Black Caps looking to set tempo early on Day Four heading into second innings against Pakistan


Day Four of the second Test between the Black Caps and Pakistan is shaping up to be vital with the weather looking promising after three rain-affected days already.

After one completed innings, the hosts have secured a 55-run lead at Hamilton's Seddon Park despite losing the toss and being sent in to bat on another trademark New Zealand green pitch.

With the bat, another decent opening stand from Jeet Raval (55) has been backed up down the order by BJ Watling (49*), while Tim Southee's six wickets in the field stand out as key performances so far through the first innings for the Black Caps.

With two days of play remaining and the sky clearly unable to make up its mind, the Black Caps know they are in the driver's seat and need to push the tempo for the remainder of the Test.

Getting out of the gates early with runs today will be crucial for Raval and an under-firing Latham as any chance of winning the Test will rely on winning this morning's first session with a good run rate.

Fifty-five runs is a nice lead to have considering the circumstances which have played themselves out so far but a firecracker inning with the bat like what Ross Taylor provided on Day One could be the difference between giving Southee, Wagner and company enough overs to finish the job and running out of time.

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New Zealand 271 (Raval 55, Taylor 37, Watling 49*, Kahn 4/99)

Pakistan 216 (Azam 90*, Ahmed 41, Southee 6/80)

New Zealand lead by 55 runs

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