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11.35am The batsmen on both sides haven't really covered themselves in glory so far this series, but this Napier track should be one where they gets some runs on board.

This is Siddarth Ravindran bringing you the commentary, with Raghav and Sanjay doing the scoring.

Do you think the two teams have gone in with the right XI for the decider? Let us know.

Toss Mohammad Yousuf has called it right, and Pakistan will bat. Daniel Vettori says he would have liked to bat first as well, but with four quicks in the side he says it's good for them to exploit anything in the track early. Grant Elliott has also been left out, Flynn will bat at No. 5 with Vettori at No. 6.

11.25am Well, it is one-all coming into the final Test in Napier. The good news is that the weather forecast is great for all five days of this Test, shouldn't be too any rain interruptions.

We should be having the toss in about five minutes time. New Zealand have gone in with four fast bowlers, which means no place for offspinner Jeetan Patel. Tim Southee gets a game.

Pakistan have made one change: Shoaib Malik is out, Faisal Iqbal takes his place.

And here we go. The first mail, as ever, is a lovely whinge. It comes from Stu, who says, "Don't know why Vettori is still putting McIntosh in the team, he is obviously not getting any runs and on a track that you can bat all day on he will waste way too much time so they wont be able to bowl the Pakistanis out."

Ahsan Ikram: "Faisal Iqbal, 23 Tests, 26.5 Avg., I wonder if its any better than continuing with Malik, and if Malik has to stay out I don't see how were Butt and Farhat any better than him. "

Sami: "Pakistan should have gone with Fawad Alam instead of Faisal Iqbal, Faisal has played 23 tests with an average of 26, even his first class average is below 40. Fawad on the other hand is the future of Pakistan cricket and he must be given more chances in the middle order, not at number 3 position, where Yusuf, Malik and Misbah don't want to bat themselves. Napier has a batting track and I believe Fawad could have scored big on this track."

Kris: "Persisting with McIntosh is scarcely believable. He has roughly three shots in his arsenal: the leave, the forward defensive and the big edge for four. "

0.1

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, It lands on a length, outside leg and moves in a touch, the batsman pushes it out to the off side.

Matt: "Last match Tim McIntosh will play for the Blackcaps. He simply has not got the technique to do well at the top level. New ball attack will be interesting, Southee/Martin? Tuffey/Martin? Tuffey/Southee? O'Brien looks destined to be 2nd change in his last Test match."

0.2

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, again, it lands outside leg stump and the left-handed Farhat turns it to midwicket

0.3

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, floats this one outside off, angles away even further, left alone

0.4

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, short in length, bouncing in from outside leg ,tapped towards cover, Farhat wants a quick single but his partner doesn't

0.5

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, kicks up, extra bounce there, moves through the corridor outside off, Farhat does well to get his bat out of the way

0.6

Martin to Imran Farhat, 2 runs, full, inviting the drive and Farhat eases it past mid-off

End of over 1 (2 runs) Pakistan 2/0
Imran Farhat    2* (6b)      CS Martin    1-0-2-0
Salman Butt    0* (0b)     

we have a hold-up in play. Reason? Farhat is changing his pads!

1.1

Southee to Salman Butt, no run, full and well outside off, left alone

1.2

Southee to Salman Butt, no run, length delivery outside off stump, left alone

1.3

Southee to Salman Butt, FOUR, short and wide, Butt cuts it over backward point ... it whooshes over the in-field and it's a small boundary that side - just 60 metres

1.4

Southee to Salman Butt, 1 run, not much movement so far, tails in a bit, clipped past square-leg

1.5

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, full in length outside off stump, squeezed out to point

1.6

Southee to Imran Farhat, 1 run, slips to the pads, glanced away for a single

End of over 2 (6 runs) Pakistan 8/0
Imran Farhat    3* (8b)      TG Southee    1-0-6-0
Salman Butt    5* (4b 1x4)      CS Martin    1-0-2-0

Phil takes a swipe: "Note to Kris... did you not see the first ball of the first test? You have exaggerated McIntosh's shot portfolio by a third, he doesn't have a forward defensive..."

