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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FIRST INNINGS

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



As it happened: Tim Southee takes six wickets to secure 55 run lead for NZ

The Black Caps have secured a 55-run first innings lead over Pakistan in the second Test match in Hamilton. 

5:17pm

The umpires have called an end to the day. Another heavy shower came down after the players left the field, meaning not enough time to get everything ready to resume play in time if the rain were to stop.

4:51pm

It looks like we've got more rain! Both sides are out on the field ready to get NZ's second innings underway. Some dark clouds have gathered overhead and it could be a case of bad light stopping play. This could be the end of day three if conditions were to stay as they are now.

PAK 216 all out

OUT! Six wickets for Southee! He bombards Imran Khan with several short balls. The last one catches Khan wanting and he can only manage a glove through to BJ Watling behind the stumps.

Babar Azam is left stranded on 90 not out. New Zealand have a lead of 55 runs.

Latham and Raval rush off the field as they prepare to bat, Southee leads the rest of the team from the ground. A great performance from him, especially in the abscence of Trent Boult.

PAK 206/9

OUT! Southee has five! He bowls one that keeps moving away from Amir and takes the edge of the bat, carrying through to Raval at first slip.

Amir departs for five runs, Imran Khan the last man in as Pakistan look to minimise the New Zealand lead as much as they can.

PAK 201/8

The players are back out on the field. Matt Henry will resume bowling to Mohammad Amir, Pakistan are still trailing New Zealand's first innings by 70 runs with two wickets in hand.

Babar Azam is at the other end, in sight of his first ever Test century.

3:54pm

Word from the ground is that an inspection will take place at 4pm, which would mean play to be resumed at 4:15pm at the earliest. 

3:23pm

Word from Hamilton is that it's stopped raining. While that's good for now, the groundstaff have a huge job on their hands to get the ground ready for play this afternoon.

PAK 201/8 (61.4 overs)

PAK 200/8 (61 overs)

Black Caps bowler Neil Wagner celebrates the wicket of Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan.
New Zealand Black Caps v Pakistan. Day 2, 2nd test match. Saturday 26 November 2016. Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz
Black Caps bowler Neil Wagner celebrates the wicket of Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan. Source: Photosport

PAK 193/8 (57.5 overs)

WICKET!

Colin de Grandhomme dimisses Wahab Riaz with a full and straight delivery. The pad gets in the way of the bat and the visitors go for the review. Umpire's on-field stands and Riaz is gone.

PAK 125/6 (41.1 overs)

Neil Wagner strikes again!

Wagner has picked up his third wicket of the innings dismissing Sarfraz Ahmed. Jeet Raval did well to make the catch, almost letting the ball slip through his fingers.  

PAK 121/5 (37 overs)

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As it happened: Pakistan's top order crumble as Black Caps star bowlers step up

The Black Caps have the upper-hand over Pakistan, with the visitors only managing to score 76 for 5 on day two of the second Test at Seddon Park, Hamilton.

New Zealand were all-out for 271 not long after tea-break in their first innings. 

PAKISTAN 51/5 (21.2 overs)

WICKET! Neil Wagner goes back-to-back bagging a second for the day dismissing Mohammad Rizwan.

PAKISTAN 51/4 (21.1 overs)

WICKET! Neil Wagner gets lucky with a thick inside edge by Asad Shafiq hitting the stumps. Pakistan are in real trouble now with the Black Caps' bowlers starting to find their groove.

PAKISTAN 12/3 (8.5 overs)

Again it's Tim Southee who comes up with the goods, bagging his third wicket for the Black Caps dismissing Younis Khan.

BJ Watling had no issues making the catch with Southee continuing to wreak havoc with his wide delivery sucking in Younis to making a play at the ball.

PAKISTAN 8/2 (4.6 overs)

Tim Southee strikes again! This time dismissing Azhar Ali with BJ Watling collecting an easy catch after a brilliant over from Southee.

PAKISTAN 7/1 (4.1 overs)

Tim Southee claims his first victim of the afternoon dismissing Sami Aslam with Jeet Raval showing excellent hands in the slips to make the catch.

NZ 271 (83.4 overs)

The Black Caps are all out for 271 with Imran Khan dismissing Neil Wagner. Younis Khan makes the catch diving across second slip to get the wicket.

Wagner is gone for 1.  

NZ 266/8 (81 overs):

It's tea break in Hamilton and Matt Henry has managed to settle things down trying to help out his teammate BJ Watling who is five runs away from reaching a half ton.

NZ 239/8 (76 overs):

Tim Southee is out!

Sohail Khan flicks a slower delivery out the back of his hand and Southee mis-times his hit with the ball hitting the wickets.

Southee is gone for 29 and Matt Henry comes in to help out BJ Watling. 

NZ 231/7 (74 overs):

Tim Southee is showing no fear swinging for the fences. He is on 23 off 22 balls.

Southee has hit a four and a six in this over alone with Watling taking the more conservative approach.

NZ 203/7 (67 overs):

Mitchell Santner is gone! 

Sohail Khan bowls a crafty full delivery with Younis coming up with a superb catch in front of first slip. Santner falls victim to Khan out for 16.

Tim Southee is the next batsman in for New Zealand.

NZ 201/6 (65 overs):

New Zealand have brought up 200 with BJ Watling and Mitchell Santner steadying the ship for the home side.

Watling has 24 off 71 deliveries with Santner on 16 off 29 deliveries.

NZ 170/6:

We're back after lunch and straight away Pakistan have a review. Colin de Grandhomme has a huge swing at the ball as it goes past the bat.

Pakistan go up but the umpire turns it down. There's a huge spike on snicko as the ball passes the bat.

The umpire gives it out! New Zealand lose a wicket first ball after lunch as de Grandhomme goes for 37.

