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1st Test, Day 4: Pakistan vs New Zealand - As it happened...

1st Test, Day 4: Pakistan vs New Zealand - As it happened...

Welcome to the day four live coverage of the first Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand at Abu Dhabi

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New Zealand 2nd Innings

Over 54 || Score 174/8

Pakistan were looking to win the match today itself but it a superb partnership for the ninth wicket has extended their wait. Pakistan lost their eighth wicket at the score of 138 and since then, Mark Craig (27*) and Ish Sodhi (27*) have put on a superb fightback. The Kiwis would want this partnership to swell as much as possible, even though it's just a matter of time that Pakistan win the Test match.

Over 40 || Score 139/8

Rahat Ali bowled a fantastic seventh over, where he dismissed Neesham and Watling off consecutive balls. Neesham edged a ball which was moving away from him to Sarfaraz while Watling missed out on a delivery which was bowled down the leg side, it hit his thighs and crashed onto the stumps. The Kiwis suffered another blow in the 35th over of the innings when set batsman Anderson was dismissed by Imran Khan for 23 runs. Zulfiqar Babar was the eighth batsman to be dismissed as he was bowled by Tim Southee. So from 111/4 in 30 overs Pakistan have lost four more wickets in the last ten overs and have scored just 28 runs. Pakistan would want to finish this match today itself.

Over 30 || Score 111/4

The score of nelson proved to be once again unlucky, as the Kiwis lost the wicket of their key batsmen – Kane Williamson – in the 30th over of the innings. After losing three wickets for just 69 runs, Corey Anderson and Williamson were looking to resurrect the innings before the latter was bamboozled by a quicker one from Mohammad Hafeez and was stumped. Anderson is unbeaten at the crease on 19 and James Neesham is the new man in. Even though these two are known for their big hitting skills, with an uphill task ahead of them, they will have to play miraculous innings to bring New Zealand back into the game.

Over 20 || Score 76/3

After a solid opening stand of 57 runs for the first wicket, the Kiwis once again lost wickets in a flurry as Tom Latham and Brendon McCullum were dismissed in successive overs by Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah respectively. Yasir Shah picked his second wicket of the innings when Ross Taylor was caught plumb in front of the wicket. The Kiwis have once again failed to combat the quality spin bowling.

Over 11 || 50/0

The Kiwis have got off to a good start and have raced to 50 in just 11 overs. Rahat Ali has been plundered for runs as spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah have been brought into the attack. The New Zealand openers have already hit 7 boundaries between them and McCullum is leading their run-chase so far in a positive manner.

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Pakistan have declared their innings and have set a target of 479 runs for New Zealand with six sessions still left in the Test match.

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Pakistan 2nd Innings

Over 39.2 || 175/2

Mohammad Hafeez brings up his century. What a performance by the opening batsman. This was his century after 22 Test match innings and a first against the Kiwis. He joins the century party alongside Pak's top order and middle order batsmen. Hafeez got to 99 after hitting a big six off Sodhi before bringing up his ton off Brendon McCullum's over.

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Over 36 || 149/2

Craig starts with the proceedings after lunch and Hafeez is on song from the word go. He gets a boundary after a late-cut through the off side off Craig in the first ball. Craig follows it up with four byes as another four singles come to mark a costly over in the end. Sodhi continues and well he gets Younis this time. Similar dismissal to that of Ali. Sarfraz Ahmed comes in. Craig continues and gives away another nine runs in the over.

Younis Khan lbw b Sodhi 28 (45b)

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Over 33 || 127/1

It's lunch and Pakistan scored at over four runs per over. Their lead is already 432 runs and it will not be long since they declare. Hafeez has been the chief contributor with 72 runs as Younis looks as good as ever on 26 runs. Sodhi got the only breakthrough of the day.

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Over 25 || 90/1

Anderson and Sodhi continue as Hafeez brings up his fifty. Sodhi pitches in short and Hafeez pulls through long-on boundary. Good innings from the former Pak skipper.

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Over 23 || 82/1

Pakistan have scored in a decent rate so far. Hafeez steers one to the third-man boundary off Anderson in the 20th over. Four runs come from it. Sodhi continues and gives away just two runs keeping it tight and simple. The next over is a maiden before Younis welcomes Sodhi with a four through extra-cover and mid-off region. Seven runs come from the over. 

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Over 19 || 69/1

Pakistan have lost their first wicket of the day as Azhar Ali departs for 23. Sodhi trapping him LBW after he goes for a sweep shot. Meanwhile, Pakistan have gained a lead of 373 runs as Mohammad Hafeez has moved into the 40's. The all-rounder has looked in sublime touch and took Sodhi to the ropes. Younis Khan joins him in the middle.

Azhar Ali lbw b Sodhi 23 (47b)

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Over 12 || 36/0

Pakistan have begun well in a positive manner and especially Hafeez. 15 runs have come in last three overs. Southee tries some bouncers to Hafeez in the 10th over. Hafeez seeing it off well. Boult then gives away a boundary after pitching it a bit short outside off and Hafeez steers it through third-man. SOuthee continues and Azhar Ali picks up a two and a three off successive balls. New Zealand's ball pitch selections have been off colour.

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Over 9 || 21/0

Boult to Hafeez and he concedes a boundary off the second ball. The latter smashes a shot to the boundary past backward point. Five runs come from the over.

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Over 7 || 15/0

Boult to Azhar Ali as the Kiwi bowler prefers to keep it fullish and starts with a maiden over.

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Ahead of the 4th day match, New Zealand's Corey Anderson says the Kiwis are still in the game with a chance and praised Tom Latham for his impressive performance with the bat on day 3.

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Pakistan: 566/3d & 15/0 (6.0 overs)
New Zealand: 262

Pakistan lead by 319 runs with 10 wickets remaining

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Day four, pitch: The surface looks good to bat on and the pitch is going to get drier. Spinners will have an impact.

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Pakistan are a man short with Ahmed Shehzad going to miss the rest of the series with a fractured skull. Azhar Ali will come out alongside Hafeez, as the duo will try to negate the first session.

New Delhi: The Pakistani players have been on the same ruthless vein just as they were against Australia which saw them win the two-match Test series 2-0. Pakistan had a big 304 run lead and despite their opponents falling 105 runs short of the follow-on mark, the hosts batted again and finished the third day at 15-0.

Mohammad Hafeez (five) and Azhar Ali (nine) were at the crease as Pakistan led by 319 runs with two days left to push for a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Pakistan had declared their first innings at 566-3.

New Zealand opener Tom Latham hit a maiden hundred yesterday but impressive bowling performances by Rahat Ali (4-22) and spinner Zulfiqar Babar (3-79) saw the visitors getting choked.

Day four promises to be an interesting day as Pak will try to score quickly and set a daunting target for the Kiwis.

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