Kane-Nicholls make New Zealand’s day after stunning comeback
A 212-run partnership between New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls has turned the game around and the last day of the deciding Test promises to be a cracker of a day.
The visitors came into the fourth day with two wickets down for 20 odd runs and they suffered a quick blow as night watchman William Somerville departed right after the beginning of the play.
Pakistan were on top and well in the mood to bowl out New Zealand to a low score and win the match and also the series. But New Zealand captain and Nicholls had other plans.
Just like Pakistan batting collapsed in the first innings, they lost the plot in the bowling department too. Kane and Nicholls’ patient innings took away the momentum from the hosts and unsettled the struggling bowlers to make a huge comeback in the Test match.
Kane went onto score yet another Test hundred and remained unbeaten till the end with 139 runs while Nicholls ended the day with only 10 runs short from his 3rd Test hundred.
Meanwhile, Pakistan bowlers had a day to forgot. Apart from Yasir Shah’s achievement, the men in green had nothing to celebrate as they saw the Kiwis’ duo dominate them throughout the day.
New Zealand will start the last day of the Test match with a lead of 198 runs and 6 wickets in hand. The visitors are likely to declare after giving a fighting total for Pakistan to chase and who knows, it can turn to a yet another cliffhanger like the first Test match which Pakistan lost by 4 runs in the end.
New Zealand 274 & 272/4 (Kane Williamson 139*, Henry Nicholls 90*)
Pakistan 348 (Azhar Ali 134, Asad Shafiq 104; William Somerville 4-75)
Stumps – Day 4.