2.1

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, full pitched outside off stump, driven to mid-off

2.2

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, full length delivery moving away from the batsman, with the angle, left alone

2.3

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, length delivery moving away from the batsman who flirts with it but just about pushes the bat away from the line

2.4

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, Martin leaps before release, hurls a full delivery, almost at the boot, jabbed out to the on side

2.5

Martin to Imran Farhat, 2 runs, leans forward to work a full ball through midwicket

Bernard: "Tim Mcintosh is a bad pick. Josh Brodie is a logical replacement, the figures are against mcintosh. Daniel Flynn should be replaced by Neil Broom figures don't lie..... BJ Watling has a first class average of 30 he will be another Aaron Redmond, Michael Papps, Craig Cumming."

2.6

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

End of over 3 (2 runs) Pakistan 10/0
Imran Farhat    5* (14b)      CS Martin    2-0-4-0
Salman Butt    5* (4b 1x4)      TG Southee    1-0-6-0

3.1

Southee to Salman Butt, no run, outside off stump, not much movement on what appears to be a flat track, left alone

3.2

Southee to Salman Butt, FOUR, short and wide and Butt who gets his wrists working overtime to upper cut it over gully. Eye-catching stroke;.

3.3

Southee to Salman Butt, no run, pushed away to cover

Mahmood Saeed: "At least New Zealand has shown ambition by going in with 5 bowlers. If previous Tests are to go by then taking 20 wickets may not be easy despite the frailty of both the batting sides. Why could Pakistan not go in with Saeed Ajmal along with other 4 bowlers and leaving a batsman out. On a batting track if 6 batsmen can not score then the 7th is not going to make a difference considring the form of our batsmen. Shoaib Malik probably deserves a chop but in this match his bowling might have become handy if we were going to go in with 4 bowlers only."

3.4

Southee to Salman Butt, OUT, The middle stump has been knocked out. Full in length, lands on the middle and off line, shapes in a bit, Butt tries to work it through the on side but misses it completely. Clatter.

Salman Butt b Southee 9 (17m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

3.5

Southee to Faisal Iqbal, no run, pushes it well outside the leg side , left alone

3.6

Southee to Faisal Iqbal, no run, outside off stump, left alone

End of over 4 (4 runs) Pakistan 14/1
Faisal Iqbal    0* (2b)      TG Southee    2-0-10-1
Imran Farhat    5* (14b)      CS Martin    2-0-4-0

4.1

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, from round the stumps, low full toss on the middle, eased to mid-off

4.2

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, outside off stump, still from round the stumps, defended to the off side

4.3

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, full in length, moves in from outside off but not enough to warrant a shot.

4.4

Martin to Imran Farhat, 2 runs, leans forward and across to ease the full delivery through covers

Btw its the birth day of Chris Martin, aka Phantom.

4.5

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, in the channel outside off stump, left alone

4.6

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, on a length, turned to midwicket

Neerahi: "If I were selector, then Butt would have to say good bye to international cricket. How many times do we have to see him playing across and getting out. Pakistan has wasted way too many chances on him."

End of over 5 (2 runs) Pakistan 16/1
Imran Farhat    7* (20b)      CS Martin    3-0-6-0
Faisal Iqbal    0* (2b)      TG Southee    2-0-10-1

5.1

Southee to Faisal Iqbal, no run, length delivery on the middle and off, worked to the on side

5.2

Southee to Faisal Iqbal, no run, lands outside off stump and moves further away, left alone

James : "Neil Broom eh? Why not bring back Mathew Sinclair while we're at it? Oh yeah I forgot, both can't play at international level."

Ali Wazir reminds me that, "It's also Tim Southee's birthday"

5.3

Southee to Faisal Iqbal, no run, ooh .. Iqbal gets into a tangle with his foot work. He pressed the front foot too much across, he then had to play around the front pad .. too late. The ball curves past the bat and thuds into his back leg but high .. that saves him from the lbw decision

5.4

Southee to Faisal Iqbal, no run, this one cuts in, jabbed away to the on side

5.5

Southee to Faisal Iqbal, FOUR, Thwack. Full pitched and well outside off stump, Faisal leans across to thrash it in the air but through covers

5.6

Southee to Faisal Iqbal, no run, closer to the off stump this time, left alone

End of over 6 (4 runs) Pakistan 20/1
Faisal Iqbal    4* (8b 1x4)      TG Southee    3-0-14-1
Imran Farhat    7* (20b)      CS Martin    3-0-6-0

Lana : "I'm happy to be corrected, but I think it was Chris Martin's 35th birthday yesterday and Tim Southee's 21st today" Right. Mea-Culpa and all that.

