Pakistan Vs New Zealand Live Score (TEST)

Date: Friday, 16 November, 2018 11:30 IST Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi Match Status: Match Ended

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 4 runs

153/10
Overs
66.3
R/R
2.31
Fours
13
Sixes
0
Extras
4
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Trent Boult not out 4 5 1 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mohammad Abbas 12 7 13 2
Hasan Ali 16 6 38 2
227/10
Overs
83.2
R/R
2.73
Fours
23
Sixes
1
Extras
10
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Mohammad Abbas not out 0 4 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Trent Boult 18.2 6 54 4
Colin de Grandhomme 13 6 30 2
249/10
Overs
100.4
R/R
2.48
Fours
20
Sixes
1
Extras
6
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Ajaz Patel not out 6 17 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mohammad Abbas 22 10 31 0
Hasan Ali 17.4 3 45 5
171/10
Overs
58.4
R/R
2.93
Fours
16
Sixes
0
Extras
4
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Mohammad Abbas not out 0 10 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Trent Boult 7 0 29 0
Colin de Grandhomme 3 0 15 0
  • There were no significant partnerships barring one between Williamson and Nicholls which provided some resistance. Once Nicholls and the skipper departed, no one else could hold the fort and New Zealand were bowled out for the lowest first innings total in Abu Dhabi. As for the Pakistani bowlers, Yasir Shah was the pick of them with three wickets, 3 others picking a brace and Bilal getting one of his own. Tea was pushed ahead and now has been taken at the fall of the last wicket of the first innings. New Zealand can gather themselves in the break and will be hoping to pick some quick wickets in the final session or else Pakistan would be out of sight on Day 1 itself.
  • Fantastic work by Pakistan! This isn't what they would've expected after Williamson won the toss and decided to bat. They would've been looking towards a long toiling day on the field (given the track looked a batting beauty) but the New Zealand innings just capitulated in the post-Lunch session. Once their skipper departed after a well-made 63, the Pakistani spinners just raced through the lower middle order. Disappointing that innings didn't even last for 70 overs.
  • 66.3 OUT! What a bizarre end to the innings that promised a lot when the Kiwi captain and Nicholls were batting before the lunch break. It has come to an immature end as they have lost 7 wickets in this session. Coming to the ball, Yasir had changed his angle to over the wicket for this delivery, lands it on middle. Ajaz shoulders his arms playing for the turn but the ball holds its line and hits him on his pads bang on middle. Umpire has no hesitation in raising his finger. New Zealand all out for 153!
  • 66.2 Outside off and the ball turns in again, Ajaz plays it down the ground on the leg side.
  • 66.1 Outside off and turning in, Ajaz defends it toward mid-wicket.
  • 65.6 Flatter and quicker at the pads, Boult plays it towards square leg. 153/9
  • 65.5 FOUR! Flighted outside off and Boult comes down the track and hits it over the bowler's head for four runs.
  • 65.4 Flatter and turning into the pads, Boult works it down on the leg side.
  • 65.3 Full and outside off again, Boult smothers the spin by coming ahead.
  • 65.2 Full and outside off, Boult comes ahead and defends.
  • Trent Boult is the last batsman for New Zealand. Should have been Tea now, but since just one wicket is remaining, the session has been extended by 30 minutes.
  • 65.1 OUT! Caught by Asad Shafiq at first slip. New Zealand lose their ninth wicket! Looped up outside off and this was always coming. Had been beating the outside edge consistently over the past two or three overs. Deserved the wicket and gets it finally. Wagner wants to prod ahead and defend but it takes the edge for an easy catch.
  • 64.6 Presses forward to a full ball and defends it again to end the over. 149/8
  • 64.5 Shout for an lbw, not given! A leg spinner landing outside off and turning back in sharply. Patel fails to defend and is hit on the pads. Turning too much, feels the umpire.
  • 64.4 Floated full ball on off, Patel lunges in defense.
  • 64.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 64.2 Flatter and on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 64.1 Tossed up ball on off, turning back in, Ajaz defends it off his front foot.
  • 63.6 Good ball! The ball is flighted and turns again, the batsman comes ahead to play at it but is beaten by the spin on the ball. 149/8
  • 63.5 Flatter and quicker on off, Wagner goes back and punches it back towards mid off.
  • 63.4 Shorter in length again, Wagner plays it to the point fielder off his back foot.
  • 63.3 OUCH! The ball is short and outside off, Wagner goes back and cuts it. It hits the silly point fielder on his knee as he tries to move away. Must've hurt but he's okay to continue, without any treatment. Just rubs his knee and good to go.
  • 63.2 Beaten again! Draws Wagner ahead and beats his outside edge with the turn. Unlucky not to get the edge.
  • 63.1 Shorter and quicker outside off, Wagner pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 62.6 Flatter ball, defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 147/8
  • 62.5 Flighted on middle, Patel flicks the ball onto the leg side but straight to the fielder.
  • 62.4 Well outside off and turns in, Ajaz goes back in his crease and defends with a straight bat.
  • 62.3 Quicker ball at the pads, flicked away to square leg. Ajaz thinks about the single but decides against it in the end.
  • 62.2 Shorter this time and enough time for Wagner to pull it away to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 62.1 Around the wicket, the ball lands outside off and turns in, Wagner defends on the back foot.
  • Yasir Shah returns in the attack.
  • 61.6 Shoulders his arms for the third delivery in a row outside off. 146/8
  • 61.5 Again left alone by the batsman as the ball was way outside off.
  • 61.4 Way outside off and full, Ajaz lets it go through.
  • 61.3 Flatter delivery this time outside off, punched to cover point and a quick run taken.
  • 61.2 BEATEN BY THE SPIN! Full and flighted outside off, Wagner is drawn ahead for the defensive shot but the ball turns away and misses the outside edge.
  • 61.1 Looped up and turning away outside off, Wagner stays back and punches it to cover.
  • 60.6 Flatter and quicker on the pads this time, Ajaz flicks it to short leg. 145/8
  • 60.5 Around the wicket, flighted and on middle, Ajaz gets his bat ahead to defend it.
  • 60.4 Full ball outside off again, Ajaz comes ahead and dead bats it.
  • 60.3 A tad fuller this time, Ajaz drives to mid off.
  • 60.2 Similar ball and similar shot played again.
  • 60.1 Full and loopy outside off, Ajaz comes ahead and defends.
  • 59.6 Full and on the pads this time, Ajaz flicks it down to fine leg for three runs. 145/8
  • 59.5 Arm ball this time, angling on the pads. Ajaz misses the flick and gets hit on the pad.
  • 59.4 Flighted outside off, kept out on the front foot.
  • 59.3 Fuller in length and Patel comes ahead to smother the spin.
  • 59.2 Wide outside off and turning even more away, Ajaz lets it go.
  • 59.1 Looped up outside off, Ajaz tries to drive but gets the outside edge onto the off side.
  • Bilal Asif is back into the attack.
  • 58.6 Fuller and flighted outside off, Wagner prods ahead and defends it. 142/8
  • 58.5 Flatter delivery this time, the batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 58.4 Full and outside off, driven by Patel through the covers for another run.
  • 58.3 Outside off and turns in a long way, Patel comes ahead and defends, but gets an inside edge that falls far away from short leg.
  • 58.2 Flatter and quicker on off stump, Ajaz defends on the back foot.
  • 58.1 Flighted outside off, turns in. Ajaz defends it well off the back foot onto the vacant leg side for a single.
  • 57.6 DROPPED! Yasir was placed there for that particular reason and he has spilled it. Sarfraz cannot believe it. A short delivery again, Wagner takes on the challenge to pull but fails to middle his shot. Yasir is standing a few paces ahead of the rope in the deep square leg region but fails to grab a simple catch. A run for Wagner and he lives to fight another day. 140/8
  • 57.5 Full and outside off, driven off the front foot to covers.
  • 57.4 Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it safely.
  • 57.3 In the air...in the air... safe! Ali digs in a short delivery from 'round the wicket, well-directed, Wagner takes his eyes off the ball as he attempts to wheel a pull shot. It takes the top edge of the bat and flies wide of the keeper for a couple again.
  • 57.2 Edgy! Lands it on a length and outside off, holding its line, Wagner tries turning it on the leg side but it takes the outside half of his willow and runs wide of backward point for a brace.
  • 57.1 Good length ball on off, angling in, Wagner defends it off his back foot.
  • 56.6 Almost the same as the previous ball, Ajaz comes forward and plays the defense with the full face of the bat. 135/8
  • 56.5 Again full and outside off, Ajaz comes well ahead and defends it into the ground.
  • 56.4 Full and outside off, the batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 56.3 Flatter delivery outside off, turns into Patel who tries to flick it away on the leg side.
  • 56.2 Flighted and lots of turn after landing outside off. It comes in to hit the batsman's pad and the ball lobs away to the off side.
  • 56.1 Full and flighted outside off, Ajaz looks to play the drive but gets the inside edge on the bottom part of the bat. It goes on to hit the keeper's pads.
  • 55.6 Another good ball, this one is slightly fuller of a good length and Wagner is defending it but the ball moves slightly to miss the edge. 135/8
  • 55.5 Short of a good length and above the off pole, Wagner defends it off the back foot.
  • 55.4 Overpitched outside off, Ajaz mistimes his drive towards cover. The batsmen run through for a quick single.
  • 55.3 Fuller and on off, Ajaz plays it with a straight bat.
  • 55.2 On a length outside off, Ajaz covers the swing this time and defends it on the back foot.
  • 55.1 What a jaffa! Too good for a number 10 batsman. Lands on off stump and moves away after landing. Misses the outside edge by a whisker.
  • 54.6 Quicker and full this time, Wagner plays the back foot punch to the off side at the last moment and doesn't connect well. No run to end yet another successful over for New Zealand. 134/8
  • 54.5 Flighted on off, Wagner comes well ahead to play this with a straight bat.
  • 54.4 Flatter and quicker on off this time, Wagner goes back and defends.
  • 54.3 Fuller and outside off, Ajaz pushes it through the covers for a single.
  • 54.2 Another huge appeal! The impact is surely outside off on this one. The ball pitches outside off and comes in a long way to hit Ajaz on the pads. But he had come a long way ahead and the impact is outside off.
  • Debutant Ajaz Patel is in next.
  • 54.1 OUT! What a ripper! This ball lands on leg stump and turns enough to beat the bat of Watling who was on the back foot trying to defend this one onto the leg side. The Kiwi keeper is rapped on the pads, they appeal and the finger goes up one more time. Watling takes the DRS but to no avail. There are three reds on the Ball Tracker and the on-field decision remains. The last recognized batsman departs and New Zealand are in all sorts of trouble now.
  • BJ Watling has been given out leg before. The DRS has been taken. No choice, he has to take it upstairs. Height is the only thing that can save him.
  • 53.6 Switched to 'round the wicket and lands it on a length outside off, Wagner defends it soundly to the off side. 133/7
  • 53.5 Pitches it up and outside off, it's driven off the front foot through extra cover. The mid off fielder moves across to his left to stop the ball and they collect a run.
  • 53.4 On a length around off, defended off the back foot to the off side.
  • 53.3 Goes for the yorker this time but ends up serving a half-volley on off, Watling does well to work it wide of mid on for a couple of runs. Reverse swing is happening and Hasan is getting it in abundance.
  • 53.2 Angling into the batsman, on middle and off, BJ covers the line and blocks it with a straight bat towards mid on.
  • 53.1 Good length delivery on off, shaping back in, Watling stays back and defends it in the direction of the bowler.
  • 52.6 Things are happening here! This ball pitches way outside off stump line and rips in. Takes the inside edge and onto the pads of Wagner who was playing a defensive shot on the back foot. Would've been a goner if not for the edge. On a hindsight it looks like the impact was outside off as well and a bit high too. 130/7
  • 52.5 WOAH! Lots of spin on this one, starts outside off and ends way down the leg side. Wagner wants to flick it but the turn beats him completely. Good take by Sarfraz down the leg side.
  • 52.4 Flatter and quicker this time on off, Wagner goes back and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 52.3 Shorter and outside off, Wagner punches it square on the off side for a couple.
  • 52.2 Fuller this time outside off, Wagner prods ahead and defends.
  • 52.1 Over the wicker to Wagner, good ball turning into the batsman, Wagner defends on the back foot.
  • 51.6 Short of a length and on off stump, Watling goes back in the crease and defends it. 128/7
  • 51.5 Second bouncer of the over, Watling ducks under it safely.
  • 51.4 Full and slightly moves in after landing, Watling plays it to mid on with a straight bat.
  • 51.3 Length ball outside off, Watling wants to punch it through the off side but gets the inside half of the bat and the ball rolls to mid on.
  • 51.2 Surprise bouncer there! Short and aimed at the head, Watling ducks under it and lets it go.
  • 51.1 Good length ball on off stump, Watling defends it towards mid-wicket.
  • Neil Wagner is in next.
  • 50.6 OUT! What a decision! Sodhi has to depart. New Zealand are now seven down and in danger to get bowled out under 150. A flighted delivery landing full around leg. It straightens a touch after hitting the deck as Sodhi tries to defend it near his front pad. As soon as the connection is made, Pakistan go up in a huge extended appeal for an lbw. They believe it's pad first and the umpire, after thinking for a while, raises his finger. Ish, however, feels that he has middled his shot and goes for the review. Time for the replays. It shows that the ball has brushed the bottom half of Sodhi's front pad before hitting the bat. Wow, Bruce Oxenford has the eyes of a hawk as he has spotted that in real time. Apart from that, everything is in line as the Ball Tracker has three reds. The decision remains as it is. Ish is on his bike home. 128/7
  • Ish Sodhi has been adjudged lbw! He immediately reviews. Looks quite adjacent but is there any bat?
  • 50.5 Slower through the air, full and on middle, Sodhi gets forward and offers a straight bat in defense.
  • 50.4 Shortish and on off, stroked off the back foot through covers for a run.
  • 50.3 This one skids back in from around off, Watling blocks it solidly.
  • 50.2 Flatter and bit shorter on off, BJ punches it off his back foot to mid off.
  • 50.1 Flighted full ball on leg, Watling plays it out off his pads to mid-wicket.
  • 49.6 FOUR RUNNING RUNS! This was an attempted yorker, Sodhi takes it on the full and pushes it down to long off where there is a huge gap. The ball rolls all along the ground but before it can reach the boundary the batsmen run all four. 127/6
  • 49.5 Bouncer aimed at the head, Ish ducks under it and lets it go through to the keeper.
  • 49.4 Full and on off stump again, Sodhi defends it with the full face of the bat again.
  • 49.3 No hat-trick for Hasan. The ball is on a good length and on off stump, Ish Sodhi defends it well and back to the bowler.
  • Ish Sodhi to face the hat-trick ball.
  • 49.2 OUT! Golden duck for Colin de Grandhomme. He gets a reverse swinging beauty on a good length, the first ball he faces. He is late on his defensive prod and gets hit on the pad in front of middle stump. There was no chance that was missing or going above the stumps. Colin asks Watling if he should go upstairs, but is smartly advised not to. Hasan Ali on a hat-trick!
  • Drinks break. Meanwhile, Colin de Grandhomme has joined Watling in the middle.
  • 49.1 OUT! Pakistan have got another gift. Williamson and New Zealand will be really disappointed. The ball was a short one and going down leg, the Kiwi skipper was looking to pull it behind square leg but got some glove behind to Sarfraz. He was looking so good out there in the middle but had a minor lapse of concentration and thrown it away. It was going down leg and was an easy run-scoring opportunity. Huge wicket and Pakistan firmly in control now.
  • 48.6 Shorter and on middle, Watling goes back and defends it showing the full face of the bat. 123/4
  • 48.5 Full and at the pads, Williamson pushes it to square leg for a single. He wants two but then decides against it.
  • 48.4 Flatter one fired at the pads, Watling turns it away behind square leg for a run.
  • 48.3 Full and on middle, Watling's turn to defend now.
  • 48.2 Short and outside off, cut away by the skipper to get a single.
  • 48.1 Flighted on middle, Williamson prods forward and dead bats it.
  • Haris Sohail has been brought back into the attack. Not sure if it's needed, maybe to give a change of ends to his main bowlers.
  • 47.6 Just short of a good length and comes in after landing, Watling defends it to mid on off the back foot. 120/4
  • 47.5 Length ball well outside off, Watling shoulders his arms to this one.
  • 47.4 Good length ball just outside off, Watling stays back and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 47.3 FOUR! This ball is on a length and outside off, Watling plays it with soft hands and guides it to the third man boundary.
  • 47.2 This one is short and outside off, Williamson pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
  • 47.1 Full and outside off, slight shape which is covered and defended on front foot by Kane.
  • 46.6 Shorter this time, Watling stays back and defends it. 115/4
  • 46.5 Fuller and angling in to middle, Watling drives to mid on.
  • 46.4 Good length ball again outside off, Watling just keeps it out by playing it back straight.
  • 46.3 This one skids after landing on a good length on off stump, Watling is quick to come ahead, stays down and defends it with ease.
  • 46.2 Length delivery again on the top of off, Watling stays back to defend it straight.
  • 46.1 Good length on off stump from Abbas again, Watling defends it on the front foot.
  • 45.6 Full and angling into the pads, Watling tucks it away behind square on the leg side to get off the mark. 115/4
  • 45.5 Beautiful shot from Williamson. Asad Shafiq gives chase and stops it just inside the boundary. Ball was on a good length and outside off, he drives it elegantly in the gap through the covers and picks up three runs.
  • 45.4 Back to short of a good length on top of off, Williamson punches it back down the ground with a straight bat.
  • 45.3 Length ball just outside off. Well judged leave by the skipper this time.
  • 45.2 Slightly short of a good length, Williamson guides it toward gully.
  • 45.1 Good length ball outside off, calmly defended into the ground on the off side by Kane.
  • 44.6 Good length on off stump. Abbas is relentless, Watling defends it to mid off. 111/4
  • 44.5 Fuller in length and on middle this time, Watling defends it to mid on.
  • 44.4 A carbon copy of the previous delivery. And a similar shot played by the batsman as well.
  • 44.3 Short and outside off, Watling defends on the back foot to cover.
  • 44.2 Good yorker length delivery to welcome Watling to the crease. He defends it watchfully.
  • BJ Watling is the new batsman.
  • 44.1 OUT! Caught by Sarfraz. Nothing shot from Nicholls, very minimal foot movement on this one. He just drives expansively from his crease and gets the outside edge which is safely pouched by a diving Sarfraz to his left. The ball was full and outside off and was actually a half volley begging to be put away, but instead Pakistan have been presented with a wicket. The 72-run stand has been broken and Henry will be gutted with the way he threw away his wicket.
  • 43.6 Good length and on off stump, Kane goes back and defends it back to the bowler. 111/3
  • 43.5 FOUR! The ball is short and outside off, this is a great cut shot behind point for a boundary from the New Zealand captain.
  • 43.4 This one is on a similar length but comes in slightly after landing. Kane watchfully lets it go through to the keeper.
  • 43.3 Outside off stump and slightly fuller than good length, Kane decides to leave it alone.
  • 43.2 Full and outside off, Nicholls drives it between point and cover and the fielder dives and stops it just in front of the boundary. Three runs have been picked up.
  • 43.1 Around the wicket to the lefty, outside off and on a good length. The ball shapes away slightly after landing. Nicholls leaves it alone.
  • Hasan Ali is back into the attack.
  • 42.6 Length ball outside off again, Kane is slightly ahead and defends it toward point. 104/3
  • 42.5 Good length ball on off stump, Williamson shows off his textbook back foot defense again.
  • 42.4 Good length ball a bit wide outside off, Williamson shoulders his arms to it.
  • 42.3 Similar delivery but the bounce is true this time. Kane defends it straight back to the bowler.
  • 42.2 What happened there? Kept a little low after bouncing on a length outside off. Kane was trying to defend it but it took the inside edge and fell down on the leg side.
  • 42.1 Good length on off stump, Williamson presents the full face of the bat as he defends it.
  • 41.6 Full and outside off from around the wicket to Nicholls. He comes ahead and dead bats it. 104/3
  • 41.5 Short and outside off, Williamson just pushes it away to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 41.4 Looped up full outside off, Kane drives it through extra cover for another couple.
  • 41.3 Full and flighted, Kane covers the spin and keeps it out.
  • 41.2 50 up for Williamson! He is such a consistent performer. The ball is short and wide outside off, Williamson just dabs it behind point and comes back for two. Making batting look very easy here. It is his 27th fifty in Test cricket. He will be looking to go big in this innings.
  • 41.1 FOUR! Easy pickings! Very short and on middle. Kane stays low and pulls it away to deep square leg for four easily.
  • 40.6 Fuller length this time, the batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground on the off side. 95/3
  • 40.5 Short and on middle, Nicholls defends it on the back foot.
  • 40.4 Elegant shot from the NZ skipper here, it was full and just outside off, he goes ahead and times it beautifully in the gap through the covers. It is a long chase for Azhar Ali who does well in the end to save one run for his team. There are plenty of replays being looked at before the umpire decides it's a legal stop.
  • 40.3 Short and bowled a little wide off the crease, Williamson looks to punch it off the back foot but doesn't connect well.
  • 40.2 Full and on off again, Kane will keep those out all day long.
  • 40.1 Good length and on off stump. Williamson defends it with a straight bat.
  • 39.6 Full on off stump, Nicholls comes ahead and defends it. 92/3
  • 39.5 FOUR! Swept away this time. Outside off and flighted, Nicholls goes down early and sweeps it away behind square leg for another boundary. It also brings up the 50-run partnership between these two.
  • 39.4 FOUR! Nice-looking shot from Nicholls. He stays back to a short pitched ball and punches it straight down the ground to long on for four runs. Sarfraz isn't too pleased with the mid on fielder's effort.
  • 39.3 This one keeps low, ball is fuller and outside off. It turns in and keeps low on the stumps, Nicholls gets down in time and pulls it to square leg.
  • 39.2 Good spin on this one, landing outside off and spins enough to beat Nicholls' bat who wants to defend it. He gets hit high on the pad. Pakistan appeal but aren't too vociferous.
  • 39.1 Shorter length outside off, spins into Nicholls. He wants to push it to square leg but it hits forward short leg.
  • 38.6 Fuller this time on off, Williamson defends it to mid on. 84/3
  • 38.5 Length delivery and Abbas is pegging away at off stump, Williamson is unperturbed and defends again.
  • 38.4 Good length on off stump, the NZ skipper just defends it back with a straight bat calmly.
  • 38.3 Good length outside off and shaping in slightly, Williamson lets it go.
  • 38.2 Slightly ahead this time on off stump, Williamson plays it to mid-wicket.
  • 38.1 Short of a length on off, Williamson defends to cover off the back foot.
  • Mohammad Abbas to bowl some medium pace from the other end.
  • 37.6 Way outside off, Nicholls prods well forward and defends it to short cover. 84/3
  • 37.5 Slightly shorter, Nicholls goes back and defends off the back foot.
  • 37.4 Full and outside off, the batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 37.3 Loopy outside off again, Nicholls comes and sweeps it to fine leg for a couple. Little risky but plays it well in the end.
  • 37.2 Around the wicket to the left-hander, looped up outside off, turns into Nicholls who comes ahead and defends.
  • 37.1 First ball after Lunch is flighted outside off, Williamson drives it to covers for a single.
