Pakistan tour of New Zealand, 1st Test: New Zealand v Pakistan at Hamilton, Jan 7-9, 2011
Pakistan won by 10 wickets
7,8,9 January 2011 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100

11.00 The players are making their way out. The two Macs, McCullum and McIntosh, to open for New Zealand, and the Pakistan side take their fielding positions.

Two slips and a gully in place. Gul to start.

10.50 Barely anyone in yet at the ground in Hamilton. Perhaps the crowds will come in later in the day.

And, over at the Ashes, it is raining at the SCG.

10.40 It's a big day for Reece Young, who makes his Test debut. He's 31 and played 99 first-class matches already, not a bad way to complete a century.

10.35 Very humid in Hamilton, and there are showers predicted later in the afternoon. There's a greenish tinge on the pitch which prompted Pakistan to bowl, but Simon Doull says after the first hour or so it should become easy for batting.

Team news Umar Akmal has been left out by Pakistan. New Zealand go in with three quicks - Martin, Arnel and Southee. The full Xis should pop up above in a couple of minutes, our scorer Sanjay Murari is just typing the XIs. This is Siddarth Ravindran on commentary, and we are about 20 minutes form the start. Siddhartha Talya has this preview to the game. He will be writing the bulletins for this match as well. And for all the NZ-Pak stats you want, click here.

10.30Misbah calls 'tails' and tails it is. Pakistan choose to bowl. "Whangarei (where the practise game was played) was a really flat track, and the guys did a lot of hard work there to get ready for the Tests. We really feel sorry for Saeed Ajmal (who has left to Pakistan on account of his father's death)."

Daniel Vettori: "I think our top six is an improved one and a talented one, if we see the first two Tests in India, that's the sort of performance we want. We have been a disciplined outfit, almost a boring one, waiting for the batsmen to make the mistakes."

10.25 Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the first Test between New Zealand and Pakistan. It's an overcast day in Hamilton, but there's no rain around, so we should start on time.

0.1

Umar Gul to McIntosh, 1 run, McIntosh and New Zeland get off the mark as he jabs a middle and leg delivery towards square leg

McCullum to face his first delivery

0.2

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, 'Well bowled Umar' is the call from the keeper as a short of length lifts quite sharply outside off, McCullum shoulders arms

0.2

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, shapes to defend and the ball rushes past the edge

0.3

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, McCullum is not one to hang around, he sees a bit of width, McCullum flashes at it and misses, he was looking to hammer that past point

Three slips and a gully

0.4

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, that one bounce more than McCullum expected, he was looking to turn that to the leg side, he misses and is struck on the right thigh I think, he takes a few moments to compose himself after that blow

0.5

Umar Gul to McCullum, FOUR, the first boundary of the Test, not very convincing from McCullum, a short of length ball outside off, Mccullum gets onto the front foot and drives that uppishly through cover, bottom hand comes off as he plays that stroke

0.6

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, Gul ends a testing first over with a lifting delivery just outside off, Mccullum stands tall and defends, flies off the face towards slip, reaches third slip on the bounce

End of over 1 (5 runs) New Zealand 5/0

    • BB McCullum 4 (5b 1x4)
    • TG McIntosh 1 (1b)
    • Umar Gul 1-0-5-0
1.1

Tanvir Ahmed to McIntosh, no run, Tanvir Ahmed grunts as he sends down his first delivery, wide outside off, McIntosh leaves it be

1.2

Tanvir Ahmed to McIntosh, no run, pushes it fuller this time, and closer to the stumps, McIntosh gets forward and blocks that one solidly

1.3

Tanvir Ahmed to McIntosh, FOUR, overpitched and McIntosh times this one for a boundary, just outside off, McIntosh gets a nice stride in as he punches that past mid-off, doesn't try to pack too much power in the stroke, concentrates on the timing

1.4

Tanvir Ahmed to McIntosh, no run, 'oh well bowled, very well bowled,' Adnan says as Tanvir sends down a bouncer

1.5

Tanvir Ahmed to McIntosh, OUT, Pakistan have struck, McIntosh has flopped, a back of length ball on offstump, McIntosh prods at it, gets the outside edge, flies low to Younis at second slip, he pouches that one, and Pakistan are celebrating

TG McIntosh c Younis Khan b Tanvir Ahmed 5 (9m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

JP asks: "Does anyone else feel this series could be a classic? Yes only 2 tests between 2 of the more lower ranked teams but a chance for close games because of the skill of the bowlers. 1-0 NZ my prediction."

1.6

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, Tanvir pitches it up and keeps it in the channel outside off, left alone by the new batsman

End of over 2 (4 runs) New Zealand 9/1

    • MJ Guptill 0 (1b)
    • BB McCullum 4 (5b 1x4)
    • Tanvir Ahmed 1-0-4-1
    • Umar Gul 1-0-5-0
2.1

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, McCullum's trademark 'Wait on' call after he defends a short of length ball off the backfoot

Readers relax, first ball scoring error has been fixed. Thanks for pointing it out.

2.2

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, keeps it tight around off, blocked off the back foot

Saumil: "Surprising decision by Pakistan to bowl first. Even more surprising is their decision to leave Umar Akmal from the playing 11. He was their most successful batsman last year when Pakistan toured NZ." Umar's absence is a surprising one.

2.3

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, a cacophonic appeal from Pakistan, as there's a sound as McCullum swipes at a ball, misses it as it goes through to the keeper, not sure where that sound cane from, but didn't seem to be en edge on that

2.4

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, gets the outside edge, bounces just short of Younis at second slip, McCullum survives

2.5

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, good start from Pakistan this, barely any loose deliveries, this one is slightly short and just outside off, McCullum shoulders arms

2.6

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, length ball on off, completes a maiden, McCullum mistimes a weak drive to cover to end the over, that's a maiden

End of over 3 (maiden) New Zealand 9/1

    • BB McCullum 4 (11b 1x4)
    • MJ Guptill 0 (1b)
    • Umar Gul 2-1-5-0
    • Tanvir Ahmed 1-0-4-1
3.1

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, FOUR, Guptill feasts on an overpitched delivery,shows the full face of the bat as he on-drives that one all along the ground, lovely stroke from Guptill

3.2

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, pitches it up and outside off, Guptill leaves it to the keeper

3.3

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, more grunting from Tanvir, keeps it full and just outside off, trying to tempt Guptill into a drive, batsman isn't interested this time

Aaron is liking Australia's decline, as many cricket fans around the world are: "Here is hoping the NZ'ers can close the gap on the Australians as many countries have done recently ie: India, England, South Africa. Hopefully a series win here would give them a much needed boost."

3.4

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, outside off, Guptill defends this one off the front foot to the bowler

3.5

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, more defence from Guptill, this one was slightly shorter from Tanvir, nice and tight line

3.6

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, Tanvir keeps pegging away at that offstump, blocked by Guptill

Sri from the US: "@JP, I dont think so. For all its frailties Pakistan seem to be the better team. And Umar Gul is a much better bowler than rest from both teams."

