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  • 11:26 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, PAK: 76/5 | Overs 94| Trail by 195| Babar Azam 34 (80), Sarfraz Ahmed 9 (16): And that is the end of the day’s play. Pakistan are reeling at the moment, but if Sarfraz and Babar manage to steady the ship a bit, they can breathe easily. Regardless, this has been New Zealand’s day. They put up 271 on the board and then followed it up with a clinical show with the ball. Thankfully, rain did not interrupt even once. Hopefully, rain stays away for the rest of the Test.

  • 10:49 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, PAK: 61/5 | Overs 24| Trail by 210| Babar Azam 26 (63), Sarfraz Ahmed 2 (3): Neil Wagner picks up 2 in 2! Asad Shafiq first chopped one back onto his stumps and then Mohammad Rizwan on Test debut pulled a short ball straight to the deep fine leg fielder off the VERY FIRST BALL HE FACED IN TEST CRICKET. Golden duck on debut. That has to be the worst feeling. OUT! Asad Shafiq b Wanger 23 (35), Mohammad Riawan c Nicholls b Wagner 0 (1)

  • 10:06 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, PAK: 34/3 | Overs 16| Trail by 237| Babar Azam 14 (37), Asad Shafiq 10 (17): Pakistan have not lost any further wickets, but New Zealand are still very much on top. Southee has been sensational and will be hungry for more in this innings. Pakistan somehow need to make sure they do not lose any further wickets today.

  • 9:44 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, PAK: 17/3 | Overs 11| Trail by 254| Babar Azam 3 (19), Asad Shafiq 4 (5): Southee strikes again and this time gets the big fish, Younis Khan. Southee has been phenomenal today and now had three wickets to his name. Pakistan are in deep trouble now. OUT! Younis Khan c Watling b Southee 2 (13)

  • 9:22 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, PAK: 9/2 | Overs 6| Trail by 262| Babar Azam 1 (3), Younis Khan 0 (4): Double strike for Southee! After removing Sami Aslam for just 5, he gets rid of skipper Azhar Ali for just 5 to leave Pakistan in a spot of bother. Babar Azam and Pakistan’s most experienced player Younis Khan will have to dig their side out of trouble now. OUT! Sami Aslam c Raval b Southee 5 (12), Azhar Ali c Watling b Southee 1 (18)

  • 9:16 AM IST

    Southee has removed Sami Aslam for 5. This is just the kind of start New Zealand needed. They will want t few more by the end of the day.

  • 9:13 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, PAK: 7/0 | Overs 4| Trail by 264| Azhar Ali 1 (14), Sami Aslam 5 (11): Pakistan have made a slow start to their innings. Their aim will be make sure that they do not lose many wickets today and charge towards New Zealand’s total tomorrow. But a 2-3 wickets for New Zealand today will put Pakistan on the back foot.

  • 8:56 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, NZ: 271 | Overs 81| BJ Watling 49 (125): New Zealand have been bowled out for 271, with Watling stranded on 49. It did not take along for Pakistan to bowl New Zealand after tea. In fact, New Zealand added just five runs after the interval. OUT! Matt Henry c Sohail b Aamer 15 (11), Neil Wagner c Younis b Imran 1 (9)

  • 8:40 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, NZ: 266/8 | Overs 81| BJ Watling 45 (119), Matt Henry 15 (10): TEA! New Zealand have once again added 96 runs for the loss of three wickets, just like they did in the first session of the day. Watling’s fighting 45 has kept New Zealand in the game and he will hope for some good support from the final two batsmen.

  • 7:54 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, NZ: 243/8 | Overs 77| BJ Watling 37 (105), Matt Henry 0 (0): Southee played a little cameo, but Sohail Khan bowled a well disguised slower delivery to fox Southee. Southee went for a wild swing, missed the ball completely and the ball crashed into his wickets. Sohail now has four wickets. It has been an excellent effort from the fast bowler. OUT! Tim Southee b Sohail 29 (28)

  • 7:25 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, NZ: 213/7 | Overs 70| BJ Watling 28 (82), Tim Southee 8 (9): Sohail Khan sends Mitchell Santner packing to pick up his third wicket of the innings. Santner, looking to play a drive, edges one to the slip cordon, where Younis Khan completes an easy catch. Tim Southee walks in at No. 9 to join Watling.

  • 6:55 AM IST

    Maori Awards. Who are you backing to win?

  • 6:53 AM IST

    With rain staying away, the turn out has been good at Seddon Park

  • 6:53 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, NZ: 194/6 | Overs 64| BJ Watling 20 (68), Mitchell Santner 13 (24): Santner and Watling are batting sensibly. Watling has taken his time to get settled and would certainly would not want to throw this away. Santner ihas been on the look out for runs in his brief innings so far.

  • 6:28 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, NZ: 183/6 | Overs 58| BJ Watling 15 (47), Mitchell Santner 8 (8): New Zealand have lost the wicket of de Grandhomme first ball after lunch, which has brought Mitchell Santner to the crease. New Zealand were in a decent position before lunch and that wicket just evens things up a bit. Watling and Santner will have to build a good partnership here. OUT! Colin de Grandhomme c Sarfraz b Imran 37 (55)

  • 6:17 AM IST

    OUT! Colin de Grandhomme is out first ball after lunch. He went for an extravagant drive outside off, caught the outside edge through to Sarfraz. The on-field umpire did not give it out initially, but after Pakistan reviewed, there was a spike on the snickometer. It was a promising innings from de Grandhomme and will be disappointed to get out after making 37.

