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  • 5:00 AM IST

    We are all set for the action to begin! The Aussie players make their way out to the middle. Ross Taylor and Tom Latham stride out to resume their innings.

  • 4:48 AM IST

    Cracks are starting to appear on the pitch and it will be interesting to see how Nathan Lyon and the seamers make use of it. They too, would want to take wickets at frequent intervals, else, they could face the same problems as the Kiwi bowlers in this heat.

  • 4:47 AM IST

    With a deficit reading 423, the Black Caps would logically be approaching this in small steps. First aim would be to avoid the follow-on, though in this 40 degrees Celsius heat, doubt whether Tim Paine would even enforce it, should he get the chance. But that is a long way. Bat hour by hour, session by session and try and keep Australia on the field for the whole day. Runs are not a premium right now, but if they do bat the whole day, they will be in a very good position to save this game.

  • 4:43 AM IST

    The moving day, as they call it, in cricket. The third day in a 5-day Test. Day 2 caused a lot of ‘head pain’ for the Kiwis, as Travis Head and Tim Paine possibly batted them out of this Test. And then, the wicket of Kane Williamson before Stumps added an icing on the cake. But as we all know, New Zealand are a team of fightbacks. What type of fightback are we gonna witness today? Hello and a warm welcome.

  • 4:40 AM IST

    … DAY 3 …

  • 12:40 PM IST

    New Zealand had to survive a little more than half a session but they could not do so unscathed. They lost Blundell early and then the biggest wicket, Williamson. Taylor was also given out but he made good use of the review. Latham and Taylor now need to build a big stand here or New Zealand’s hope of getting close to Australia’s total will be very difficult. Australia on the other hand, will look to continue the good work of Day 2 and strengthen their hold on the game even more. Do join us for all the action at 1030 local (2330 GMT, previous day). Till then, take care and goodbye!

  • 12:36 PM IST

    A dominating performance by the hosts right from the start on Day 2! They batted majority of the day to post a mammoth total. They lost Smith early but Head and Paine took charge. The two accounted for a big stand with the former scoring a ton and the latter notching up a fluent half ton. It was slow going in the first two sessions but then they looked to score some quick runs in the third. Trying to do so they lost wickets in a heap and were bundled out for 467.

  • 12:34 PM IST

    Travis Head is the man who leads his side off the field! Rightly so, the day belongs to him. Majority of the credit has to be given to him as it is because of his ton, Australia are in the position they are in at the moment.

  • 12:31 PM IST

    17.6 Nathan Lyon to Ross Taylor, 1 run, Tosses it up outside off, Taylor strokes it through covers for a single. A run from the last ball! THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 2!

  • 12:31 PM IST

    17.5 Nathan Lyon to Ross Taylor, no run, On middle, Taylor works it to mid-wicket.

  • 12:30 PM IST

    17.4 Nathan Lyon to Ross Taylor, no run, Good amount of turn for Lyon there! It lands on off and comes back in. It works it to square leg.

  • 12:30 PM IST

    17.3 Nathan Lyon to Ross Taylor, no run, Flatter and outside off, it turns back in. Taylor works it to square leg.

  • 12:29 PM IST

    17.2 Nathan Lyon to Ross Taylor, no run, This lands outside off and it turns back in. Taylor shuffles across and looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.

  • 12:29 PM IST

    17.1 Nathan Lyon to Ross Taylor, no run, Floats it up on off, Taylor works it towards square leg for nothing.

  • 12:28 PM IST

    16.6 James Pattinson to Tom Latham, no run, One more ball outside off, Latham does not fiddle with it.

  • 12:27 PM IST

    16.5 James Pattinson to Tom Latham, no run, Outside off, Latham shoulders arms to this one.

  • 12:26 PM IST

    16.4 James Pattinson to Tom Latham, 2 runs, This is angled into the batsman, Latham works it through square leg and takes two.

  • 12:26 PM IST

    16.3 James Pattinson to Tom Latham, no run, One more delivery outside off, Latham does not fiddle with it.

  • 12:25 PM IST

    16.2 James Pattinson to Tom Latham, no run, Outside off, it is not played at.

  • 12:25 PM IST

    16.1 James Pattinson to Tom Latham, no run, A low full toss on off, Latham strokes it to covers.

  • 12:23 PM IST

    15.6 Nathan Lyon to Ross Taylor, no run, Outside off, full and going straight on, let through.

  • 12:23 PM IST

    15.5 Nathan Lyon to Ross Taylor, no run, Around off, watchfully blocked out.

  • 12:22 PM IST

    15.4 Nathan Lyon to Ross Taylor, no run, Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler.

  • 12:22 PM IST

    Lot of chirping going around. Tim Paine certainly has got some confidence after his knock earlier today and he is constantly into the ears of Ross Taylor. Normally, he is a very quiet guy behind the stumps.

  • 12:22 PM IST

    15.3 Nathan Lyon to Ross Taylor, no run, Around middle, worked towards short leg.

  • 12:21 PM IST

    15.2 Nathan Lyon to Ross Taylor, no run, Full and outside off, watchfully defended.

  • 12:20 PM IST

    15.1 Nathan Lyon to Tom Latham, 1 run, An edge straightaway! Yes, there is turn and bounce. Full and around off, Latham looks to defend but the ball spins away, bounces and takes the outside edge. But well wide of Steven Smith at first slip. A single taken.

  • 12:20 PM IST

    Here comes the GOAT. Can he get some fodder tonight? Mitchell Santner got turn and bounce earlier in the day. Will NATHAN LYON get any? He has got probably 2-3 overs to find out.

  • 12:19 PM IST

    14.6 James Pattinson to Ross Taylor, no run, A short ball on middle, Taylor ducks under it.

  • 12:18 PM IST

    14.5 James Pattinson to Ross Taylor, no run, Back of a length and on off, it is kept out.

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