  • We are back for the afternoon session. Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls will carry on from where they left off. Yasir Shah to take the ball first. A slip and a short leg in place.
  • ... Day 1, Session 2 ...
  • Batting usually gets easier in the afternoon session, so New Zealand will look to score a bit freely. Though, they will remember that the ball is turning, so they have to be wary of the Pakistan spinners. Remember, it's an extended Lunch break due to the Friday prayers, so play will resume at 1330 local (0930 GMT).
  • A grinding session for New Zealand, and Pakistan too in all honesty. The surface didn't have much to offer, but despite that, Pakistan have managed to pick three wickets, which will particularly please them after losing the toss. Abbas started it all off by removing Raval first, Yasir joined in and got rid of both Latham and Taylor rather quickly. Williamson, who is looking quite assured as always, has since joined hands with Nicholls to put 81 on the board with their stand currently on 42.
  • 36.6 Drifting in on a fuller length, around off, nicely negotiated by the left-hander. That's LUNCH ON DAY 1! 81/3
  • 36.5 Watches the ball as it comes to him and blocks.
  • 36.4 Nicholls has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 36.3 Some flight on this, on off stump, Nicholls presses forward to meet it with a straight bat.
  • 36.2 Straighter in line, worked in front of short mid-wicket.
  • 36.1 Quicker through the air around off, met with the full face of the bat.
  • Mohammad Hafeez is on now. Probably the last over before Lunch.
  • 35.6 Full on the stumps, guarded out well. 81/3
  • 35.5 Spinning in on middle and leg, easy enough for Henry to sweep it behind square leg for a single.
  • 35.4 Goes with the spin and drives it through the gap in the covers. One run collected.
  • 35.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 35.2 A touch shorter around off, Kane camps back and pushes it away from the body on the off side.
  • 35.1 Starts from around the wicket, serves it around off and it spins away. Williamson leaves it alone.
  • Haris Sohail will roll his arm over.
  • 34.6 Shifts his weight on the back foot and turns it to backward square leg. 79/3
  • 34.5 Waits for the ball to come to him before guarding it out off the back foot.
  • 34.4 Full outside off, Nicholls gets forward and across as he drags the sweep behind square leg. Wants the run but it's too close to the fielder.
  • 34.3 Looped up leg break attacking the stumps, blocked right under his nose.
  • The umpire is checking the shape. Cuts off some of the threads off it and we're good to continue.
  • 34.2 Knocks it into the covers and gets to the other end.
  • 34.1 Pushed quicker through the air, on the stumps, from over the wicket. Kane prods forward and pushes it away.
  • 33.6 FOUR! Too straight in line and it's put away. Tossed up on middle and leg, Nicholls gets low and sweeps it through the square leg area to send it across the boundary line. 78/3
  • 33.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 33.4 Drifting in on middle and then turning away, some pace given to this. It is kept out from the back foot.
  • 33.3 A lot of flight on this, on leg, swept down to fine leg for one.
  • 33.2 Uses the depth of the crease to go inside and work it down in front of short leg.
  • 33.1 Bilal continues from around the wicket, pitches it on off. Williamson backs away and punches it a bit square on the off side for a double.
  • 32.6 Positions himself right behind the line of the ball and defends. 71/3
  • 32.5 Goes with the spin and turns it away on the on side.
  • 32.4 Spinning in from middle, it goes off Nicholls' pads and Imam at short leg takes the catch. Pakistan appeal, but to no avail.
  • 32.3 From around the wicket, it's tossed up on middle and off. Spins in as the left-hander presses forward and buries it into the track.
  • 32.2 Short and wide outside off, slapped through to sweeper cover for a run.
  • The physio is out to have a look at Imam. The magic spray is out. Should be fine to continue.
  • 32.1 That must have hurt! Yikes! Williamson goes and pulls it with a lot of power. Unfortunately, catches Imam on the inside of the thigh. Lucky it wasn't a bit to his left, would have done some serious damage.
  • 31.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 70/3
  • 31.5 Similar kind of ball, it's defended down on the leg side once more.
  • 31.4 Sliding in on middle and leg, Nicholls works it off his pads on the leg side.
  • 31.3 Lovely. Really slow through the air, on off, spins away and beats the outside edge of Henry Nicholls' bat. Beaten in the flight.
  • 31.2 A lot of air on this, landed on off, Henry is well forward in defense.
  • 31.1 Flighted on the stumps from around the wicket, goes back and turns it with the spin past short leg for a single.
  • 30.6 Nicholls tries to sweep again on a similar length delivery and finds the fielder again. No run. 69/3
  • 30.5 Fuller and outside off, Nicholls sweeps it to short fine leg.
  • 30.4 Shorter ball and turning into the left-hander, he defends off the back foot.
  • 30.3 Goes around the wicket now, pitches outside off on a full length. Nicholls sweeps it in front of square on the leg side for a couple.
  • 30.2 Full and fast on leg stump, Nicholls gets his bat ahead of his front pad and defends it.
  • 30.1 On off stump and turning away but Kane gets down and paddle sweeps it towards fine leg. They run three.
  • 29.6 Loopy delivery on off stump, Nicholls comes forward and defends it well. 64/3
  • 29.5 Shorter ball on middle, the batsman goes back and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 29.4 Flighted on off stump, Nicholls comes ahead and defends.
  • 29.3 Slightly fuller this time but at the pads, Williamson works it away to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 29.2 Even shorter this time, Williamson rocks back and pulls it but it goes straight to the fielder at square leg again.
  • 29.1 Full and at the pads, played to short square leg.
  • 28.6 Full and driven to deep extra cover for a run. 63/3
  • 28.5 Short and spinning away outside off, Williamson cuts it straight to point.
  • 28.4 Overpitched and played by Kane to the short mid-wicket fielder that's just been brought a little straighter.
  • 28.3 Quicker delivery on off stump line, Williamson is quick to come ahead and block.
  • 28.2 Fuller in length this time, KW defends from the front foot.
  • 28.1 FOUR! Classic Williamson here! Flatter ball well outside off, but the Kiwi skipper flicks it to the deep mid-wicket boundary. Super shot.
  • 27.6 Flighted on middle, Nicholls defends it after getting right behind the line of the delivery. 58/3
  • 27.5 Shorter again this time, the batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 27.4 Full and quick outside off, the batsman is forward as he defends with a straight bat.
  • 27.3 Flatter and quicker this time on middle, Nicholls goes back and defends.
  • 27.2 Flighted outside off, draws Nicholls ahead but he defends well.
  • 27.1 Short ball and on off stump, Williamson moves slightly inside the line and plays it to deep square leg for a run.
  • 26.6 Flatter ball and on off, the batsman goes back and defends it comfortably. 57/3
  • 26.5 Flighted outside off, Nicholls plays the cover drive against the spin and gets it in the gap for a couple of runs.
  • 26.4 Full and flighted outside off, Nicholls comes ahead and dead-bats it.
  • 26.3 Shorter and on the pads, defended off the back foot.
  • 26.2 Short and wide outside off, Williamson looks to cut and the ball takes a thick edge and goes in the air to left of point. 'Catch it' is the shout from Sarfraz but it was pretty far away from the fielder. The batsmen pick up three.
  • 26.1 FOUR! Flatter and quicker on the pads, Williamson picks up the length very quickly and rocks back. Flicks it away in front of square on the leg side for a beautiful boundary. Also brings up the 50 for New Zealand.
  • 25.6 Shorter length on middle, bounces a little more and is defended from within the crease by the batsman. 48/3
  • 25.5 Flatter ball and turns slightly, Nicholls defends on the back foot towards the off side.
  • 25.4 Full and flighted, Nicholls comes ahead and defends with a straight bat.
  • 25.3 Quicker ball on off stump, Nicholls stays back and defends it.
  • 25.2 Loopy ball on off stump but turns in a bit and is played away behind square on the leg side for a single by the skipper.
  • 25.1 Short and outside off, Williamson cuts it but it goes straight to point.
  • Bilal Asif is back into the bowling attack.
  • 24.6 Flighted delivery to end the over, Nicholls comes forward and dead-bats it. 47/3
  • 24.5 Flatter ball on middle, the batsman goes back and defends on the back foot this time.
  • 24.4 Full and flighted outside off, Nicholls is well forward in defense.
  • 24.3 FOUR! Nicholls charges down the wicket to a loopy delivery on middle and hits it over mid on cleanly. A boundary results.
  • 24.2 Similar delivery, the batsman comes ahead and keeps it out.
  • 24.1 Flighted on middle, Nicholls comes ahead and defends.
  • Second Drinks break of the session. In case you are wondering why, the first session in U.A.E on Fridays is slightly extended due to prayers and Lunch will be a one-hour break.
  • 23.6 Slightly short of length and on top of off stump, Williamson defends to mid on. 43/3
  • 23.5 Back to good length and slightly shaping in, Kane defends to cover.
  • 23.4 Yorker length and outside off, Williamson digs it into the ground.
  • 23.3 Good length and well outside off this time, the skipper lets it go through.
  • 23.2 Good length and just outside off, Kane comes ahead and defends confidently.
  • 23.1 Bouncer but wayward down the leg side, Williamson just ducks under it.
  • 22.6 Loopy and full, landing on off, Henry is just a little tentative in getting on the front foot as he defends it towards mid-wicket. 43/3
  • 22.5 An attempted googly on middle and off, a bit on the shorter side, Henry goes back in defense.
  • 22.4 Lands it full and on off, Nicholls lunges and defends it watchfully.
  • 22.3 Quicker through the air, flat and on middle, Nicholls gets back and blocks it.
  • 22.2 Surrounded by four close-in fielders, Henry Nicholls. Still he keeps a calm head to a shortish ball and punches it through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 22.1 Flatter and shorter on off, Williamson goes back and punches it to sweeper cover for a run. He is showing to his batsmen that there isn't anything to worry about on this surface.
  • 21.6 Alters his length this time and spears in a full ball on middle and off, Henry gets behind the line and pushes it out to covers. 40/3
  • 21.5 Slightly short in length and angling into the batsman from outside off, Nicholls blocks it solidly to the off side.
  • 21.4 Nice tempting line. Hasan pitches it up and outside off, inviting the drive but Henry lets it go to the keeper.
  • 21.3 Switches to 'round the wicket and angles in a length ball on middle and off, Nicholls covers the line and blocks it safely.
  • 21.2 Back of a length delivery on middle and leg, Nicholls goes on the back foot and defends.
  • 21.1 Kane is timing his shots beautifully. Needless to say, he holds the key from hereon. Gets on the front foot to a full ball and drives it in the gap at covers for a run.
  • 20.6 Appeal for an lbw! A tossed up ball on middle, turning back in at 83.3 kph, Nicholls prods forward to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. They put in an unsuccessful appeal. Later, Pakistan think about reviewing it but then decide against it. Good call. End of a successful over. 39/3
  • Henry Nicholls is in next.
  • 20.5 OUT! Caught behind! Lovely bowling by the leggie and he has hunted down New Zealand's most experienced player. He once again gives it a nice loop and lands his leggie on a fuller length just outside off. Taylor, with a sorry footwork, feels for it inside the line and the ball spins away a bit to take the outside edge. Sarfraz makes no mistake behind the wickets and Taylor immediately walks back without even waiting for the decision. New Zealand slip further. Don't think there is much in the pitch to bother the batsmen but they are finding ways to get out due to improper application. Pakistan on top in this Test match. They wouldn't have wished for a better start after losing the toss.
  • 20.4 Loopy and on off, a shade short in length, Kane pushes his weight on the back foot and punches it through the cover region for a run.
  • 20.3 Once again Yasir gives it a good toss and lands it full on middle, Williamson defends it back from the inner half of the bat.
  • 20.2 Extra flight this time, full and drifting in around off, Kane presses forward in defense.
  • 20.1 Flighted delivery, on the shorter side around off, Taylor moves back and slaps it with the spin through point for a run.
  • 19.6 Fractionally short and on off, Williamson rocks back and blocks it safely towards mid on. A maiden over. 37/2
  • 19.5 This time the length is full and in line of the stumps, Williamson immediately gets behind the delivery and keeps it out safely towards mid-wicket.
  • 19.4 Good length delivery on off, Kane goes on the back foot and pushes it towards the mid on fielder.
  • 19.3 Brings a length ball back into the batsman from around off, Williamson stays back and closes the face of the bat to play it towards the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 19.2 Back of a length delivery around off, Williamson goes on the back foot and punches it through the line. Finds the cover fielder. Looking quite good and composed at the crease, the Kiwi skipper.
  • 19.1 Lands it on a good length outside off, holding its line, Kane watches the line closely and lets it be.
  • 18.6 Flighted outside off, Taylor wants to drive but gets the inside half again and just pushes it to cover in the end. 37/2
  • 18.5 Outside off and spins away, Taylor leaves it alone.
  • 18.4 Slightly shorter, Taylor defends on the back foot.
  • 18.3 Fuller on the pads this time, Taylor drives to mid on.
  • 18.2 Flighted outside off, driven to short cover.
  • 18.1 Quicker one on off stump, Taylor tries to cut but gets the inside half and goes back to the bowler.
  • 17.6 Good length and shaping in again on off stump, Kane plays the back foot on drive to mid on. 37/2
  • 17.5 Slightly fuller outside off, Williamson defends on the front foot.
  • 17.4 Shorter this time outside off, Kane punches it towards point.
  • 17.3 Length ball shaping in on off stump, the Kiwi skipper defends it comfortably.
  • 17.2 Slightly fuller and outside off, Kane covers the line of the ball and defends it.
  • 17.1 Good ball to start the over, on a length and on the off stump line, well defended by Kane.
  • 16.6 Looped right up there, Taylor brings his bat ahead of his pad and blocks it out. 37/2
  • 16.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 16.4 Short and flat from the leggie, Kane is back as he whips this through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 16.3 Darted in full on the stumps, jammed out well to keep it at bay.
  • 16.2 Taylor rocks onto the back foot and punches it through to sweeper cover for one.
  • 16.1 Spinning away from around off, Taylor looks to defend but it goes off the edge behind square on the off side.
  • 15.6 Big shout for a leg before, turned down! Missing leg from the looks of it. Good variation from Hasan, fuller and on middle and shapes in after landing. Williamson looks to flick it and misses as the ball hits his pad. Sarfraz and the bowler consider reviewing but too much time has passed and they don't in the end. Lucky for them in hindsight, as the replays show the ball would've missed leg stump. 35/2
  • 15.5 Shorter and outside off, Williamson plays it away to cover.
  • 15.4 Pitching on off stump and shaping in slightly, Williamson isn't troubled. Defends it to short mid-wicket.
  • 15.3 Just short of a good length outside off, Williamson cuts it straight to point this time. Well timed but no run.
  • 15.2 Slightly fuller this time, Kane gets right behind the line of the ball and defends it.
  • 15.1 Good length outside off, Williamson defends it safely to cover.
  • Hasan Ali is back on.
  • 14.6 Flighted this time, Taylor comes ahead and dead-bats it into the ground. 35/2
  • 14.5 Flatter and quicker on middle, Taylor defends off the back foot.
  • Ross Taylor is next in to bat.
  • 14.4 OUT! Caught by Hafeez at short mid-wicket! A very soft dismissal to be honest. The ball is flighted on off and turns in a bit after landing, Latham is brought forward into a shot and plays it in the air towards mid-wicket. Hafeez is there to take the simplest of catches. He fumbled at first, but then managed to take it on the second attempt. A wicket thrown away by the New Zealand opener. Yasir is pumped up.
  • 14.3 Shorter and on off stump, Latham stays back and defends.
  • 14.2 Short and spinning quite a bit down the leg, huge appeal from the keeper and Yasir for caught behind. But the ball seems to have grazed the thigh pad before Sarfraz takes it. Umpire wants nothing to do with it.
  • 14.1 Short one to start off with outside off stump, Kane cuts it to sweeper cover and picks up one.
  • Yasir Shah is into the attack now.
  • 13.6 Flatter outside off this time, Kane rocks back and punches it through the covers for three. 34/1
  • 13.5 Looped up outside off, dead-batted onto the ground.
  • 13.4 Flighted on off, defended after coming ahead by KW.
  • 13.3 FOUR! Quick feet from the skipper and the good length ball on off is flicked away through mid-wicket for his first boundary.
  • 13.2 Looped up this time, kept out on the front foot.
  • 13.1 Shorter and on off stump, Williamson flicks it to square leg.
  • The first Drinks of the match is on the field now! A very sedate start to the day by the Black Caps. Abbas has struck to dismiss Raval, but Latham and Williamson are looking good out there. The pitch is looking like a flat cement road and beautiful for batting. A long day for the bowlers and fielders seems to be in store!
  • 12.6 Around the wicket to Latham, just ahead of a good length and on off stump. Latham comes ahead and defends with a straight bat. 27/1
  • 12.5 Slightly full this time, and Williamson is off the mark with a flick through mid-wicket. The batsmen run three. Good running.
  • 12.4 Length ball outside off, comes ahead and defends again.
  • 12.3 Similar ball again, and well defended again by Williamson.
  • 12.2 Good ball just outside off, Williamson is good in defense.
  • 12.1 Good length aiming the top of off stump, Williamson defends solidly on the back foot.
  • 11.6 FOUR! That's a very good shot from Tom Latham. Bilal loops it up on off stump, the southpaw leans into the shot and wrists it through the left of mid on for a boundary. 24/1
  • 11.5 Rocks on the back foot and guards it out without much trouble.
  • 11.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 11.3 Lands it short once more, Tom is on the back foot to keep this out.
  • 11.2 A bit fuller around off, kept out from inside the crease.
  • 11.1 Quicker off break outside off, short too, Latham goes back and forces it to covers.
  • 10.6 A length ball which is in the channel just outside off, blocked by taking a step forward. Good over from Abbas comes to an end. A wicket maiden for him. 20/1
  • 10.5 Shaping away from outside off, Kane makes a rather simple leave.
  • 10.4 Brings it in a little, on middle this time, Williamson gets right behind the line and blocks it in the same area.
  • 10.3 Fuller length delivery on off, Williamson defends it well towards mid-wicket.
  • Skipper Kane Williamson is in at no.3.
  • 10.2 OUT! And he strikes! What a delivery from a superb bowler! Bowls it a tad fuller outside off, it's angling in at first but then it moves away ever so slightly. Raval is forced to play at it and is undone by the late movement. The edge is taken and it's a regulation take for captain Sarfraz Ahmed behind the stumps. Jeet Raval will be disappointed after putting in the hard work in the first 10 overs.
  • 10.1 Fires it full and just outside off, driven to the covers.
  • 9.6 On the shorter side of things again, it's played back to the bowler. End of the over. So, New Zealand have safely negotiated the first 10 overs. 20/0
  • 9.5 Flatter and shorter outside off, guarded out safely.
  • 9.4 Latham shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 9.3 Drifting in on off, turning away, Tom stays inside the crease and defends it down on the off side.
  • 9.2 Well outside off, going away again, Tom Latham lets it be.
  • 9.1 Quite slow through the air from around the wicket, spinning away outside off. No shot offered by Latham.
  • 8.6 So this is smart by Raval. He's standing well outside the crease to deal with Abbas' swing. Works too, as he defends it a bit square on the off side. 20/0
  • 8.5 On a length, on off, kept out from within the crease.
  • 8.4 Full ball attacking the stumps, driven straight back in the bowler's direction.
  • 8.3 Good length delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 8.2 Full delivery outside off, a mistimed drive finds its way to the cover fielder.
  • 8.1 Wow. That was close. Really close. Abbas bowls this full, makes it come in and then it goes away late. Raval has no option but to play at it. Comes forward, hangs his bat out and gets beaten.
  • 7.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 20/0
  • 7.5 Pushes this floated delivery through the cover area for a single.
  • 7.4 A touch quicker through the air, around off, blocked.
  • 7.3 Nicely tosses it up on middle and off, Raval brings his bat ahead of his pad and defends.
  • 7.2 Slows this one up. Loops it up on off, Raval comes forward to keep it out.
  • 7.1 Short, flat and quick on off, Raval goes back and punches it to the man at cover.
  • First bowling change for Pakistan. Bilal Asif is brought into the attack. The lone slip in place for him, along with a short leg.
  • 6.6 Uses the angle into him to turn this away in front of square leg and get to the other end. 19/0
  • 6.5 Coming in at first but then goes away, Jeet stays inside his crease and meets it with the full face.
  • 6.4 Keeps it on the fuller side, around off, defensively pushed away to the cover area.
  • 6.3 Angling in at first but then straightening up off the seam, worked straight to the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 6.2 Full length delivery on off stump, blocked by taking a big stride forward.
  • 6.1 Abbas continues from around the wicket and pitches it wide outside off, no way Jeet Raval is going to bother himself with that.
  • 5.6 Shaping away from around off, Latham plants his front foot forward, covers the line and makes a watchful leave. 18/0
  • 5.5 Outside off on a length, left alone.
  • 5.4 A touch straight in line, turned away on the leg side with soft hands.
  • 5.3 FOUR LEG BYES! Too straight from Hasan Ali, a length ball on leg. Latham looks to flick but it goes off his pads, past the diving keeper for a boundary.
  • 5.2 Similar shot. Plays it through the covers to the man in the deep for two more.
  • 5.1 Good timing on that. Latham offers a firm punch to this fuller length ball and finds the gap through the covers. Two runs result.
  • 4.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump once again. Good, tight over from Abbas. 10/0
  • 4.5 Throws it outside off, Raval lets it go.
  • 4.4 Switches the angle to around the wicket, angles in a length ball on off, forces Raval to play at this one. It is blocked.
  • 4.3 Make that three in a row. Similar ball, same thing done by the batsman. Left alone.
  • 4.2 Too far outside off this time, another leave.
  • 4.1 Seeing the ball land outside the line of off stump, Jeet shoulders his arms to it.
  • 3.6 Good carry on this occasion for Hasan Ali. He hurls it on a length in the off stump channel, left alone for the keeper to collect. 10/0
  • 3.5 Outside off once more, another easy leave for the batsman.
  • 3.4 Bowls it on the fifth stump line, Tom Latham covers the line, keeps his eyes on the ball and leaves it alone.
  • 3.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 3.2 Angling away from Latham, he plays with the angle and taps it to the covers.
  • 3.1 Length delivery attacking the off stick, patted away defensively on the off side.
  • 2.6 A little too straight in line, it's clipped down to fine leg for one run. 10/0
  • 2.5 Fraction straight in line, on a length, blocked down in front of square leg. Thinks about taking the single at first, but then decides against it.
  • 2.4 Fullish in length, just outside off, met with the full face of the bat.
  • 2.3 Good running between the wickets. Raval taps this down just wide of the short cover fielder and both batsmen hare across.
  • 2.2 Keeps it around that off stump channel, Jeet raises his bat and lets it through.
  • 2.1 Good length ball on the fourth stump line, quite close to the off stump, but Raval keeps his eyes on the ball and lets it be.
  • 1.6 In the channel outside off, left alone to end the over. 8/0
  • 1.5 FOUR! Shot. He'll feel good about that. Latham gets off the mark in style. It's full and outside off, he drives this well through the covers for a boundary. Good balance while playing that.
  • 1.4 Outside off yet again, another easy leave.
  • 1.3 Shaping away from the left-hander, from a good length and outside off, no shot offered to that.
  • 1.2 On the fuller side of things, Latham comes on to the front foot and defends yet again.
