside off, punched off the back foot to covers. 41/1

17.5 Y Shah to Raval, Sharp spin into the batsman, catches him on the thigh pad as he looks to play off the back foot. 41/1

Sarfraz bringing another close-in fielder. A silly point in place now, along with the slip and short leg already positioned.

17.4 Y Shah to J Raval, Floated outside off, and coming in, Raval prods forward to defend but is caught on the front pad. Impact well outside off. 41/1

17.3 Y Shah to Raval, Watches the ball carefully, waits for it to turn into him and then defends off the back foot. 41/1

17.2 Y Shah to Raval, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 41/1

17.1 Y Shah to Raval, Serves it on a driving length, coming in from outside off, the southpaw comes forward and blocks. 41/1

16.6 B Asif to Williamson, Goes on the back foot this time and works it to short leg once more. 41/1

16.5 B Asif to Williamson, Williamson comes forward, plays with the spin as he turns it to short leg. 41/1

16.4 B Asif to Raval, Looped up, outside off, pushed through covers off the front foot for one. 41/1

16.3 B Asif to Raval, Outside off, turning away, left alone. 40/1

16.2 B Asif to Raval, The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs. 40/1

16.1 B Asif to Raval, Going away on the stumps, worked away on the leg side. 38/1

Bilal Asif is on to bowl.

15.6 Y Shah to Raval, That’s missed everything completely! Great catch from umpire Bruce Oxenford. Yasir tosses it up around off, Raval goes down to sweep but misses and the ball goes through his legs. It races away behind as the batsmen take three. Everybody thought it was a leg bye, except for umpire Oxenford. 38/1

15.5 Y Shah to Raval, Waits for the ball to come to him, hangs back and blocks it well. 35/1

15.4 Y Shah to Raval, A lot of revs on this, outside off, Raval presses forward to get close to the pitch and gets an inside edge back onto his pads. 35/1

15.3 Y Shah to K Williamson, Short and flat, spinning away from outside off, cut to sweeper cover for a single. 35/1

15.2 Y Shah to K Williamson, Quite full on off, drilled out on the off side. 34/1

15.1 Y Shah to Williamson, Full and straight, Kane Williamson is well forward in defense. 34/1

14.6 M Abbas to Raval, FOUR! Welcome runs for Raval and New Zealand. Full and swinging back in, it’s flicked through mid-wicket for a boundary. 34/1

14.5 M Abbas to Raval, Full delivery just outside off, defensively pushed towards the cover fielder. 30/1

14.4 M Abbas to Raval, Good length ball on the fifth stump line, arms are shouldered to let it through. 30/1

14.3 M Abbas to Raval, On a length on off, defended in front of cover from within the crease. 30/1

14.2 M Abbas to Raval, Brave leave. Length delivery just around off, shapes in and Raval leaves. Probably was missing off all along, but maybe even Raval didn’t think it’d be this close to the off stump. 30/1

14.1 M Abbas to J Raval, Full length delivery shaping in on off, Jeet drives towards mid off. 30/1

Drinks are on the field. Pakistan got the early wicket of Latham thanks to a beauty from Hasan Ali, but haven’t been able to take advantage of that. Williamson and Raval have done well to get their eye in and both look good. If this pair can see the day off, the visitors will be a happy bunch.

13.6 Y Shah to Williamson, Quick, straight and short on the stumps, punched straight back to the bowler. 30/1

13.5 Y Shah to Williamson, Short and wide, Kane cuts but can’t beat the man at point. 30/1

13.4 Y Shah to K Williamson, Leans ahead to the full ball and eases it to mid off. 30/1

13.3 Y Shah to Williamson, Positions himself behind the line and blocks it out. 30/1

13.2 Y Shah to Williamson, Tossed up well outside off, going away, forces Williamson to play away from the body and the edge is drawn. Luckily for the Kiwi captain, it goes wide of first slip to third man. Two to the total. 30/1

13.1 Y Shah to Williamson, Bit quicker through the air on middle and leg, pushed back down the track off the back foot. 28/1

12.6 M Abbas to Raval, Good length ball on off, Raval nicely gets behind the line and blocks it with a straight bat. 28/1

12.5 M Abbas to Raval, Beaten on the drive this time! Abbas serves it on a fuller length outside off and gets it to shape away, Raval is tempted into the drive and is beaten. Abbas is getting closer and closer to taking his first wicket. 28/1

12.4 M Abbas to Raval, Beauty to beat the bat! Abbas is unreal to southpaws from ’round the wicket angle. His line just around off coupled with a wee bit of away movement always catches the batsman in trouble. This time Jeet is lucky not to edge it. 28/1

12.3 M Abbas to Raval, Pitches it on a length around off, Raval drives it towards extra cover where Bilal Asif dives and parries it to mid off. Good effort! 28/1

12.2 M Abbas to Raval, Once again Raval prods forward to defend but this time it takes the inside edge and deflects off his pads to covers. 28/1

12.1 M Abbas to Raval, Angles in a length ball on off, from ’round the wicket, Raval defends it off his front foot. 28/1

11.6 Y Shah to Williamson, Picks up the length early as it’s flat and short outside off, punched through covers for a couple of runs. 28/1

11.5 Y Shah to Raval, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They have run through for a single. 26/1

11.4 Y Shah to Raval, Stays right behind the line and defends well. 25/1

11.3 Y Shah to Raval, Coming in once more, Jeet is deep inside the crease as he looks to turn it in front of short leg. Is rapped on the pads instead. 25/1

11.2 Y Shah to Raval, Outside off, with some width on offer, played through point for a brace. 25/1

11.1 Y Shah to Raval, The inside edge has saved him there. Yasir flights it up outside off, it spins back in off the rough as Raval presses forward to defend. The ball strikes his back pad, but not before taking the inside edge. 23/1

Yasir Shah returns.

