Brendon McCullum struck 153 from 145 balls, guiding  New Zealand to 249 for one at the end of Day 2 © Getty Images
Brendon McCullum was dismissed off the bowling of Yasir Shah after reaching his fourth Test double-ton off 186 deliveries © Getty Images

Nov 29, 2014

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And its stumps on Day Three, with New Zealand reaching their third-highest total of all time at the time of stoppage of play, with Mark Craig batting on 34. Tim Southee was dismissed off the last ball of the day, when he got caught near the long-on boundary by Mohammad Talha off the bowling of Yasir Shah, who took his third wicket of the innings. New Zealand have a clear lead of 286 and the moment, and are likely to stretch it to 300 on Day four.
OUT! Tim Southee c Talha b Yasir 50 (61)

New Zealand manage to surpass their highest score against Pakistan, which was 563 at Hamilton in 2003. New Zealand currently lead by 214 runs, and will look to cross the 600-run mark with an able-hitter of the ball in the form of Tim Southee present at the crease.

New Zealand lose their seventh wicket, with wicket-keeper BJ Watling getting trapped leg-before off the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez. Watling attempted to hook a low delivery, ended up missing the line of the ball completely. Goes for the review, but the decision is upheld by the umpires as the ball is seen to be hitting the middle-stump. Pakistan have managed to make a tremendous comeback into the game, taking four wickets for 58 runs in the post-tea session of the day. New Zealand, in the meantime, are nearing the 200-run lead mark, and will be likely to declare soon. Tim Southee is the next batsman to walk in, and will be expected to go for some of big hits.
OUT! BJ Watling lbw Hafeez 8 (22)
Rahat Ali takes his fourth wicket of the innings by dismissing Corey Anderson, who brought up his second Test fifty with an impressive straight boundary off the previous ball. Anderson attempts to go for the big hit, but doesn’t get enough meat on it, and gets caught by Yasir Shah near the square-leg boundary. Rahat has four wickets now.
OUT! Corey Anderson c Yasir b Rahat 50 (57)
Daniel Vettori is trapped leg-before off the bowling of Rahat Ali to depart for a run-a-ball innings of 15, with Ali bowling a full-pitched delivery that was heading towards the leg-stump. Easy decision for the umpire, as Rahat Ali takes his third wicket.
OUT! Daniel Vettori lbw Rahat Ali 15 (15)
Kane Williamson is dismissed off the first delivery after tea, edging a Rahat Ali delivery to the slips where Younis takes his second catch of the day. Extremely unfortunate for Williamson to miss out on a maiden double-ton by just eight runs. Second instance of a batsman getting dismissed in the 190s in the ongoing match, with Mohammad Hafeez (197) being the other occasion. Second wicket for Rahat Ali. Daniel Vettori is the next batsman to walk in.
OUT! Kane Williamson c Younis b Rahat 192 (244)
And its tea on Day 3, with New Zealand 12 runs away from breaching the 500-run mark with seven wickets in hand. It has been another great session for New Zealand, scoring 100 runs for the loss of one wicket in 26 overs. Kane Williamson in the meantime is eight runs away from his maiden Test double-hundred.
Ross Taylor survives a dismissal chances when he nicks a rising delivery down his leg to the keeper. The umpires check the replay, and it turns out to be a no-ball, Taylor the opportunity to complete his 23rd Test half-century. Taylor is eventually dismissed off the bowling of Yasir Shah when he edges the delivery to Younis Khan at the slips. End of the 116-run stand for the third wicket.
OUT! Ross Taylor c Younis b Yasir 50 (114)
Williamson hits a boundary off the final delivery of the 89th over to bring up the 100-run stand with Ross Taylor for the third wicket. Taylor is five runs away from his 23rd Test fifty. Williamson,in the meantime, has brought up his highest Test score, surpassing his unbeaten 161 against West Indies earlier this year.
Kane Williamson is on a roll at the moment, scoring two consecutive boundaries off the bowling of Yasir Shah to reach a score of 157 from 208 balls. The Pakistani players show sportsmanship by applauding Williamson’s effort. New Zealand have gained an lead of 70 so far, and can possibly eye a score of around 550 by the end of the day given the eight wickets they have in hand at the moment. Taylor is batting on 37 on the other end, and looks likely to bring up his half-century soon. The second new ball will be taken after the end of the over.