End of over 4 (4 runs) New Zealand 13/1

    • MJ Guptill 4 (7b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 4 (11b 1x4)
    • Tanvir Ahmed 2-0-8-1
    • Umar Gul 2-1-5-0

Deep backward square leg in place, deep point also

4.1

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, short of length ball outside off, defended towards cover

Asad: "Well given the conditions in NZ, its more likely that we'll see results for both games. I say its gonna be 1-1" Not the strongest of batting line-ups these

4.2

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, fuller and outside off, McCullum gets his bat well out of the way

Only two men on the leg side for Gul

4.3

Umar Gul to McCullum, FOUR, ooh, McCullum didn't have much of an idea about that one, back of a length and heading towards legstump, McCullum looking to play that towards the leg side, gets the outside edge, which flies past slips for four, lucky that for McCullum, Gul nearly had him there

4.4

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, more backfoot defence from McCullum, much more solid than the previous delivery

4.5

Umar Gul to McCullum, 1 run, deep backward point has to field after McCullum looks to smash that one, not much width for the cut, bottom hand comes off as he plays that stroke

Asad Shafiq in at short leg now

4.6

Umar Gul to Guptill, FOUR, full ball around off, Guptill picks his second on-driven boundary, quickly onto the front foot, again not looking for power, times it past the bowler to get four more

Kaiwan Nazir and a host of others :"@Saumil: the way umar gets out in every innings is the main reason of his exclusion. he must learn how to show patience in the field"

End of over 5 (9 runs) New Zealand 22/1

    • MJ Guptill 8 (8b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 9 (16b 2x4)
    • Umar Gul 3-1-14-0
    • Tanvir Ahmed 2-0-8-1
5.1

Tanvir Ahmed to McCullum, no run, Tanvir gets this one to shape in nicely, pitching outside off and jagging in, McCullum leaves for the keeper

5.2

Tanvir Ahmed to McCullum, FOUR, short ball, once more McCullum goes hard at it, this time it's a convincing stroke, off the middle of the bat as he thanks the bowler for the width, four run in front of point

5.3

Tanvir Ahmed to McCullum, 2 runs, third umpire called for, McCullum punched the ball to mid-off and sets off for a tight single, direct-hit has Pakistan appealing, McCullum is well in, they pick up an overthrow as well

5.4

Tanvir Ahmed to McCullum, no run, short of length and outside off, solid defence from McCullum towards the off side

Tanvir getting the odd ball to move around, he's been bowling around the 130kph mark this morning

5.5

Tanvir Ahmed to McCullum, no run, outside off, not wide enough to make McCullum go for the cut, not close enough to force a defensive stroke either

5.6

Tanvir Ahmed to McCullum, no run, McCullum has to defend this one, jumps onto the backfoot and blocks an offstump delivery

End of over 6 (6 runs) New Zealand 28/1

    • BB McCullum 15 (22b 3x4)
    • MJ Guptill 8 (8b 2x4)
    • Tanvir Ahmed 3-0-14-1
    • Umar Gul 3-1-14-0
6.1

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, back of length and close to off stump, watchful defence from Guptill

6.2

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, swerves in after pitching short of length, solid defence from Guptill

6.3

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, length ball this time, Guptill gets nicely forward and defends towards cover

6.4

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, this one moves away a touch after pitching just outside off, Guptill is beaten as he looks to defend off the front foot, he was nowhere close to that ball

6.5

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, does what he should have done to the previous delivery, leaves it to the keeper, this was an easier call for Guptill though as it was wider than the previous one

6.6

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, goes on with the angle, into Guptill who gets on the front foot and blocks

Mark: "JP: everyone keeps talking about these 2 sides as being low ranked but what is the gap really? Both are rebuilding and I suspect John Wright won't tolerate poor performance from NZ. Really at the moment there is India (who NZ held to 2 draws on their turf), SA and England and probably daylight to the next tier - any of whom could win on their day. I'm sure either of these sides would relish a crack at Australia at present."

End of over 7 (maiden) New Zealand 28/1

    • MJ Guptill 8 (14b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 15 (22b 3x4)
    • Umar Gul 4-2-14-0
    • Tanvir Ahmed 3-0-14-1
7.1

Tanvir Ahmed to McCullum, 1 run, short of length and outside off, McCullum as usual goes hard at that one, slaps that in front of point

7.2

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, Guptill gets well forward and defends a length ball from Tanvir

7.3

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, 129kph, full and wide, too wide to interest Guptill at this time of the match

7.4

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, Guptill swishes and misses, that wasn't too wide from Tanvir, Guptill goes after it but doesn't make contact

7.5

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, FOUR, similar line this time, short of length, Guptill connects as he looks to carve it and picks up another boundafry, along the ground for his third boundary

7.6

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, well outside off, pitched up, left to the keeper

End of over 8 (5 runs) New Zealand 33/1

    • MJ Guptill 12 (19b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 16 (23b 3x4)
    • Tanvir Ahmed 4-0-19-1
    • Umar Gul 4-2-14-0
8.1

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, 'lovely bowling,' says Adnan, which may be a touch exaggerated, it's tight around off though from Gul, left alone

8.2

Umar Gul to McCullum, 1 run, back of length and jags in, nothing dramatic, McCullum hops and taps the ball towards midwicket

There seem to be a lot of McIntosh doubters out there:. Sam: "McIntosh rearly does his job of being the opener with a slow strike rate that stick around for a day. Hardly ever makes it to the end of the first session... Bring back Richardson! We all know he's a better batter than TV personality...."

8.3

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, well outside off from Gul, easy leave for the batsman

Farroq Ahmad: "Umar AKmal was successful last year but from then he has done nothing while on the other hand Asad Shafiq is quite promising test batsman. Good Choice"

8.4

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, this one swerves away from the batsman, but starts too far outside off to be a threat, arms shouldered again

8.5

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, closer to off, still not close enough to make Guptill play

Asad writes in: "Tanvir is very experienced bowler. Since he hasn't played a lot of international cricket, the kiwis surely don't have much material to do their homework against him. I reckon he can bag some wickets here!"

8.6

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, length ball on offstump, blocked down the track

Max: "I dont know if this a coincidence or smart planning all the closely ranked test playing nations are playing against each other in testing conditions, lovers of test cricket couldnt ask for anything better (and to top if off australia are going south...:))" It has been a pretty good month or so for Test cricket.