  • 1.1 Spears in a full delivery on off stump, Latham brings a straight blade down in defense.
  • Well... this is a surprise! Hasan Ali to share the new ball with Abbas from the other end. Three slips and a gully in place for him too.
  • 0.6 That wasn't far away either! So close to the off stump. Abbas serves an accurate length delivery around off, Raval makes a watchful leave. 4/0
  • 0.5 Just ahead of a length on this occasion, blocked with a straight blade in response.
  • 0.4 Oooofff! Well hello! Superb delivery. Bowls it in that channel around off, on a length and it nips away late. Raval looks to defend it from the crease but the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 0.3 Another one in the channel outside off, Raval makes another leave.
  • 0.2 Much better. Hits the good length area around off, Raval has nothing to do with it.
  • 0.1 Four running runs! Fine way to start off! Full and just outside off, Raval leans into the shot and drives it crisply through the big gap in the covers. The fielder chases it down near the fence and by then the batsmen complete four runs. Not sure it has happened before in a Test match, four running runs off the first ball of a match.
  • We are ready to begin. Tom Latham and Jeet Raval make their way out to the middle, as the Pakistan team spreads out across the field taking their positions. Mohammad Abbas will take the new ball first up. Three slips and a gully in place for him. Let's roll...
  • TOSS - New Zealand win the toss and opt to bat first! An expected XI put out by Pakistan, with Hasan Ali getting a spot. Ajaz Patel will make his Test debut for New Zealand. Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Colin de Grandhomme will be the seamers for the tourists, while Ish Sodhi and the debutant will take on the spin responsibilities.
  • A stern challenge awaits the Black Caps. Firstly, it will be interesting to see what combination they go with. Unlike Pakistan, who have a more or less settled XI, New Zealand have a few new faces to incorporate. The visitors are a balanced, competitive outfit, so the onus will be upon the experienced players in the Pakistan ranks to really step up. All in all, it should be a good contest. The toss and other updates to soon follow.
  • Hello and welcome for the opening Test between Pakistan and New Zealand. Pakistan have recently fared well in the longest format, having beaten Australia, and there's much to be excited about watching them on the field. That is largely down to their new-found star Mohammad Abbas. Him against some quality Kiwi batsmen will be a battle to witness, especially against someone like Kane Williamson.

Pakistan Vs New Zealand Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • Pakistan will be very disappointed after failing to seize the advantage. They dismissed New Zealand for a paltry total last evening but their batsmen failed to gather a big lead. Plenty of starts for their batters but none carried on to make it count. Still, a lead of 74 can be considered handy on this surface which is offering something to every type of bowler. Let's see how New Zealand respond with the bat second time around.
  • Excellent bowling show by the Kiwis! They are behind in the game by 74 runs but it could have been even more had their bowlers not stepped up. Trent Boult, as expected, was the pick of the bowlers and finished with a 4-wicket haul. He was nicely assisted by other bowling partners and Ajaz Patel, in particular, impressed with his accuracy on his debut.
  • 83.2 OUT! Strangled down the leg side. A fine catch by Watling, yet again. Boult serves a good length delivery on middle and leg line. It goes on with the angle as Babar tries to play the flick shot off his pads. But it collects the inside half of his willow and Watling takes a wonderful catch diving low to his left. The umpire quickly checks upstairs for the no ball and the cleanliness of the catch. All good in the replays and PAKISTAN ARE ALL OUT FOR 227!
  • 83.1 Boult delivers a length ball outside off, Azam plays a delightful cover drive and turns down the single.
  • 82.6 Beaten! Colin drops it on a good length outside off, Abbas pushes at it tamely and misses. A wicket maiden for de Grandhomme. 227/9
  • 82.5 On the pads, Abbas works it through square leg and Babar initially looks for a run. Both batsmen are midway down the track and then Azam sends him back.
  • 82.4 Fullish and angling into the batsman, Abbas flicks but finds mid-wicket.
  • 82.3 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Abbas makes a careful leave.
  • Mohammad Abbas is the number 11 batsman.
  • 82.2 OUT! Edged and gone! A little bit of shape for Colin de Grandhomme and everything happened in slow motion. He serves a near-yorker (if not a yorker) around off, Hasan tries to squeeze it out but gets a fat outside edge to Taylor at first slip. Number 9 goes down with Pakistan leading by 74 runs.
  • 82.1 A gentle full ball on the pads, Hasan flicks it straight to mid-wicket.
  • 81.6 A strong back foot punch by Babar Azam but straight to the cover fielder. 227/8
  • 81.5 Edged but safe! Good length ball shaping away from the batsman, Azam pushes inside the line and edges it behind. It falls in front of Latham at second slip.
  • 81.4 Too full and too straight, Babar flicks it from the inner half of his bat to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 81.3 This one stays down low after landing on a length around off. Azam keeps his eyes glued to the ball and pushes it out towards backward point.
  • 81.2 A length delivery angling away from the batsman, Babar allows it through to the keeper.
  • 81.1 An overpitched delivery on off, Babar times his off drive superbly but finds the mid off fielder.
  • The final session of the day is about to begin. Babar Azam will continue with Hasan Ali. Trent Boult will take the new ball now from the other end.
  • ... Second Day, Third Session ...
  • A satisfactory session for the Kiwis! They managed to snaffle four wickets in the afternoon and have reached Pakistan's tail. Babar Azam is holding one end strongly but is running out of partners. Once his partnership with Asad Shafiq was broken, there was a period where wickets went down in a flurry. The touring team sniffed in a chance but failed to close the innings. The lead has now reached 72 runs and given the way this pitch is turning, anything over 100 will be alarming. Do join us in a short while for the last session.
  • 80.6 Beaten again! Colin just puts it around off and gets it to straighten from there, Hasan once again is caught pushing and missing inside the line. TEA TIME ON DAY 2! 225/8
  • 80.5 Beaten! This one skids off the surface after landing outside off, Hasan pushes inside the line and misses.
  • 80.4 Gentle delivery, on a good length outside off, an easy leave for Ali.
  • 80.3 Angling into the batsman from around off, Ali defends it from the crease to the leg side.
  • 80.2 In the channel outside off, holding its line, Hasan allows it through to the keeper.
  • 80.1 Starts with a fullish delivery on off, Babar pushes it quietly in the gap at covers for a run.
  • Second new ball is now available. New Zealand have taken it straightaway. Colin de Grandhomme to make first use of it.
  • 79.6 Good length delivery on off, straightening a bit, Hasan stays back to play inside the line and edges it behind. Doesn't carry to the slip cordon. 224/8
  • 79.5 FOUR! Streaky! A little bit of a tail away from the number 10 batsman. Hasan Ali goes chasing after it and edges it past the gully fielder for a boundary.
  • 79.4 Wagner changes his angle and speeds in from 'round the wicket. Looks to bowl the old sandshoe crusher but Hasan is equally up the challenge. Blocks it out safely.
  • Hasan Ali walks in next. He can surely tonk the cricket ball. Needs to hang around though with Babar.
  • 79.3 OUT! Wagner strikes at last! He has really worked hard for his 150th Test wicket. Has a relieved look on his face. Ups his pace this time, angles across a length delivery at 136.8 kph, Yasir opens up his body and tries to muscle it across the line. But it takes a faint outside edge behind the stumps and Watling takes a simple catch. Pakistan lead by 67 runs with two wickets in hand!
  • 79.2 Slower delivery, dipping into the batsman and reaching on a low full toss, Shah keeps it out at the last moment. That was a knuckle ball.
  • 79.1 Wagner bowls it from 'round the wicket and angles in a length delivery on off. Azam pushes it out in the gap at covers for one.
  • 78.6 Tossed up ball on off, defended off the front foot to end the over. 219/7
  • 78.5 Loopy and around leg, Shah flicks it across the line, it's a bit uppish but not carrying to Colin de Grandhomme at mid-wicket.
  • 78.4 Very full in length this time, around off, Babar forces it down to deepish mid on for a run.
  • 78.3 Googly this time. On the shorter side around middle, Yasir rocks back to pull but misses. It goes off his thigh pad to short fine leg for a leg bye.
  • 78.2 Loopy full ball on off, Yasir is on the front foot as he drives it to covers.
  • 78.1 Flatter and on off, punched from the back foot to covers for a run.
  • 77.6 Switches to 'round the wicket and bowls a length delivery in the channel outside off, Shah shoulders arms. 216/7
  • 77.5 A length delivery angling away from the batsman, Yasir watches the line closely and allows it through to the keeper.
  • 77.4 Bouncer around leg, Shah ducks underneath it.
  • 77.3 A pitched up ball on off, driven to extra cover where the fielder misfielded and parried it to mid off.
  • 77.2 Play and a miss! Width on offer outside off, short in length, Shah chases it away from the his body and misses.
  • 77.1 Angling away from the batsman, Babar pushes it towards cover-point for a run.
  • 76.6 FOUR! Connects and connects well this time. A flighted full ball around off, Shah gives it the full whack of his bat and powers it over mid off for a boundary. 215/7
  • 76.5 Flatter and shorter outside off, staying low, Shah punches it to extra cover.
  • 76.4 FOUR! Sodhi delivers it down the leg side, Yasir goes deep inside the crease and deflects it at the last moment to the fine leg fence.
  • 76.3 Edged but safe! Shah goes hard at a full ball on off, tries to go inside-out but slices it. It travels off the outside edge to point.
  • 76.2 Floated full ball on off, Azam pushes it with the turn to cover-point for one.
  • 76.1 Flighted full ball on middle, defended off the front foot.
  • 75.6 Full and angling away, Shah drives but straight to covers. 206/7
  • 75.5 Bouncer down the leg side, troubling his keeper more than the batsman. Yasir ducks and Watling has to dive to his left to collect the ball.
  • 75.4 Gently bowls a length delivery in the zone outside off, an easy leave for the batsman.
  • 75.3 That's uppish but safe! Full and on middle, Shah whips it off his pads but it doesn't carry to Raval at mid-wicket.
  • 75.2 Back of a length delivery on middle and off, Yasir tries defending it with a straight bat and gets it away from the outer half on the off side.
  • 75.1 A length ball angling into the batsman, Babar nicely drives it through covers and collects a single.
  • 74.6 Full and on off, driven through covers for three runs. The lead crosses 50 now! 205/7
  • 74.5 Leans forward and pushes it towards backward point for a brisk single.
  • 74.4 Wonderful delivery, missed the batsman, keeper and slip. Nicely looped up around off, Yasir gets forward to defend but it spins away to beat the bat. Watling fails to collect it and the ball deflects off his gloves towards Taylor at first slip. He too is not able to reach it. Not that it was necessary.
  • 74.3 Tossed up delivery, a low full toss, Yasir pushes it back past the bowler to mid on.
  • 74.2 Flighted again, around off and spinning away, Babar goes back and punches it to covers for a run. 8th Test fifty for Azam. He is playing a vital knock here. Pakistan lead by 48 runs.
  • 74.1 Full and flighted on off, Azam is on the front foot in defense.
  • Ish Sodhi is into the attack.
  • 73.6 Puts it on a full length outside off, Shah drives it towards extra cover. 200/7
  • 73.5 Good length delivery on off, angling away from the batsman, Yasir does well to let it go.
  • 73.4 Too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 73.3 Slower bouncer around off, Yasir lets it go and the keeper collects it on the bounce.
  • 73.2 Fullish on off, Yasir drives it a bit uppishly in the direction of mid off.
  • 73.1 Fuller length ball angling into the batsman, it's pushed back to the bowler.
  • 72.6 FOUR! 200 up for Pakistan. Babar Azam uses his feet to this delivery, reaches the pitch of the ball and lifts it over mid on for a boundary. 200/7
  • 72.5 Flat and quick on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 72.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 72.3 Shout for an lbw! Tossed up ball on middle, Babar gets down the track and then tries to defend. He misses and is rapped on the pads. They put in an unsuccessful appeal. That might have been hitting the stumps but the 3 metre rule applies.
  • 72.2 Slower delivery, loopy and full on middle, Babar defends it off his front foot.
  • 72.1 Full and around off, Babar is forward in defense.
  • 71.6 Full and angling back in from around off, Yasir covers the line and defends it to the off side. 196/7
  • 71.5 Another delivery outside off has been left alone by the number 9 batsman.
  • 71.4 Good length delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 71.3 Angling into the batsman, Yasir goes hard at it and hits it towards mid on. Or shall I say, mishits it towards mid on.
  • 71.2 This time Wagner fails to control his line and ends up bowling it a little too straight. Babar works it in front of square leg for a run.
  • 71.1 Some reverse swing first up for Neil. He bowls a length ball from 'round the wicket and gets it to swing back in with the shine. Azam defends it off his front foot.
  • Neil Wagner is back on.
  • 70.6 Nicely flighted, full and on off, it's defended back to the bowler. Now, it's over. 195/7
  • The over is called with a ball remaining. The umpire realizes it late or maybe was informed by the third umpire/scorers. Ajaz is called back to bowl the last ball.
  • 70.5 Short in length and outside off, cut off the back foot to point.
  • 70.4 Flatter and quicker on middle, defended off the back foot.
  • 70.3 Tossed up ball on off, pushed off the front foot to point.
  • 70.2 Full and flighted on off, Shah defends it off his front foot.
  • Yasir Shah walks in ahead of Hasan Ali. Hmm...
  • 70.1 OUT! Superb glovework! A tossed up delivery landing full around off. Bilal Asif gets forward with a big stretch and tries to go inside-out over extra cover. But the ball spins away to beat his bat and Watling behind the stumps is quite quick in dislodging the bails. He appeals and the square leg umpire takes it upstairs. The replays roll in and they show that Bilal's back leg is on the crease and it's not behind enough. Ajaz Patel has another scalp to his name and Pakistan lose their 7th wicket. Poor shot selection by Bilal, there was some extra flight and spin.
  • Stumping appeal has been referred upstairs. Is Bilal gone?
  • Trent Boult is leaving the ground. Maybe for some comfort break. This could be the end of his spell as well. Meanwhile, Tim Southee is his replacement on the field currently.
  • 69.6 Full and around off, Bilal pushes it in the gap at covers and once again picks up a run off the final ball. So Babar is showing confidence in Asif's ability with the bat. The lead is now eight short of fifty. 195/6
  • 69.5 The line is too straight this time by Boult and Asif nudges it fine down the leg side for a couple of runs.
  • 69.4 FOUR! Fullish in length on middle, Bilal plays it off his pads and flicks it past the diving mid on fielder for a boundary. Once again the fielder there was a bit lazy in putting in a dive. Sloppy from the Kiwis!
  • 69.3 Bowls it outside off, angling away, Bilal has nothing to do with it.
  • 69.2 Back of a length ball on off, Bilal remains back footed as he offers a straight bat in defense.
  • 69.1 Angling away from the batsman, on a length outside off, Bilal reaches out for it and drives it through the line. Wagner dives over the ball at mid off and allows it through. Two runs taken.
  • 68.6 Tossed up ball on middle, flicked on the leg side towards square leg for a quick single. New Zealand won't mind Bilal on strike for the next over. 186/6
  • 68.5 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 68.4 Arm ball on off, pushing the batsman on the back foot, Asif defends it from the crease.
  • 68.3 Gets on the front foot to a full ball and defends it to covers.
  • 68.2 Generously tossed up ball on off. Bilal goes hard at it, trying to drive it through covers but it takes the outside edge and rolls to point. Williamson makes a tumbling save.
  • Silly point in place now.
  • 68.1 Loopy full ball on off, it's driven through covers. The fielder there is lazy in getting down low and hence misfields. A single is taken.
  • Drinks break. Superb first hour post Lunch for the Kiwis. They have managed to pick two wickets so far and with Pakistan's lead under 50, this Test match is hanging in the balance. For the home team, Babar Azam will have to play well with the tail to build on a big lead while for the touring side, their aim will be to bundle out the Pakistan innings ASAP. An interesting next hour coming up.
  • 67.6 Boult switches to 'round the wicket and spears in a fuller length ball on off. Bilal somehow keeps it out from the outer half of his bat to point. 184/6
  • 67.5 Beaten on the drive this time. Sucker ball. Boult delivers it full and outside off, Asif is tempted into the drive and is beaten.
  • 67.4 Beaten all ends up! Boult slants across a length delivery around off and gets it to nip away just a bit. Bilal stays back to play the defensive shot but gets beaten.
  • 67.3 Good length delivery angling away from the batsman, it's outside off, Bilal remains back to cover his sticks and allows it through.
  • 67.2 Very full in length on off, Asif once again remains back and pushes it down to mid off.
  • 67.1 Full in length around off, angling away, Bilal stays back and plays near his body. He opens the face of the bat to push it in the direction of cover-point.
  • 66.6 Arm ball on the shorter side, staying a bit low around off, Azam punches it from the crease to covers. 184/6
  • 66.5 Slower through the air, full and on middle, Babar is forward in defense.
  • 66.4 Loopy and full on off, pushed off the front foot to covers. The fielder fumbled a bit but no run.
  • 66.3 Flatter and shorter this time, outside off, Asif moves back and taps it down towards point for one.
  • 66.2 Flighted and full on middle, Bilal defends it back to the bowler.
  • 66.1 Asif has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 65.6 A touch short in length around off, Azam stays back and punches it through covers for a couple of runs. 183/6
  • 65.5 Inviting length, around off and angling away, Babar lets it through to the keeper.
  • 65.4 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 65.3 In the channel outside off, Babar allows it through to the keeper.
  • 65.2 Fuller and straighter, Azam defends it back with a straight bat.
  • 65.1 EDGY FOUR! Nearly wicket number 7 for Pakistan. Boult takes a length delivery away from the batsman with his natural angle. A lazy waft by Babar away from his body and he edges it behind. Luckily for him, it speeds past the left side of Williamson at gully for a boundary. Trent has his hands on his head. Since he is getting the ball to bend back in, it has put some doubt in the batsman's mind.
  • 64.6 Beauty! Drifting into the batsman around off, Asif gets forward to defend but it straightens after landing and beats the outside edge. End of a top over by Patel. 177/6
  • 64.5 Bilal has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 64.4 Flighted delivery outside off, Asif leaves it alone.
  • Bilal Asif's turn to bat now.
  • 64.3 OUT! Sarfraz will have to go! Maiden Test wicket for Ajaz and it's a big one of the Pakistan skipper. Patel tosses it up in the air and lands it full on middle. Sarfraz kneels to go for the sweep shot and does so aerially. There is a fielder strategically placed at backward square leg and he makes no mistake. Neil Wagner runs in joy after grabbing the ball. The replays suggest that it came off the top half of Sarfraz' bat. Pakistan are throwing away the advantage here.
  • 64.2 Lunges to a full ball around off and defends it to the off side.
  • 64.1 Flighted and full on off, an arm ball, Babar gets forward to defend but it takes the inside edge and rolls behind square leg for a run.
  • 63.6 On a length around off, angling away, Ahmed stays back to defend it to the off side. 176/5
  • 63.5 Reaches out for a length delivery outside off and plays it through the gap at covers for a brace. The Pakistan skipper is off the mark first ball.
  • Sarfraz Khan is the number 7 batsman.
  • 63.4 OUT! Shafiq chops it on! Take that for a reply from the bowler. In spite of getting hit for a boundary on the last ball, Boult keeps probing in the area around off. It's once again angled away from the batsman and Shafiq stays back to defend. But to his disappointment, it catches the bottom half of his bat and goes on to uproot the off stump. Trent roars in delight. The 83-run partnership is broken and Pakistan's lead is just 21 runs with half the side back in the pavilion.
  • 63.3 FOUR! Guided away! Lovely soft hands. Once again Boult angles across a good length delivery around off, Shafiq gently pushes it inside the line and guides it through the gap between slips and gully.
  • 63.2 Angling away from the batsman, on a good length, Shafiq stays back and taps it down with an angled bat to gully.
  • 63.1 Width on offer outside off, Babar chases it and hits it square of the wicket on the off side. It's aerial but goes safely to the deep. A single has been taken.
  • 62.6 Slows this up in the air and bowls this one full around off, Shafiq defends it by getting on the front foot. 169/4
  • 62.5 SIX! Shot! Ajaz bowls it around middle and leg, Shafiq wears his skates to dance down the track and hoists it over long on for a biggie. Fancy footwork, well done, Asad!
  • 62.4 Fullish and on middle, pushed down towards mid on for a run.
  • 62.3 Flighted this time, on middle, it's driven off the front foot to covers. Nice flow of the bat there.
  • 62.2 Flat delivery, fires it full on off at 90.7 kph, Azam gets forward and drives it to covers.
  • 62.1 Tossed up ball on middle, defended off the front foot.
  • 61.6 Straighter in line, Asad works it off his pads but straight to the fielder standing in front of square leg. 162/4
  • 61.5 A rising delivery on middle, Asad goes on his toes and defends it down safely.
  • 61.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 61.3 Angling across the batsman, on a length around off, Shafiq defends it to the off side.
  • 61.2 Full and around off, it's been defended back in the direction of the bowler. Not shaping in enough, so far.
  • 61.1 Back of a length ball on off, Azam goes on the back foot and punches it towards the cover region for a run.
  • Change in bowling. Trent Boult is brought back into the attack.
  • 60.6 Flatter through the air, full and on off, defended off the front foot to the off side. 161/4
  • 60.5 FOUR! That was aerial but through the gap! Got to say, well placed in the end. Asad Shafiq jumps out of the crease and flicks against the spin. It goes right through the gap between mid-wicket and mid on for a boundary.
  • 60.4 Just a bit on the shorter side outside off, an arm ball, Azam rocks back and slaps it through covers for one.
  • 60.3 Gets forward to a full ball and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 60.2 Shorter, flatter and on middle, Babar punches it off his back foot to mid-wicket.
  • 60.1 Loopy full ball on off, it's defended off the front foot.
  • 59.6 Effort delivery but lacks direction. Full and way down the leg side, Shafiq tries to flick but misses. 156/4
  • 59.5 Length delivery angling into the batsman, around off, Shafiq closes the face of the bat and helps it to mid-wicket.
  • 59.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 59.3 Full and outside off, driven off the front foot but straight to the cover fielder.
  • 59.2 Bangs in a bouncer, on middle, Shafiq ducks. So far, he has restrained himself from pulling or hooking which is a good ploy on this slowish pitch. However, the technique to duck ain't good, he had his bat hanging like a periscope.
  • 59.1 A length delivery outside off, Shafiq takes the offer to drive and middles his shot quite well. Nicholls misfields at covers as he gets some awkward bounce and a couple of runs result.
  • 58.6 Skidding back into the batsman, a bit on the shorter side, Azam goes back and plays it down to short leg. 154/4
  • 58.5 FOUR! Pakistan have the lead now! A tossed up ball around off, Azam uses his feet to get down the track and hammers it through mid off for a cracking boundary.
  • 58.4 The length is full and on middle, Asad bunts it down in front of mid on and steals a run. 150 comes up for Pakistan, they trail by just 3 runs.
  • 58.3 Slower this time, full and around off, Asad is drawn forward as he pushes it to the off side.
  • 58.2 Arm ball, landing on off and skidding back in, Shafiq is on the front foot in defense.
  • 58.1 Flighted and full on middle, worked on the leg side but straight towards the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 57.6 Fullish and just outside off, Azam defends it off his front foot. A maiden for Wagner, he is really putting in a good effort although his pace has dipped a bit. Understandably so, this was his 9th over on the trot. 149/4
  • 57.5 Goes wider of the crease and angles in a length ball on off, Azam defends it off his back foot.
