Pakistan are going through a terrible phase in the 2nd test match as the hosts in New Zealand have piled up a gigantic 1st innings score and batted the visiting country Pakistan out of the game in the 3rd day of the test match.
Pakistan created several chances but their standard of fielding has hit a new low as they have dropped several easy catches which didn’t help them even a bit. Pakistan's bowlers had no clue whatsoever to restrict the Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls who both added 369 runs for the 4th wicket.
Henry Nicholls edged one off the bowling of Shaheen Afridi and presented a neat catch to the Pakistan’s stand-in skipper and the wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan. As soon as the southpaw edged, he knew that he was gone and seemed disappointed. Even the umpire raised his finger and all these events happened before Mohammad Rizwan's catch completion. The plot twist was that Mohammad Rizwan dropped an easy chance and umpire had to withdraw his finger.
After posting a healthy first innings total of 297 on the board, it was expected that Pakistan had the upper hand at the end of day 1 but New Zealand's marathon effort with the bat ensured that Pakistan bowlers needn’t bowl for the 2nd time in the game.
Kane Williamson became the #1 batsman in test cricket in the absence of Virat Kohli in the ICC test rankings for batsmen. The recent form of Steve Smith also helped his cause.
Kane Williamson scored his 4th double century in his test career, his 2nd in last 3 tests and he looked ominous as always. Pakistan bowlers were sent for a leather hunt even on a wicket that was helping the bowlers to a good deal. New Zealand declared their 1st innings after having scored 659 runs. There were 2 other centurions apart from Kane Williamson in the name of Henry Nicholls and Daryl Mitchell. Pakistan are trailing by 354 runs with 9 wickets in hand in their 2nd innings.