End of over 9 (1 run) New Zealand 34/1

    • MJ Guptill 12 (23b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 17 (25b 3x4)
    • Umar Gul 5-2-15-0
    • Tanvir Ahmed 4-0-19-1
9.1

Tanvir Ahmed to McCullum, no run, 132kmh from Tanvir, short of length and around off, defended down the track

9.2

Tanvir Ahmed to McCullum, no run, well outside off, easy leave for the batsman

9.3

Tanvir Ahmed to McCullum, no run, every delivery starts with a grunt from Tanvir and ends with a 'wait on' from McCullum, defended towards the off side

9.4

Tanvir Ahmed to McCullum, 1 leg bye, this time there's a half-hearted 'Howzzat' from Pakistan, as the ball strikes McCullum on the pads, it was high and going down, balls dribbles towards square leg

9.5

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, 135kmh from Tanvir, well outside off, Guptill leaves it for Adnan

9.6

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, full and outside off, Guptill watches another one through to the keeper

PJ asks: "Does JP realise the best bowlers from both sides aren't playing? Southee and Arnel aren't going to scare anyone. This is Hamilton and if anything the test will be dominated by the bat. "

End of over 10 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 35/1

    • MJ Guptill 12 (25b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 17 (29b 3x4)
    • Tanvir Ahmed 5-1-19-1
    • Umar Gul 5-2-15-0
10.1

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, length ball outside off, raises the bat over his head as he leaves it for the keeper

Klay manages to pack in a load of cliches: "I think NZ can win, if they knuckle down and do the basics right. The top order has to get it right and do their job. They are on home soil, there should be no excuses!"

10.2

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, 136kph from Gul, shorter this time and a good line just outside off, good leave from McCullum

10.3

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, short of length and off, an urgent 'Wait on' from McCullum after punching the ball straight to cover

10.4

Umar Gul to McCullum, FOUR, 'Catch it' is the cry as a short ball is hooked by McCullum, a good bouncer from Gul, gets the top-edge, there are two men back for that stroke, evades both, a boundary for NZ

10.5

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, outside off, McCullum leaves

10.6

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, another short one from Gul to end the over, line is awry, too far outside off to get McCullum to pull towards the two men in the deep, McCullum leaves it to the keeper

End of over 11 (4 runs) New Zealand 39/1

    • BB McCullum 21 (35b 4x4)
    • MJ Guptill 12 (25b 3x4)
    • Umar Gul 6-2-19-0
    • Tanvir Ahmed 5-1-19-1

Tanvir starts his sixth over

11.1

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, slanting into the pads, pushed towards mid-on by Guptill

11.2

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, fullish delivery, driven back to the bowler

11.3

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, length ball from Tanvir, Guptill gets forward and looks to defend that one, the ball rolls towards mid-on

11.4

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, well outside off, Guptill watches it through to the keeper

11.5

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, again it is outside off, looking to slant it into the batsman, not much movement on offer for Tanvir now, Guptill leaves

11.6

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, that's a poor delivery, full and way outside off, no trouble at all for Guptill

End of over 12 (maiden) New Zealand 39/1

    • MJ Guptill 12 (31b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 21 (35b 4x4)
    • Tanvir Ahmed 6-2-19-1
    • Umar Gul 6-2-19-0

Change in the bowling. Wahab Riaz comes in.

12.1

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, 1 run, full ball just outside off, 136kph, McCullum drives that towards sweeper cover for a single

12.2

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, length ball this time, defended to the leg side

Hat tip to Colin Leonard for making first Chris Martin batting joke of the series: "Have to say I fancy the Kiwis in this series. The Pakistan batting struggled badly in England and conditions in NZ are usually fairly similar. I think Chris Martin could make hay in this series (with the ball I hasten to add!)"

12.3

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, Wahab gets a string of compliments from Adnan for a delivery angling across the batsman, left alone

12.4

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, on the pads, defended towards mid-on by Guptill

12.5

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, 1 run, batsmen nearly collided there as they attempted a quick single, both were ball watching after Guptill eases a ball towards mid-on, last minute change of course avoids a collision and a potential wicket

12.6

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, no run, oof, McCullum leaves a 139 kmh length delivery trusting the bounce, that wasn't outside off, sails over the stumps though, confident stuff from McCullum

It's drinks in Hamilton. For all those asking, there is no UDRS in this series.

Kahu: "Could be a big match this for Chris Martin. He needs 3 runs to bring up 100 test runs, and his next at bat will be his 200th first class innings. Oh, and as an aside, he is only ten wickets away from 200 test wickets." Which milestone do you think he'll bring up first. Okay, no more talk about Martin's batting, till he does come out.

Daniyal stands up for Umar Akmal: "But still u can't rest a talent like Umar Akmal, given his performance in NZ the last year. You gotta trust his talent." Opinion is clearly divided among Pakistan fans about Umar.

End of over 13 (2 runs) New Zealand 41/1

    • BB McCullum 22 (37b 4x4)
    • MJ Guptill 13 (35b 3x4)
    • Wahab Riaz 1-0-2-0
    • Tanvir Ahmed 6-2-19-1

Seventh over for Tanvir

13.1

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, outside off and left alone, that was 126kmh

13.2

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, short of length ball on offstump, batsman stands tall and taps it towards cover

13.3

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, length ball just outside off, punched back to the bowler

Waq: "In response to Mark's comment. Pakistan did actually beat Aus in the last test match they played (with a series result being 1-1). Pak may also be rated lowly, however they have shown that they have the ability to challenge (and even beat) No1 sides such as SA."

13.4

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, well outside off, another easy leave for the batsman

13.5

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, no run, short of length ball on offstump, gets behind the line and defends

Clouds clearing in Hamilton

13.6

Tanvir Ahmed to Guptill, 1 run, gets this one to move in a touch, batsman gets forward and plays that towards midwicket, bit of an inside-edge

End of over 14 (1 run) New Zealand 42/1

    • MJ Guptill 14 (41b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 22 (37b 4x4)
    • Tanvir Ahmed 7-2-20-1
    • Wahab Riaz 1-0-2-0
14.1

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, good pace from Wahab, 139kmh, angling across the batsman, left alone, Wahab has the zinc cream all over his face, and his trademark wrist bands as well

14.2

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, defended off the backfoot by the batsman

14.3

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, 140kmh, but there's hardly any movement for Wahab, goes on with the angle outside off, easy leave

14.4

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, and again, it's just outside off, but with the ball not coming back in, Guptill isn't in two minds about whether to play or not, he leaves confidently

14.5

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, oh well, he doesn't need any movement if there are going to be strokes like that, that was full and wide, Guptill throws his bat at it, misses

14.6

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, defends the last ball to midwicket, and that's a maiden

Haris: "Can you provide a list of highest wicket taking Pakistani bowlers on New Zealand Soil?" Yes we can, here.

