New Zealand all over Pakistan as hosts need 9 wickets to win the series

New Zealand finished the day three at 659-6d, Pakistan 8-1 and trailing by 354 runs.

The hosts scored 373 runs in the day for the loss of just three wickets and in return, the visitors already lost Shan Masood who bagged his third consecutive 0 in the process.

See also: New Zealand in complete control at the end of day 2, Williamson scored century (again)

Pakistan bowled pretty well on the day two but that was hardly predicted by looking at the scorecard. New Zealand were the stronger side to start the day three and they finished with another whitewash on the cards for them.

Day three started so as the toil for Pakistani bowlers

New Zealand had partially ended the hopes of visitors for pulling a victory in the Test series. Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls started the day three from where they ended the day two, humiliating Pakistani bowlers.

The pair scored a record-partnership of 369 runs, which is the third-highest stand for the New Zealand and the highest-partnership against Pakistan.

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Kane Williamson scored his fourth double-century in Tests

New Zealand are on the verge of becoming the number one Test side after a 2-0 victory and that is very near after the day three.

The runs flowed for the most part of the day. It was certainly Kane Williamson’s day who scored his fourth double-century, his second of the prolific summer. Pakistan had dropped eight catches, yes EIGHT. Three each of Williamson and Nicholls first of the catches at 82 and 86 respectively. The pair then went on to score 238 and 157 respectively and that just sums up the disappointing tour for Pakistan.

After the visitors got rid of Williamson and Nicholls, the toil didn’t end there either. It was then Daryl Mitchell who had the chance to showcase his talent with the bat. Probably the least secure player in the strong New Zealand line-up, Mitchell had struck eight fours and two sixes to bring up his maiden Test century, an innings that also urged Williamson to be extended by a couple of overs to complete the landmark

New Zealand to remain unbeaten this summer?

New Zealand have already beaten West Indies earlier to a 2-0 whitewash and with all the hopes, they would do that again on the day four to send Pakistan home with a lone victory in the third and final T20I.

With the deadly pace attack of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, and Matt Henry, New Zealand are well set to force a result on the day four and take another series 2-0 and give themselves strong chance to play the World Championship Final at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Pakistan dismay performance

Pakistani bowlers were down and out for the most part of the innings while bowling. Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls scored freely of the bowling without having much trouble. And then in the fading light of the day, Daryl Mitchell plundered to his maiden Test century too.

And when New Zealand finally declared their innings, Shan Masood and Abid Ali had to cope with 11 overs, which they were unable to do.

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Shan Masood now has three ducks in his last four innings

Shan Masood, who had a terrible and dismal tour having scores of 10, 0, 0 in the last three innings. And he scored another 0 in his final innings of the tour. Masood has now three ducks in his previous three innings. Kyle Jamieson, who was brought in the ending overs, immediately got the wicket of Masood. Masood was out on 0 after facing 25 deliveries.

That brought Mohammad Abbas, the nightwatchman on the crease. And he had heart in his mouth when his edged his first ball but only to be landed short of Tim Southee. After that he also survived a close review.

And somehow, Pakistan passed the day three without any further loss.

Day three ended at 8-1 with Pakistan still trailing by 354 runs.