NZ vs PAK 2nd Test Day 3 Highlights: Day 3: Stumps - Pakistan trail by 354 runs
Brief Score: NZ - 659/6 d (Williamson 238, Nicholls 157; Abbas 2/98, Afridi 2/101)
PAK - 297 & 8/1 (11) (Abid Ali 7*, Mohammad Abbas 1*, Jamieson 1/1)
The second Test between New Zealand and Pakistan is in progress at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. Williamson-Nicholls' record-breaking stand might have batted PAK out of the contest on day three. In reply to NZ's mammoth 659, Pakistan has lost their first wicket quickly as opener Masood departs for another duck. At Stumps on Day 3, Pakistan finished with 8/1 and still trails by 354 runs from the Kiwis' first innings total. Abid Ali remains unbeaten 7 while Night-watchman Mohd. Abbas is not out for just a single.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson wanted to get the taste of another Test hundred and hence allowed them to bat on both Daryl Mitchell and Kyle Jamieson. And the duo added some quick fired down the order to ensure NZ have a mountain of runs to play with when Pakistan come out to bat for the second essay on day four. A lid has been put on their woes as the hosts have declared at a massive 659/6.
🇳🇿 Another fantastic day of Test cricket for New Zealand 🙌— ICC (@ICC) January 5, 2021
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With two days to go, the visitors have no other option rather than to show positive intension otherwise the New Zealand Cricket Team is all set to become the ICC No. 1 ranked Test side. Some great hands showed from NZ captain Kane Williamson along with Henry Nicholls to help them outbat Pakistan. Williamson and Nicholls weathered the storm on day three and toying with Pakistan pacers and the duo put a record-breaking 369-run stand for the fourth wicket.
The ICC No. 1 Test batsman Kane Williamson notched up his 4th Test double-century, Henry Nicholls slammed to his 7th Test hundred and the cherry on the top was the maiden Test ton from all-rounder Daryl Mitchell. With these combined efforts, New Zealand took a massive 362 runs lead over PAK in their first innings. Jamieson added one more wicket and looked fierce in the couple of overs that he bowled.
Williamson slammed his fourth double-century, joint-highest with McCullum among NZ batsmen. He scored 238 off 364 balls studded with 28 boundaries. Nicholls also played a blitzkrieg knock of 157 off 297, including 18 fours and a six. The third ton goes to Daryl Mitchell, who hits his maiden Test hundred and remains unbeaten on 102 to propel his side to a massive finish.
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and opted to field first. Pakistan were all-out for 297 in their first innings. The Kiwi speedsters were bowled beautifully especially Kyle Jamieson, who has been phenomenal and took his third five-wicket haul (5/69). Southee and Boult also picked two wickets each for the hosts.