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  • 11:22 AM IST

    Day Three will show us whether New Zealand take a huge lead or Pakistani bowlers script their side’s comeback. Join us again tomorrow at 3 am IST & 10:30 am NZ time. Till then, Ciao:)

  • 11:10 AM IST

    And that is stumps on Day Two. New Zealand end the day on 104 for 3; still trailing Pakistan by 29 runs and having 7 wickets intact. Raval remains unbeaten on 55 while Nicholls gets 29 not out. In all, 237 runs were scored and 13 wickets fell in 91.5 overs of play on Day Two, which was effectively the Day One, with the first day being washed out due to rain.

  • 10:52 AM IST

    New Zealand bring up their 100.

  • 10:49 AM IST

    Jeet Raval has scored a fighting fifty on debut! He has so far added 59 for the fourth wicket with Henry Nicholls.

  • 10:21 AM IST

    Jeet Raval and Henry Nicholls are rebuilding after the early losses. The partnership between the two is now worth 34 runs as New Zealand have reached 74 for 3.

    Here’s a trivia, Jeet Raval has played alongside the likes of Parthiv Patel and Ajinkya Rahane during his early years of age-group cricket in India. The Ahmedabad lad later relocated to Auckland.

  • 9:55 AM IST

    Raval continues to shine on debut!

  • 9:43 AM IST

  • 9:38 AM IST

    OUT! Ross Taylor is gone; New Zealand are 40/3.

  • 9:30 AM IST

    Jeet Raval is looking extremely solid in the middle. On his Test debut, the youngster took three catches and is now unbeaten on 23. New Zealand are 36 for 2.

  • 9:06 AM IST

    OUT! Kane Williamson c Aslam b Sohail 4(15)

  • 9:06 AM IST

  • 8:43 AM IST

    New Zealand haven’t had the best of the starts. They have lost their best batsman on India tour, Tom Latham for 1. He has been dismissed by Mohammad Aamer. It is now going to be a contest between New Zealand batting and Pakistan’s pace battery. The conditions are conducive for swing and seam and Pakistan have a potent attack.

  • 8:41 AM IST

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  • 7:59 AM IST

    It’s all over for Pakistan! They have been buried under the best ever performance by a Test debutant for New Zealand — Colin de Grandhomme, who finished with impressive figures of 6 for 41 on his debut. After a decent start of 31, the visitors could never really recover from the blows de Grandhomme gave them. The tall all-rounder kept taking wickets at the regular intervals. Misbah was once again the lone ranger, battling it out alone in the middle.

  • 7:55 AM IST

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  • 7:12 AM IST

    OUT! Pakistan lose their seventh wicket in the form of Mohammad Aamer. Trent Boult, who cleaned him up on the first ball, proved too hot to handle for Aamer! This is also Boult’s first wicket of the day. Pakistan are 114 for 7 now.

  • 6:55 AM IST

  • 6:55 AM IST

    Meanwhile, Misbah has another feather to his cap. This is his 50th Test as captain and he joins the Asian club of Ranatunga & Dhoni.

  • 6:50 AM IST

  • 6:50 AM IST

    Another batsman to be dismissed in the gully region. Southee was the bowler this time, who got his second wicket. Todd Astle, who earlier gave a reprieve to Babar Azam, did not drop this one. This is a huge blow to Pakistan, which has exposed their tail now. Mohammad Aamer has walked out to bat. The only comforting thing is that skipper Misbah is still out there in the middle.

  • 6:41 AM IST

    OUT: Sarfraz Ahmed departs. Pakistan 101/6; in serious trouble now.

  • 6:30 AM IST

    Is this the reason behind Pakistan’s batting failure in this Test thus far? Food for thought indeed.

  • 6:26 AM IST

    Sarfraz Ahmed has joined his skipper in the middle!

  • 6:18 AM IST

    OUT! Asad Shafiq is gone immediately after lunch. He scored 16. De Grandhomme takes his fourth wicket while Raval takes his third catch! The two debutants are having a great time out there. Pakistan are 5 down for 88 now.

  • 6:03 AM IST

    You can read the lunch report here

  • 5:44 AM IST

    And it is lunch

  • 5:28 AM IST

    The 33rd over is being bowled currently and we are in for a long first session here. The reason for the same is that we missed out on play on Day 1 due to rain. The umpires decided to start half an hour early on Day 2 to make up for the lost time. Hence, the long first session. The idea is to get at least 98 overs per day on the remaining days.

  • 5:00 AM IST

    Misbah and Shafiq have their task cut out now. They have this challenge in front of them of rebuilding the innings which collapsed after a steady start.

nz vs pak

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates of second day of 1st Test of the series between New Zealand and Pakistan. Day 1 ended with no play because of incessant rain at Christchurch. The live blog will cover everything from Christchurch as Pakistan play this 2-Test series against New Zealand before going to Australia for a 3-Test series. The first Test for Pakistan at this venue will be slight tough for them as they will have to adapt to the conditions but they have the backing of their excellent record in New Zealand since 1985. Having said that, Pakistan have players, especially bowlers — be it spinner or pacer, to outclass any opponents across the globe. I am Chinmay Jawalekar bringing you all the live cricket updates and scores from this Test which promises to be an intense affair between both sides. Live Cricket Scores, New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Christchurch

New Zealand last won a Test series against Pakistan in 1985. But since then, they have been unable to register a single series victory over Pakistan, be it home, away or in neutral conditions. Since 1985, 12 Test series has been played between both the sides, in which Pakistan won seven and drawn in five. Currently, Pakistan are coming on the back from an impressive 2-2 draw series against England in England, followed by another prolific series triumph over West Indies at United Arab Emirates (UAE). Although, they were challenged in their first day-night encounter against West Indies but somehow managed to turn the game in their favour. The also won the second Test against West Indies quite convincingly but were defeat by the Caribbean side in the third game at Sharjah by five wickets.

That defeat must have exposed some chinks in their armour before they turn up against New Zealand in tough swinging and windy conditions. This young Pakistani side under their inspirational leadership of Misbah-ul-Haq would still be in confidence before they embark on a tough tour of New Zealand followed by Australia tour, which will be a litmus test for the visitors.

Not to forget that New Zealand were recently whitewashed by India in India in a 3-Test series, which hurt their moral quite badly. Before that, they also lost a series in South Africa and after a string of losses, they are under tremendous pressure to do well at home. Nonetheless, they have fared well in familiar conditions winning 9 out of their last 13 series in their own den. Opener Martin Guptill has finally been dropped from the Test side and the onus has now turned on his replacement, Indian-born Jeet Raval.

The other dropped players from the Kiwi squad for India Tests besides Guptill are Doug Bracewell, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig. That probably happened because of the kind of conditions they are going to play. The spin brigade has been either dropped or rested. Other changes New Zealand made to their squad has been calling uncapped players like Colin de Grandhomme and Todd Astle.

Because of heavy rain on the first day of this match, not even toss could happen, which may play a key role in this match and because of that, play will begin half an hour early on secon day. The record for Kane Williamson‘ s New Zealand on the first Test venue stands at par by winning and losing one in two encounters whereas Pakistan will play their first ever match in Christchurch.

Squads:

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed(wk), Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Sharjeel Khan, Imran Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sohail Khan

New Zealand: Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, BJ Watling(wk), Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Colin de Grandhomme