10.6 M Abbas to Williamson, Touch fuller in length, it’s blocked comfortably to end the over. 23/1

10.5 M Abbas to Williamson, Too straight in line, wristed in front of square leg. 23/1

10.4 M Abbas to Williamson, Not out! Williamson survives. Poor review from all involved. Abbas angles it in on middle and leg, it keeps going down and catches Kane on the pads. A big appeal goes up, but the umpire shakes his head. Abbas speaks with his skipper and then it’s taken upstairs. Replays show the ball to be missing the leg stump. Clearly. Review lost. 23/1

Review taken. It’s taken by Pakistan for an lbw decision against Kane Williamson. Looks to be going down leg to the naked eye.

10.3 M Abbas to Williamson, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 23/1

10.2 M Abbas to Williamson, Length delivery aiming the top of off stump, stays inside the crease and blocks it back down the track. 23/1

10.1 M Abbas to Williamson, Tad straight in line, attacks the stumps, Kane blocks it down in front of mid-wicket. 23/1

Mohammad Abbas is back on.

9.6 H Sohail to Raval, Floats it right up there, Jeet is well forward in defense. 23/1

9.5 H Sohail to Raval, Uses the depth of the crease again, Raval has enough time to go back and turn it on the leg side. 23/1

9.4 H Sohail to Raval, Goes deep inside the crease, adjusts and works it to backward square leg. 23/1

9.3 H Sohail to Raval, Goes with the spin and turns it to square leg. 23/1

9.2 H Sohail to Williamson, Short and wide outside off, slapped the punch to sweeper cover for a single. 23/1

9.1 H Sohail to Williamson, A lot of air on off stump, driven to mid off. 22/1

Haris Sohail to roll his arm over.

8.6 Shah to Raval, Shout for a leg before, turned down. Maybe an inside edge there. Looped up leg break around off, turns in sharply and catches Jeet Raval on the pads as he prods ahead to defend. Seems some bat is involved. 22/1

8.5 Y Shah to Williamson, Spinning away from the batsman, it’s cut through to sweeper cover for a run. 22/1

8.4 Y Shah to Williamson, FOUR! But that was a close one. Quicker one from Yasir, Williamson backs away to cut and almost gets bowled. Luckily, he played it well enough to cut it past short third man for a boundary. 21/1

8.3 Y Shah to Williamson, Well left. Kane watches the ball as it turns away from him, covers the line and lets it be. 17/1

8.2 Y Shah to Raval, Turning in from a shorter length this time, goes back and punches it through the covers. One run collected. 17/1

8.1 Y Shah to Raval, Tossed up leg break from around the wicket, spinning in, Raval presses forward and defends. 16/1

7.6 H Ali to Williamson, Some more chin music for the New Zealand captain. He just ducks under it and lets it pass. 16/1

7.5 H Ali to Williamson, Short and wide outside off, no way Williamson will play at that. 16/1

7.4 H Ali to Williamson, Back of a length delivery, close to off, kept out safely from within the crease. 16/1

7.3 H Ali to Williamson, Outside off, left alone for the keeper to collect. 16/1

7.2 H Ali to Williamson, Full in length, attacking the stumps, another defensive shot from Williamson. 16/1

7.1 H Ali to Williamson, Full ball outside off, blocked off the front foot. 16/1

6.6 Y Shah to Williamson, Loopy, slow and full outside off, invites Williamson forward and he pushes it through covers to keep strike. 16/1

6.5 Y Shah to Raval, Quicker and shorter, flicked off the back foot to deep mid-wicket for a run. 15/1

6.4 Y Shah to Raval, Goes with the spin and turns it on the leg side with soft hands. 14/1

6.3 Y Shah to Raval, Tossed up in line of the stumps, pushed back down the track. 14/1

6.2 Y Shah to Williamson, Looped up leg break, driven from the front foot through the covers for one. 14/1

6.1 Y Shah to Williamson, The flipper on off stump, Kane backs away and forces the punch to point. 13/1

Yasir Shah is into the attack now.

