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  • 11:41 AM IST

    How far can Pakistan stretch their lead of 62 runs? Can they pull off a miracle here? Or will New Zealand stroll for a victory tomorrow? We will get to know on Day Four of the game tomorrow. Do join us at 10:30 am local time and 3:00 am IST for the live action, as the result of the first Test between these two teams unfolds.

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  • 11:36 AM IST

    Check out the Day Three Report here

  • 11:09 AM IST

    And it is stumps on Day 3!! Pakistan are 129/7; effectively 62 for 7. We still have two days’ play left so a result here is imminent. Of course unless the weather plays spoilsport.

  • 10:47 AM IST

    Boult gets Mohammad Aamer caught in the gully! Pakistan are seven down with a lead of mere 38. This Test could well be over in just over 2 days.

  • 10:44 AM IST

  • 10:38 AM IST

    This sums up Sarfraz’s dismissal..

  • 10:36 AM IST

    It’s all happening here, thick and fast now! Sarfraz Ahmed, who had just arrived, has been cleaned up by a bolt-of-a-delivery by Boult!! An exceptional Yorker too early for him in the innings. Pakistan are 28 for 6 now. Is this getting over today?

  • 10:33 AM IST

    OUT! Sarfraz Ahmed b Boult 2 (5b 0x4 0x6)

  • 10:30 AM IST

    Azhar Ali’s resistance has finally ended. After taking that smart catch in the outfield in the previous over, Boult returns into action with this big wicket. After batting for over four hours, Azhar’s patience ran out as he dragged a fullish delivery bowled outside off stump on to the stumps. Pakistan are effectively 26 for 5 now and needless to say, in a massive trouble.

  • 10:27 AM IST

  • 10:26 AM IST

    OUT! Azhar Ali b Boult 31 (173b 4×4 0x6)

  • 10:24 AM IST

    We talked about New Zealand’s short-pitched strategy earlier and it has earned them another wicket now. Southee bowled a bouncer to the Pakistan captain who had got six runs off last two balls. He still went for a hook and ended up getting a top edge, which landed in the safe hands of Boult at the long-leg boundary. Pakistan are now 93 for 4; effectively 26 for 4.

  • 10:21 AM IST

    Pakistan in deep trouble now as Misbah has been dismissed by Southee.

  • 10:11 AM IST

    After Wagner, Southee and Boult also going the short-pitched way! The duo has employed the rib cage line. But Azhar and Misbah are negotiating really well at the moment. Is Azhar the ‘Wall of Pakistan’?

  • 10:05 AM IST

    Statistician Bharath Seervi pulls out this one: “80 runs in 50 overs – least for Pakistan in Tests since 2001. Previous lowest: 83 against Sri Lanka, Sharjah, 2011-12.”

  • 9:54 AM IST

    At drinks in final session on Day 3, Pakistan are 82/3. They are 15 runs ahead with 7 wickets in hand. We have got a match on our hands.

  • 9:27 AM IST

    ALERT: Pakistan take lead. They are effectively 2 for 3 at the moment. Azhar Ali & Misbah-ul-Haq are batting!!

  • 9:23 AM IST

    Wagner is on fire! He has got two quick wickets for his team. Just when it seemed Pakistan were slowly regaining the momentum, his short-pitched stuff has earned his side two big wickets. He produced a special delivery to get rid of the veteran. Set him up, bowled a couple of deliveries outside off and then this one was directed slightly down the leg. The rising delivery kissed Younis’ gloves to safely land in Watling’s. Pakistan are -3/3.

  • 9:18 AM IST

    OUT! Younis Khan c Watling b Wagner 1 (8b 0x4 0x6)

  • 9:09 AM IST

    Neil Wagner just had a slice of history. He is now the 2nd fastest Kiwi to 100 Test wickets..

  • 9:08 AM IST

    Veteran Younis Khan is the new man in! Also Azhar Ali has finally played the first scoring shot in 46 ballls. He hadn’t scored a run for last 45 balls. His 19th run came on the 82nd delivery he faced. And before hitting that four, he was batting on 19 off 127 balls now

  • 9:03 AM IST

  • 9:02 AM IST

    Newil Wagner gets Babar caught behind. This happens to be his 100th Test wicket. He is now second fastest to the milestone after Richard Hadlee, having taken a Test lesser than the all time great.

  • 9:00 AM IST

    OUT! Babar Azam c Watling b Wagner 29 (66b 3×4 0x6)

  • 8:57 AM IST

    Azhar Ali’s resolute batting is earning him some comments on Twitter. Sample this:

  • 8:46 AM IST

    icymi: Here are the LUNCH & TEA session reports for the day!

  • 8:17 AM IST

    Pakistan bring up their fifty in the 35th over! Babar Azam is on 23, Azhar Ali on 19. And that’s Tea on Day 3!!

  • 8:05 AM IST

    Azhar Ali & Babar Azam continue to keep the Kiwi bowlers at bay. This is brilliant batting from them; especially Azhar. Even though he isn’t scoring runs, he is doing enough to deflate the Kiwi bowlers.

  • 7:35 AM IST

    This is some serious Test cricket stuff from Pakistan. Their batsmen have shown great temperament and tremendous patience; exactly what is required at this level and what Test cricket requires at the moment. In this era of huge willows & power hitters suited for T20 cricket, this is special; real cricket, the Test cricket.

  • 7:31 AM IST

    Want more humour? Ok, last one for now..

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates of third day of 1st Test of the series between New Zealand and Pakistan. Day 1 ended with no play because of incessant rain at Christchurch. Day 2 saw Pakistan’s first innings folding up for 133 before New Zealand putting up 104 for 3 at the close of play. 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 spinners or pacers, 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’ have been played between both the sides, in which Pakistan won seven while five ended in a draw. 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. They 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 morale 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.

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, we are likely to see 98 overs being bowled on the remaining days. 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.