End of over 15 (maiden) New Zealand 42/1

    • MJ Guptill 14 (47b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 22 (37b 4x4)
    • Wahab Riaz 2-1-2-0
    • Tanvir Ahmed 7-2-20-1

Surprise. Younis Khan given the ball

15.1

Younis Khan to McCullum, no run, starts with a ball outside off, left alone

15.2

Younis Khan to McCullum, no run, back of a length and a hint of away movement, McCullum gets a bottom-edge as he defends that, ball rolls back down the track

15.3

Younis Khan to McCullum, no run, McCullum goes across the stumps and leaves that outside-off delivery

15.4

Younis Khan to McCullum, no run, fuller and on the pads, pushed towards mid-on

15.5

Younis Khan to McCullum, FOUR, lovely stroke from McCullum, overpitched from Younis, crackes past mid-off by McCullum for four

15.6

Younis Khan to McCullum, 1 run, defended towards square leg

End of over 16 (5 runs) New Zealand 47/1

    • BB McCullum 27 (43b 5x4)
    • MJ Guptill 14 (47b 3x4)
    • Younis Khan 1-0-5-0
    • Wahab Riaz 2-1-2-0
16.1

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, FOUR, full delivery from Wahab, McCullum isn't going to hang around, whacked past extra cover by McCullum, another boundary for him

16.2

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, 1 run, a powerful carves towards deep backward point, Rehman dives to cut that off in the deep

16.3

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, angling across, Guptill happy to leave

16.4

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, once more, bowler testing Guptill's patience, waiting for a mistake, hopes Guptill will look to drive across the line

16.5

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, a hat-trick of deliveries where the batsman wasn't involved, once more Wahab sends it across to Adnan

16.6

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, shifts his line to middle and leg, short of length, Guptill blocks it towards the bowler

CR seems to be a McCullum fan: "GO GO GO BLACK CAPS McCullum reverse sweep and scoop your way to a century..can anyone remind brendon mccullum that he still has not accepted my facebook friend request? i am reallly really hurt:)"

End of over 17 (5 runs) New Zealand 52/1

    • MJ Guptill 14 (51b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 32 (45b 6x4)
    • Wahab Riaz 3-1-7-0
    • Younis Khan 1-0-5-0
17.1

Younis Khan to McCullum, no run, length ball outside off, defended towards the off side

Two wide slips in place

17.2

Younis Khan to McCullum, no run, length ball just outside off, more forward defence

17.3

Younis Khan to McCullum, no run, steady from Younis, short of length and blocked towards cover

17.4

Younis Khan to McCullum, no run, similar length, line is on offstump, patted back down the track

17.5

Younis Khan to McCullum, 2 runs, Younis bowling in the mid-120s, gentle stuff this, batsman opens the face to guide the ball towards third man

17.6

Younis Khan to McCullum, no run, length ball outside off, left to the keeper by McCullum, who hides the bat behind his back when he decides to leave

End of over 18 (2 runs) New Zealand 54/1

    • BB McCullum 34 (51b 6x4)
    • MJ Guptill 14 (51b 3x4)
    • Younis Khan 2-0-7-0
    • Wahab Riaz 3-1-7-0
18.1

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, gets forward and punches that ball towards cover for a single

18.2

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, 1 no ball, first no-ball of the match, angling across the batsman who shoulders arms

18.2

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, effort ball from Wahab, wasted effort though as it is a short delivery well outside leg, no worries for Guptill

18.3

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, 1 run, on middle and leg, tucked in front of square for a single

18.4

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, no run, massive appeal for caught-behind, a much-better directed short ball from Wahab, on legstump, McCullum goes for the pull, doesn't hit the bat but thuds into the gloves on its way to the keeper, umpire gives it not out, bring on the UDRS debate, that should have been out

18.5

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, FOUR, Insult. Meet injury. McCullum absolutely hammers the next delivery through covers for a boundary to bring up the 50 stand

18.6

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, no run, defends the final ball of the over back down the pitch

End of over 19 (6 runs) New Zealand 60/1

    • BB McCullum 38 (54b 7x4)
    • MJ Guptill 15 (55b 3x4)
    • Wahab Riaz 4-1-13-0
    • Younis Khan 2-0-7-0
19.1

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, length ball around off, defended towards the bowler

19.2

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, blocked towards mid-off by Guptill

19.3

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, length ball heading for off, pushed back to the bowler

19.4

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, short of length on the off stump, pushed back to the bowler off the front foot

19.5

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, just outside off, Younis keeping it steady without really threatening, pushed to mid-off

Short cover in place

19.6

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, an another forward defensive ends the over

Dylan: "Test cricket is a game of 4 halves, and I think full credit will go to the winning team, as well as the credit given to the beaten, but well played opponents. At the end of the day, I think cricket will be the big winner. As long as both teams can do the basics right, they'll be in with as much chance as their opponents." I loved the bit about four halves.

End of over 20 (maiden) New Zealand 60/1

    • MJ Guptill 15 (61b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 38 (54b 7x4)
    • Younis Khan 3-1-7-0
    • Wahab Riaz 4-1-13-0
20.1

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, no run, McCullum gives a full ball an almighty thwack, horribly mistimed and the ball dribbles towards mid-off

20.2

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, no run, close to offstump that one, McCullum shoulders arms

20.3

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, no run, 'Look ma, no footwork' McCullum nearly says as he welts a length ball towards mid-off, timing is spot on this time, placement isn't, doesn't beat the fielder

20.4

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, no run, short ball, sways under it

Showing replays of that McCullum caught behind, the batsman was looking at his shirt after the ball passed him. Nice one to confuse the umpire

20.5

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, 1 run, pulled behind square by McCullum for a single

20.6

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, pushed towards cover by Guptill, who wants a single but is sent back by McCullum

End of over 21 (1 run) New Zealand 61/1

    • MJ Guptill 15 (62b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 39 (59b 7x4)
    • Wahab Riaz 5-1-14-0
    • Younis Khan 3-1-7-0
21.1

Younis Khan to McCullum, no run, 120kph from Younis, length delivery, McCullum pushes at it, gets an inside-edge towards square leg

21.2

Younis Khan to McCullum, 1 run, gets forward and eases this towards cover, a quick single is taken

21.3

Younis Khan to Guptill, 2 runs, 'Catch it,' cries Adnan as Guptill plays a loose stroke, a fullish ball outside off, Guptill was looking to go down the ground, but gets it uppishly towards cover

21.4

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, shapes a touch away after bouncing outside off, left alone

A reader named macca says: "I don't have anything against UDRS, but you still get a fair game without it. Some decisions go your way, others go against you. Very rarely does a wrong call influence the outcome of a match/series. Early days however . . . B.M will hopefully make the most of this good fortune."

21.5

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, defended off the front foot by Guptill

21.6

Younis Khan to Guptill, 1 run, slanting into the pads, easy single by clipping that behind square leg

End of over 22 (4 runs) New Zealand 65/1

    • MJ Guptill 18 (66b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 40 (61b 7x4)
    • Younis Khan 4-1-11-0
    • Wahab Riaz 5-1-14-0
22.1

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, very full and wide, left alone, thought about a booming drive before letting it go

22.2

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, well outside off, left alone by the batsman again

How long before he does attempt that big stroke?

22.3

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, he goes after it this time, full and very wide, terrible timing from Guptill, off the toe of the bat, ball dribbles towards point

22.4

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, 1 leg bye, struck him on the left arm with a shortish ball, Guptill didn't know how to evade that one, he started to go for a stroke before opting against that but it was too late to duck, and the batsman nearly collided mid-pitch again while taking the leg-bye

22.5

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, no run, McCullum's luck continues, a shortish ball just outside of,, McCullum goes for the cut despite the lack of room, bottom-edges it, on the bounce to the keeper

22.6

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, no run, good over this from Wahab, pace remains around 140kph, another short ball this time, McCullum sways under it

End of over 23 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 66/1

    • BB McCullum 40 (63b 7x4)
    • MJ Guptill 18 (70b 3x4)
    • Wahab Riaz 6-2-14-0
    • Younis Khan 4-1-11-0
23.1

Younis Khan to Guptill, FOUR, great timing from Guptill, gets forward and drives the ball past the man at short cover, fielder after it but that ball races to the rope

23.2

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, length ball, 124kph, heading for offstump, defended off the front foot

Surely time for Younis' spell to end. Get some spin on.

