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

New Zealand finished the day two at 286-3, trailing by only 11 runs.

At the end of day one, it seemed like Pakistan have put enough runs on the board and will give tough time to the strong New Zealand team at their own backyard but at the end of day two, it now seemed like Pakistan have lost the day and perhaps even lost the game.

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After pegging New Zealand with early wickets, Pakistan had the upper hand in the game but with the drop of Henry Nicholls at the score of 73, it seemed that Pakistan have lost all the luck and then remained wicket less for the whole day.

Pakistan started the day strongly

Day one ended at the score of 297 all out for Pakistan, so New Zealand started the day with the first ball of their innings. Tom Latham and Tom Blundell opened the innings.

After a good bunch of cricket from the openers who put the early attack of Pakistani pacers, Blundell was the first to go with Faheem Ashraf trapping him LBW in the 20th over. The next over, Shaheen Afridi bowled a beauty and the catch was finally taken by the second first slip on the rebound. Pakistan grabbed two wickets in two overs bringing out two new batsmen at the crease.

Pakistani seamers bagged two wickets before the lunch.

New Zealand
Kane Williamson scored his 24th Test century, his 3rd of the home summer

Then the third wicket came quickly too. Mohammad Abbas, who bowled beautifully in the innings finally have some reward. Ross Taylor edged and an excellent take at the second slip. New Zealand are now 71-3. And they ended the day at 286-3. No more further wickets.

Henry Nicholls the next batsman. He’s facing Shaheen Afridi on 3, edge and a magnificent take by the skipper Rizwan. Score 74-4. Oh wait, has he overstepped? Yes, he has and the score is reset to 74-3. Nicholls given a life and he then ensured to make the most of it. Bringing up 215 runs with Captain Williamson, the best fourth-wicket stand for New Zealand against Pakistan.

New Zealand on-route to a 2-0 finish

New Zealand are one of the most dominant sides at the home. They completed a 2-0 whitewash against West Indies and they are very much like to give the same fate to Pakistan. One of the best New Zealand batting line-up and one of the best New Zealand bowling line-up has combined to bring extra-ordinary results for the team.

Kane Williamson has been the major factor behind the success. Scoring a career-best double-century against West Indies and now scoring another ton in his third successive Test match. That makes him to score a century in each of the Test match this summer.

Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls are unbeaten at 215 together that is also the highest fourth-wicket stand for New Zealand against Pakistan and they would love to add more runs to the tally on day 3.