|297/10 (83.5 ov) - R/R 3.54||659/6 (158.5 ov) - R/R 4.15|
|186/10 (81.4 ov) - R/R 2.28|
|Naseem Shah||not out||0||1||0||0|
|Current Partnership||Last Wicket 186/10 (81.4)|
15 (15) R/R: 8.18
Naseem Shah 0(1)
Zafar Gohar 14(10)
Zafar Gohar 37(64) S.R (57.81)
c Matt Henry b Trent Boult
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Second Test preview: In the first international match of 2021, New Zealand will take on Pakistan in the second Test on Sunday, with an eye on a series clean sweep. The first Test, which kicked off on Boxing Day, was a spectacular affair, with the visitors fighting hard and dragging the game to Day five, only to go down by 101 runs.
New Zealand, who were asked to bat after Pakistan won the toss, responded strongly, posting 431 courtesy a Kane Williamson century (129) and fifties from Ross Taylor (70), Henry Nicholls (56) and BJ Watling (73). In reply, Pakistan were bundled out for just 239, despite fighting efforts from stand-in skipper Mohammad Rizwan (71) and Faheem Ashraf (91). The Kiwis, in their second innings fought their way hard to declare at 180-5, setting up a target of 373 for the visitors. However, Pakistan fought valiantly, with a century from Fawad Alam (102) and a half-century from Rizwan (60). However, the formidable Kiwi bowling attack led by Tim Southee and Trent Boult were no match, with every bowler, barring Kane Williamson taking two wickets each.
Coming into the decider, both teams have been hit by injuries. While Babar Azam has been ruled out after failing to recover from a fractured thumb, Matt Henry has been called up as a replacement for the injured Neil Wagner, who suffered a foot injury during the first Test.
A win for the Black Caps would see them reclaim top spot in the ICC Test rankings, while also strengthening their hopes for the World Test Championship final.
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (Captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling (wk), Will Young.
Pakistan squad: Mohammad Rizwan (Captain), Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Abid Ali,Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Abbas, Haris Sohail, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah, Zafar Gohar, Shaheen Afridi.
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Alright, so the play has been abandoned on Day 4 due to rain. It is still pouring at Gabba. We have lost around 27 overs again today, with one more day to go and even if we start half an hour early, we won't be able to see recovering these overs tomorrow. So India need to bat out 98 overs tomorrow. They are 4/0 currently. Australia batted well to set India a target of 328 earlier. Siraj completed his first five-for and let this day be just about him and the Indian bowlers. They were seen as an inexperienced attack, and no one hoped a lot from them, they were rather expected to struggle but Siraj led from the front, Natarajan bowled with heart, Thakur showed his first-class experience and Saini bowled in second innings despite groin injury, Sundar kept picking wickets and kept it tight from one end as lone spinner. Magnificent day for India with the ball in hand. Theyhave picked 20 wickets in the game. See you tomorrow at 4 am IST. Expect a hard day of Test cricket from the two teams. Till then, take care and good-bye.
That brings us to the end of our coverage of the third day of the decisive third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with Australia clearly on top and favourites to go 2-1 up with a lead just shy of the 200-mark. India will need to bowl and bat out of their skins if they are to think of keeping their chances in this match alive. Can they make the Sunday a special one for fans back home in India? We’ll find out tomorrow…
What a tour this has been! To bounce back after MCG’s horror 36-all out, draw the Sydney Test and win at Gabba, Australia’s fortress, just shows the character of this team. And India were without Kohli, Bumrah, Shami, Ashwin, Jadeja. Still, to win by a 2-1 scoreline in Australia’s backyard teaches you a lesson – never write off this new-age Indian cricket team. India have plenty of reserves, each individual hungry to prove his mettle. In that respect, as Harsha Bhogle said, due credit must be given to the "finishing school that Rahul Dravid is." That’s it from us today. We hope you enjoyed our coverage of India’s Australia tour. This is Sameer Chhabra and Shubham Pandey signing off. Adios.