PAKISTAN’S TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND, 2020-21
Live Score Updates
Pakistan 297-10 & 186-10 (81.4 Ovs)
Naseem Shah 0 (1)
New Zealand 659-6 dec
Trent Boult 18.4-6-43-3
New Zealand won by an innings and 176 runs
Jamieson picked up his third Test fifer to keep Pakistan to 297 in the first innings. © AFP
Stumps, Day 2
New Zealand finish the day firmly in front. Kane Williamson got to yet another hundred (taking only 35 balls to move from fifty to 100, if you’d like to know), steering his side through some tight bowling with a 150+ run stand with Henry Nicholls, who let’s say was dropped a few times today. Ross Taylor’s wicket right after lunch feels like a long time ago.
Nicholls dropped again
This time Shaheen runs in with the second new ball, gets the outside edge again but Rizwan drops a regulation catch. This can’t be happening…
…between Williamson and Nicholls. Thoroughly frustrating the Pakistan bowlers. They’ve gone wicketless for over a session now. This could well prove to be the difference in the end.
Century for KW
What a vital knock this has been from Williamson’s bat! The conditions weren’t the easiest, the bowling was relentless in parts and the situation, when he walked in to bat, was tough. But this one has squeezed the life, and patience, out of this Pakistan attack to notch up his 24th Test hundred. No. 1 for a reason! Take a bow, KW!
150-run stand between Williamson and Nicholls. This proving to be a match defining partnership. And exactly why Pakistan got desperate enough to take another strange review. Pitching outside leg…
200 up for NZ
An expensive 10-run over from Naseem Shah, with two no balls in there, and KW+HN bring up the 200 for the hosts. The deficit is now less than 100. Pakistan should be getting worried now…
Nicholls brings up his fifty too. Sweeps Zafar away to square leg for two to reach the milestone. Crucial knock this – his 11th Test fifty. He was dropped on three and since then he’s really kicked on.
50 for KW
33rd in Test cricket! Kane Williamson continues to lead from the front. Testing spells from Pakistan’s four-man pace attack but he’s steadied NZ’s ship quite well after those three quick wickets on either side of the lunch break.
We’re back for the final session of Day 2. Which way will this go?
TEA: NZ 145/3
The hosts have covered some ground here in this session towards the end. They’ve lose Taylor early into the session but since then Williamson and Nicholls have put on 74 runs for the fourth wicket stand to do the repair work. Still trailing by a 152 runs. Join us back in 20.
Williamson’s on drive for four, just after the drinks break, brings up the 100 for New Zealand.
And the hour goes to Pakistan! Good, tight bowling and the reward in the form of Ross Taylor’s wicket. They could have had Henry Nicholls too, but the luck has been on his side so far.
Afridi has Nicholls… or not!
Pakistan’s session could have been a lot better had Afridi not overstepped. He had Nicholls twice in that over – the first time a front foot no-ball saved the batsman, and the second time the edge fell just short of the man at gully.
Pokes at a length delivery, just outside off and edges it straight into the waiting hands of second slip. Abbas is absolutely pumped!
We’re back on!
Taylor and Williamson come out again.
Bit of a recovery from the two senior pros, but Pakistan will go into the lunch break happy with the two breakthroughs they made late into the session. They managed to dismiss both the Kiwi openers in the half an hour leading up to the break. Plenty more to come in post-Lunch session. Join us back in 40 minutes.
Pakistan make it two in two
Good rebound catch and that’s the end of Tom Latham as well. Latham pushes at this back of length delivery, angling in to him. The ball takes the edge of his bat and goes to second slip, where Shan Masood nearly spills it but Haris Sohail comes to his rescue with his sharp reflexes as he pouches the low grab. NZ slip to 52/2.
Blundell was trying to counter the threat by batting outside his crease, however this sharp inswinger from Faheem has him pinned right in line with the stumps. The on field umpire wasn’t convinced though, but unlike earlier in the over, Pakistan wasted no time in reviewing this. Three reds and Blundell departs to make way for Kane Williamson.
A lucky boundary there to get to the milestone as the edge flies past the gully fielder.
The Pakistan pacers were successful in tying down the NZ openers in the first half an hour, for a good seven overs before the runs started to flow in more consistently. NZ would be happier team at the drinks break – they are 38 without loss. Pakistan bowlers need to regroup and find that breakthrough before its too late.
All set for the live action.Bright and sunny day n the offing. Get through the first hour or so, and there’s a lot of runs on this surface. Let’s find out how NZ go, shall we?
Day 2 of the Christchurch Test is upon us, nicely set up by a very intriguing opening day which pretty much boiled down to Pakistan vs Kyle Jamieson, who triggered a middle order collapse to claim his third Test fifer. However, Pakistan mounted a good counterattack, after being put in to bat on a grassy wicket, in the form of stand-in skipper Mohammad Rizwan’s aggressive 61 and Azhar Ali’s beautiful 93, with supporting acts coming from the lower order. What will be New Zealand’s reply? We shall find out shortly…