Mitchell Santner the new man in.

NZ 170/5: 

Lunch. Watling and de Granhomme survive until the end of the session.

Their partnership sits at an impressive 51 runs and the two have managed to wrestle the momentum back from Pakistan.

De Grandhomme goes to lunch on 37 from 54 balls, Watling 10 from 38.

The two will need to dig in after lunch if New Zealand are to post any sort of decent first innings score.

NZ 164/5:

Colin de Grandhomme and BJ Watling are resisting the Pakistan attack.

The two have put together a partnership worth 45 so far, with de Grandhomme having scored 32 from 46 while Watling nine from 34.

Pakistan have introduced part-time spinner Azhar Ali having not named a regular spinner in their side.

NZ 130/5:

Review. Colin de Grandhomme is given out after appearing to have edged Mohammad Amir behind. Pakistan all go up and umpire Ravi gives him out.

De Grandhomme refers immediately, the third umpire finds that the ball has come nowhere near making contact with the bat and the decision is reversed.

Good review from de Grandhomme.

NZ 119/5:

OUT! Wahab Riaz strikes now! Henry Nicholls goes after edging one behind. 

Riaz bowls one down the channel, and just like Raval and Taylor, Nicholls manages a faint edge through to Safraz Ahmed behind the stumps.

Nicholls departs for 13 from 52 balls, BJ Watling the new man in.

NZ 113/4:

OUT! Raval's luck runs out! Imran Khan angles a delivery across the left-hander, Raval just prods at the ball and gets a nick through to the slips, where Mohammad Rizwan takes the catch on debut.

Raval goes for a well made 55, Colin de Grandhomme the new batsman.

NZ 109/3:

Fifty for Jeet Raval! The New Zealand opener brings up his second fifty in as many Test's. He launches a handsome straight drive down the ground off Imran Khan to get the the milestone.

Just for the record, Raval's batting average currently sits at a healthy 142.

NZ 105/3:

Raval and Nicholls are still at the crease, looking to build New Zealand's first innings total.

Raval has been dropped for the second time this innings and is sitting on 47 from 99 balls. Nicholls at the other end is eight from 25 looking good so far. 

Pakistan have introduced Wahab Riaz into the attack, looking to shake up the Black Caps batsmen with his raw pace. 

NZ 90/3:

OUT! Taylor goes after looking so good yesterday! Sohail Khan keeps up his line just outside Taylor's off-stump. Taylor doesn't know whether to play or leave, and the indecision results in him getting a feather behind through to Safraz Ahmed.

Taylor departs for 37 from only 31 balls. Henry Nicholls is the new batsman.

NZ 81/2:

Sohail Khan gets the second morning underway, bowling to Jeet Raval. 

He bowls five good, testing deliveries outside the off-stump. Raval happy to let them all go through to the keeper. The final ball is pitched up and Raval has no problem driving through cover to get his scoring underway for the day. 

10:20am: All signs look good for some cricket this morning. Yesterday's rain is gone but come cloud cover remains overhead - perfect conditions for swing bowling.

If all goes to plan we'll have 98 overs today. Not long now until the start of play.

After a rain hit first day, New Zealand are poised at 77/2 with only 21 overs having been bowled.

Jeet Raval and Ross Taylor are the two not out batsmen for the hosts, looking to build a decent first innings total having lost the toss and been put in to bat. 

Taylor has rocketed to 29 from only 20 deliveries faced, while Raval is unbeaten with 35 from 63 balls himself.

Pakistan's four-pronged pace attack will be looking to make early inroads into this New Zealand batting lineup, hopefully setting a platform to win this match and square the series at 1-1 after New Zealand's comfortable eight wicket win in Christchurch last week. 

Sohail Khan to Santner,  OUT , smart, low catch from Younis, diving across to his right and grabbing it in front of first slip. That's how you do it, Aslam. Full and slanting away just outside off, Santner wafts and sends an outside edge behind. Sohail has his third wicket. The drink will taste sweeter for Pakistan
Sohail Khan to Santner,  OUT , smart, low catch from Younis, diving across to his right and grabbing it in front of first slip. That's how you do it, Aslam. Full and slanting away just outside off, Santner wafts and sends an outside edge behind. Sohail has his third wicket. The drink will taste sweeter for Pakistan
Sohail Khan to Santner,  OUT , smart, low catch from Younis, diving across to his right and grabbing it in front of first slip. That's how you do it, Aslam. Full and slanting away just outside off, Santner wafts and sends an outside edge behind. Sohail has his third wicket. The drink will taste sweeter for Pakistan
Sohail Khan to Santner,  OUT , smart, low catch from Younis, diving across to his right and grabbing it in front of first slip. That's how you do it, Aslam. Full and slanting away just outside off, Santner wafts and sends an outside edge behind. Sohail has his third wicket. The drink will taste sweeter for Pakistan
Sohail Khan to Santner,  OUT , smart, low catch from Younis, diving across to his right and grabbing it in front of first slip. That's how you do it, Aslam. Full and slanting away just outside off, Santner wafts and sends an outside edge behind. Sohail has his third wicket. The drink will taste sweeter for Pakistan
Sohail Khan to Santner,  OUT , smart, low catch from Younis, diving across to his right and grabbing it in front of first slip. That's how you do it, Aslam. Full and slanting away just outside off, Santner wafts and sends an outside edge behind. Sohail has his third wicket. The drink will taste sweeter for Pakistan
Tim Southee and team mates celebrate the dismissal of Azhar Ali. New Zealand Black Caps v Pakistan. Day 2, 2nd test match. Saturday 26 November 2016. Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz
Black Caps fast bowler Tim Southee and team mates celebrate the dismissal of Pakistan's Azhar Ali. Source: Photosport