23.3

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, well outside off, easy leave for Guptill

Joseph: "Although I want to see New Zealand win, it is just stupid not to have the URDS used universally among tests. What made the Ashes so enjoyable for me was that the right decision was made consistently. Not one game was won or lost on a bad decision - that made for a compelling test series."

23.4

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, shorter this time, and closer to the stumps, blocked off the front foot

23.5

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, seams away after passing the stumps, outside off and the batsman shoulders arms

Round the wicket

23.6

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, way down the leg side, keeper collects

End of over 24 (4 runs) New Zealand 70/1

    • MJ Guptill 22 (76b 4x4)
    • BB McCullum 40 (63b 7x4)
    • Younis Khan 5-1-15-0
    • Wahab Riaz 6-2-14-0
24.1

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, no run, 142kph, short of length on offstump, defended towards cover off the back foot

24.2

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, 1 run, fuller and on offstump, tucked towards square leg for an easy single

24.3

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, attacking that offstump again, Guptill defends solidly off the front foot

24.4

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, on middle and leg, clipped towards midwicket, a loud 'No' from Guptill keeps McCullum in the crease

24.5

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, shifts his line to outside off, left alone

Ben: "Guptill really needs to make hay today. So often he looks a million bucks only to play a bad shot and get out. Everything is in his favour: a flat track, a good start, an inexperienced bowling lineup. Time to prove he's the real deal."

24.6

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, 'great bowling Wahab,' shouts Adnan again as Wahab sends a short ball on leg stump, batsman ducks under

End of over 25 (1 run) New Zealand 71/1

    • MJ Guptill 22 (80b 4x4)
    • BB McCullum 41 (65b 7x4)
    • Wahab Riaz 7-2-15-0
    • Younis Khan 5-1-15-0

Seven minutes to lunch. Spin is in. Abdur Rehman to bowl

25.1

Abdur Rehman to McCullum, 1 run, fullish ball to start, driven all along the ground to long-off

25.2

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, on middle and leg, defended towards midwicket

25.3

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 1 run, down the leg side, glanced towards short fine leg region

25.4

Abdur Rehman to McCullum, no run, tossed up by Rehman, padded away by McCullum, well outside off, so mot much of an appeal

25.5

Abdur Rehman to McCullum, no run, blocked off the front foot, doesn't seem to be much turn on offer

25.6

Abdur Rehman to McCullum, no run, on offstump, punched off the back foot towards cover

Harris: "@Macca This decision may well result in a century for Mccullum and a victory for the black caps. How would you justify your point if it happens? Technology is there to be used and so it should be used."

End of over 26 (2 runs) New Zealand 73/1

    • BB McCullum 42 (69b 7x4)
    • MJ Guptill 23 (82b 4x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 1-0-2-0
    • Wahab Riaz 7-2-15-0

Younis is back. Why?

26.1

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, fullish ball on offstump, defended to the leg side

Fahad Haqqani: "I think Pakistan is trying to find the next Collingwood out of Younis Khan Good luck with that!!!!"

26.2

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, 118kph, three slips in place, on middle and off, defended towards the bowler

26.3

Younis Khan to Guptill, FOUR, 120 kph half-tracker, where shall I hit it, thinks Guptill before swatting it to midwicket, gifted runs that

26.4

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, that was better from Younis, angling into offstump, defended off the front foot

Round the wicket

26.5

Younis Khan to Guptill, no run, length ball on middle and leg, pushed towards mid-on

Back to over the wicket, may be the last ball before lunch

26.6

Younis Khan to Guptill, 1 run, width on offer, slashed towards deep backward point for a single, and that will be lunch

New Zealand will be quite content with that session, especially after losing the toss. Hardly any help for the bowlers so far, McIntosh will be kicking himself for that early dismissal. McCullum and Guptill have shepherded New Zealand safely to 78 for 1 by lunch.

Rizwan: "I'm admiring McCullum's decision to drop his keeping more and more - wish K Akmal would do the same."

Ismack: "Has anyone ever made a rationale argument for producing these kind of lifeless batting tracks? How do these tracks contribute to the betterment of cricket?" Chew over that one over the break, I'll be back in 35 minutes or so (13.40).

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End of over 27 (5 runs) New Zealand 78/1

    • MJ Guptill 28 (88b 5x4)
    • BB McCullum 42 (69b 7x4)
    • Younis Khan 6-1-20-0
    • Abdur Rehman 1-0-2-0

Right, we're set for the start of the second session. Looks like there will be a lot of work ahead for Abdur Rehman.

Still time for some lunch-time mails. Faizan has an explanation for Younis Khan bowling so much so early in the game: "Remember the 2007 world-cup match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe? Inzi's last ODI. And Muhammad Yousuf started bowling and got a wicket on his second ball. I think Misbah is forcing Younis to do that."

Dan: "I'm joining the coverage late (trying to distract myself from the slaughter at Sydney), but can someone please explain why Pakistan chose to bowl first?" Anyone? The sun's out and drying up the pitch, which meant the pitch helped the bowlers only for very little time.

27.1

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, hurries Guptill into defending

27.2

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, on middle and off, stout front foot defence from Guptill

27.3

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, big appeal for lbw, umpire Harper isn't convinced, it strikes Guptill on the knee roll of the front pad, but was easily going to miss leg

27.4

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, gets a big stride in and defends

27.5

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, again Guptill brings out the forward press

One slip and short leg in place

27.6

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, more blocking down the pitch to end the over

Tracey: "Flat tracks are the last bastion of those countries with mediocre batting and bowling attacks, including those with inexperienced lineups through recent retirees. Any sport that considers a draw a win, will be blighted by these kind of tactics."

End of over 28 (maiden) New Zealand 78/1

    • MJ Guptill 28 (94b 5x4)
    • BB McCullum 42 (69b 7x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 2-1-2-0
    • Younis Khan 6-1-20-0

Gul's back. Can he reverse the ball this early

28.1

Umar Gul to McCullum, SIX, Waht a welcome from McCullum, a length ball outside off, normally you'd expect a defensive stroke, tell that to McCullum, he launches that one over long-off for six, what a shot that is!

Kevin: "@ Joseph the Aus/Eng series was not a compelling test series, the role of UDRS was a non factor. SA/Ind was a compelling test series with no UDRS, using it wouldnt have made the series any fairer or better."