  • 57.4 Offers width outside off, it's on the shorter side, usually a batsman gets tempted and goes after it but Babar shows patience and restrains himself from doing so.
  • 57.3 On a length around off, Babar sticks back inside the crease and pushes it out to covers.
  • 57.2 Another delivery which lacks pace but has good direction. Fuller and on off, Azam is forward in defense.
  • 57.1 A pretty much gentle delivery, on a good length and outside off, Babar leaves it alone for the keeper to collect.
  • 56.6 Loopy and on middle, it's been pushed back to the bowler. Ajaz is rushing through his overs, this one took him two minutes to complete. Spare a thought for our fingers. 149/4
  • 56.5 Gives it a nice toss yet again. It's full and on off, Shafiq strides forward in defense.
  • 56.4 Flighted and around off, Asad dances down the track and then brings his bat and pad together in defense.
  • 56.3 Takes a stride forward to a full ball and drives it with the spin to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 56.2 Slight away spin from around off, Azam gets forward to defend and it catches the outside edge. Rolls past first slip.
  • 56.1 Fullish and on middle, defended back off the front foot.
  • 55.6 Brings a full ball back into the batsman with the angle, Asad gets forward to block it near his front pad. 148/4
  • 55.5 Keeps probing in the channel outside off, Asad is also motivated in not flirting with those away from his body.
  • 55.4 Left alone again. This time Wagner bowls it from the edge of the crease and angles in a good length ball just outside off. Shafiq guards his stumps and then leaves it.
  • 55.3 A delivery hurled in the zone outside off, Asad makes a leave.
  • 55.2 Well fielded! A delightful cover drive by Asad Shafiq but the fielder (Henry Nicholls) does well to dive and stop the racing ball.
  • 55.1 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Shafiq allows it through the keeper.
  • 54.6 Another watchful front foot defense by Azam to end the over. 148/4
  • 54.5 Floated one, full and on off, Babar blocks it safely.
  • 54.4 Bowls it short and on off, it's punched off the back foot to sweeper cover for one.
  • 54.3 Skidding down leg, Asad turns it off his pads to square leg.
  • 54.2 Nearly rolls back onto the stumps! Tossed up ball around off, Asad gets forward to defend and gets it away off the inner half of his bat. The ball drops in and then bounces again to catch his bat. After that it rolls back but away from the stumps.
  • 54.1 Flatter delivery, full in length and on middle, Babar goes hard at it and drills his drive past the bowler. Sodhi gives the chase from mid on and stops the ball just before the fence. Three runs taken.
  • 53.6 Better, much better! Maybe, bowling wide outside off was a ploy for this peach of a delivery. Wagner steams in and delivers it outside off on a fuller length. It curls back in after landing as Shafiq shoulders arms. It shapes back in and beats the off pole by a whisker. Wagner cannot believe his luck. 144/4
  • 53.5 Good length delivery in the zone outside off, Asad will keep leaving those.
  • 53.4 Identical to the last delivery, only difference is that it's even wider outside off. Shafiq has nothing to do with it. Wagner needs to target the off stump from the angle he's bowling.
  • 53.3 Once again the length is full but this time it is a little too wide outside off. Asad doesn't bother offering any shot.
  • 53.2 Pitches it full and lands it outside off, inviting the drive, Asad gets on the front foot and pushes it to covers.
  • 53.1 Lands it on a length and outside off, from 'round the wicket, an easy leave for Shafiq.
  • Neil Wagner to continue from this end...
  • 52.6 Leans forward to a full ball in line of the stumps and defends. A maiden to start the session! 144/4
  • 52.5 A bit flat and on off, Babar defends it stoutly with a straight bat.
  • 52.4 Slower through the air, full and on off, Azam is forward in defense.
  • 52.3 Quicker arm ball, full and on middle, Babar draws forward and this time blocks it from the inside half of his willow.
  • 52.2 Flighted and full on off, Azam gets forward to defend and keeps it out from the outer half of the bat to point.
  • 52.1 Nicely tossed up ball to start the afternoon. The length is full on middle and Babar defends it back to the bowler.
  • We are back for the afternoon session. The players are on the field as well. Just 9 runs behind are the virtual hosts. The pitch has offered some assistance to the spin bowlers, in particular and the Kiwis will be hoping for some quick wickets. They are beginning with Ajaz Patel. A slip and short leg in place.
  • ... Second Day, Second Session ...
  • A decent session for both sides. In 29 overs, 85 runs have been scored for the loss of 2 wickets. Sodhi and Boult dismissed the two overnight batsmen Sohail and Azhar, but from that point on, Shafiq and Azam have taken things in their control with a fifty-stand, not allowing New Zealand to capitalize further. Things are very much in the balance right now as Pakistan still trail by 9 runs. Will be interesting to see if Williamson goes for a complete spin attack, from both ends, to apply pressure on the Pakistan batsmen in the next session. Join us on the other side of the break for all the action.
  • 51.6 Too far outside off, Shafiq lets it be. That will be LUNCH ON DAY 2! 144/4
  • 51.5 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Shafiq comes forward, covers the line and shoulders arms.
  • 51.4 Fuller and outside off, going away, played from the outer half to gully.
  • 51.3 Goes full this time, just outside off, driven firmly but can't get it past mid off.
  • 51.2 Bouncer outside off, angling away, ducked and avoided by the batsman.
  • 51.1 Full length ball nipping back in on off, Asad drives from the inner portion towards the man at mid on.
  • 50.6 Camps on the back foot and sees the over off without any problem. 144/4
  • 50.5 Short and quick outside off, punched off the back foot to sweeper cover. One run collected.
  • 50.4 Full and slow, close to the off stump, played out off the front foot.
  • 50.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 50.2 Spinning away from outside off, played square to point.
  • 50.1 No spin, no bounce and it almost gets Shafiq. Flat on off, Asad looks to cut but chops it off the inner half.
  • 49.6 FOUR! Back of a length which just sits up for Babar. He hangs on the back foot and muscles the pull along the turf through mid-wicket. Boundary! And that brings up the 50-run stand between these two. 143/4
  • 49.5 Outside off, short in length, no shot offered yet again.
  • 49.4 Another short ball, at first Babar thinks of bringing out the pull shot but then opts out of it.
  • 49.3 Accurate bouncer, shaping away around off, the batsman arches back and lets it go.
  • 49.2 Back of a length on the stumps, Babar helps the pull through mid-wicket and takes two.
  • A fly slip in place.
  • 49.1 Pounds it in short again, on off, Babar steers it with an angled bat to Williamson at gully.
  • 48.6 Outside off, slapped away through the covers again. A single is taken as the man in the deep mops it up. 137/4
  • 48.5 Short and wide outside off, cut through towards sweeper cover for a single.
  • 48.4 Flat and short, wristed through backward square leg for a single.
  • 48.3 Wrists it away into the leg side and crosses over.
  • 48.2 FOUR! But that in no way was a shot in control. Shafiq decided to take Patel on, danced down and lofted it off the inner half just over mid on. It races away for a boundary.
  • 48.1 Full on the stumps, blocked safely from the front foot.
  • Ajaz Patel is back to roll his arm over.
  • 47.6 Fraction straight in line, clipped down to fine leg for a single. 129/4
  • 47.5 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 47.4 Third of the over. Short ball on leg, Shafiq crouches really low and avoids it.
  • 47.3 Another bumper, Asad lets it sail over his head.
  • 47.2 Full in length, outside off, eased away to the cover fielder.
  • 47.1 Starts the over with a bumper, ducked and evaded.
  • 46.6 Going away from outside off, Shafiq slaps the cut through to sweeper cover for a single. 128/4
  • 46.5 Tossed up ball on middle, spinning away, blocked off the front foot.
  • 46.4 Dropped on off, Shafiq comes forward, watches the ball and lets it go past him.
  • 46.3 FOUR! Short ball on the stumps, Shafiq picks up the length early, rocks back and nails the pull over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 46.2 Spinning away outside off, shorter in length, punched through to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 46.1 Turning away on middle and off, wristed away towards mid-wicket.
  • 45.6 Turns this away in front of square leg and retains strike with a single. 122/4
  • 45.6 Wide! Banged in short, but it's too short. Wide signalled by the umpire for height.
  • 45.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 45.4 This full outside off is driven to covers.
  • 45.3 Babar Azam defends it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 45.2 Strays on the pads again, easily tucked behind square leg for a single.
  • 45.1 Length delivery on leg, Shafiq looks to flick it down but it goes off his pads to fine leg. Patel cuts it off as the batsmen take two leg byes.
  • 44.6 Babar Azam dances down the track to this turning ball and defends it right under his nose. 117/4
  • 44.5 Slightly quicker through the air, on off, goes off the outer half towards point.
  • 44.4 Short, flat and close to off, goes back and looks to pull, but only gets it off the inner half on the leg side.
  • 44.3 Beaten! Lovely. Gives this flight and lands it around off, Azam is drawn forward to block but is beaten by the away turn.
  • 44.2 Looped up outside off, driven to covers. Dot ball.
  • 44.1 Tossed up outside off, Babar gets forward and across before paddling it fine down the leg side. A brace results.
  • 43.6 Finds the man at cover with the drive. Asad Shafiq connects with the full face of the bat, unable to find the gap. 115/4
  • 43.5 Wants to do nothing with this one either. Length ball outside off, arms are shouldered.
  • 43.4 Once again makes it go away from around off, another leave.
  • 43.4 No ball! Wagner oversteps on this occasion. Length ball on off and it's defended.
  • 43.3 Brings it in closer to off this time, Shafiq covers the line and lets it be.
  • 43.2 Short of a good length going across, no shot offered by the batsman.
  • 43.1 Seaming away after serving it on off, Asad taps it down in front of cover-point. Wants the single but won't get it.
  • 42.6 Spills it on the pads, worked behind square on the leg side for a single. 114/4
  • 42.5 Spinning away from around off, pushed from the back foot to covers for one.
  • 42.4 Babar gives the charge and drives it towards mid off. Boult moves to his left, gets low but misfields. Conceded an extra run.
  • 42.3 Superb delivery! Sodhi drops it on off, drifts in then spins away sharply. Shafiq does well to back away and play it with some control just wide of backward point. One run taken.
  • 42.2 Looped up leg break outside off, driven once more by Shafiq to covers.
  • 42.1 A lot of loop on this, outside off, driven hard but can't beat a diving Tom Latham at covers.
  • 41.6 Lands on middle and leg and then shapes away late. Azam looks to defend but it goes off the outer half square to point. 109/4
  • 41.5 Overpitched outside off, Babar drives but can't pierce the gap in the cover region.
  • 41.4 Similar ball, same shot. Same result.
  • 41.3 Full delivery just outside off, driven to mid off. No run taken.
  • 41.2 Positions himself well behind this length ball on off and blocks.
  • 41.1 Yorker on the pads, easily flicked away down towards fine leg for one.
  • Neil Wagner now comes on to bowl.
  • 40.6 Drives this tossed up ball to the cover fielder. 108/4
  • 40.5 Seeing the ball land outside off, the batsman has nothing to do with it.
  • 40.4 Nice shape on it. Drifting in on middle and off, Babar defends before the ball can turn.
  • 40.3 FOUR! Full toss outside the off stump, Babar smashes it through the gap in the covers. A freebie which he's taken full advantage of. Poor delivery.
  • 40.2 A lot of air provided by the leggie, on the stumps, it's drilled down towards mid off.
  • 40.1 Spinning away from the batsman, full and outside off, left alone.
  • 39.6 Aims the top of off stump with a length ball, Asad Shafiq defends it well. Pakistan trail by 49 runs. 104/4
  • 39.5 Back to over the wicket, a length ball on off, defended with soft hands on the leg side.
  • 39.4 Brings it back in from outside off, driven through the covers again. Two more to the total.
  • 39.3 Switches the angle and comes from around the wicket, angles in a length ball. Shafiq shoulders arms. The ball goes quite closely past the off stump.
  • 39.2 Full delivery hurled across, Azam drives it neatly through the covers this time. It won't go all the way, but the timing is good enough to fetch him three good runs.
  • 39.1 That's well played. Babar Azam drives it square through the off side and gets off the mark with a couple of runs.
  • 38.6 Leans into this tossed up delivery and drives it through the covers for a double. 97/4
  • 38.5 Good length. Good line. Sodhi finding his rhythm here. Serves it on middle and it goes away, it's pushed square past silly point.
  • 38.4 Loopy leg spinner outside off, full in length, Shafiq pressed forward and dead-bats it.
  • 38.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 38.2 Full delivery outside off, driven to mid off.
  • 38.1 FOUR! In the air again but it's just short! Tossed up outside off, Shafiq comes forward and drives it aerially to covers. Raval there moves to his right, dives but it falls short and goes through. A boundary results.
  • 37.6 Full delivery swinging back in, flicked off the pads to the man in front of square leg. 91/4
  • 37.5 Nips back in by a fraction, on a length, takes the inside edge of Azam's bat and hits him on the pads. The ball falls beside him.
  • 37.4 Going away from outside off, Babar shoulders his arms to it.
  • 37.3 Yorker on the stumps, Babar just about manages to dig it out.
  • 37.2 Almost! Another edge could have been had. Moving away on a back of a length, Azam looks to play at it and gets beaten.
  • Babar Azam is the next man in to bat.
  • Drinks break. Pakistan had started the day well with Azhar and Sohail carrying on from Day 1, but two wickets in successive overs from Sodhi and Boult, got Sohail and Azhar respectively. Chance for the visitors to pick a wicket or two more and eat into the Pakistan tail.
  • 37.1 OUT! Edged and taken! That's a fine take from BJ Watling behind the stumps. Since coming on to bowl, Trent Boult has been brilliant. Azhar Ali has been dismissed, he was looking nervy out there for a while. Going across, on a bit of a fuller length, Azhar plays away from his body and the edge is induced. The Kiwi keeper dives low to his right and takes it well. Two wickets in as many overs for New Zealand. Both the set overnight batsmen have departed.
  • 36.6 Punched off the back foot to cover-point to end a successful over from Ish Sodhi. 91/3
  • 36.5 Short and wide, cut away but towards Williamson at point. It's not easy to beat him.
  • 36.4 Pushes this square past silly point. Shafiq calls for the run but is rightly sent back by his partner.
  • 36.3 Short and fast, turning away from outside off, Shafiq mistimes the back foot punch towards mid off.
  • Asad Shafiq out in the middle. Two of Pakistan's most experienced players batting together now.
  • 36.2 OUT! Sohail departs! Another wicket thrown away. Sodhi recently brought into the attack and he strikes. Loopy, a dipping full toss on leg, Haris flicks it in the air and hands a simple catch to Tom Latham at mid-wicket. He moves to his left, leaps and takes it without any problem. Partnership of 64 comes to an end.
  • 36.1 Quicker and shorter in length, spinning away, punched away through the covers for one.
  • 35.6 Short of a good length just outside off, punched off the back too in front of covers. End of the over. 90/2
  • 35.5 Full in length, on off stump, driven to mid off.
  • 35.4 Shaping away from a good length, around off, blocked from within the crease to covers.
  • 35.3 Brings the short ball out of nowhere, bangs it in short. Takes Haris Sohail a little by surprise but the southpaw just about manages to duck under it.
  • 35.2 Leans into this full ball and eases it to the mid off fielder.
  • 35.1 Inside edge has saved him there. Length delivery close to off, Sohail looks to play at it. The ball raps him on the pads, but not before taking a big edge.
  • 34.6 Outside off, left alone again for the keeper to collect. 90/2
  • 34.5 Slight spin away from around off, Azhar plants his front foot forward and leaves it alone.
  • 34.4 Loopy leg break outside off, the right-hander comes forward and pushes it to mid off.
  • 34.3 Spinning away from outside off, left alone.
  • 34.2 A lot of loop on this, just outside off, a mistimed drive finds the cover fielder.
  • 34.1 Spinning in on leg from a shorter length, Sohail goes back and clips it down to fine leg. Just the single results.
  • Time for some wrist spin. Ish Sodhi will be bowling for the first time in this Test.
  • 33.6 Almost! Could have been bowled. Close one. Boult angles across a length ball close to off, Azhar Ali plays at it, gets an inside edge which just rolls past the off stump. He had no clue where the ball was. Not sure why he was complaining to his partner. 89/2
  • 33.5 Full in length, but too straight in line, allows Ali to get behind the line and pushes it to short mid-wicket.
  • 33.4 Length delivery on middle and off, plays it off the inner half down on the leg side.
  • 33.3 Pushes back down the ground, past the bowler and a quick single is taken. Good running.
  • 33.2 Some movement away and Haris almost falls for it. Lands outside off and shapes away, Sohail initially feels for it but then withdraws from the shot in time.
  • 33.1 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Sohail lets it through.
  • 32.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 88/2
  • 32.5 Sharp chance. Difficult, but it could have been taken. Looped up on off stump, Ali defends but it lobs just a bit in the air to the right of silly point. Latham there gets low to his right, sticks his hand out but can't get to it.
  • 32.4 Gets a single on this occasion. Rocks on the back foot and turns it away to deep mid-wicket.
  • 32.3 Pushes this with hard hands to the cover region. Dot ball.
  • 32.2 Flat and short outside off, Haris gives the charge and punches it to mid off.
  • 32.1 Quick, flat and short outside off, Sohail backs away and punches it square, but can't beat Williamson at point.
  • 31.6 Decent carry. Shaping away from around off, Ali covers the line, raises his bat and lets it go. Maiden over from Boult. 87/2
  • 31.5 Too far outside off, left alone for the keeper to collect.
  • 31.4 Stays right behind the line and defends it out from inside the crease.
  • 31.3 Targets the top of off stump with a length ball, Azhar offers a defensive punch to mid off.
  • 31.2 Just ahead of a length, aiming the off stick, defended back down the track.
  • 31.1 Not out! Height is the issue. Not a good call from skipper Williamson to opt for the DRS. Another good delivery from Boult, angles it across on off. Hits Azhar Ali on the thigh pad as he goes back to defend. Loud shout goes up, but it's turned down. Kane, after speaking to his bowler and keeper, opts for the DRS. It's taken upstairs and replays show that it's missing off stump. So New Zealand lose a review.
  • The review has been taken. It's for an lbw decision against Azhar Ali. Height could be an issue though. Let's see...
  • 30.6 Seeing the flight on this, Haris gives the charge and drills it towards mid off. Can't beat the fielder positioned there. 87/2
  • 30.5 Turning in from outside off, Sohail pads it away. There's a shout for a leg before, but it's too far outside the line. Has to be a bit careful here.
  • 30.4 Slower and flatter on middle and leg, worked off the back foot in front of square leg for one.
  • 30.3 Full and on off, dead-batted in front of him.
  • 30.2 Darted down leg, Azhar looks to flick but misses. Watling takes the bails off, thinking the batsman might just drag his back leg out but that doesn't happen.
  • 30.1 From around the wicket, it's spinning away from around off, left alone.
  • 29.6 Single to end a good over from Trent Boult. Ali taps this a bit square towards cover-point and keeps strike with himself. 86/2
  • 29.5 Fires it full and outside off, Ali looks to jam it out but can't put bat to ball.
  • 29.4 Dropped! Should have been taken. Oh, dear! Boult bowls it full on the pads, Azhar looks to flick but can't keep it down. Hands a decent chance towards short mid-wicket. Raval leaps, gets his hands to it but can't hold on.
  • 29.3 Too straight in line, worked in front of square leg.
  • 29.2 Whoa! This is what some injection of pace does. Good carry for Watling too. Boult pushes this around off, there's some extra bounce on offer as Azhar looks to defend. Gets beaten past the edge.
  • 29.1 Hurls it across on a fuller length, Azhar Ali plants his front foot forward, covers the line and lets it be.
  • Trent Boult is brought into the attack.
  • 28.6 Quick, flat and outside off, pushed away on the off side. 85/2
  • 28.5 Smartly bowled. Seeing Sohail give the charge, Patel pushes this quicker and bowls it short, the southpaw can only push it towards mid on.
  • 28.4 Turning away from Azhar, he plays with the spin and drives it through the covers for a run.
  • 28.3 A lot of flight on this occasion, just behind a driving length, worked just wide of mid on for a single.
  • 28.2 Quicker delivery spinning in outside off, Haris looks to defend but the ball takes the inside edge and rolls past short leg.
  • 28.1 Flatter through the air, spinning in on middle and leg, Sohail off the back foot turns it in front of short leg.
  • 27.6 Keeps it on the fuller side, shaping away from around off, blocked with a straight blade in response. 83/2
  • 27.5 On the sixth stump line, too far away to make Ali play at it.
  • 27.4 Not much bounce on this occasion, seaming away from outside off, Azhar shoulders his arms to it.
  • 27.3 Hurled well outside off, no shot offered on that.
  • 27.2 FOUR! Full, outside off, with some shape away, Azhar Ali leans into the shot and drives it through the gap in the covers for a boundary. Easy pickings for him.
  • 27.1 Length delivery on the stumps, blocked down in front of short mid-wicket.
  • 26.6 Goes deep inside the crease and then turns the ball with the spin on the leg side. Good comeback from Patel after getting hit for a boundary on the first ball. 79/2
  • 26.5 Watches the ball as it turns into him and then blocks it down from within the crease.
  • 26.4 Short and wide, cut straight to the man at point.
  • 26.3 Touch quicker through the air outside off, pushed defensively on the off side.
  • 26.2 Excellent follow-up from Ajaz Patel. Pitches it just behind a driving length outside off, it spins in off the rough and takes the inner half. Pops up on the leg side but just wide of short leg.
  • 26.1 FOUR! Brings up the 50-run stand in style. Not exactly in total control, but it's enough to fetch him a boundary. Sohail gives the charge to this tossed up ball and slogs it off the inner half through the left of mid on to find the fence.
  • 25.6 Right through! A maiden from Colin de Grandhomme. He serves it on a length close to off, Azhar walks down the track to negate the movement but it goes past the inside edge and into the keeper's gloves. 75/2
  • 25.5 Little bit of shape away on this as it's landed on off, Azhar Ali blocks by coming half forward.
  • 25.4 Pitches this in line of the stumps, meets the length ball with the full face of the bat.
  • 25.3 Outside off on a good length, left alone for the keeper to collect.
  • 25.2 Hurled down the leg side, Azhar looks to flick it away but misses. Watling collects by moving to his left.
  • 25.1 Coming in at first but then straightens up a shade, blocked back down the track from the crease.
  • 24.6 Spinning away from outside off, on a shorter length, Ali cuts it towards sweeper cover to keep strike. 75/2
  • 24.5 Straighter one outside off, full in length, Haris comes forward to defend but it goes off the edge. Rolls to third man and three runs are taken.
  • 24.4 Drags his length by a fraction, on off and it spins in. Takes the inside edge and rolls to square leg.
  • 24.3 Tosses it up just outside off, it's driven straight to mid off.
  • 24.2 Short, flat and quick outside off, punched off the back foot to the covers.
  • 24.1 FOUR BYES! No bounce on that whatsoever. Despite that ball going for a boundary, it will please Patel. He bowls it wide outside off, it keeps really low and goes through Watling's legs for a boundary.
  • Ajaz Patel to bowl from the other end.
