Live Updates

  • 8:04 AM IST

    You can read the match report here

    Here’s a final bye now!

  • 7:17 AM IST

    That’s all from here! Do join us for the second Test that begins from November 25 at Hamilton. Till then, take care.

    Ciao!

  • 7:11 AM IST

    Colin de Grandhomme is the Man-of-the-Match. What a dream debut he has had! Skipper Williamson is a happy and proud man. Says it was a very good performance. Also praises the boys to put the recent defeats behind to win a very good Test. He has special words of praise for the debutants.

  • 7:08 AM IST

    New Zealand must be extremely proud of their debutants. Jeet Raval and Colin de Grandhomme have been revelations. Both of them, along with the pace trio, set up a brilliant win for the hosts to kickstart a home season.

  • 7:01 AM IST

    Raval, the debutant, scored 55 in the first innings and 36 not out in the second. What a debut he has had in difficult conditions.

  • 6:58 AM IST

    Yes, that’s it! Raval hits the wining boundary. New Zealand have won the 1st Test by 8 wickets!

  • 6:56 AM IST

    Can you believe that? Azhar Ali, the part-timer, just dismissed skipper Williamson with scores being levelled.

  • 6:55 AM IST

    OUT! Kane Williamson c Asad Shafiq b Azhar Ali 61 (77b 4×4 1×6)

  • 6:54 AM IST

    Azhar Ali comes in to bowl now. Will he concede the winning run?

  • 6:53 AM IST

    Scores level, and the wait continues for that magical last run.

  • 6:48 AM IST

    Williamson is in a hurry here. He doesn’t want to wait. Seems he can smell some early tea in the dressing room. He has raced to 59 of just 66 balls as New Zealand are just 4 away from a famous win.

  • 6:38 AM IST

    And Williamson has brought in his 24th Test fifty!


  • 6:34 AM IST
  • 6:28 AM IST

    Runs are coming thick and fast now. Williamson wants to finish it as soon as possible. He has hit Yasir Shah, the bowler who never had a wicket-less Test before, for a six. That came after a boundary by Raval in his previous over. A New Zealand-win is just a formality now.

  • 6:01 AM IST

    Read the lunch report here

  • 5:42 AM IST

    And it is lunch on Day Four at Christchurch. New Zealand are 58/1; 47 away from winning the Test and going 1-0 up in the two-match series.

  • 5:24 AM IST

  • 4:57 AM IST

  • 4:54 AM IST

    Mohammad Aamer draws first blood. Pakistan pacer gives New Zealand batsman a dose of his bowling attack’s medicine. A short ball sees him surrender his wicket at gully! Skipper Kane Williamson walks out in the middle to join Jeet Raval.

  • 4:49 AM IST

  • 4:49 AM IST

    OUT! Tom Latham c Asad Shafiq b Mohammad Aamer 9 (25b 1×4 0x6)

  • 4:20 AM IST

  • 4:17 AM IST

    And Mark Geenty makes an interesting point. “Good news or bad news. New Zealand are chasing 105 to win. The have been bowled out for less than that 6 times by Pakistan; 3 of those in NZ – 1993, 2003, 2009.”

  • 4:10 AM IST

    Another interesting piece of stat..

    If Pakistan manage a miracle to defend the modest target of 105 against New Zealand at Christchurch, it will be the third lowest target to be defended ever.

  • 4:07 AM IST

    Another one…

  • 4:07 AM IST

    Interesting stat this..

  • 4:06 AM IST

    Southee got Rahat Ali and gave New Zealand a ‘Rahat ki Saans’ (sigh of relief)!! A full ball this time to get the jack. Rahat wanted to defend, but could only chip it straight at Tom Latham at short leg. Pakistan all out with a lead of 104. New Zealand set their eyes on winning the first Test.

  • 4:00 AM IST

    OUT! It’s all over for Pakistan!

    Rahat Ali c Latham b Southee 2 (11b 0x4 0x6)

  • 3:55 AM IST

    And time for some stats:

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates of fourth day of 1st Test of the series between New Zealand and Pakistan at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. 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. Day 3 witnessed hosts being bundled out for 200 with the crucial lead of 67 runs, followed by Pakistan’s another poor show from bat as they were seven down for 129 at the end of day’s play. This 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. 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

So far, the match is evenly poised but overall, New Zealand have dominated the visitors, especially with their impressive bowling. They began their third day’s play with their score of 104 for three but soon they started crumbling as they lost their next two wickets under next five runs. Thanks to debutant Colin de Grandhomme’s 29-run knock, followed by 20s each by Tim Southee and Trent Boult towards the end of the innings, which helped them in taking 67-run lead. After having gained the crucial lead of 67 runs in the first innings, the Kiwi side once did an excellent job with the ball with their tight bowling and thanks to pacer Trent Boult for that, as he scalped three wickets. His three wickets included two important batsman of Pakistan — Azharli Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed.

Beside Boult, his partner Neil Wagner also picked two wickets and became second fastest Kiwi bowler to take 100 Test wickets after Richard Hadlee. He took only 26 Tests to reach this milestone, while Hadlee took 25 Tests. Like Boult, Wagner’s two wicket were also of important Pakistan batsman — Babar Azam and Younis Khan. It was a combined bowling effort by Kiwi bowlers which put Pakistan once again on backfoot as they are currently leading by 62 runs with three wickets remaining.

Pakistan’s defeat in first Test looks imminent, as the conventional wisdom says New Zealand should close this game in the first session on Day Four. However, the clichéd saying says never to predict in a cricket match until the last ball has been bowled. Pakistan may be down and out, but their coach Mickey Arthur is still confident of his side bouncing back in the game after the third day’s play. “We’ve been out-played so far,” Said Arthur and refused to concede defeat saying, “We feel that 150-170, we could have a real chance because there’s still enough in the wicket.” Although, it looks unlikely that Pakistan would get those many runs with only one specialist batsman Shafiq in the middle. But, you never know.

The pitch is still assisting bowlers. And if Pakistan could get another 80 odd runs, their pacers would relish the chance of having a shot at the Kiwi batting with some runs in the kitty. If that happens, we have a game on; otherwise it is advantage New Zealand. It could well just be a formality for them as they walk out on Day Four and wrap up the game in the first session itself.