Tim Southee (Left) and Neil Wagner shared nine wickets between them in Pakistan's first innings    Getty Images
Tim Southee (Left) and Neil Wagner shared nine wickets between them in Pakistan’s first innings Getty Images

New Zealand have a 55-run first-innings lead at stumps on Day Three against Pakistan at Seddon Park, Hamilton in the second Test. Pakistan were bowled out for 216 earlier with Babar Azam stranded on 90. An early lunch was taken after Pakistan were reduced to 200 for 8, beginning the day on 76 for 5. An entire session was washed out after that and Pakistan managed to add just 16 more runs when play began. Tim Southee was the pick of the bowlers finishing with figures of 6 for 80. Neil Wagner too was excellent finishing with 3 for 59. Colin de Grandhomme picked up the other wicket. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 2nd Test at Hamilton

Pakistan made a good start to the day. Sarfraz Ahmed was looking to pounce on everything and dispatch that to the fence. He took a special liking to Southee, who was smashed for 32 runs off the first three overs of the day. Sarfraz had a couple of lucky escapes. There were a couple of run out opportunities missed also Henry Nicholls had dropped an easy catch at mid-wicket. Sarfraz eventually was dismissed for 41. More importantly, he added 74 runs with Azam for the sixth wicket, after Pakistan were reduced to 51 for 5 on Day Two. After Sarfraz departed, Sohail Khan continued the momentum. He smashed Wagner for a couple of sixes off consecutive deliveries, much to New Zealand s surprise. He continued attacking till he was caught behind off Southee for a 47-ball 77, which included four boundaries and a couple of sixes. Full Cricket Updates: Pakistan vs New Zealand, Day 3, 2nd Test at Hamilton

Azam, at the other end, was playing a steady innings. He was 19 short of his maiden Test ton, but managed to add just nine more after that as he ran out of partners. New Zealand did not take much time to get rid of the remaining two wickets after the tea break. New Zealand openers Jeet Raval and Tom Latham walked out to bat, but after just one delivery from Mohammad Aamer, it started pouring. The light too was not particularly encouraging, forcing the umpires to call it a day. New Zealand have a slight advantage and a result is still possible in this match. However, with six sessions to go in this match, rains could have a major say in determining the outcome.

On Day One, Pakistan had won the toss and elected to bowl first. Pakistan bowled New Zealand out for 271. Opener Jeet Raval top-scored for them with 55. Wicketkeeper BJ Watling struck a crucial 49 not out. As far as the Pakistan bowlers are concerned, Sohail picked up four and Imran Khan chipped in with three.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 271 (Jeet Raval 55, BJ Watling 49*; Sohail Khan 4 for 99, Imran Khan 3 for 52) & 0 for no loss lead Pakistan 216 (Babar Azam 90*, Sarfraz Ahmed 41; Tim Southee 6 for 80, Neil Wagner 3 for 59) 55 runs

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