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by  Neel Ashar  •  Last updated on 2021-01-05 14:36:33

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Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls blew Pakistan away as New Zealand declared at 659/6 on Day 3 of the 2nd Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand. Williamson notched up his fourth double ton in Tests while Nicholls hit 157. Williamson's 238 consisted of 28 fours. Daryl Mitchell, the pace-bowling all-rounder hit his maiden Test ton to deflate Pakistan even further. Pakistan trails by 354 runs and is 8/1 at Stumps on Day 3. Can NZ secure an innings victory?


Match Preview

Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Date: 3-7 January 2021

Time: 3:30 A.M. IST

The Pitch Report

The pitch is anticipated to be green and aid bowlers throughout the match. The pitch will help seam bowlers throughout the match. Expect plenty of seam and swing movement. The likes of Boult and Southee will love to bowl here. Batsmen need to play close to their bodies. Expect the pitch to flatten out as the game progresses.

Weather Forecast

The weather is expected to be pleasant. There is a 31 per cent chance for rain. Temperatures will soar as high as 27 Degrees and dip as low as 17 Degree Celsius. The relative humidity is predicted to be 38 per cent. Also, winds will blow from the North-East direction to the South-West at a maximum speed of 25 kilometres per hour.

Match XIs

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Matt Henry, Tim Southee

Pakistan: Abid Ali, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (c and wk), Faheem Ashraf, Zafar Gohar, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Abbas