NZ vs PAK 1st Test Highlights: Day 3: Stumps - Pakistan trail by 192 runs
NZ - 431/10 (Williamson 129, BJ Watling 73, Afridi 4/109, Yasir Shah 3/113)
PAK - 239 All-out (Faheem Ashraf 91, Rizwaan 71, Jamieson 3/35, Wagner 2/50))
The opening Test between New Zealand and Pakistan (NZ vs PAK Boxing Day Test) is still in progress at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. New Zealand will be the happier of the two sides at the end of the play on the third day as the Kiwis dealing with the conditions quite well. In reply to NZL's 431, the visitors' have showcased a good fightback especially by PAK skipper and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf as both manage to avoid the 'Follow-on' at Bay Oval. Pakistan finished its first innings with 239 in 102.2 overs at the Stumps on Day 3.
It was a collective effort by Kiwi quartet Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, and Kyle Jamieson scalped two wickets each. The hosts New Zealand have a healthy first innings lead of 192, so they'll try to put some runs on the board on day four and will be aiming to set a big total for the visitors tomorrow.
Pakistan wicket-keeper batsmen Mohammad Rizwan played a captain's knock and scored a well-made 71 but unfortunately got run-out. While buoyant all-rounder Faheem Ashraf impressed most among PAK batters by scoring 91 off 134 studded with 15 fours to propel Pakistan to a par total of 239.
All-rounder Faheem Ashraf also looked positive right throughout his innings and helped the visitors to avoid the Follow-on. Deserved a century for his fighting spirit, but Jamieson spoils his party by getting his wicket in the final over of day three at Bay Oval.
Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and opted to field first. Shaheen Afridi got Pakistan off to a decent start by dismissing the Kiwi openers cheaply, but the Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson along with Ross Taylor and Wicket-keeper BJ Watling made crucial partnerships for the third, fourth, and fifth wickets respectively.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson slammed a brilliant hundred (129 off 297) including 12 fours and a maximum. Ross Taylor and Nicholls also chipped in with some impeccable contribution in the middle-order. Taylor scored 70 and Watling played a stellar knock of 73 runs to propel his side past the 400-run mark. For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi scalped four wickets while Yasir Shah who got the big fish in the form of Kane Williamson ended up with 3/113.