  • 5:40 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, NZ: 170/5 | Overs 55| Colin de Grandhomme 37 (54), BJ Watling 10 (38): And that’s lunch! New Zealand have fought back well with Colin de Grandhomme and BJ Watling putting on 50-plus for the sixth wicket. New Zealand were in a precarious position when they lost Nicholls, but these two have taken their team to a decent place. Pakistan will look to knock over a few early in the second session.

  • 5:04 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, NZ: 148/5 | Overs 48| Colin de Grandhomme 21 (33), BJ Watling 4 (17): De Grandhomme and Watling are sticking it out. It took Watling 17 deliveries to get off the mark. De Grandhomme on the other hand has curbed his instinct to attack and played the waiting game. He in fact had a decision against him overturned, when he was given out caught behind. De Grandhomme has played some beautiful shots in his brief innings so far.

  • 4:45 AM IST

    Will this game too see a similar fate?

  • 4:36 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, NZ: 120/5 | Overs 42| Colin de Grandhomme 2 (9), BJ Watling 0 (5): New Zealand have lost a couple of quick wickets. Raval was the first to go, edging one to first slip where Mohammad Rizwan took a simple catch. Nicholls was dismissed next, playing a full ball from Riaz into the wicketkeeper’s hands. OUT! Jeet Raval c Rizwan b Imran 55 (112), Henry Nicholls c Sarfraz b Riaz 13 (52)

  • 4:05 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, NZ: 113/3 | Overs 36| Jeet Raval 55 (111), Henry Nicholls 8 (31): Raval brings up his 2nd fifty in only his 2nd Test. He has been given a couple of lives, but has surely cashed in on it. He will want to ride his luck and convert this into a big one. A good partnership between Raval and Nicholls is slowly developing.

  • 3:47 AM IST

    Should Sami Aslam really be in the slip cordon?

  • 3:44 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, NZ: 99/3 | Overs 31| Jeet Raval 41 (91), Henry Nicholls 8 (21): Pakistan bowlers are right on top at the moment. NZ batsmen are not being able to get runs freely. Sami Aslam once again drops Raval off Aamer. Aamer is not happy with that. He should have had Raval early yesterday itself. It has been tough for New Zealan on Day 2 so far.

  • 3:28 AM IST

    LIVE: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Day 2, NZ: 94/3 | Overs 26| Jeet Raval 40 (79), Henry Nicholls 4 (9): New Zealand have lost the wicket of Ross Taylor early on Day Two. He was looking to cut a ball well outside off of Sohail, found the inside edge on its way to the wicketkeeper. Crucial wicket for Pakistan that. OUT! Ross Taylor c Sarfraz b Sohail 37 (31)

03Hello, and welcome to CricketCountry’s live update of Day Two of the second Test between New Zealand and Pakistan match which is being played at the Seddon Park, Hamilton. The first day of the Test has not yielded much of action as rain played a spoilsport. New Zealand reached a total of 77 runs for the loss of two wickets in the 21 overs of the game that was possible. The hosts have opener Jeet Raval at the crease batting along with Ross Taylor after they lost Tom Latham and skipper Kane Williamson in quick successions while for Pakistan, Mohammad Aamer and Sohail Khan have taken one wicket each. Live cricket Scorecard: Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd Test at Hamilton

The Day One had persistent rains written all over it. Rain first delayed the toss which was eventually won by Pakistan who opted to bowl first as the rainfall triggered some help for the bowlers. Pakistan went with what can be called as a bold move of benching Yasir Shah while Mohammad Rizwan made it to the starting XI. Pakistan started off on a great note as they got rid of Tom Latham in the initial stage of the game. The hosts had just put 5 runs on the board when Latham walked back.

It was just a matter of few overs when New Zealand lost their skipper Williamson. The skipper looked in good touch but some great and stringent bowling from Pakistan got the better of the Kiwi skipper. Williamson departed on an individual score of 13 runs from 42 deliveries.

It seemed like Pakistan would dominate the latter stage of the game. But Taylor who walked in at No. 4 looked in fine form. He has scored 29 runs from just 20 balls and has already hit 6 cracking boundaries. On the other end, Jeet  Raval has looked very much confident. He has played the short balls, Yorkers and every other ball which have been bowled to him with precision.

Raval is currently unbeaten on 35 runs from 63 balls and has 5 boundaries besides his name. Raval and Taylor have made 38 runs stand from 37 deliveries for the fourth wicket and these two will have to be at the crease for a longer time on Day Two to make sure of a good total in the first innings.

The play of Day One was abandoned due to persistent rains. The groundsmen had a busy job at Hamilton due to the on and off rains during the second session and eventually the play was called off.

All we can hope for is that the play resumes to normalcy on Day Two and that we get to see a good game of cricket as both teams would be eager to get down and play to the best of their ability!