New Zealand has been in phenomenal form and have made their home a fort that can’t be broken easily. Every visiting team has struggled here. Pakistan provided some resistance to this but even they fell to the Kiwi bowlers in the first test.
The second test is underway as the Pakistani team was bowled out on day 1 for 297. Jamieson picked another fifer as he was well supported by his fellow pacers Boult and Southee to get the Pakistani line up wrapped up under 300.
On the second day, Kiwi openers came out to bat. Tom Latham and Tom Blundell got the things underway on Day 2 as they played safely and didn’t give much room to Pakistani bowlers. Finally, on the last delivery of the 20th over, Blundell fell to Faheem Ashraf. Blundell was found trapped in front of the wickets as he was back to pavilion after scoring 16 off 54 deliveries. Soon his opening partner Latham too joined him in the very next over as was sent back by Shaheen Afridi. Latham was dismissed on 33 off 71 deliveries. Th most experienced pair of the Kiwi line-up was at the crease as their skipper Williamson got the company of Ross Taylor. But soon, Taylor fell to Mohammad Abbas as he built a small partnership with his captain. Taylor was back to pavilion after scoring 12. Williamson was joined by Henry Nicholls, who has been in a good form. The duo didn’t give any chance to the visitors as they went back at the stumps without getting any other wicket.
Williamson played cautiously in the beginning as the wickets fell in short span of time. He bought up his half century in 105 deliveries. Williamson soon changed his gears as the things started looking going their way. Williamson scored another fifty in just 35 deliveries as he bought up his 24th ton in just 140 deliveries. He was well supported by Henry Nicholls at the other who too, bought up his 11th half century in tests. The day ended when the scoreboard was at 286 and the Kiwis trailed by 11 runs. Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson came back to the dressing room without giving any other wicket throughout the day. Williamson is not out on 112 while Nicholls is on 89 nearing his 7th test ton. They will be back tomorrow as they eye on going past the first innings total and get a match winning lead in their first innings.
For Pakistan, there was nothing much to celebrate as they were only successful in picking up 3 wickets in the entire day.
Afridi, Abbas and , Ashraf each picked up a single wicket. The Pakistani skipper tried multiple options but none of them was effective.
It was without a doubt a day for New Zealand.