28.2

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, short ball is the predictable response from the quick, McCullum ducks

28.3

Umar Gul to McCullum, 2 runs, shortish and a bit of width, McCullum slaps that past backward point for a couple to bring up his half-century

28.4

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, another short ball, sails over the bowler's head, umpire says that's two bouncers for the over

Gareth: "Guptill is NZ's Shane Watson. Solid technique, confident approach, then a rash shot. At least Martin knows how to run between the wickets…"

28.5

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, short of length ball just outside off, McCullum shoulders arms

28.6

Umar Gul to McCullum, no run, shortish ball on offstump, McCullum defends that back towards the bowler to end the over

End of over 29 (8 runs) New Zealand 86/1

    • BB McCullum 50 (75b 7x4 1x6)
    • MJ Guptill 28 (94b 5x4)
    • Umar Gul 7-2-27-0
    • Abdur Rehman 2-1-2-0
29.1

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, into the pads, played from the crease towards midwicket

29.2

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, a touch short and just outside off, careful forward defensive

29.3

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, pitching on middle and leg, length ball, defended down the track

29.4

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, length ball outside off, defended towards the off side this time

29.5

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, Rehman keeps it steady, Adnan has a shout of encouragement after every delivery, more defence from Guptill

29.6

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, that over was done with in a hurry, final delivery pushed back to the bowler, a maiden

Harris from Pakistan: "It is quite surprising to see Sohail tanvir not featuring in the playing eleven. His awkward action could have been useful particularly in the first hour or so. Plus he is in good form too as his recent first class record suggests."

End of over 30 (maiden) New Zealand 86/1

    • MJ Guptill 28 (100b 5x4)
    • BB McCullum 50 (75b 7x4 1x6)
    • Abdur Rehman 3-2-2-0
    • Umar Gul 7-2-27-0
30.1

Umar Gul to McCullum, SIX, McCullum starts another over with a six, this was a flat powerful pull over midwicket, not showing much respect for the bowling, that was smashed for six

30.2

Umar Gul to McCullum, OUT, that's the end of McCullum, goes for another big hit, short and wide from Gul, McCullum slices that straight to Azhar Ali at deep backward point, the smiles are back on Pakistan faces, McCullum is disgusted with himself, there was a big score for the taking here

BB McCullum c Azhar Ali b Umar Gul 56 (132m 77b 7x4 2x6) SR: 72.72

30.3

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, Taylor has a wobbly start, gets an outside edge to a back of length delivery outside off, lands short of third slip

Fraser: "In response to Ismacks' comments - New Zealand used to make green tops but was heavily criticised internationally for it. I believe too test cricket has become to batting orientated but what are we to do?"

30.4

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, well outside off, left alone by Taylor, umpire takes a look at whether Gul is running onto the pitch in his follow-through

30.5

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, on middle and off, Taylor moves across the stumps and blocks

30.6

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, outside off and that is left alone

And over at the SCG, it's all over. England have won the Ashes 3-1.

End of over 31 (6 runs) New Zealand 92/2

    • LRPL Taylor 0 (4b)
    • MJ Guptill 28 (100b 5x4)
    • Umar Gul 8-2-33-1
    • Abdur Rehman 3-2-2-0
31.1

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, defended off the front foot towards point

31.2

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, punched towards midwicket

31.3

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, stands tall and eases it back towards the bowler

31.4

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run

31.5

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, more defence back to the bowler

31.6

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, and that ends another maiden to Guptill, blocked back to the bowler

Dan: "Seddon Park used to have a superb test match wicket with the old Clay, Steve Waugh once called it one of the best he's ever played on. the problem was trying to get consistent results with Hamilton's weather, the skill of the groundsman was on trial. NZ cricket decided to put in a lifeless South island clay which any mug can produce a road on."

End of over 32 (maiden) New Zealand 92/2

    • MJ Guptill 28 (106b 5x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 0 (4b)
    • Abdur Rehman 4-3-2-0
    • Umar Gul 8-2-33-1
32.1

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, Taylor caught on the crease, looking to go forward to a short of length ball, defended down the track

32.2

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, slightly fuller, outside off, Taylor jabs it towards cover

32.3

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, full and slanting down the leg side, attempted yorker, can't get bat on it, if he had there was a boundary for the taking, Adnan does well to collect that

Salman: "Am I the only one to realize that Tanveer Ahmad has taken a wicket in first over of all the international matches he has played!!" Seems like it.

32.4

Umar Gul to Taylor, no run, short ball from Gul, Taylor ducks under it easily, a good over so far from Gul

32.5

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, almost a run-out, crazy running from New Zealand, Wahab Riaz has missed a simple chance, Taylor punches the ball towards cover, Azhar Ali misfields, but somehow it deflects off his body and the ball rolls towards the stumps, incredibly New Zealand decided to risk a run, Wahab Riaz was coming in from mid-on to pick up the ball, he reaches the ball when it is a yard or two from the stumps, Riaz picks up the ball and didn't even need to throw the ball to hit the stumps, he was right next to it, Taylor was a yard out, Riaz manages to hit his own ankle as he tries to throw the ball, ineptitude of epic proportions!

32.6

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run

End of over 33 (1 run) New Zealand 93/2

    • MJ Guptill 28 (107b 5x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 1 (9b)
    • Umar Gul 9-2-34-1
    • Abdur Rehman 4-3-2-0
33.1

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, pushed back to the bowler

33.2

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, and again it is back down the pitch by Taylor

33.3

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, defended off the front foot to silly point

33.4

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, leans forward and pushes to the off side

33.5

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, blocked back to the bowler

33.6

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, more defence, and that's another maiden for Rehman

End of over 34 (maiden) New Zealand 93/2

    • LRPL Taylor 1 (15b)
    • MJ Guptill 28 (107b 5x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 5-4-2-0
    • Umar Gul 9-2-34-1
34.1

Umar Gul to Guptill, 1 run, short of length ball on offstump, inside-edged towards square leg

34.2

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, similar length, and angling into the batsman, clipped to the leg side

34.3

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, length ball outside off, left alone by the batsman

34.4

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, short of length ball outside off, defended by Guptill

A bit harsh to call that a misfield from Azhar Ali on the attempted run-out, he dived to try stop that

34.5

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, well outside off, Guptill shoulders arms

34.6

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, tight over from Gul, on a length and heading for off, punched back to the bowler

More on the pitch. Dave: "With weather the groundsman has had to work with we're lucky its not a dust bowl, if he waters it too much, the match is over after the toss, or you what we have now. You can't either way"

End of over 35 (2 runs) New Zealand 95/2

    • MJ Guptill 29 (112b 5x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 2 (16b)
    • Umar Gul 10-2-36-1
    • Abdur Rehman 5-4-2-0
35.1

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, tossed up by Rehman, blocked back

35.2

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, for a change this time the batsman defends towards mid-on

Slip, silly point and short leg in

35.3

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, Rehman gets this one to turn, pitching on off and spins away, Taylor looks to defends again but is beaten

35.4

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, length ball, Taylor eases it towards mid-on

35.5

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, quicker on the stumps, Taylor jabs it to mid on

35.6

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, flatter from Rehman, pushed to mid-on

That's five maidens in a row from Rehman. Good stuff, that too on a track where there hasn't been too much help for him.