  • 23.6 Full delivery on leg, Azhar picks it off his pads and flicks it in front of square leg for a couple of runs. 8 off the first over on Day 2. 67/2
  • 23.5 On a length once more, in the channel outside off, defended down on the off side.
  • 23.4 Fullish in length, on the stumps, driven well past mid on. Wagner there moves to his left and puts in a dive too, but can't stop it. Three runs result.
  • 23.3 Better line. Good length delivery angling across, just around off, Sohail gets an inside edge as he looks to play it on the off side.
  • 23.2 Straying down the leg side, Haris flicks it neatly through square leg and comes back for the second.
  • 23.1 First runs of the day for Azhar Ali and Pakistan. It's a length ball on off, Azhar turns it away on the leg side for a single.
  • The New Zealand players are in a huddle by the boundary line. Kane Williamson with some last-minute words of motivation for his teammates. It's an important session for them. They now spread out across the field. Haris Sohail and Azhar Ali stride out to the middle as well, the latter will take strike. Colin de Grandhomme will start off with the ball. Two slips and a gully in position for him. Here we go...
  • Pakistan lost both their openers as well towards the end of day's play, but since then, Haris Sohail and Azhar Ali have managed to steady things up. Day 1 was supposed to be a batting paradise, which it still could continue to be in the remaining days, but given how it's panned out, there's no way of telling how today will unfold. Should be exciting either way.
  • Hello and welcome for Day 2 of what is turning out to be an interesting Test match, for the neutrals at least. Pakistan have their noses somewhat ahead at the moment, but only barely. The opening day saw New Zealand crumble to the lowest-ever first innings total posted on the board in Abu Dhabi, with Kane Williamson the only one rising above the challenge to a good extent. It was a day where 12 wickets fell, and you could say most of them were just gifted to the opposition.
  • ... Second Day, First Session ...
  • The reason for so many wickets falling today is not because the surface has any demons in it, or that it's unpredictable in nature, but for the simple fact that there's been a lack of application from the batsmen. The Kiwis suffered as a result, and so did the Pakistan openers. Will more of the same be repeated on Day 2? We will see. Join us for all the action at 1000 local (0600 GMT). See you then!
  • A riveting day of Test cricket. What was supposed to be a flat deck has produced 12 wickets on Day 1. Through all this, it's been a good day overall for Pakistan. They first bowled out New Zealand for 153, which is the lowest 1st innings total at this venue. Every Pakistan bowler chipped in with the wickets barring Hafeez. Williamson was the only one who provided any kind of resistance for the Black Caps with a solid 63, but he too, like the others, threw his wicket away. After that, the hosts came out to bat in the last session and lost both their openers. Sohail and Azhar have shored things after that, ensuring no further damage was done.
  • 22.6 Flighted and full outside off, Sohail presses forward and defends it with gentle hands. That will be Stumps on Day 1! 59/2
  • 22.5 Loopy full ball on off, turning back in slightly, Haris draws forward and defends.
  • 22.4 Gives this one extra air and serves it very full outside off, Sohail drives it through extra cover for another brace.
  • 22.3 Flatter and shorter on off, Haris rocks back and punches it through covers for a couple of runs.
  • 22.2 Short this time, wide outside off, Ali cuts it with the spin to covers where Raval makes a diving stop. A single taken.
  • 22.1 Beaten! Drifting into the batsman, landing around off and spinning away with extra bounce, Azhar tries defending from the crease but gets beaten.
  • Last over of the day...
  • 21.6 FOUR! Just a gentle push and it has gone all the way to the fence. Full and on off, Sohail gives it the straight bat treatment. It finds the sweet spot of his willow and speeds away through mid off for a boundary, beating Raval's valiant effort. 54/2
  • 21.5 Digs in a bouncer, around off, Sohail ducks this time.
  • 21.4 Lands it on a length around off, Sohail covers the line and dead bats it from the crease.
  • 21.3 Bouncer around middle, Sohail ducks.
  • 21.2 Short in length and pulled from the crease to deep mid-wicket for a run. 50 comes up for Pakistan!
  • 21.1 Too full in length and around leg, it's clipped through square leg for one.
  • 20.6 Goes quicker through the air this time, around off, Azhar keeps it out to covers. 48/2
  • 20.5 Slower one, extra loop, landing full on off, it's been pushed off the front foot to covers.
  • 20.4 Arm ball, on middle, Azhar gets back and works it off his pads to mid-wicket.
  • 20.3 Ali has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 20.2 Tossed up ball on off, spinning away a bit, Azhar gets slightly squared up and then defends it to the off side.
  • 20.1 A front foot drive from the bat of Azhar Ali but he finds the cover fielder.
  • 19.6 Bangs in another short ball, around leg, Ali stands back and pulls it behind square leg for a run. 48/2
  • 19.5 Shortish and on leg, Ali goes on his toes and taps it down towards short leg.
  • 19.4 Wagner digs in a short ball, around off and angling away, Azhar shows good technique as he drops his wrists and sways away from the line.
  • 19.3 Bowls it in line of the stumps, on a good length, Azhar stays put and defends it to the off side.
  • 19.2 This one is quite harmless, outside off, Ali allows it through.
  • 19.1 Lands it on a length around off, it's defended off the back foot to the off side.
  • 18.6 Quicker and on off, worked on the leg side but straight to the fielder. 47/2
  • 18.5 Shout for an lbw! Not given and Kane Williamson decides not to review it. Big spin into the batsman from outside off, this time Haris offers no shot and wears it on his pads. They appeal and the umpire thinks that it has not spun in enough. Kane is seen having a chat with his keeper but then decides not to take the DRS. Good call.
  • 18.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 18.3 Floated full ball on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 18.2 Walks down the track, nearly yorks himself and just digs it out at the last moment.
  • 18.1 Excellent delivery. Landing outside off and breaking back into the batsman, Haris watchfully lets it through.
  • 5 more overs left in the day's play. Ajaz Patel to continue...
  • 17.6 This one is angled away from the batsman outside off, an easy leave for Azhar again. 47/2
  • 17.5 Bouncer around leg, Azhar ducks underneath it comfortably.
  • 17.4 A touch short and around off, Sohail uses his wrists to play it in the gap at mid-wicket for a quick single.
  • 17.3 Angling into the batsman, on a full length again, solidly defended.
  • 17.2 Fullish and on middle, Sohail pushes it down to mid off with a straight bat.
  • 17.1 Right on the money first ball. Full and around off, angling in, Sohail brings down a straight bat in defense.
  • Neil Wagner is introduced into the attack. Watch out for his pace and length. He can be quite intimidating at times.
  • 16.6 Arm ball this time. It skids on with the angle after landing around off, Ali goes deep inside the crease and defends it back at the last moment. 46/2
  • 16.5 Tossed up ball on off, defended off the front foot to covers.
  • 16.4 Spinning away from the batsman, Azhar drives it through covers and collects a couple of runs.
  • 16.3 Presses forward to a full ball and blocks it safely.
  • 16.2 Slower through the air, some extra loop on this one as it lands full around off, Azhar Ali defends it from the inner half of the bat to mid-wicket.
  • 16.1 Flatter through the air, around off, Haris Sohail camps back and punches it through backward point for three runs.
  • 15.6 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. 41/2
  • 15.5 Variable bounce on this occasion. Azhar makes the leave outside off and it doesn't carry to the keeper.
  • 15.4 Fullish and on middle, pushed down the ground but straight to mid on.
  • 15.3 An inswinger this time, landing outside off and shaping back in, Ali takes a stride forward to cover the line and then makes a leave.
  • 15.2 On a length and wide outside off, shaping away, Azhar shoulders arms.
  • 15.1 Fullish and on off, Azhar defends it by getting forward and across. Extended spell this for Colin, into his 8th over now.
  • 14.6 Rocks back to a short ball and punches it towards cover-point for one. 41/2
  • 14.5 Strides forward to a full ball and drives it firmly through the line. The silly point fielder jumps to make way and it goes straight to the cover fielder.
  • 14.4 Walks down the track and is deceived in flight a bit. Ali does well eventually to block it out safely past silly point.
  • 14.3 Slower through the air, full and on off, Ali once again blocks it off his front foot.
  • 14.2 Flighted full ball on off, Ali defends it by getting forward.
  • 14.1 Flat and short on off, Azhar cracks it off his back foot but finds the point fielder.
  • 13.6 Once again Sohail keeps his composure and allows a length ball through to the keeper. Maiden! 40/2
  • 13.5 A length delivery outside off, make it fourth leave in a row.
  • 13.4 Another comfortable leave outside the off stump by Haris.
  • 13.3 Once again playing on the patience of the batsman. Keeping it in the channel outside off and inviting the batsman to go after it. Sohail is watchful so far.
  • 13.2 Fuller in length and outside off, left alone by Haris.
  • 13.1 Lands it on a full length around off, Sohail defends it from the crease to the off side.
  • 12.6 Tossed up ball on middle, spinning away on landing, Azhar pushes his weight on the back foot and defends it down. 40/2
  • 12.5 Fuller and on off, defended back to the bowler off the front foot.
  • 12.4 Identical to the last delivery, this time Ali pushes it with an angled bat to covers.
  • 12.3 Full and around off, drifting in and spinning away, Ali defends it off his front foot.
  • 12.2 Tossed up ball around off, spinning away after landing, Ali allows it through to the keeper.
  • 12.1 Floated delivery to begin with but he lands it too full around off, Azhar leans forward and drives it through covers for a couple of runs.
  • Debutant in action. Ajaz Patel has the ball in his hand.
  • 11.6 Fullish and around off, Sohail slices his attempted drive to point where Henry misfields again. No run taken though. 38/2
  • 11.5 Oohhh...that's unplayable! Colin pitches it on a length around middle and off, Haris tries to defend it with a straight bat but it nips away at the last moment to beat his bat. Must say, I was critical of his bowling initially but Colin has now settled into a nice rhythm.
  • 11.4 Third left alone in a row. He has been very watchful to deliveries outside the off stump and punishing everything in line of the stumps.
  • 11.3 Another gentle delivery in the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 11.2 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 11.1 FOUR! And again! Second gorgeous drive from Sohail's bat in no time. Colin overpitches in line of the stumps, Haris strides forward and with a lovely followthrough of the bat, he nails his straight drive.
  • 10.6 Beaten all ends up! Boult hurls across a length delivery on middle and off, angling away, Ali pushes inside the line without any footwork and gets beaten comprehensively. 34/2
  • 10.5 Back of a length delivery on off, it's punched off the back foot to point where Nicholls misfields and allows a single.
  • 10.4 FOUR! Beautiful shot. Wonderful way to get off the mark. Full and straight from Boult, Haris Sohail offers a straight bat in response as he drives it back down the ground. No stopping that one, the timing is that good.
  • 10.3 Holding its line outside off, on a length, left alone.
  • 10.2 Back of a length delivery coming in from around off, Sohail covers the line and blocks well.
  • 10.1 Lands it on a length outside off, holding its line, Sohail allows it through to the keeper.
  • 9.6 A length delivery on leg, Ali defends it off his pads to the leg side. 29/2
  • 9.5 Bowls it outside off, getting it to shape away, Azhar leans and drives it through cover-point for a couple.
  • 9.4 Lands it fuller and on off, Ali gets forward with a vertical bat and defends it safely.
  • 9.3 Full and angling in on off, some movement in the air, Azhar strides forward and blocks it solidly.
  • 9.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 9.1 Shortish and outside off, Ali shoulders arms.
  • 8.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. Another wicket maiden, back-to-back for New Zealand! 27/2
  • 8.5 Sohail has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 8.4 Back of a length delivery outside off, some extra bounce, Sohail defends it off his back foot. The floodlights are switched on.
  • Drinks break. Meanwhile, Haris Sohail is the number 4 batsman.
  • 8.3 OUT! Wow, another false shot and another wicket! I'm telling you, it doesn't matter how good or bad the pitch is, if you cannot show application, you won't succeed. We saw that with the Kiwis and now we are seeing the same with Pakistan. Boult bangs in a short delivery around off, angling away, Hafeez stands tall to pull it over the leg side, middles his shot as well but straight into the hands of Williamson at short mid-wicket. Idea was right, not the execution. The Kiwis are delighted. They are ahead by 126 runs.
  • 8.2 Boult serves it way wide outside off, Hafeez has nothing to do with it.
  • 8.1 Good length delivery on off, angling away from the batsman, Hafeez stays put inside the crease and shoulders arms.
  • 7.6 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. End of a successful over for New Zealand, a wicket maiden! 27/1
  • 7.5 Loose, very loose by Azhar. Colin delivers an outswinger outside off, you should be leaving those early in the innings but Ali is tempted into the shot. Has a lazy waft at it and misses.
  • 7.4 Ali has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Azhar Ali is the number 3 batsman.
  • 7.3 OUT! Caught at gully! Can you believe it, Colin de Grandhomme has successfully managed to play on the patience of the batsman. He keeps probing in the area outside off and this time Imam is lured into a drive away from his body. Fails to middle his shot properly and it flies off the outside edge to gully. Kane Williamson can take these catches even in his sleep. 11th wicket of the day on a pitch which looked like a batting beauty.
  • 7.2 In the channel wide outside off, another easy leave.
  • 7.1 Gentle harmless delivery, outside off and angling away, Imam covers his stumps and leaves it alone. All too easy against Colin de Grandhomme. In a way, the Kiwis are wasting the new nut. Should get in Wagner.
  • 6.6 Nearly chops it on! A delivery around off, angling away, Hafeez pushes at it tamely from the crease and gets an inside edge onto the pads. Nervy moment. 27/0
  • 6.5 Returns to over the wicket and angles across a good length delivery on off. Hafeez goes on the back foot and defends it to the off side.
  • 6.4 FOUR! Nice, very nice. Beautiful timing, elegant looking shot. As soon as Boult serves it full and outside off, Hafeez takes his front leg forward and creams it through covers. Two fielders were after it but the ball wins the race.
  • 6.3 Length ball on off, Hafeez defends it off his back foot.
  • 6.2 Good movement this time. Nipping back in from a fuller length around off, Imam leans across a bit and bunts it wide of mid on for a brisk single.
  • 6.1 Fuller in length and on off, Imam covers the movement and pushes it down to mid on.
  • 5.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 22/0
  • 5.5 In the corridor of uncertainty, Hafeez chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 5.4 Uppish but safe! Colin slants in a length ball on middle, Hafeez is early into the flick shot and hence fails to keep it down. It falls in front of Sodhi at mid-wicket, luckily for Hafeez.
  • 5.3 Fuller in line of the stumps, Imam plays it with soft hands to mid on and scampers across for a quick single.
  • 5.2 In the channel outside off, Imam allows it through to the keeper.
  • 5.1 Angling away from the batsman, outside off, Imam opens the face and plays it down through backward point for a couple of runs.
  • 4.6 Serves an inswinger, lands it wide outside off on a length, Hafeez takes a stride forward to cover the line and then shoulders arms. 19/0
  • 4.5 Shortish on middle, tucked off the pads to square leg.
  • 4.4 Angles in a good length ball on off, from 'round the wicket, Hafeez blocks it off his back foot.
  • 4.3 Another inswinger for the southpaw, Imam fails to flick and is hit high on the pads. It deflects to square leg and they steal a leg bye.
  • 4.2 Fullish and on middle, Imam pushes it down towards mid on. More of a check shot.
  • 4.1 Shout for an lbw! But it dies down immediately after seeing the umpire shake his head. Boult hurls in an inswinger, landing around off and sliding down leg, Imam fails to keep it out with a close-faced bat and is hit on the pads. Missing leg.
  • 3.6 Shaping away from the batsman, too wide outside off, Hafeez has nothing to do with it. 18/0
  • 3.5 Colin feeling the pressure. Slips a length ball down the leg side this time, Hafeez lets it be and Watling collects it by diving to his left.
  • 3.4 FOUR! Really substandard bowling. New Zealand will be already missing Southee here. Short and wide outside off, Hafeez camps back and slaps it square of the wicket on the off side for another boundary.
  • 3.3 FOUR! Don't bowl there to this batsman! De Grandhomme, in particular, cannot afford to bowl there at his pace. A juicy delivery, full and wide outside off, Hafeez takes into account the away movement and thumps his drive through covers.
  • 3.2 Wicket to wicket line, the length is fuller and there is some inward movement. Hafeez turns it at the last moment to mid-wicket.
  • 3.1 Good length delivery on off, no real pace again, it's easily negotiated from the back foot by Hafeez.
  • 2.6 Sharp movement back into the batsman from around off, Hafeez closes the face of the bat and helps it to fine leg for one. 10/0
  • 2.5 Fuller in length on off, Hafeez defends it by remaining inside the crease.
  • 2.4 FOUR! Boult switches to 'round the wicket and serves a good length delivery outside off. It moves back in with the angle and Hafeez just gives it a push with an open face of his bat. Manages to time and place his shot through backward point for a boundary.
  • 2.3 Smartly played! Boult angles across a length delivery outside off, Hafeez prods forward with an angled bat and pushes it past the point fielder for a couple of runs.
  • 2.2 Fullish and on off, Hafeez blocks it by getting half-forward.
  • 2.1 Wrong line, sliding down the leg side, Imam picks it up off his pads and nudges it to long leg for a run.
  • 1.6 Fuller in length and around off again, Hafeez strides forward and pushes it with an angled bat to covers. 2/0
  • 1.5 An inswinger on this occasion but no real pace. It lands outside off and has been easily left alone.
  • 1.4 Again it's a pitched up delivery around off, Hafeez brings his bat down and pushes it firmly to mid off.
  • 1.3 This time Colin bowls it closer to the off stump line, it's fuller in length and there to be driven but Hafeez is watchful at the moment and allows it to go through.
  • 1.2 Hint of away movement after it lands on a length outside off, Hafeez offers no shot and lets it be.
  • 1.1 A gentle delivery, shortish and on off, punched off the back foot but straight to the fielder at cover-point.
  • Colin de Grandhomme to share the red cherry from the other end.
  • 0.6 Bowls it on a good length and outside off, Imam shoulders arms to complete the over. 2/0
  • 0.5 Puts in a length ball on off, angling in, Imam is solidly behind the line in defense.
  • 0.4 Shortish and on off, punched off the back foot but straight in the direction of the cover fielder.
  • 0.3 Angles in a length ball on middle, getting it to straighten, Imam covers the line and blocks it safely.
  • 0.2 This time Trent lands it on a length around leg, Hafeez clips it off his pads to fine leg for a run. Both the openers are off the mark.
  • 0.1 Boult starts the innings with a shortish delivery around off, Imam goes back and taps it down in the cover region for a run.

Pakistan Vs New Zealand Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • The target is not a big one and with the wicket still a good one to bat on, Pakistan are expected to chase this down. Will they do so or do New Zealand have some fight left in them? We won't know that today but we surely will get some idea about which way the game is heading. 10 exciting overs left in the day. Join us in a while to catch the action.
  • New Zealand went into their second innings with a trail of 74, they got off to the worst starts possible as they lost Latham early. Kane and Raval did try and steady the ship but a few quick wickets saw the visitors reeling at 108 for 4. However, a magnificent partnership between Nicholls and Watling brought the tourists back into the game. Pakistan though came out all guns blazing after the Tea break and now are favorites to win this game.
  • From 220 for 4, New Zealand have been bowled out for 249. They had no answers to Yasir Shah and he finished with a fifer. Hasan Ali started things off for Pakistan and he was the one who ended it. He too bagged a fifer to his name. The two shared 10-wickets amongst them.
  • What a session this has been till now for Pakistan, they have ran through the lower-order in no time and now the advantage is with them as they only have to chase down 176. Nicholls and Watling were cruising, the two added a 112-run stand with both crossing their half centuries. They were batting with no problem whatsoever but then Yasir Shah came to life. He got Nicholls first and that brought about the downfall.
  • 100.4 Yes! He can! Five-fer for Hasan Ali! His first ever in Test cricket. Pakistan have wrapped up things in style. Hasan bangs it short on off, Boult looks to pulls this but is very late in doing so. He then checks his shot and the ball takes a top edge and balloons towards short covers. Hafeez won't take a simpler catch ever. Five wickets for Yasir and Hasan. Who gets the ball? New Zealand all out for 249 and set Pakistan a target of 176.
  • 100.3 Almost gets it! Hasan Ali bowls it on a length around off, it pitches and comes back in. Boult tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • Trent Boult is the last man in.
  • 100.2 OUT! Knocked over! No. 9 is down now. A length delivery around off, it comes back sharply. Sodhi maybe expecting a short is one is rooted to the crease. He tries to keep it out but misses and the ball clips the bails. 4-fer for Hasan Ali. He has 4 balls to take a 5-fer.
  • 100.1 Works it with the angle towards mid on for a run.
  • 99.6 Outside off and beaten again, the batsman fails to put bat on ball. 248/8
  • 99.5 Almost bowled, Sodhi goes for the defense but the ball turns sharply and beats the bat as well as the off stump. Great bowling by Yasir!
  • 99.4 Darted in on off stump, Sodhi tries to defend but gets a thick edge that runs to point.
  • 99.3 Wide outside off, Sodhi plays the square drive towards point.
  • 99.2 Around the wicket to the leftie, Ajaz goes for the huge one. The ball goes in the air and the gap as well. Deep square leg comes around to stop the ball as the batsmen run only one.
  • 99.1 Fuller and outside off, Sodhi drives to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 98.6 Beaten comprehensively outside off! The ball was full and moves away after landing. Ajaz plays completely down the wrong line to this. 246/8
  • 98.5 Good ball on top of the off pole, Ajaz defends it but gets the inside edge onto the pad and the ball rolls onto the ground on the leg side.
  • 98.4 Fuller and drifting onto the pads, Sodhi tucks it behind square leg for a single.
  • 98.3 Same ball again but this time Ajaz connects it and gets it in the gap and runs it down to third man for three runs. All valuable runs.
  • 98.2 Shorter in length this time, Ajaz is fishing for it outside off and is lucky not to get an edge.
  • 98.1 Around the wicket and beats the outside edge! On a good length and shaping away after landing, Ajaz wants to defend but misses it.
  • Hasan Ali is back on.
  • 97.6 On the shorter side and outside off, Sodhi looks to cut but gets a bottom edge towards point. 242/8
  • 97.5 BEATEN! This is nicely tossed up around off, drawing the batsman onto the front foot. Sodhi leans and tries to drive but the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 97.4 FOUR! Up and over! These are handy runs for New Zealand. Sodhi brings out the slog sweep again, hits it over the mid-wicket region and into the fence.
  • 97.3 A big swing to a tossed up ball outside off, Patel swings goes for the slog sweep but it goes off the inner half through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 97.2 The googly on middle, Patel keeps it out.
  • 97.1 This is timed through covers for a run.
  • 96.6 This one bounces a bit more than normal and misses the bat as Ajaz looks to defend. It hits the pad high on the knee roll so there was not much of an appeal. 236/8
  • 96.5 Drawn ahead by the flight on this one, but Patel manages to defend it with full face of the bat being shown.
  • 96.4 Shorter and quicker on middle, the batsman has defended it by covering the spin on this one.
  • 96.3 Falls just wide of short leg! This one is again full and outside off, turns in a long way to take the inside edge and the ball drops away from short leg luckily for Ajaz.
  • 96.2 This one is a carbon copy of the previous ball, and Ajaz does well to defend it off the middle of the bat.
  • 96.1 Full and outside off, Ajaz has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 95.6 Flatter on middle, punched back to the bowler. 236/8
  • 95.5 This is really full, almost yorker length. Sodhi just manages to keep it out.