New Zealand breach the 400-run mark six overs after the start of the second session of the day. Williamson is nearing his 150, while Taylor has moved onto the 30s by now. 12 runs has been added in the last six overs, as the Kiwis are going slow post-lunch. The new ball is due anytime now.
And its lunch on Day 3. Williamson will be expected to anchor the innings from here onwards, with Ross Taylor beginning the offensive against Pakistan by scoring two fours and sixes each already so far. New Zealand emerged on top during this session, scoring 139 runs for the loss of one wicket after 28 overs, and have been on a continuous roll since the previous day. The visitors currently lead by 37 runs, and look to consolidate on the total with eight wickets in hand.
New Zealand are currently leading the hosts by 26 runs, and look to consolidate on that lead with eight wickets and more than two session to go. Ross Taylor, the replacement for Brendon McCullum, has wasted little time in getting the big hits in his way, smashing his first six in the 11th delivery that he faced, off the bowling of Zulfiqar Babar. He went on to score another six and four, reaching the 20s in no time at all. Not much time left for lunch now, and the New Zealand camp will hope for the duo to survive at least till then.
Brendon McCullum completes his double-century in style, smashing a six over the long-on boundary off the first ball of the 62nd over, bowled by Yasir Shah. Remarkable innings by any standard by the New Zealand skipper. This is the fourth double-ton by the New Zealand skipper, and is also the fourth-fastest double-century of all time in Test cricket, the record belonging to former Kiwi cricketer Nathan Astle. McCullum however, is dismissed two balls later, when Yasir pitches a good-length delivery outside the leg-stump. McCullum tries to sweep the delivery, but misses the line of the ball, which experiences a great turn and crashes into the stumps. Rousing ovation for the Kiwi skipper by the spectators as well as his team-mates, and the McCullum-Williamson stand comes to an end three runs short of completing the 300-run mark.
OUT! Brendon McCullum b Yasir Shah 202 (188)
McCullum has begun to steady himself as he enters the enters a score of 184 from 180 balls. Two boundaries scored in the last seven overs. With the current score, McCullum’s top scores are all against Asian sides, with all of his 200-plus scores coming against India. New Zealand trail Pakistan’s total by another 26 runs.
Kane Williamson has brought up a well-deserved hundred, getting to the milestone in 124 deliveries, smashing Mohammad Talha for a boundary through mid-wicket. Williamson does not show much emotions after completing to the ton,except hugging McCullum. New Zealand in the meantime are off to another brilliant start on the third day of play, scoring 48 runs in seven overs and a run-rate of nearly seven per over. McCullum is 26 runs away from reaching his fourth double-hundred. The partnership between McCullum and Williamson is now worth 246 runs.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Day Three of the third Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand at Sharjah. I am Amit Banerjee, and I will be bringing you the live updates of the match.

New Zealand reached a score of 249 for one at stumps on Day Two on Friday. The visitors were trailing Pakistan’s score of 351 by 102 runs, with Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson batting at scores of 153 and 76 respectively. Rahat Ali was the only bright spot among the Pakistan bowlers, taking the lone wicket of the New Zealand innings by removing Tom Latham during the second session of the day.

The second day clearly belonged to the Kiwis, producing a dominant performance in each session of the day, taking seven wickets for 70 runs in the first session, before scoring 164 and 85 runs in the next two sessions respectively. The stars of the day were Mark Craig, who played the core role in the Pakistani batting implosion and finished on a tally of seven wickets for 94 runs, as well as McCullum for his blistering century.


Pakistan: Shan Masood, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Asad Shafiq, Safraz Ahmed (wk), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Talha, Zulfiqar Babar, Rahat Ali.

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Brendon McCullum (c), Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Daniel Vettori, BJ Watling (wk), Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.

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