Pacers take New Zealand close to a win in Christchurch

Neil Wagner's bounces were too hot to handle for Pakistan batsmen
Neil Wagner's bounces were too hot to handle for Pakistan batsmen
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Pakistan 133 & 129-7 (Azhar 31)
New Zealand 200 (Raval 55)
First Test, Christchurch, day three

Trent Boult and Neil Wagner shared five wickets between them as New Zealand restricted Pakistan to 129 for seven in their second innings at stumps on day three of the first Test in Christchurch.

Pakistan now lead New Zealand by 62 runs with three wickets in hand.

New Zealand resumed the day with a score of 104 for three, trailing Pakistan by 29 runs. But they lost both the set batsmen very early in the session.

Henry Nicholls (30) was trapped LBW by Sohail Khan (3-78) while Jeet Raval (55) was caught in the slips off Mohammad Amir (3-43).

Colin de Grandhomme (29) continued his good run in the game and looked to score runs at quick pace. He smashed six boundaries in his 37-ball knock and added a vital 37-run stand with BJ Watling (18).

However, he was caught in the deep off Sohail while Rahat Ali (4-62) accounted for the wickets of Watling and Todd Astle (0) to keep down New Zealand to 171 for eight.

Cameos from Tim Southee (22) and Wagner (21) ensured New Zealand reached 200 before they were bowled out. They also managed a lead of 67 runs in the first innings.

In their second innings, Sami Aslam (7) survived a tight review from New Zealand as Pakistan headed into lunch at six for naught.

Pakistan opted for the defensive approach and scored just 19 runs in the first 17 overs. The pressure eventually got on to Aslam, as he was caught behind off de Grandhomme (1-23).

Amidst the heavy fall of wickets, Azhar Ali (31) and Babar Azam (29) ensured Pakistan did not lose any further wickets in the session after adding an unbeaten 29 runs.

The 37-run stand between the duo eventually ended with Wagner (2-21) surprising Azam with a short pitch delivery and was caught behind. The short pitch deliveries worked very well for New Zealand as Pakistan lost Younis Khan (1) and Misbah ul Haq (13) in quick succession as well.

Any chance of a fightback from Pakistan was negated when Boult (3-18) returned for his final spell of the day and removed Azhar, Sarfraz Ahmed (2) and Mohammad Amir (6).

Just when Pakistan were in danger of getting bowled out on day three, Sohail (22 not out) decided to deal in boundaries. He smashed three fours and a six to take Pakistan to 129 for seven - a lead of 62 runs at stumps on day three.

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