  • 95.4 Shorter and outside off, it is played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 95.3 Some finesse after the slog. Sodhi gets outside the line of the ball and paddles it fine on the leg side for a couple.
  • 95.2 SIX! Overpitched and on middle, Sodhi gets under it and lofts it over deep mid-wicket for a huge one. Every run is important here. Beautiful connection on this one though.
  • 95.1 Flatter and outside off, Sodhi tries to cut but misses the ball.
  • 94.6 Floated ball outside off, driven to covers. 228/8. 228/8
  • 94.5 Arm ball on off, tucked around the corner. Dot ball.
  • 94.4 Gives this air on the pads of Sodhi. He turns it away getting an inside edge to the on side. They cross.
  • 94.3 Short and over the stumps, can't get it past the point region.
  • 94.2 Tossed up ball around off, once again hit back to the bowler.
  • 94.1 Full and down leg, played with a straight bat back to the bowler.
  • Ajaz Patel is the new man in.
  • 93.6 OUT! TIMBER! What a peach! They're falling like nine pins now! Beautifully tossed up outside off and Yasir has given this ball revs. It pitches and then turns in a long way. Wagner tries to defend with a lunge but with a gaping hole between bat and pad. The ball goes through after spinning a crazy amount and hits the off pole. Fifer for Yasir Shah, his 14th in Test cricket! He has completely turned the game on its head. 227/8
  • 93.5 This ball is on middle and holds its line and bounces a bit more as Wagner defends off the back foot.
  • 93.4 This one is on middle and leg and straightens a bit after landing. Wagner keeps it out.
  • 93.3 Full and outside off, Wagner is half ahead in defense.
  • Drinks Break! Meanwhile Neil Wagner joins Sodhi out in the middle.
  • 93.2 OUT! Another one bites the dust! All it needed was a wicket and now Pakistan are electric. 1, 2 and now 3 wickets for Yasir in three overs. This was dragged down a bit. Watling rocks back to pull it but gets but the ball stays a touch low. Goes under the bat and hits him on the thigh pad. The players put in an appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Both the set batsmen are now back in the hut. Pakistan would now look to run through the lower order.
  • 93.1 Loopy ball around off, Watling taps it to the on side.
  • 92.6 Shorter and on off stump, Sodhi remains in his crease as he defends it. 227/6
  • 92.5 Full face of the bat as Sodhi defends it back to the bowler.
  • 92.4 Full and on off now, Sodhi comes ahead and defends it.
  • 92.3 Down the leg side again, Sodhi plays it fine on the leg side. The ball is stopped just inside the boundary and the batsmen pick up two.
  • 92.2 Sprayed way down the leg side. Sarfraz does well to bring his pads together and stop any byes.
  • 92.1 Fuller and on middle, Watling goes down and sweeps it fine on the leg side for a single.
  • Haris Sohail back on now.
  • 91.6 Things are really happening now ! This one lands on middle and rips away at the last moment to beat the outside edge of Sodhi who is front in defense. 224/6
  • 91.5 OUT! Grandhomme has reviewed here, he has been given LBW and Hawk Eye returns three reds. A waste of a review by Grandhomme. That was absolutely plumb. He bags another failure and New Zealand have now lost two in quick succession. This one is pitched on middle and turns to hold its line. Grandhomme is on the back foot and wants to flick it away to the leg side but misses and the ball hits him bang in front of middle on the back pad. The players appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Grandhomme reviews but to no avail. The visitors now have lost both their reviews and are also losing their way now.
  • 91.4 Goes for the sweep shot but misses.
  • 91.3 On the middle pole, it is flicked to mid-wicket.
  • It was at this period of time yesterday that the light started to get a bit dim. Let's hope we get a full day of proper cricket.
  • Colin de Grandhomme now needs to be more watchful. Has to stick around with his partner and see out as much as the day possible.
  • 91.2 Another inside edge! This time it was full and on middle, Watling comes ahead to defend and there is too little turn on this one. The ball gets the inside edge and rolls to the left of short leg.
  • 91.1 That was a close shave! The ball is flat and outside off, Grandhomme looks to drive it on the back foot, but gets the inside edge that misses the leg stump by a whisker and runs down to fine leg for a run. The lead is now 150!
  • 90.6 In the corridor of uncertainty, it is blocked. 222/5
  • 90.5 Back of a length around off, Watling gets right behind the line and defends it onto the ground.
  • 90.4 On the off pole, the batsman is solid in defense.
  • 90.3 Good length outside off, Watling makes a leave.
  • 90.2 A little away movement there after it pitches on middle, de Grandhomme tries to put bat on ball but gets a leading edge towards mid off. The fielder there has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses.
  • 90.1 This is on the pads, it is worked through square leg for a run.
  • 89.6 Wider outside off on a short length, Grandhomme punches it to cover off the back foot. 220/5
  • 89.5 Flatter ball on off, Grandhomme shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the backfoot.
  • Colin de Grandhomme is the new man in.
  • 89.4 OUT! Yasir strikes! A huge breakthrough for Pakistan! Nicholls has been sweeping well all innings but this one is a tad too full outside off to play the shot. It kisses the under edge and Sarfraz takes a wonderful catch. He goes up in an appeal immediately and the umpire raises his finger. Henry however, reviews after a chat with his partner. Replays show that there is an under edge. Nicholls has been given his marching orders. Pakistan get one of the two well-set batsman and this should pump them up, their shoulders were starting to drop. End of the 112-run stand and the visitors now have half the side back in the hut. They are effectively 146 for 5.
  • Big moment in the game! Nicholls has been given out caught behind. He though has reviewed.
  • 89.3 Full and outside off, Nicholls smothers it by coming well ahead.
  • 89.2 Drifting onto the pads with a flatter one, Watling tucks it around the corner on the leg side for a single.
  • 89.1 Shorter and on off stump, Watling goes on the back foot and plays it to mid on.
  • 88.6 Dug in short. Nicholls is ready for it and pulls it away to deep square leg for 2 runs. 219/4
  • 88.5 A tad fuller this time, Nicholls drives to mid off who dives and stops the ball.
  • 88.4 Similar delivery and similarly defended again.
  • 88.3 Outside off on a length again, HN plays it into the ground.
  • 88.2 Sprayed down the off side, Nicholls just leaves it alone.
  • 88.1 Good length and on off stump, Nicholls defends with ease.
  • 87.6 Full and on the pads again, poor bowling. Watling flicks it straight to short mid-wicket though. 217/4
  • 87.5 On leg stump again, Watling guides it to short mid-wicket.
  • 87.4 Shortens the length and turns it into the pads, Nicholls plays it toward deep square leg for a run.
  • 87.3 Around the wicket to the leftie, pitches it wide outside off. Nicholls comes ahead and defends.
  • 87.2 Short and flat outside off, cut away behind point for three runs.
  • 87.1 On the pads to start off with, Watling works it towards square leg for a couple.
  • Yasir Shah is into the attack now.
  • 86.6 Length ball outside off, cut away to point. Maiden over. 211/4
  • 86.5 Bowls this full on that fourth stump channel in search of swing. Nicholls drives it to covers.
  • 86.4 Down leg, Nicholls hops a tad and tucks it to the on side.
  • 86.3 Good length ball away from the off pole. Henry leaves it alone. No swing here and the new ball hasn't done much.
  • 86.2 On the money is Abbas. Henry is happy to defend it.
  • 86.1 On a good length down leg, Nicholls tucks it away.
  • 85.6 This is on good length, Watling comes half forward and defends it easily. 211/4
  • 85.5 Short and on off stump, Watling stands tall and defends it.
  • 85.4 FOUR! Beautiful timing on this occasion towards the mid-wicket fence. It brings up BJ Watling's 15th fifty in Tests. It has been a wonderful innings with a lot of application. The Kiwi wicket-keeper has a knack of playing these grinding innings in pressure situations and here he is again with one more. Coming to the delivery, it was full and on the pads. Easy pickings for someone who's been at the crease for this long. Flicks it away. This also brings up the 100-run stand between these two. What a partnership it has been, taking the game slowly away from Pakistan's grip.
  • 85.3 Good length and on the pads, Watling flicks it towards mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 85.2 Full and at the pads, Nicholls has flicked the ball off his pads towards fine leg. One run added to the total.
  • 85.1 Good length outside off, Watling tries to guide it between third slip and gully. They run through for a quick one and Babar Azam has a shy at the striker's end. Hasan Ali backs up the wayward throw in time and prevents overthrows.
  • 84.6 Similar length and holds its line after pitching, Nicholls is well ahead and punches it to mid off. 203/4
  • 84.5 A tad wider this time, Nicholls leaves it alone as it moves away after landing.
  • 84.4 Around the wicket, good length and just outside off. Nicholls defends it to mid-wicket.
  • 84.3 Length ball on top of off, Nicholls defends it straight back to the bowler.
  • 84.2 Close! This one is full and on middle, Nicholls looks to play it toward mid on but gets the leading edge that runs along the ground to backward point.
  • 84.1 Good length ball just outside off, Nicholls defends it coming half ahead.
  • 83.6 Good length ball on middle, slightly moving away after landing. Watling adjusts well to the swing and plays it down towards point. 203/4
  • 83.5 This one moves away after landing, Watling doesn't go chasing after it though.
  • 83.4 Outside off and on a good length, Watling lets it go through to the keeper.
  • 83.3 Another bouncer but the ball didn't rise as much as the previous one. BJ ducks under it.
  • 83.2 Short again but on top of off stump, Watling remains on his back foot to defend.
  • 83.1 This one is short and outside off, Watling defends it off the back foot.
  • 83.1 Wide! Too high. Bouncer and aimed at the helmet, Watling ducks and lets it go. The leg umpire signals it as Wide.
  • 82.6 Pitched slightly ahead on this occasion, Nicholls comes ahead and defends. 202/4
  • 82.5 Short of a good length and just outside off, Nicholls defends it from within the crease.
  • 82.4 Down the leg side and short, Nicholls wants to flick it away but the ball was too far away and thus, lets it go.
  • 82.3 This one is on middle and worked down to square leg but no run.
  • 82.2 Huge appeal from Pakistan! Was it the outside edge or the thigh pad? The ball was a really good one and Nicholls was completely squared up by this one. Good length just outside off and the batsman was ahead to defend it but the ball just shapes away very slightly. There is a noise as the ball passes the bat. Ultra Edge shows that the noise was of the bat hitting the pad as it comes down.
  • 82.1 Good ball on a length outside off, Nicholls leaves it watchfully.
  • 81.6 Way outside off stump again, Watling wants nothing to do with it. 202/4
  • 81.5 This one is well outside off, the ball is left alone by Watling.
  • 81.4 Good length outside off, rock solid in defense again.
  • 81.3 Fuller this time, Watling wants to drive it through the covers but gets the inside half of the bat and the ball runs down to mid on.
  • 81.2 Good length well outside off, slightly shaping in, left alone.
  • 81.2 No ball! Overstepping by Hasan Ali! Quite a big one at that. The ball was short and outside off, defended on the back foot.
  • 81.1 Good length on off stump, Watling comes ahead to defend it.
  • Hasan Ali to bowl from the other end.
  • 80.6 Just short of a good length on top of off stump, Nicholls punches it off the back foot to mid on. 201/4
  • 80.5 Outside off on a length, Nicholls lets it go through.
  • 80.4 Over the wicket now. Starts off on leg stick, Nicholls defends back to the bowler off the back foot.
  • Abbas pulls up! He comes running in from over the wicket but then sees the batsman standing in the wrong position so bails out. The umpire then asks the batsman to change ends and we are all set to go now.
  • The second new ball has been taken now. Will it provide Pakistan the breakthrough they are looking for?
  • 80.3 Length ball outside off, Nicholls is half forward in defense.
  • 80.2 Slightly fuller and angling in on middle, tucked away behind square leg for a run by Watling.
  • 80.1 Good length and a tad outside off, Watling shoulders his arms to it.
  • The players are back on the field for the final session of play. 33 overs to be bowled in the remainder of the day. BJ Watling to face the first ball after the break. Mohammad Abbas to start off the proceedings. Here we go...
  • ... Day 3, Session 3 ...
  • New Zealand's session and comprehensively so! There has not been a single wicket to fall in this session and even chances were far and few. Watling and Nicholls have blunted the threat of the spinners and have looked very comfortable out there in the middle. The unbeaten 92-run stand couldn't have come at a better time but there is so much time left in the Test and the pitch seems to have really eased out, so it is imperative for them to continue. Will they or will Pakistan break the stand with the new ball which is available now? Join us in a bit for the last session!
  • 79.6 Changes the angle for the last ball! He floats it up middle, it is blocked well. TEA ON DAY 3! 200/4
  • 79.5 Very full on middle, Nicholls jams it out to short leg.
  • 79.4 Gives it a nice loop around off, it spins in. Nicholls tries to defend but the ball goes off the inner half towards short leg.
  • 79.3 Floats it up on off, it is blocked.
  • 79.2 Down the leg side, it is flicked towards deep square leg for a run. 200 up and the lead is now 126.
  • 79.1 This is tossed up on off, Watling strokes it to mid off.
  • 78.6 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 Flatter and quicker on middle, Nicholls prods ahead to dead bat this one.
  • 78.4 Shorter this time outside off, punched away straight to extra cover. Azhar Ali stumbles and falls down while fielding it. It doesn't cost a run though.
  • 78.3 Well outside off on a length and turning away, left alone.
  • 78.2 Flighted and the ball is almost on yorker length, Nicholls digs it out.
  • 78.1 Well looped up delivery on middle, Nicholls brings his bat in front of the pad and defends.
  • 77.6 This is on the stumps. Blocked. 199/4
  • 77.5 Goes back and then punches it through covers for a run.
  • 77.4 Quicker and on off, it is defended.
  • 77.3 This is tossed up outside off, Nicholls tries to drive but gets it off the inner half towards the bowler.
  • 77.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 77.1 This is down the leg side, the batter works it to short fine leg.
  • 76.6 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 Similar ball slightly wider this time, Watling prods forward and defends it into the ground.
  • 76.4 Fuller and on off, kept out by Watling coming ahead.
  • 76.3 Fifty up for Nicholls! The ball is on the pads and is worked behind square on the leg side. They pick up a single and it brings up the 6th Test 50 for Nicholls. This is a really important innings in the context of the game. The key has been his patience. He walked in when his team was in a lot of trouble and has batted very sensibly to reach here. Must carry on though.
  • 76.2 Shorter in length this time, Nicholls defends off the back foot.
  • 76.1 Immediately paid off! Leading edge and just goes above Hafeez's head. The ball was on length and turned away after landing. Nicholls closed the face of the bat too soon and gets the leading edge but his luck is good today and survives. The ball runs to the left of mid off and the batsmen come back for two.
  • Mohammad Hafeez is now on.
  • 75.6 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 BEATEN! This is flighted on off, it pitches on off and then turns square. The batter lunges to keep it out but is beaten by the spin.
  • 75.4 Loopy ball on leg stump, the batsman plays it onto the ground.
  • 75.3 This is given nice amount of air, the batsman strokes it towards mid on for a quick run.
  • 75.2 This is given air on middle, it is flicked to short mid-wicket.
  • 75.1 On the shorter side, it is worked with the turn towards mid-wicket.
  • 74.6 Down leg, worked through square leg for one. 194/4
  • 74.5 Goes the other way. Outside off, picked up by Watling and creams it to extra cover. They manage to come to come back for the third.
  • 74.4 Off spinner on off, Watling bunts it down.
  • 74.3 A bit shot outside off, punched off the back foot through covers. Another run taken.
  • 74.2 Loopy ball around off, Nicholls blocks it out.
  • 74.1 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.
  • 73.6 On middle, it is defended. 188/4
  • 73.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 73.4 Drives it with the turn to mid on.
  • 73.3 Flighted ball on off, Nicholls blocks it out.
  • 73.2 Just wide! A half-chance that! This was tossed up outside off, it comes back in. Nicholls defends inside the line, the ball goes off the inner half, uppishly towards short leg. Imam there dives full stretch to his right but can't reach to it.
  • 73.1 NOT OUT! And Pakistan now have lost both their reviews. A massive inside edge there. This was tossed up outside off, it turns in a little. Nicholls lunges to defend but the ball hits his pads. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. After a chat Sarfraz signals the 'T'. They go upstairs and replays show that there is bat involved.
  • Review time! A huge appeal for an LBW has been turned down. Pakistan have reviewed. Impact looks outside off, Nicholls is the man in question.
  • 72.6 On the stumps, it is defended. 188/4
  • 72.5 Down the leg side, left alone.
  • 72.4 Flighted ball on middle, the batsman works it to mid-wicket.
  • 72.3 This is flatter and on middle, it is worked around the corner for a single.
  • 72.2 Flatter and on middle, Nicholls pushes it to covers.
  • 72.1 Worked with the turn towards backward square leg for a run.
  • Bilal Asif is back on.
  • 71.6 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 The batsman has punched that ball through the offside. They pick up a single.
  • 71.4 The flipper on off, the batsman punches it to covers.
  • 71.3 On the shorter side, it is punched to covers.
  • 71.2 Flighted on middle, Watling defends it off the front foot.
  • 71.1 On middle, it is blocked.
  • 70.6 Flighted ball on off, Nicholls lunges and keeps it out. 185/4
  • 70.5 Floats it up on off, it is kept out.
  • 70.4 On the shorter side, Nicholls goes down on one knee and pulls it through square leg for a couple.
  • 70.3 Bowls this one flatter and on off, the batsman rocks back and keeps it out.
  • 70.2 Gives it air around off, Nicholls is solid in defense.
  • 70.1 Very full outside off, Nicholls mistimes it through covers. Abbas gives it a chase and the batsmen run two.
  • 69.6 Floats it up on off, the batsman lunges and blocks it out. 181/4
  • 69.5 Plays the sweep again towards short fine leg. A run taken this time.
  • 69.4 Plays the sweep but it goes off the inner half towards short fine leg.
  • 69.3 Gives it a nice loop outside off, Nicholls reaches out for it and then blocks it out.
  • 69.2 Another tossed up ball outside off, HN lunges and defends it.
  • 69.1 The leg spinner around middle, Nicholls with the turn works it to square leg.
  • Yasir Shah is back on.
  • 68.6 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 Loopy ball on off, Henry leans forward and blocks it out.
  • 68.4 HN has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 68.3 Outside off, cut in the gap through cover-point for an easy run.
  • 68.2 Full and down leg, Watling flicks it to the on side.
  • 68.1 Flatter ball over the stumps, Watling punches it to covers.
  • 67.6 Outside off, punched off the back foot towards covers. 178/4
  • 67.5 Back of a length ball way down leg, Nicholls leaves it alone. A good take from Sarfraz.
  • 67.4 FOUR! Hasan digs in a bouncer down leg. Nicholls well in control of it pulls it fine through fine leg. No protection there and a boundary results.
  • 67.3 Drags his length back a bit from the previous ball, outside off. Henry drives it to the off side.
  • 67.2 Full and on off, Nicholls blocks it out with a straight bat.
  • 67.1 Yorker. Full and on the off pole. Nicholls does well to jam it out.
  • 66.6 This one is flatter in trajectory, Watling keeps it out. 174/4
  • 66.5 Full and slightly outside off, it is defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 66.4 This one is short and on middle, Watling punches is straight back.
  • 66.3 This is full and well outside off but Henry takes a large stride ahead and sweeps it behind square on the leg side for a run. This also takes the lead to 100.
  • 66.2 Appeal for LBW, but there was an inside edge on that one. This ball is outside off and turns in quite a bit after landing. Nicholls fails to cover the turn completely and is lucky to get the inside edge.
  • 66.1 Full to start off with outside off stump, Nicholls comes ahead and dead bats it.
  • Haris Sohail is into the attack now.
  • 65.6 Fuller and outside off, Watling drives it straight to the cover fielder. 173/4
  • 65.5 Well outside off on a length, Watling leaves it alone.
  • 65.4 Good pace from Hasan Ali here! This one is fuller and on middle. Watling plays it to mid on with a straight bat.
  • 65.3 On a good length and on middle stump this time, Watling plays it back to the bowler.
  • 65.2 FOUR! Overpitched and Watling is onto it immediately. Angling onto middle and leg, the Kiwi batsman flicks it to the right of short mid-wicket and times it beautifully.
  • 65.1 Slightly short of a good length, Watling defends it off the back foot to cover.
  • 64.6 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 This one turns a lot after landing, Nicholls looks to work it away behind square leg but misses it to get hit on the pad. But the ball is turning too much so there is no appeal.
  • 64.4 This one is shorter and wide outside off, Watling cuts it away to the fielder deep on the off side for another single.
  • 64.3 Good ball this time! Just outside off, Watling comes ahead and defends it well though.
  • 64.2 Around the wicket this time, flatter and turning into the pads, Nicholls rocks back and works it away towards square leg for another run.
  • 64.1 Flatter and outside off, Watling cuts it away towards sweeper cover for a single.
  • 63.6 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 Just as I say he is bowling tight lines, he darts one in at the hips. It is worked away by Watling behind square leg for a single.
  • 63.4 Hasan is pegging away at the off stump, short of a length this time. Watling defends it comfortably.
  • 63.3 Similar length but slightly closer to the off pole this time due to which Watling decides to defend it with his willow.
  • 63.2 This one is left alone by BJ as the ball is on length and well outside off.
  • 63.1 Length ball outside off, Watling punches it to point off the back foot.
  • Hasan Ali is back on.
  • 62.6 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 This one rares up off a good length and turns to beat the inside edge of Nicholls who comes ahead to defend. The ball was rising as it hits the pads, hence there is not much of an appeal.
  • 62.4 Fuller and flighted again outside off, Nicholls sweeps it away to square leg. No run though.
  • 62.3 Shorter and turning into the pads, Nicholls flicks it onto the leg side but straight to the fielder.
  • 62.2 Around the wicket to the leftie, just falls short of short leg! The ball was outside off, lands on a rough patch and turns in quite a lot to take the inside edge of Nicholls' bat who was trying to defend on the front foot.
  • 62.1 Good flighted ball outside off, Watling gives his partner the strike by driving it to sweeper cover.
  • 61.6 Nicholls is looking solid here as keeps another full one out comfortably. 158/4
  • 61.5 Fuller and on middle, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 61.4 The ball is drifting onto the pads on this occasion, Nicholls flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple. It brings up the 50-run stand between these two. Good stand this! Needs to continue though. The lead is now 84.
  • 61.3 Well flighted outside off and turning away, Nicholls doesn't find the need to play at it.
  • 61.2 Looped up on off, Nicholls takes account of the spin and defends it well.
  • 61.1 Length delivery and turning away outside off, Nicholls cuts it away in the gap through point for a couple.
  • 60.6 Slightly fuller on middle, driven down the ground by Watling but there's no run available. 154/4
  • 60.5 Well outside off, left alone.
  • 60.4 Faint outside edge but it was soft hands so that ball just drops down in front of slip. It was looped up on off stump and turned away slightly at the last moment.
  • 60.3 No run.
  • 60.2 Similar ball but this time he sweeps it squarer this time and picks up a run.
  • 60.1 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.
  • 59.6 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 Fuller and outside off, The batsman drives this through the covers but no run.
  • 59.4 This one is darted in quicker and shorter on middle. Nicholls gets behind the line of the ball and defends.