5.6 H Ali to Raval, Seaming into the left-hander from a fullish length, blocked off the front foot to end the over. 13/1

5.5 H Ali to Raval, In the channel outside off, arms are shouldered confidently. 13/1

5.4 H Ali to Raval, Keeps it on the fuller side, but brings it back in just outside off, Raval takes a step forward and meets it with the full face. 13/1

5.3 H Ali to J Raval, Full ball outside the line of off stump, driven to the mid off fielder. 13/1

5.2 H Ali to Raval, Coming in again but the line is a touch straight, Jeet whips this behind square leg and comes back for the second. 13/1

5.1 H Ali to Raval, From around the wicket and wide of the crease, swinging back in, Raval is rock solid in defense. Plays it down on the leg side. 11/1

4.6 M Abbas to Williamson, Keeps it close to off, it’s defensively punched square to point. 11/1

4.5 M Abbas to Williamson, Targets the off stump with a length delivery, blocked with a straight blade in response. 11/1

4.4 M Abbas to Williamson, Wide outside off, reaches out to it and slaps it to the man at cover-point. 11/1

4.3 M Abbas to Williamson, Beaten! After bringing two back in, Abbas makes this one go away. On a back of a length, Williamson pushes inside the line and misses. 11/1

4.2 M Abbas to Williamson, Attacks the stumps, doesn’t give Williamson much room with this length ball. The batter can only stay behind the line and block. 11/1

4.1 M Abbas to Williamson, Cutting back in from a good length, on middle and leg, worked down in front of mid-wicket. 11/1

3.6 H Ali to Raval, Good carry on that. Hasan pitches it in the channel outside off, the southpaw lets it be as Sarfraz collects it at chest height. 11/1

3.5 H Ali to Raval, Almost dragged it back on! Back of a length just outside off, coming back in, Raval with no foot movement gets an inside edge which thuds onto his pads. 11/1

3.4 H Ali to Williamson, Short of a good length outside off, the Kiwi skipper punches it through the gap in the covers. Three good runs taken. 11/1

3.3 H Ali to Williamson, FOUR! Too straight once again from Hasan Ali and he pays the price. Can’t bowl it to him there. Williamson flicks it away sweetly through the vacant square leg region and finds the fence. 8/1

3.2 H Ali to Raval, Too straight in line, allows Raval to work this down towards fine leg for a single. 4/1

3.1 H Ali to Raval, Coming back in from outside off, full in length, Jeet blocks with a defensive blade in response. 3/1

2.6 M Abbas to Williamson, Over the wicket, length delivery which keeps a bit low. Williamson does well to bring his bat down and force it away on the off side. 3/1

2.5 M Abbas to Raval, Fraction straight in line, flicked towards mid-wicket where Bilal Asif makes a diving stop to his left. The batsmen cross over. 3/1

2.4 M Abbas to Raval, Offers no shot this time. Sees the ball landing outside off on a length, he covers the line and lets it through. 2/1

2.3 M Abbas to Raval, Lovely full length, shaping back around off, Raval with the full face of the bat blocks it in front of cover. 2/1

2.2 M Abbas to Raval, Bit fuller around off, Jeet prods forward and pushes it with hard hands to cover. 2/1

2.1 M Abbas to Raval, From around the wicket to Raval, a good length ball is seaming back in on off. The left-hander stands his ground and blocks it down on the off side. 2/1

1.6 H Ali to Williamson, Well left. Excellent over from Hasan Ali comes to an end. He hurls it in the off stump channel, Kane covers the line and makes a watchful leave. 2/1

1.5 H Ali to Williamson, Outside the line of off stump, Williamson confidently offers a firm punch which finds the cover fielder. 2/1

1.4 H Ali to Williamson, Length delivery outside off, punched off the back foot to short cover. 2/1

1.3 H Ali to Raval, Back to around the wicket to the left-hander, it’s angled in on a back of a length, Raval too gets off the mark as he works it down in front of square leg for one. 2/1

1.2 H Ali to Williamson, Over the wicket now to Kane. Fuller length ball on off, it’s flicked behind square on the leg side for a single. Williamson is off the mark immediately. 1/1

Kane Williamson is in at no.3.

1.1 H Ali to Tom Latham, OUT! Bowled first ball! What a beginning from Hasan Ali. Nothing Tom Latham could have done about that, really. Incredible delivery first up. Hasan Ali comes from around the wicket and bowls it around off, it shapes back in as Latham hangs his bat down the wrong line. The off stump goes for the toss and that’s the first breakthrough for the home side. 0/1

Hasan Ali to bowl from the other end.

0.6 M Abbas to Raval, Good length delivery outside the line of off stump, left alone to end the over. 0/0

0.5 M Abbas to Raval, That’s a brave leave from Jeet Raval. Abbas pitches it close to off on a length and as Raval lets it go, it nips back in. Whiskers past the off stick. Super close, that. 0/0

0.4 M Abbas to Raval, Just ahead of a length, on the fourth stump line, Raval plants his front foot forward and shoulders arms. 0/0

0.3 M Abbas to Raval, Third leave in a row. Expect more of this with Abbas bowling. He keeps probing in that off stump channel, left alone. 0/0

0.2 M Abbas to Raval, Good shape on that. Mohammad Abbas hurls it on a length once more, quite close to off, Raval once again leaves it alone. 0/0

0.1 M Abbas to Raval, Angling across on a good length, Raval watchfully lets it be. 0/0



First Published: November 18, 2018, 10:57 AM IST