End of over 36 (maiden) New Zealand 95/2

    • LRPL Taylor 2 (22b)
    • MJ Guptill 29 (112b 5x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 6-5-2-0
    • Umar Gul 10-2-36-1
36.1

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, length ball outside off, Guptill hasn't tired of leaving those deliveries yet

36.2

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, closer to offstump this time, defended towards the leg side

36.3

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, full and a bit wide, Guptill looks to flay that through the off side, can't beat point

Matt: "Those complaining about the pitch should remember flat tracks are also the result of playing a test in a region in the middle of its third drought in four years."

36.4

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, full again, driven towards mid-off by Guptill

36.5

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, short ball, well-directed, Guptill defends off the backfoot, hits him high on the back, his front foot is in the air as he plays that ball

36.6

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, Gul also bowls a maiden, final ball is steered towards point by Guptill

End of over 37 (maiden) New Zealand 95/2

    • MJ Guptill 29 (118b 5x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 2 (22b)
    • Umar Gul 11-3-36-1
    • Abdur Rehman 6-5-2-0
37.1

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, this is interesting, Rehman gets another one to rip across, Taylor is beaten outside off as he looks to defend, plemty of turn and bounce for Rehman that time

37.2

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, FOUR, oh well, he gets his line wrong, perhaps aiming for it to turn from outside leg, it ends up as a full ball that is swept to fine leg for four, dents Rehman's figures that

37.3

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, forward defence from Taylor

37.4

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, no run, gets a big stride in as he blocks

37.5

Abdur Rehman to Taylor, OUT, Rehman's figures look a lot better now, he removes Ross Taylor, slightly short and a bit wide, Taylor rocks back for the cut, gets a thin top edge to the keeper, Adnan pouches that, umpire has little doubt there's an edge, and Taylor's on his way. Misbah will be feeling a lot better about the decision to bowl now.

LRPL Taylor c †Adnan Akmal b Abdur Rehman 6 (28m 27b 1x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

Rehman over the wicket

37.6

Abdur Rehman to Ryder, no run, full ball outside off, forward press from Ryder

Jaswant Singh has the poser: "Does Martin Guptil think that he can make a big score by not scoring runs??"

End of over 38 (4 runs) New Zealand 99/3

    • JD Ryder 0 (1b)
    • MJ Guptill 29 (118b 5x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 7-5-6-1
    • Umar Gul 11-3-36-1
38.1

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, slants into the legstump, an inside-edge onto the pad, stifled lbw appeal, hints of reverse-swing for Gul

38.2

Umar Gul to Guptill, 1 run, New Zealand's 100 comes up after Guptill steers a length ball towards third man, that's his second run after lunch

38.3

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, short of length ball outside off, guided towards gully by Ryder

James sent this in before the Taylor wicket: "Slow and steady by the Kiwis, but what odds they are all out by the end of today?"

38.4

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, angling across the batsman, who leaves it for the keeper

38.5

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, closer to off, but not close enough to tempt Ryder into playing a stroke

38.6

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, looking for the yorker on middle and leg, Ryder digs it out to the leg side

End of over 39 (1 run) New Zealand 100/3

    • JD Ryder 0 (5b)
    • MJ Guptill 30 (120b 5x4)
    • Umar Gul 12-3-37-1
    • Abdur Rehman 7-5-6-1
39.1

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, defended off the front foot, hit his toe and landed in no man's lead

39.2

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, this is a superb spell from Rehman, gets the leading edge as Guptill looks to play it to the leg side, pops up but wide of silly point

39.3

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, defended carefully by Guptill

39.4

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 1 run, strays onto the pads, Guptill tucks it towards short fine for a single to get off the strike

39.5

Abdur Rehman to Ryder, 1 run, loopy delivery from Rehman, punched towards mid-off, a brisk single taken

39.6

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, 'Yourself,' screams Adnan as he does every time the ball is played back to the bowler

William: "The pitch in Hamilton is great, often produces a result on the last day. The pitch should be a batsmens wicket on the afternoon of day 1. The reason they went to south island was following some shocking results, where a game had to be abandoned and teams were getting all out for below 100. They sacked the groundsman and bought in the current one who has done a brilliant job in getting the pitch back up to scratch. "

End of over 40 (2 runs) New Zealand 102/3

    • MJ Guptill 31 (125b 5x4)
    • JD Ryder 1 (6b)
    • Abdur Rehman 8-5-8-1
    • Umar Gul 12-3-37-1

Gul on for another over, perhaps the last of his spell

40.1

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, tests Ryder with a short ball, middle and leg line, Ryder ducks

40.2

Umar Gul to Ryder, FOUR, a streaky boundary for Ryder, wide delivery, Ryder chases after it and gets a bit of an edge past a diving backward point

Gul hiding the ball during his run-up

40.3

Umar Gul to Ryder, 1 run, tapped towards cover and sprints a single

40.4

Umar Gul to Guptill, 1 run, length ball on the pads, whipped away to deep midwicket for a single

40.5

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, short of length and outside off, defended towards cover

40.6

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, short of length ball outside off, edged onto the ground by Ryder, who hits the ball a second time in his follow through, that would be out in gully cricket, but not in Tests

End of over 41 (6 runs) New Zealand 108/3

    • JD Ryder 6 (11b 1x4)
    • MJ Guptill 32 (126b 5x4)
    • Umar Gul 13-3-43-1
    • Abdur Rehman 8-5-8-1
41.1

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, flighted by Rehman, forward defence towards silly point

41.2

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, keeps attacking the offstump, forward press from Guptill

41.3

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, Guptill giving silly point a work out, again he plays it there

41.4

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, this time silly point has to jump to his right to field, gets a hand on it but can't stop it

41.5

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, length ball, defended off the front foot to the bowler

41.6

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, looks to force this one off the front foot, he was aiming towards mid-off, gets the edge and the ball rolls towards mid-on

That's drinks.

ismack: "Here's 3 things you don't see often: flat track, run rate well under 3 and 3 (should be 4) wickets down under 100. Hmmmm"

Oliver Muir: "@Jaswant He's probably thinking it's a lot easier to score runs when your out in the middle and not back in the pavilion."

Sri: "Is Guptill playing for a draw, quite already? Or did he fall in love with India's batting yesterday?"