6.1

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, outside off, bounces away, left alone

6.2

Martin to Imran Farhat, FOUR, overpitched outside off stump and Imran flashes it through point with a square-drive.

6.3

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, still from round the stumps, in the zone outside off stump, left alone.

6.4

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, just outside off stump, Farhat thinks it might come in with the angle and goes for a drive and is beaten

6.5

Martin to Imran Farhat, FOUR, lovely shot. Full in length, just outside off stump and Farhat plays a firm off drive between the bowler and mid-off. Martin Crowe on air drawls, "That's his best shot of the series"

6.6

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, outside off stump, holds its line, left alone

End of over 7 (8 runs) Pakistan 28/1
Imran Farhat    15* (26b 2x4)      CS Martin    4-0-14-0
Faisal Iqbal    4* (8b 1x4)      TG Southee    3-0-14-1

7.1

Southee to Faisal Iqbal, no run, again that front0foot movement gets him into trouble but he manages to hold his balance to defend

7.2

Southee to Faisal Iqbal, no run, in the zone outside off, left alone

7.3

Southee to Faisal Iqbal, no run, lands outside off stump, goes away, left alone

7.4

Southee to Faisal Iqbal, no run, around the off stump, Faisal presses back to defend

7.5

Southee to Faisal Iqbal, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

7.6

Southee to Faisal Iqbal, 1 leg bye, moves in to the pads, rolls away behind square-leg

Shane: "It's my birthday today also! Speaking of coincidences, I also share the same top score as Chris Martin (12)... and the same batting skills." C'mon...Shane. You can only dream to bat like Martin You wish to bat like him but you can't. Don't mess with the Phantom Cult
. Bow down and pray.

End of over 8 (1 run, maiden) Pakistan 29/1
Faisal Iqbal    4* (14b 1x4)      TG Southee    4-1-14-1
Imran Farhat    15* (26b 2x4)      CS Martin    4-0-14-0

8.1

Martin to Faisal Iqbal, 2 runs, fullish ball, a bit of width, gets nicely forward and crunches it past extra cover

8.2

Martin to Faisal Iqbal, no run, holds the length back a touch, Iqbal gets forward and defends towards point, takes the bottom hand off the bat as he plays that one

8.3

Martin to Faisal Iqbal, no run, nice line, just outside off, shoulders arms

8.4

Martin to Faisal Iqbal, no run, shortish ball outside off, awkwardly fended towards gully off the backfoot

8.5

Martin to Faisal Iqbal, no run, short ball, angling into the batsman, 141kmh, batsman ducks under

8.6

Martin to Faisal Iqbal, no run, well outside off, 138kmh, easy leave for the batsman

Luke from New Zealand: "In response to Bernard: Everyone should know by now that first class averages mean nothing when playing for NZ. Give BJ a chance to prove himself before writing him off. He has plenty of talent and could use some support rather then typical NZ pessimism."

End of over 9 (2 runs) Pakistan 31/1
Faisal Iqbal    6* (20b 1x4)      CS Martin    5-0-16-0
Imran Farhat    15* (26b 2x4)      TG Southee    4-1-14-1

9.1

Southee to Imran Farhat, FOUR, just a bit of width, Farhat throws his bat at that one, it speeds away to the cover boundary

9.2

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, down the leg side, batsman lets it go

9.3

Southee to Imran Farhat, FOUR, half-volley outside off, 137kmh, thank you says Farhat and gets on his knee and slaps it past cover for four

9.4

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, angling across the batsman, who leaves it to the keeper

9.5

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, much too wide to interest the batsman, was close to an ODI wide

9.6

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, shorter and much closer to off, Farhat gets behind the line and blocks