  • 59.3 FOUR! 150 up for New Zealand! Welcome boundary for them, one must say! The ball is flighted and overpitched outside off, Nicholls sweeps it away to the square leg fence.
  • 59.2 Fuller and well outside off on this occasion, Nicholls keeps it out.
  • 59.1 Good ball! This one is well bowled on off stump and turns slightly. But the ball is well dealt with by Nicholls.
  • 58.6 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 Flatter delivery at a quick pace. Watling comes forward to defend it again.
  • 58.4 Looped up this time outside off, driven to mid off by Watling.
  • 58.3 Fuller and quicker outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 58.2 Fuller and on off stump, Watling smothers the spin on this one by defending it into the ground.
  • 58.1 Flatter and outside off, Watling punches it straight at silly point on the bounce. He's not hurt though.
  • 57.6 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 In the air... but safe! The bounce there surprised Watling. This is slightly shorter around off, it pitches and then takes off. Watling was shaping up for playing the pull shot but then seeing the bounce, checks his shot. It goes uppishly towards square leg for a run.
  • 57.4 Gives it air on off, the batsman defends it off the front foot.
  • 57.3 Shorter and outside off, Nicholls goes back and punches it towards cover for a run.
  • 57.2 This is driven crisply towards the cover fielder who makes a good stop to his right.
  • 57.1 This is worked through square leg with the turn for a run.
  • 56.6 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 Nicholls takes a large stride and sweeps it to short fine leg. No run though.
  • 56.4 This one is way outside off, Nicholls prods ahead and pads it away. The ball lobs onto the leg side. No risk involed here.
  • 56.3 Flighted well outside off, Nicholls is drawn forward and his attempted forward defense takes the inside edge. Luckily for him, it drops away from the short leg fielder.
  • 56.2 Flat again and outside off, Watling cuts it away to point again and picks up a single. Extra bounce on this one.
  • 56.1 Flatter and well outside off, Watling cuts it straight to point.
  • Yasir Shah is back into the attack now.
  • 55.6 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 Another loopy ball on off, Henry blocks it onto the ground.
  • 55.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 55.3 Gives it nice amount of air on off, HN prods forward and keeps it out.
  • 55.2 Flatter and on off, Nicholls goes back and defends it onto the ground.
  • 55.1 Nicely tossed up around off, the batsman lunges and keeps it out.
  • 54.6 This ball is on the pads and is played by Henry with the angle towards square leg for a run. 144/4
  • 54.5 This ball is on a good length and on middle, Nicholls plays it to mid on with a straight bat. No run.
  • 54.4 This is well outside off on a length, Nicholls shoulders arms to it.
  • 54.3 The ball is just short of a length and Nicholls goes back and defends with a straight bat.
  • 54.2 Slightly fuller than a good length, the batsman flicks it away to deep square leg for a single.
  • 54.1 The keeper has come up to the stumps. The ball was on good length and outside off, defended by Watling to short cover.
  • 53.6 Short and on middle, Nicholls stays in the crease and defends. 142/4
  • 53.5 This ball is flatter and turning into Watling, he rocks back and pulls it to deep square leg for a run.
  • 53.4 Flatter ball on off, Watling covers the turn and defends it.
  • 53.3 Huge appeal from Pakistan but the umpire is not fazed. The ball was flighted on off stump and spinning in slightly, Watling goes down and attempts to sweep this one but misses it to get hit on the pads. After a long discussion, Sarfraz decides not to go for the review. The replays show that the ball hits his forearm before going on to hit the pads. So that's a good decision by Pakistan not to go upstairs.
  • 53.2 Looped on off stump, Watling plays it with soft hands onto the ground on the leg side.
  • 53.1 Flighted in on middle, Watling comes ahead and defends it on to the leg side.
  • 52.6 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 FOUR! Wonderful flick off the pads and this time in the gap. The ball is overpitched and at the pads, easily worked square on the leg side to the fence.
  • 52.4 Full and on the pads, Watling flicks it off his pads straight to short mid-wicket again.
  • 52.3 On middle this time, Watling works it to mid-wicket.
  • 52.2 Just outside off, Watling is half forward to this one and defends it to cover.
  • 52.1 Good length ball on the off stump, Watling defends on the front foot.
  • 51.6 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 This one is well outside off, left alone by the left-hander this time.
  • 51.4 Slightly flatter this time outside off, Nicholls goes on the back foot and plays it to short cover.
  • 51.3 Even more loop this time, Nicholls keeps it out again.
  • 51.2 Looped up outside off again, Nicholls covers the spin and defends.
  • 51.1 Flighted just outside off, Nicholls prods ahead and defends.
  • Bilal Asif to bowl from the other end.
  • 50.6 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 On a good length around off, Watling plays it to the of side.
  • 50.4 Full again on off, bunted down.
  • 50.3 A tad fuller around off, Watling keeps it out.
  • 50.2 That is the Abbas we know. Length ball in line of the stumps, Watling blocks it out with a straight bat.
  • 50.1 Comes in from over the wicket and lands it short and wide. A rare loosener from Abbas. Cut away past point for a brace.
  • We are back for the afternoon session. BJ Watling and Henry Nicholls will continue their innings. For the hosts, Mohammad Abbas will bowl the first over.
  • ... Day 3, Session 2 ...
  • New Zealand will be disappointed as there were not many questions that the pitch was throwing at them. They needed a bit more application. Having said that, take nothing away from the Pakistan bowlers. They toiled hard and got their rewards. They will look to come back and do more of the same. Join us for the post Lunch session in a while!
  • Pakistan's session without a doubt! 3 massive wickets and almost another one towards the end of the session. The first one being the biggest, the New Zealand skipper. Ross Taylor entertained till he was there in the middle but played one shot too many and got caught plumb in front by a Hasan Ali special. The latter picked up one more as he had the well-set Raval caught behind.
  • 49.6 Outside off, left alone. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 3! 134/4
  • 49.5 BYE! Down the leg side, Watling goes for the pull but misses. The keeper fails to collect it cleanly. The ball rolls towards short fine leg and a bye is taken.
  • 49.4 This is tossed up on off, blocked.
  • 49.3 NOT OUT! Missing leg! Did not see that coming to be honest. Excellent use of the technology though by New Zealand. This is tossed up around off, it turns back in after pitching. Watling shuffles across and goes on the back foot, he tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal follows and the umpire agrees. Watling walks upto his partner and then signals the 'T'. Replays roll in and it shows it is going down leg. Watling survives to fight another day and New Zealand there will breathe a sigh of relief.
  • Watling is a goner! He has been given out LBW but he has reviewed. Looks out to be honest.
  • 49.2 Works it with the turn to mid-wicket.
  • 49.1 Gives it air around off, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 48.6 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 Attacks the off pole again, HN blocks it onto the ground.
  • 48.4 Around off, the batsman gets right behind the line and defends it.
  • 48.3 On the pads, it is worked to fine leg for a single.
  • 48.2 On the fuller side and it comes in a touch. The batsman strokes it towards silly mid on.
  • 48.1 Length again and outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it.
  • 47.6 On off, blocked. 132/4
  • 47.5 Well bowled! This is flatter and around off, it pitches and straightens a touch. HN goes back and plays inside the line to get beaten.
  • 47.4 Uses his feet and then works it through mid-wicket to rotate strike. A good partnership building here for New Zealand.
  • 47.3 The off spinner on middle, Watling works it to short leg.
  • 47.2 Shorter and outside off, Nicholls goes back and slaps it through point for a run.
  • 47.1 Slightly shorter and on off, the batsman flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 46.6 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 On the stumps and it is flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 46.4 A little too straight this time, BJ works it to mid-wicket.
  • 46.3 On the fuller side and it tails back in a touch. The batsman strokes it back to the bowler.
  • 46.2 Length again and around off, it is kept out.
  • 46.1 Good length on off, the batsman defends it onto the ground.
  • 45.6 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 Gives it a nice loop on middle, HN prods forward and tries to keep it out.
  • 45.4 Good turn there! However, it needed to bowled a little more closer to the off pole. This is floated outside off, Nicholls first thinks of playing at it but then seeing the turn, pulls out of the shot.
  • 45.3 On the shorter side, the batsman goes onto the back foot and pulls it towards deep square leg for a run.
  • 45.2 Goes down on one knee and paddles it fine down the leg side for a run.
  • 45.1 Gives it air on off, Watling lunges and blocks it out.
  • Bilal Asif is into the attack.
  • 44.6 Full and around off, Nicholls reaches out to it and strokes it to covers. 123/4
  • 44.5 On off and it is kept out. This is the line he bowls on regular basis, however, he has been a little too wide outside off today.
  • 44.4 Comes around the wicket but the line is not the right one, it is outside off and the batsman lets it be.
  • 44.3 Closer to the off pole this time, Nicholls gets right behind the line and defends it.
  • 44.2 Good length again and outside off, the batsman once again does not fiddle with it.
  • 44.1 On a length and outside off, the ball is left alone.
  • Mohammad Abbas is back on.
  • 43.6 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 Gives it a nice loop and the batsman keeps it out.
  • 43.4 Down the leg side, Nicholls waits for the ball to do its bit and then works it fine down the leg side. Three taken.
  • 43.3 The is flighted outside off, it is kept out.
  • 43.2 Brings out the sweep shot but misses and is hit on the pads. No risk what so ever as Nicholls plants his front foot out of the line of the off stump.
  • 43.1 Tosses it up around off, Nicholls lunges and defends it out.
  • 42.6 On the shorter side, the batsman defends it onto the ground. 118/4
  • 42.5 On the shorter side, Nicholls swivels and pulls it through square leg for a run.
  • 42.4 On the fuller side, the batsman drives it square on the off side but finds the fielder.
  • 42.3 Good length and around off, it is blocked.
  • 42.2 Loose, loose stroke! Short and wide outside off, Nicholls goes to cut away from his body but luckily for him he gets beaten.
  • 42.1 Back of a length on off, it is kept out.
  • 41.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 117/4
  • 41.5 Flatter and on off, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 41.4 FOUR! Picked the line of the delivery quickly there. This is down the leg side, Watling quickly goes down on one knee and paddles it fine down the leg side. It races away to the fence.
  • 41.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 41.2 Gives it air on middle, it turns away ever so slightly. Watling tries to flick but gets a soft leading edge towards covers.
  • 41.1 This is floated around off, the batsman sweeps it through square leg for a run.
  • 40.6 On the shorter side, Watling stands tall and defends it onto the ground. 112/4
  • 40.5 Another inswinger from off, BJ is solid in defense.
  • 40.4 Full and wide outside off, it comes back in but not enough to make the batsman play.
  • 40.3 On a length and around off, it is kept out.
  • 40.2 Better! Bowls it closer to the off pole, it is kept out.
  • 40.1 FOUR! A freebie for Watling to get off the mark! Short and wide outside off, BJ cuts it through backward point for a boundary.
  • 39.6 Gives it a little more air this time and Nicholls it solid in defense. 108/4
  • 39.5 On the shorter side, Nicholls defends it onto the ground. Yasir should probably bowl from the over the wicket angle, threatening both the edges, just might create more opportunities.
  • 39.4 Down the leg side, the batsman misses the flick.
  • 39.3 Brings out the sweep but mistimes it through square leg.
  • 39.2 Another leg spinner and Nicholls works it around the corner for no runs.
  • 39.1 Gives it air outside off, Nicholls works it to mid-wicket with the turn.
  • 38.6 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 OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Second in the over and New Zealand are now in big, big trouble. Raval falls four shot of a fifty. Excellent stuff by Hasan Ali. He got the right hander with the in-dipper and now gets the left-hander with an awayswinger. On a length and around off, it is first angled into the batsman and then gets it to shape away a touch late. Raval plays inside the line, the ball kisses the outside edge and Sarfraz Ahmed behind makes no mistake. Pakistan are ecstatic at the moment and New Zealand are effectively 34 for 4.
  • 38.4 Good aggression by the bowler! Full and on off, it is driven back to the bowler. He mimes a throw at the striker's end and then gives the batsman the stare. He has his tail up at the moment.
  • 38.3 Goes for the yorker but ends up bowling a full toss, the batsman strokes it through mid on and collects three. Nicholls is off the mark with that.
  • 38.2 Back of a length on off, Nicholls defends it onto the ground.
  • Henry Nicholls is the new man in.
  • 38.1 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.
  • 37.6 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 Quicker again and it is in that in-between length. Taylor is not sure whether to play it off the front or the back foot. He in the end defends it from within his crease.
  • 37.4 Flatter and around off, Taylor defends it onto the ground.
  • 37.3 Taylor dances down the track but does not get to the pitch of the ball. He defends it.
  • 37.2 Has that been dropped? Well, judging by the reaction of the Pakistan players, it does seem so. Would have been a freakish dismissal. Taylor has absolutely creamed that towards silly point who takes evasive action. The ball hits his boot and lobs up towards Yasir who dives forward and tries to take it but fails to do so. Would not have mattered though as the ball bounced before hitting the foot.
  • 37.1 Gives it a nice loop around off, it turns away. Taylor makes a leave.
  • Drinks break! A very good hour of play for the New Zealanders if you take out the wicket of their skipper. They have wiped off the deficit and the pitch looks pretty easy to bat on now. Williamson will be kicking himself for a lapse of concentration. Pakistan will be happy and look to pick another wicket or two before lunch.
  • 36.6 Another bumper to end the over! Raval ducks under it with ease. 104/2
  • 36.5 A little too wide outside off, left alone.
  • 36.4 Another short ball but with not a lot of fizz. Raval gets behind the line and defends it onto the ground.
  • 36.3 A good change in length there! A well-directed bouncer by Ali. Raval ducks under it at the very end.
  • 36.2 Length again around off, Raval gets forward and blocks it out.
  • 36.1 Good length and just outside off, Raval makes a leave.
  • 35.6 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 FOUR! This is the third boundary in the over. Taylor steps down the wicket and lifts it over mid-wicket this time. The ball is quick and on middle. Taylor comes down and converts it into a half-volley as he continues to be aggressive and counter-attacking against the leg spinner.
  • 35.4 Short and well outside off again, Taylor cuts again but this is straight to the point fielder.
  • 35.3 FOUR! Short and outside off again, Taylor cuts it again, this time to the right of point and for four again. The hundred is up for the Black Caps. The Pakistanis are feeding Taylor with bad balls.
  • 35.2 FOUR! This is a poor ball outside off, Taylor cuts it behind point for four. Backward point dives but can't stop this one. Taylor is playing a lot of shots this morning.
  • 35.1 Flighted outside off, Taylor comes down the wicket and drives through the covers for a couple.
  • 34.6 On the middle stump this time, Raval is solid in defense. 90/2
  • 34.5 On a good length and angling away from the left-hander, Raval lets this one go.
  • 34.4 Short of a good length and on middle, Taylor plays it down the ground with a straight bat and goes to the other end.
  • 34.3 On a good length and middle this time, Taylor stays back and defends to mid on.
  • 34.2 This is slightly fuller and on off, driven hard but straight to mid off.
  • 34.1 Good length ball just outside off, Taylor comes ahead and defends it with the full face of the bat.
  • 33.6 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 The ball is fuller and on middle now, Taylor goes for the sweep. The ball takes the top edge and goes in the air toward fine leg for a couple.
  • Ross Taylor walks out to the middle.
  • 33.4 OUT! Bowled 'em! A peach out of nowhere from Yasir Shah. The New Zealand skipper has a lapse of concentration and plays back to a ball that he should've probably been ahead to. The ball is around middle and turns away very slightly. Enough to beat the outside edge of Williamson's bat as he is looking to defend. The ball seems to have clipped the off pole and the Pakistan players start celebrating. The umpire though, just to be sure, take it upstairs to check if the stumps have not been disturbed by Sarfraz. Replays roll in and it shows Yasir has cleaned Williamson up. Huge wicket in the context of the game! The stand of 86-runs comes to an end and Williamson walks back after getting a start. New Zealand in a spot of bother, they are effectively 12 for 2.
  • 33.3 Shorter and spinning into the pads this time, Raval plays it to deep square leg for a run.
  • 33.2 Pitched wide outside off, Raval takes a big stride forward and defends it into the ground.
  • 33.1 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.
  • 32.6 Good length ball on middle, Williamson is half ahead as he plays it mid on. 85/1
  • 32.5 Short of a length and outside off. Kane ducks down and lets it go through.
  • 32.4 Good ball this time, slightly quicker and keeps a little low. Williamson gets down and keeps it out well.
  • 32.3 Drifting onto the pads this time, Williamson plays it to short mid-wicket. No run.
  • 32.2 Outside off on a length this time, Williamson plays a good looking shot to cover.
  • 32.1 On a good length, outside off. Williamson cover the line of the delivery and defends it.
  • The ball is not doing a lot for the Pakistan and the two batters are playing quite comfortably.
  • Hasan Ali is now into the attack.
  • 31.6 Outside off, driven away to sweeper cover for a single. 85/1
  • 31.5 Looped on off, Kane prods ahead and smothers the spin on this one by defending it into the ground.
  • 31.4 Quicker at the pads, Williamson defends it off the back foot.
  • 31.3 Shorter and quicker outside off, Williamson cuts it to backward point.
  • 31.2 Full and outside off, Raval drives to the right of mid off and gives the strike back to the skipper.
  • 31.1 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.
  • 30.6 On length and angling in towards off stump, Raval defends it into the ground, this time off the front foot. 82/1
  • 30.5 Good length outside off again and a beautiful drive through the covers this time. The boundary is quite long and the batsmen come back for three easily.
  • 30.4 FOUR! What a classy shot! Good length and just outside off. Not much wrong with the ball but that's the class of the batsman. Williamson guides it beautifully in the gap towards the left of point for a boundary.
  • 30.3 On a good length and just outside off, Kane defends to cover very watchfully.
  • 30.2 Good length and on middle, Williamson is rock solid in defense.
  • 30.1 Short and outside off, Williamson lets it go through to Sarfraz.
  • 29.6 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 Spins away and well down the leg side, Raval wants to poke it away in the gap but doesn't get willow on it.
  • 29.4 Shorter and quicker on middle, Raval goes back in his crease and defends.
  • 29.3 Goes slightly short this time, Raval just works it off his pads towards square leg.
  • 29.2 Looped up on middle and spinning in, Raval plays it to mid-wicket.
  • 29.1 Good drift on this ball after landing outside off, Raval tries to drive but gets the inside edge that goes onto the leg side.
  • 28.6 On length and on the middle stump line, Williamson plays a wristy shot to short mid-wicket. 75/1
  • 28.5 Surprise bouncer this time at the body, Raval jumps and manages to keep it down and plays it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 28.4 On middle this time, Raval wants to drive it down the ground. The ball goes off the inner half of the bat, hits the pad and rolls onto the leg side. No run.
  • 28.3 Well outside off on this occasion as the left-hander just shoulders his arms to it.
  • 28.2 Fuller and outside off, Raval gets right behind the line of the delivery and defends it comfortably.
  • 28.1 From around the wicket, slightly short of a length and on off. Raval goes back and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 27.6 Not great bowling from Yasir, on the pads again, Williamson stays back and easily defends it toward short mid-wicket. 74/1
  • 27.5 Shorter and quicker on middle, it is defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 27.4 This ball is flighted and on middle, Raval makes room to drive it through the covers and picks up a single. New Zealand on level terms with Pakistan now.
  • 27.3 Similar ball and similarly defended again.
  • 27.2 Full and quick at the pads, Raval brings his bat ahead of his front leg and defends it.
  • 27.1 Fuller and on leg stump, Raval plays it to short mid-wicket.
  • 26.6 On a good length and just above off stump, the skipper defends presenting the full face of the bat. 73/1
  • 26.5 Low bounce on this occasion and angling down the leg side, Williamson looks to help it on its way but the ball is way down leg for him to get bat on it.
  • 26.4 Around the wicket this time, Raval takes a step forward and pushes into the gap through the covers and picks up three. New Zealand now trail only by a run.
  • 26.3 On a length and off stump now, Raval is half ahead and defends it into the ground.
  • 26.2 Slightly shorter and outside off this time. Comes in a bit after landing, Raval lets it go through watchfully.
  • 26.1 On a good length and well outside off, Raval leaves it alone.
  • 25.6 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 Full and outside off again, no spin yet. Raval comes ahead and defends again.
  • 25.4 FOUR! Over the top this time, the ball is full and outside off again. Raval hits it over mid on for another boundary. Positive from intent from Raval this morning.
  • 25.3 Quick one again on off stump, Raval defends on the front foot.
  • 25.2 FOUR! The ball is full and on middle, Raval dances down the wicker and whips it through wide mid on, it beats the dive of that fielder and races to the fence.
  • 25.1 Quicker and fuller on off, Raval comes ahead and defends it straight back to the bowler.
  • 24.6 Slightly fuller and on off stump, Williamson defends as he is half-forward to this one. 61/1
  • 24.5 Outside off and on a length again, Williamson shoulders arms again.
  • 24.4 Well outside off this time, the skipper leaves it alone easily.
  • 24.3 Back to just outside off and on a length, Williamson covers his off pole and then lets it go through.
  • 24.2 Length ball on middle, Williamson presents the full face of the bat as he defends to mid on.
  • 24.1 Starts off on a good length, Williamson stays inside the crease and defends with a straight bat.
  • Mohammad Abbas is into the attack.
  • 23.6 Flatter and quicker on off stump, Raval stays back to this one and defends it. 61/1
  • 23.5 Small appeal from the bowler but Raval was well ahead to that one. It was pitched outside off and he comes ahead to that one but misses it, the ball hits him on the front pad. Going down leg.
  • 23.4 Full and flighted outside off this time, Raval prods ahead and dead bats it.
  • 23.3 FOUR! Slightly shorter, Raval goes back and punches it straight down the ground to the long off fence. First boundary today.
  • 23.2 Good length and starting on middle, spins away down leg and hits Raval on the pad as he comes ahead to defend.
  • 23.1 Nice and flighted outside off, first run of the morning as Williamson comes forward and pushes it through cover for a single.
  • Yasir Shah to bowl from the other end.
  • 22.6 Full and on off again, the batsman comes well forward and defends. 56/1
  • 22.5 From around the wicket, nice and flighted on middle. Raval comes ahead and defends.
  • We are all set for the action to resume. Jeet Raval and Kane Williamson will resume their innings. Mohammad Hafeez will complete his over. He has two balls to go. Here we go...
  • The first hour of play will be crucial and New Zealand's skipper and best batsman, Kane Williamson will have to shoulder the responsibility of guiding the Black Caps through this phase of play. The pitch is certainly a tough one to play on but not unplayable. Pakistan, on the other hand will be looking to knock off the mainstay and bowl out the visitors cheaply as batting fourth on this pitch will be really tricky and they'd like their target to be as low as possible. Join us for live action in a bit!
  • Welcome to Day 3 of the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand. We have had riveting action over the past two days and the match is pretty evenly poised right now. New Zealand after a dismal Day 1 have done really well to recover and pull this game back on Day 2 and generate interest. Looking forward to today's play, one of the factors could be how the weather behaves. There is forecast for showers over the day but we hope it stays away as the Test enters the 'moving day' and we will get a fair idea as to who will be ahead by the end of today.
  • ... Day 3, Session 1 ...