End of over 42 (maiden) New Zealand 108/3

    • MJ Guptill 32 (132b 5x4)
    • JD Ryder 6 (11b 1x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 9-6-8-1
    • Umar Gul 13-3-43-1

Mohammad Hafeez to try his offbreaks

42.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, no run, strats round the wicket, leading edge back down the ground

42.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, no run, driven towards cover by Ryder

42.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, 4 leg byes, errs in line, off the pads and down to fine leg for four leg byes, Ryder was looking to glance that, two fielders chase but can't get to the ball

42.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, no run

42.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, no run, this was quite short from Hafeez, defended to the off side

42.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, no run, fuller this time, on legstump, blocked to short leg

End of over 43 (4 runs, maiden) New Zealand 112/3

    • JD Ryder 6 (17b 1x4)
    • MJ Guptill 32 (132b 5x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-1-0-0
    • Abdur Rehman 9-6-8-1
43.1

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, gets forward and defends towards -no surprise- silly point

43.2

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, gets it past silly point but not past cover

43.3

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, plenty of chirping from Pakistan, as Guptill blocks to silly point

43.4

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, on middle stump, blocked back down the track

43.5

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, 'Well done, well done,' says the keeper as silly point gets more fielding practise

43.6

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, Rehman races through another tight over, last ball was defended behind point

Ibrahim AbdulRaheem: "I love NZ v Pakistan. A batting collapse or slipup is never far away. To those slating the pitch--it's fine, NZ iusually develop greentops and they're among the last who should be blamed for the flat track syndrome. Also interesting to see Guptill doing a McIntosh impression"

End of over 44 (maiden) New Zealand 112/3

    • MJ Guptill 32 (138b 5x4)
    • JD Ryder 6 (17b 1x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 10-7-8-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-1-0-0
44.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, FOUR, takes a step out of the crease, and carves that one past cover for four, all along the ground lovely stroke from Ryder

44.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, no run, fends this off the back foot towards backward point

44.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, no run, cuts this one towards backward point

44.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, no run, full and flighted, into middle and leg, driven towards mid-off

44.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, no run, gets well forward and blocks a flat delivery towards cover

Sensible comment from Ranjan: "guptill 32 off 132 , he must have had his hands on geoff bycott's old video.. its all good as long as he converts into something significant "

44.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, no run, length ball on off, defended towards the off side to end the over

End of over 45 (4 runs) New Zealand 116/3

    • JD Ryder 10 (23b 2x4)
    • MJ Guptill 32 (138b 5x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-1-4-0
    • Abdur Rehman 10-7-8-1

Back to Guptill v Rehman

45.1

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, defends first one to the bowler

45.2

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, full and on legstump, chance to get some runs, but he misses out by whipping that to midwicket

45.3

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, no run, blocked to short leg this time

45.4

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 1 run, Guptill gets on one knee and sweeps well to deep backward square leg, and gets off the strike

45.5

Abdur Rehman to Ryder, no run, on middle and leg, Ryder stretches forwards and defends

45.6

Abdur Rehman to Ryder, no run, on the pads, tucked towards short leg

Guptill's made 3 off 41 balls against Rehman.

End of over 46 (1 run) New Zealand 117/3

    • JD Ryder 10 (25b 2x4)
    • MJ Guptill 33 (142b 5x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 11-7-9-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-1-4-0

The Hafeez experiment is over. Wahab is back. He was pacy in the morning.

46.1

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, FOUR, length ball well outside off, Guptill gets a boundary by lashing at that, races behind point for four, thinking he was aiming for cover though

46.2

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, length ball closer to off, defended off the front foot by Guptill

46.3

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, angling across Guptill, who patiently leaves that one

46.4

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, again Guptill showing remarkable patience, leaves another one to the keeper, it was similar to the previous delivery

Stephen: "I do feel a bit sorry for Guppy. He is often criticised for a stylish 30 and then getting out, and in fact was dropped for it. Now he is back and batting conservatively (NZ needs it really) and he stills cops it."

46.5

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, short ball from Wahab, defended solidly off the back foot

46.6

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, short again, but not as short as the previous delivery, on legstump, that was 144kph, Guptill tucks it towards square leg

End of over 47 (4 runs) New Zealand 121/3

    • MJ Guptill 37 (148b 6x4)
    • JD Ryder 10 (25b 2x4)
    • Wahab Riaz 8-2-19-0
    • Abdur Rehman 11-7-9-1
47.1

Abdur Rehman to Ryder, no run, on the pads, clipped to short leg

11-7-9-1, pretty good from Rehman this

47.2

Abdur Rehman to Ryder, SIX, Ryder's had enough of the mucking around, he gives that delivery a big swipe, sails towards deep midwicket, after innumerable replays to decide whether it is a four or a six, the third umpire decides it has crossed the rope

47.3

Abdur Rehman to Ryder, no run, flights this one and gets the inside-edge, Ryder was charging down the track, ball dribbles towards the leg side

47.4

Abdur Rehman to Ryder, no run, tucked to square leg

47.5

Abdur Rehman to Ryder, FOUR, deftly done by Ryder, on the pads from Rehman, Ryder glances it fine, wide enough of the square leg fielder to get a boundary

47.6

Abdur Rehman to Ryder, no run, well outside off this time, Ryder pokes the ball towards point

End of over 48 (10 runs) New Zealand 131/3

    • JD Ryder 20 (31b 3x4 1x6)
    • MJ Guptill 37 (148b 6x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 12-7-19-1
    • Wahab Riaz 8-2-19-0
48.1

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, 1 run, on the pads, clipped behind square leg for a single

48.2

Wahab Riaz to Ryder, no run, 142 kph from Wahab, short of length and outside off, steered towards gully

Second delay in the over due to some movement near the sightscreen. And there's another delay as Ryder walks away from the stumps with Wahab charging in

48.3

Wahab Riaz to Ryder, no run, length ball outside off, left alone by Ryder

48.4

Wahab Riaz to Ryder, no run, slips in a full delivery outside off, that was 146kph, not off the middle of the bats as Ryder guides it towards cover

48.5

Wahab Riaz to Ryder, no run, grunts with the effort, this one is a length ball at 144 kph, outside off so Ryder doesn't play a stroke, shadow practises a cut after the ball has been collected by the keeper

48.6

Wahab Riaz to Ryder, 1 run, full and whistling into the pads, worked towards square leg by Ryder

End of over 49 (2 runs) New Zealand 133/3

    • JD Ryder 21 (36b 3x4 1x6)
    • MJ Guptill 38 (149b 6x4)
    • Wahab Riaz 9-2-21-0
    • Abdur Rehman 12-7-19-1

Rehman continues

49.1

Abdur Rehman to Ryder, no run, punched back to the bowler

49.2

Abdur Rehman to Ryder, no run, loopy delivery from Rehman, pushed to midwicket

49.3

Abdur Rehman to Ryder, 1 run, strays onto the pads, easy single on offer for Ryder as he turns the ball towards square leg

49.4

Abdur Rehman to Guptill, 1 run, Guptill gets quickly off the strike by pushing the ball past silly point for a single, big stride in as he played that

49.5

Abdur Rehman to Ryder, no run, defended solidly off the front foot

49.6

Abdur Rehman to Ryder, no run, Ryder sashays down the track, doesn't reach the pitch of the ball, so doesn't go through with the intended big hit, pushes the ball along the ground to mid-on

End of over 50 (2 runs) New Zealand 135/3

    • JD Ryder 22 (41b 3x4 1x6)
    • MJ Guptill 39 (150b 6x4)
    • Abdur Rehman 13-7-21-1
    • Wahab Riaz 9-2-21-0
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