  • The surface was expected to prefer the batsmen, but it has proved quite even and provided something to all. Day 3 is poised quite well and it could make for good viewing for the neutrals. That is, of course, if it doesn't rain as there's some forecast for it. For now, the action will begin on time at 1000 local (0600 GMT). Do join in for all the action. Take care!
  • A good day for the Black Caps. They took 8 Pakistan wickets since the day started, restricting the lead to just 74 runs. Trent Boult was the leader of the pack as he ran riot with a 4-wicket haul, with the rest chipping in with handy contributions of their own. If not for Babar Azam and his solid fifty, Pakistan's lead would have been slimmer. In response, New Zealand lost Latham early as Hasan Ali removed him but Kane Williamson and Jeet Raval have looked as assured as anyone after that with their stand currently unbeaten on 56. Their team trails by just 18 runs.
  • So, the umpires take another reading and decide it isn't good enough now to continue. Play has been called off due to bad light. That's STUMPS ON DAY 2!
  • 22.4 Around the wicket now, floated on off, blocked from the front foot.
  • 22.3 Flat and short on leg, Kane works it off his pads and sends it to deep mid-wicket for one run.
  • 22.2 Quite slow through the air, fuller around off, Williamson is well forward in defense.
  • 22.1 Minimal spin around off, kept out off the back foot.
  • The umpire takes out his light meter and checks. The reading shows it's fine enough to continue. The floodlights are on. Also, Mohammad Hafeez into the attack now.
  • 21.6 The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it. Misses it in the end. 55/1
  • 21.5 The leg break spinning in a long way from outside off, Jeet goes back and works it down on the leg side.
  • 21.4 Extremely full outside off, pushed square towards point.
  • 21.3 Flat and short on off, forced from the back foot to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 21.2 Leg spinner outside off, on a driving length, Williamson comes forward to defend but gets beaten.
  • 21.1 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.
  • 20.6 Spinning down leg, Williamson looks to flick but misses. 53/1
  • 20.5 Full delivery outside off, driven square on the off side for a single.
  • 20.4 FOUR! Floated on middle and off, Raval gets forward and across before bringing out the lap shot. Connects well, uses the pace and finds the fine leg fence. Beats the chasing fielder. Good shot. The 50 comes up for New Zealand, they trail by 22 runs.
  • 20.3 Full and slow on off, blocked with the full face.
  • 20.2 Landed outside off on a driving length, Jeet shoulders arms to it.
  • 20.1 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.
  • 19.6 Tad quicker through the air on off, punched back in the bowler's direction to end the over. 46/1
  • 19.5 Turning away from around off, on a shorter length, punched away square towards point.
  • 19.4 Flights it right up there, on middle and leg, a front foot defensive shot is presented in response.
  • 19.3 Short and flat, on off, whipped from the back foot to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 19.2 Quicker and fuller outside off, Kane defends.
  • 19.1 Full, loopy and on the stumps, drilled towards mid on for no run.
  • 18.6 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 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 18.4 Kane goes on the back foot and works it away on the leg side.
  • 18.3 Quite full outside off from around the wicket, it's driven through the gap in the covers for one more.
  • 18.2 Touch short around off, Kane works it square on the leg side and changes ends.
  • 18.1 Full and straight, on the stumps, turned away in front of square leg.
  • 17.6 Quick, flat and short outside off, punched off the back foot to covers. 41/1
  • 17.5 Sharp spin into the batsman, catches him on the thigh pad as he looks to play off the back foot.
  • Sarfraz bringing another close-in fielder. A silly point in place now, along with the slip and short leg already positioned.
  • 17.4 Floated outside off, and coming in, Raval prods forward to defend but is caught on the front pad. Impact well outside off.
  • 17.3 Watches the ball carefully, waits for it to turn into him and then defends off the back foot.
  • 17.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 17.1 Serves it on a driving length, coming in from outside off, the southpaw comes forward and blocks.
  • 16.6 Goes on the back foot this time and works it to short leg once more. 41/1
  • 16.5 Williamson comes forward, plays with the spin as he turns it to short leg.
  • 16.4 Looped up, outside off, pushed through covers off the front foot for one.
  • 16.3 Outside off, turning away, left alone.
  • 16.2 The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • 16.1 Going away on the stumps, worked away on the leg side.
  • Bilal Asif is on to bowl.
  • 15.6 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 Waits for the ball to come to him, hangs back and blocks it well.
  • 15.4 A lot of revs on this, outside off, Raval presses forward to get close to the pitch and gets an inside edge back onto his pads.
  • 15.3 Short and flat, spinning away from outside off, cut to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 15.2 Quite full on off, drilled out on the off side.
  • 15.1 Full and straight, Kane Williamson is well forward in defense.
  • 14.6 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 Full delivery just outside off, defensively pushed towards the cover fielder.
  • 14.4 Good length ball on the fifth stump line, arms are shouldered to let it through.
  • 14.3 On a length on off, defended in front of cover from within the crease.
  • 14.2 Brave leave. Length delivery just around off, shapes in and Raval leaves. Probably was missing off all along, but maybe even Raval didn't think it'd be this close to the off stump.
  • 14.1 Full length delivery shaping in on off, Jeet drives towards mid off.
  • Drinks are on the field. Pakistan got the early wicket of Latham thanks to a beauty from Hasan Ali, but haven't been able to take advantage of that. Williamson and Raval have done well to get their eye in and both look good. If this pair can see the day off, the visitors will be a happy bunch.
  • 13.6 Quick, straight and short on the stumps, punched straight back to the bowler. 30/1
  • 13.5 Short and wide, Kane cuts but can't beat the man at point.
  • 13.4 Leans ahead to the full ball and eases it to mid off.
  • 13.3 Positions himself behind the line and blocks it out.
  • 13.2 Tossed up well outside off, going away, forces Williamson to play away from the body and the edge is drawn. Luckily for the Kiwi captain, it goes wide of first slip to third man. Two to the total.
  • 13.1 Bit quicker through the air on middle and leg, pushed back down the track off the back foot.
  • 12.6 Good length ball on off, Raval nicely gets behind the line and blocks it with a straight bat. 28/1
  • 12.5 Beaten on the drive this time! Abbas serves it on a fuller length outside off and gets it to shape away, Raval is tempted into the drive and is beaten. Abbas is getting closer and closer to taking his first wicket.
  • 12.4 Beauty to beat the bat! Abbas is unreal to southpaws from 'round the wicket angle. His line just around off coupled with a wee bit of away movement always catches the batsman in trouble. This time Jeet is lucky not to edge it.
  • 12.3 Pitches it on a length around off, Raval drives it towards extra cover where Bilal Asif dives and parries it to mid off. Good effort!
  • 12.2 Once again Raval prods forward to defend but this time it takes the inside edge and deflects off his pads to covers.
  • 12.1 Angles in a length ball on off, from 'round the wicket, Raval defends it off his front foot.
  • 11.6 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 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They have run through for a single.
  • 11.4 Stays right behind the line and defends well.
  • 11.3 Coming in once more, Jeet is deep inside the crease as he looks to turn it in front of short leg. Is rapped on the pads instead.
  • 11.2 Outside off, with some width on offer, played through point for a brace.
  • 11.1 The inside edge has saved him there. Yasir flights it up outside off, it spins back in off the rough as Raval presses forward to defend. The ball strikes his back pad, but not before taking the inside edge.
  • Yasir Shah returns.
  • 10.6 Touch fuller in length, it's blocked comfortably to end the over. 23/1
  • 10.5 Too straight in line, wristed in front of square leg.
  • 10.4 Not out! Williamson survives. Poor review from all involved. Abbas angles it in on middle and leg, it keeps going down and catches Kane on the pads. A big appeal goes up, but the umpire shakes his head. Abbas speaks with his skipper and then it's taken upstairs. Replays show the ball to be missing the leg stump. Clearly. Review lost.
  • Review taken. It's taken by Pakistan for an lbw decision against Kane Williamson. Looks to be going down leg to the naked eye.
  • 10.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 10.2 Length delivery aiming the top of off stump, stays inside the crease and blocks it back down the track.
  • 10.1 Tad straight in line, attacks the stumps, Kane blocks it down in front of mid-wicket.
  • Mohammad Abbas is back on.
  • 9.6 Floats it right up there, Jeet is well forward in defense. 23/1
  • 9.5 Uses the depth of the crease again, Raval has enough time to go back and turn it on the leg side.
  • 9.4 Goes deep inside the crease, adjusts and works it to backward square leg.
  • 9.3 Goes with the spin and turns it to square leg.
  • 9.2 Short and wide outside off, slapped the punch to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 9.1 A lot of air on off stump, driven to mid off.
  • Haris Sohail to roll his arm over.
  • 8.6 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 Spinning away from the batsman, it's cut through to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 8.4 FOUR! But that was a close one. Quicker one from Yasir, Williamson backs away to cut and almost gets bowled. Luckily, he played it well enough to cut it past short third man for a boundary.
  • 8.3 Well left. Kane watches the ball as it turns away from him, covers the line and lets it be.
  • 8.2 Turning in from a shorter length this time, goes back and punches it through the covers. One run collected.
  • 8.1 Tossed up leg break from around the wicket, spinning in, Raval presses forward and defends.
  • 7.6 Some more chin music for the New Zealand captain. He just ducks under it and lets it pass. 16/1
  • 7.5 Short and wide outside off, no way Williamson will play at that.
  • 7.4 Back of a length delivery, close to off, kept out safely from within the crease.
  • 7.3 Outside off, left alone for the keeper to collect.
  • 7.2 Full in length, attacking the stumps, another defensive shot from Williamson.
  • 7.1 Full ball outside off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 6.6 Loopy, slow and full outside off, invites Williamson forward and he pushes it through covers to keep strike. 16/1
  • 6.5 Quicker and shorter, flicked off the back foot to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 6.4 Goes with the spin and turns it on the leg side with soft hands.
  • 6.3 Tossed up in line of the stumps, pushed back down the track.
  • 6.2 Looped up leg break, driven from the front foot through the covers for one.
  • 6.1 The flipper on off stump, Kane backs away and forces the punch to point.
  • Yasir Shah is into the attack now.
  • 5.6 Seaming into the left-hander from a fullish length, blocked off the front foot to end the over. 13/1
  • 5.5 In the channel outside off, arms are shouldered confidently.
  • 5.4 Keeps it on the fuller side, but brings it back in just outside off, Raval takes a step forward and meets it with the full face.
  • 5.3 Full ball outside the line of off stump, driven to the mid off fielder.
  • 5.2 Coming in again but the line is a touch straight, Jeet whips this behind square leg and comes back for the second.
  • 5.1 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.
  • 4.6 Keeps it close to off, it's defensively punched square to point. 11/1
  • 4.5 Targets the off stump with a length delivery, blocked with a straight blade in response.
  • 4.4 Wide outside off, reaches out to it and slaps it to the man at cover-point.
  • 4.3 Beaten! After bringing two back in, Abbas makes this one go away. On a back of a length, Williamson pushes inside the line and misses.
  • 4.2 Attacks the stumps, doesn't give Williamson much room with this length ball. The batter can only stay behind the line and block.
  • 4.1 Cutting back in from a good length, on middle and leg, worked down in front of mid-wicket.
  • 3.6 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 Almost dragged it back on! Back of a length just outside off, coming back in, Raval with no foot movement gets an inside edge which thuds onto his pads.
  • 3.4 Short of a good length outside off, the Kiwi skipper punches it through the gap in the covers. Three good runs taken.
  • 3.3 FOUR! Too straight once again from Hasan Ali and he pays the price. Can't bowl it to him there. Williamson flicks it away sweetly through the vacant square leg region and finds the fence.
  • 3.2 Too straight in line, allows Raval to work this down towards fine leg for a single.
  • 3.1 Coming back in from outside off, full in length, Jeet blocks with a defensive blade in response.
  • 2.6 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 Fraction straight in line, flicked towards mid-wicket where Bilal Asif makes a diving stop to his left. The batsmen cross over.
  • 2.4 Offers no shot this time. Sees the ball landing outside off on a length, he covers the line and lets it through.
  • 2.3 Lovely full length, shaping back around off, Raval with the full face of the bat blocks it in front of cover.
  • 2.2 Bit fuller around off, Jeet prods forward and pushes it with hard hands to cover.
  • 2.1 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.
  • 1.6 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 Outside the line of off stump, Williamson confidently offers a firm punch which finds the cover fielder.
  • 1.4 Length delivery outside off, punched off the back foot to short cover.
  • 1.3 Back to around the wicket to the left-hander, it's angled in on a back of a length, Raval too gets off the mark as he works it down in front of square leg for one.
  • 1.2 Over the wicket now to Kane. Fuller length ball on off, it's flicked behind square on the leg side for a single. Williamson is off the mark immediately.
  • Kane Williamson is in at no.3.
  • 1.1 OUT! Bowled first ball! What a beginning from Hasan Ali. Nothing Tom Latham could have done about that, really. Incredible delivery first up. Hasan Ali comes from around the wicket and bowls it around off, it shapes back in as Latham hangs his bat down the wrong line. The off stump goes for the toss and that's the first breakthrough for the home side.
  • Hasan Ali to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Good length delivery outside the line of off stump, left alone to end the over. 0/0
  • 0.5 That's a brave leave from Jeet Raval. Abbas pitches it close to off on a length and as Raval lets it go, it nips back in. Whiskers past the off stick. Super close, that.
  • 0.4 Just ahead of a length, on the fourth stump line, Raval plants his front foot forward and shoulders arms.
  • 0.3 Third leave in a row. Expect more of this with Abbas bowling. He keeps probing in that off stump channel, left alone.
  • 0.2 Good shape on that. Mohammad Abbas hurls it on a length once more, quite close to off, Raval once again leaves it alone.
  • 0.1 Angling across on a good length, Raval watchfully lets it be.

Pakistan Vs New Zealand Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • That's it from this game then! Pakistan have stunned themselves more than anyone by choking so badly. Can they recover from this in 4 days' time? The second Test will be played in Dubai, from Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 10 am local (0600 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Kane Williamson says that the team knew that the surface wasn't the easiest to bat on and a lot of scrappy batting was required. Observes that plenty of turn was available from even Day 1 and is happy to have come out on the right side of the result. Admits that there are a few batting issues to be resolved but then praises the effort put in. Has words of praise for the attitude shown, especially during the times when wickets fell in clumps. Praises Ajaz and Sodhi for bowling tirelessly this morning and does not know what might have happened had they not applied the pressure. Agrees that there are plenty of 'little' areas which need to be worked over but in the larger perspective of the game, Williamson says that he is more pleased with the attitude shown.
  • Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed admits that he is very disappointed. Says that when his side lost 3 quick wickets, it seemed like the match was over but then the Azhar-Shafiq stand revived fortunes. To lose from there, is even more heartbreaking, he adds. Praises Ajaz Patel for his accuracy but then believes his batsmen could have shown more patience. Admits that in the first place, this game should not have gone down to the wire and the batsmen should have played more shots. But when it did, then they should have shown some application. Hopes to learn from these mistakes in the future.
  • AJAZ PATEL HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that his game plan was pretty simple. New Zealand believed that they could keep plugging away and thanks the almighty for letting that happen. Credits the relaxed environment in the dressing room for helping the players absorb the pressure and not overdo things. On his debut, he says that he just tried to remind himself of all the hard work that he has done to get to this stage and on his bowling, he says that he just tried to keep it simple.
  • Ajaz Patel has a chat with Danny Morisson. The former smiles on being given the ball on having got a 5-fer. Says that it is a very special feeling to have done well and led your team to a win. Stresses further that they played the 'Kiwi' way of cricket, not giving up till the last ball. On the words during the Lunch break, Ajaz says that the discussion was just to keep it simple and not give anything away. Adds that it is quite rewarding to win a game for your country after all the hard work he has put in all these years. Stay tuned for the presentation...
  • The Babar run out seemed to inspire New Zealand and Pakistan both. The bowling side sensed that they can run through the lower order. The batting unit felt that they needed to get things done quickly. Atrocious shots were played, to say the least and only Azhar Ali seemed to be calm under pressure. However, perhaps he could have batted a bit better with the tail - maybe played more shots?
  • It seemed to be a non-eventful ball. Flicked towards square leg. Could have been a single, would not have mattered even if it was a dot ball. But then, communication was given no respect by either of the two Pakistan batsmen. Babar Azam was admiring the fielding effort while Azhar Ali desperately wanted the single. Neither a yes, nor a no. Just run and watch. What transpired was a run out, that of Babar and the game turned on its head.
  • One would back the batting side, of course, you would say. But Pakistan, being Pakistan, played just like Pakistan. There is a great degree of mercury rising involved when they play - irrespective of whether they win or lose and today was no less. It all started with a small incident. Really small. Perhaps the phone line was dead. Perhaps there was no network. But why did Azhar Ali not even TRY to call?
  • There were a few twists this morning, with Pakistan losing three wickets quickly for 8 runs. However, when Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq got a partnership going, it seemed like the writing was on the wall. Even if Asad Shafiq did get out on the last ball before Lunch - just figure this out - 46 runs needed, 6 wickets in hand and plenty of overs left. Whom would you back?
  • Coming to the match - not quite sure how and where Pakistan lost the game. They made New Zealand collapse from 111/3 to 153 all out and got a lead of 74 in the first innings. Managed to get a decent lead of 74. Then, just when it seemed like the Kiwis were taking the game away, Pakistan restricted them to 249 in the second dig, taking the last 6 wickets for just 29 runs. And then, they raced to 40, without losing a sweat.
  • Let us take a breather, folks. What did New Zealand have during the Lunch break? Jubilation for the Kiwis. Heartbreak for Pakistan. This is the first time any team has lost by 4 runs in Test cricket. Lowest margin of defeat for Pakistan. Smallest margin of victory for New Zealand. As my colleague, THEONE, usually says to express his feelings - Wow. Just wow.
  • 58.4 OUT! New Zealand win by 4 runs. What a Test match! Azhar Ali looks devastated as the Ball Tracker shows the ball to be hitting the top of middle. The decision will remain and Pakistan have imploded quite spectacularly again! The ball was landing on leg and turns enough to beat the outside edge of Azhar Ali who was ahead to defend this one. It goes on to hit his back leg and the umpire thinks a bit before raising his finger. Pakistan had to review but unfortunately for Azhar, it just wasn't his day. It's been a great innings but just couldn't hold his nerve to cross the line in the end. On the other hand though, credit must go to the visitors who came spitting fire after Lunch! And also to some crazy running between Babar Azam and Azhar Ali which began this downfall. The Black Caps will have to be given a lot of appreciation for their 'never-say-die' attitude.
  • Azhar has been adjudged LBW! The decision though has been reviewed...
  • 58.3 Similar ball and similar shot again, again the run is declined.
  • 58.2 Shorter outside off, Ali guides it to deep third man but doesn't run.
  • 58.1 Flighted outside off, Azhar is drawn forward to drive it to cover-point but no run taken.
  • 57.6 Bowls a bouncer, Abbas does well to duck under it. 171/9
  • 57.5 Slow bouncer, the batsman plays it towards third man. The batsmen take a run.
  • 57.4 HAHA! Azhar tries something different. Length delivery outside off stump, Azhar goes for the scoop but misses it completely and gets beaten. Wagner starts to appeal for the catch but then bails out.
  • 57.3 Short of a length delivery, the batsman got a low bounce and he pulls it towards mid-wicket.
  • 57.2 Short of a length delivery again, Azhar again pulls it towards square leg.
  • 57.1 Short of a length delivery, Azhar pulls it towards mid-wicket.
  • 56.6 Sensible batting from Ali, he comes down the wicket and drives to long off to pick up a single and retains strike. Only six required now! 170/9
  • 56.5 Full ball at the pads, Azhar reverse sweeps it but short third man comes around and stops the single.
  • 56.4 Slower through the air, Azhar is half ahead and adjusts well to defend this one after it turns away slightly.
  • 56.3 Comes down the wicket and hits this full one to long off. No run taken.
  • 56.2 Shorter outside off, cut away to deep point but no run taken.
  • 56.1 Full and on middle, Azhar defends it back to the bowler.
  • 55.6 Full toss around off stump, Abbas defends off the front foot. Wagner fields and throws it back at the stumps but Abbas never left his crease. 169/9
  • 55.5 Length delivery outside off stump, the batsman plays the upper cut towards third man. The fielder could not quite get to the ball. The batsmen take a run. 7 more needed now.
  • 55.4 Length delivery again on off stump, the batsman defends off the front foot.
  • 55.3 Length delivery outside off stump, Azhar cuts it towards point. He does not go for the run again. Had he tried, there were two runs on offer.
  • 55.2 Full toss on leg stump, Azhar flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 55.1 Length delivery on off stump, Azhar drives it towards covers.
  • 54.6 Not out! There is absolutely nothing on Ultra-Edge. The ball is a brilliant one though! It lands on middle, grips and turns to beat the outside edge of Abbas who was half ahead in defense. Watling and the close-in fielders go up in a huge appeal as Bruce Oxenford shakes his head. The NZ fielders are convinced and ask Williamson to go upstairs. The replays confirm the original decision and that's a lost review for the Black Caps. Drama! Pakistan are trying to do it one run per over here. 168/9
  • IS THAT THE END OF THE MATCH? Abbas has been given not out on a caught behind appeal. New Zealand have taken the review....
  • 54.5 Faster and full yorker length ball outside off, Abbas lets it go.
  • 54.4 Takes the single this time. Full and outside off, driven to sweeper cover. 8 required now!
  • 54.3 Fuller and outside off, Azhar drives to deep cover.
  • 54.2 Flighted well outside off, driven to long off but again declines to take a run.
  • 54.1 Looped up on off, pushed to sweeper cover by Azhar but no run taken.
  • 53.6 Bowls a bouncer, Abbas does well to duck under it. 167/9
  • 53.5 Slow yorker on middle stump, the batsman digs it out to cover and takes a single. 9 more needed now. Can Abbas survive?
  • 53.4 Length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends off the back foot.
  • 53.3 BEATEN! Wide outside off stump, Azhar wanted to go for the cut but gets beaten on this one.
  • 53.2 Full outside off stump, Azhar drives it towards covers.
  • 53.1 Length delivery on off stump, Azhar gets it off the inner half of the bat.
  • 52.6 Loud applause from the sparse crowd! Abbas has managed to keep out the three deliveries. This one is overpitched on middle and Abbas comes half forward to defend it straight back to the bowler. 166/9
  • 52.5 Flatter one on off again, Abbas goes back in the crease and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 52.4 Looped up on off, Abbas defends this one confidently.
  • 52.3 This one is flatter and quicker on off stump, Azhar Ali drops it down towards point and wants to come back for two, but they can't pick it up as the sweeper cover fielder is quick to it. Abbas on strike now! 10 required.
  • 52.2 Fuller outside off, Azhar drives to deep cover but doesn't take the single.
  • 52.1 Almost gone through! Azhar comes down the wicket and yorks himself to this full length delivery. He is able to defend it to cover in the end.
  • 51.6 Comes around the wicket and bowls on off stump, Abbas does well to defend it off the back foot. 165/9
  • 51.5 Wide outside off stump, Abbas lets it go.
  • 51.4 Length delivery outside off stump, Azhar guides it to third man. The batsmen cross ends. They need 11 more for victory.
  • 51.3 Good length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends off the back foot.
  • 51.2 Length delivery outside off stump, the batsman cuts it towards point.
  • 51.1 Wide outside off stump, Azhar tries to play that but misses it.
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