Ben is one of many asking for a Mathew Sinclair comeback: "Perhaps a recall for Sinclair would have been timely in this series, he did after all score a magnificent double century against Pakistan in his first test at the Basin. I'm sure Central Districts are enjoying his prolific domestic scoring rate though"

End of over 10 (8 runs) Pakistan 39/1
Imran Farhat    23* (32b 4x4)      TG Southee    5-1-22-1
Faisal Iqbal    6* (20b 1x4)      CS Martin    5-0-16-0

Quite warm in Napier, not much breeze either. A clean shaven Iain O'Brien charges in

10.1

O'Brien to Faisal Iqbal, no run, starts with ball in the channel outside off, defended towards point

10.2

O'Brien to Faisal Iqbal, no run, nice line again, just outside off, left alone this time

10.3

O'Brien to Faisal Iqbal, no run, wider outside off, batsman is happy to leave it to the keeper, that was a 143kmh delivery

10.4

O'Brien to Faisal Iqbal, no run, 141kmh this time, but doesn't bother the batsman as it is well outside off

10.5

O'Brien to Faisal Iqbal, OUT, O'Brien strikes in his first over! a 138kmh short ball, rises sharply, Iqbal looks to defend, gets it on the splice of the bat and lobs towards Guptill at gully

Faisal Iqbal c Guptill b O'Brien 6 (32m 25b 1x4 0x6) SR: 24.00

10.6

O'Brien to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, finishes with a length ball just outside off, 144kmh, steered towards backward gully by Mohammad Yousuf

End of over 11 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 39/2
Mohammad Yousuf    0* (1b)      IE O'Brien    1-1-0-1
Imran Farhat    23* (32b 4x4)      TG Southee    5-1-22-1

11.1

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, angling across the batsman, who lets it through to the keeper

11.2

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, and again, Farhat shuffles across and shoulders arms

11.3

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, and again the batsman isn't interested as it is too wide outside off

Dan: "BJ has a good technique which is really what we need at this level.... that's largely why he's been selected I reckon. Too many poor techniques at the top of the order"

11.4

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, makes the batsman play this time, length ball on off, blocked to mid-off off the front foot

11.5

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, Is that the end of Yousuf, he turned like an old ship after being sent back, BJ Watling was onto the ball in a flash at cover, moves quickly to his right throws down the stumps, Yousuf was just back in

11.6

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, Farhat looks to thrash that one past extra cover, inside edges it onto his pad

End of over 12 (maiden) Pakistan 39/2
Imran Farhat    23* (38b 4x4)      TG Southee    6-2-22-1
Mohammad Yousuf    0* (1b)      IE O'Brien    1-1-0-1

12.1

O'Brien to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, good start to the over from O'Brien, full and just outside off, blocked by Yousuf

12.2

O'Brien to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, slightly wider outside off, shoulders arms

Three slips in place

12.3

O'Brien to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, on off this time, 140kmh, Yousuf gets behind the line and defends

12.4

O'Brien to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, testing over from O'Brien so far, a 143kmh bouncer now, Yousuf is quick to get under it

12.5

O'Brien to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short of length on off, Yousuf opens the face and guides it towards gully, Guptill onto it

12.6

O'Brien to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, back of a length, angling into off, Yousuf gets forward and defends towards point, and that's drinks

There has been little in the pitch for the quick bowlers so far. Some fleeting moments when they got a bit of movement, but batting should be easy on this track as the day progresses.

Jake: "This is why O'Brien shouldn't retire! I accept his reasons personally though. He will be well missed." I concur.

Simon: "It's definitely time to give Sinclair (yet)another opportunity. Rebuilding with younger players is all well and good but when the young guys aren't up to the task the Sinclairs and Cummings of the NZ cricketing world are surely worthy of another crack if purely for their experience. "

End of over 13 (maiden) Pakistan 39/2
Mohammad Yousuf    0* (7b)      IE O'Brien    2-2-0-1
Imran Farhat    23* (38b 4x4)      TG Southee    6-2-22-1

13.1

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, outside off, 135kmh, watched through to the keeper

13.2

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, a hint of swing into the batsman after pitching on middle, a bit of extra bounce as well, gets an inside edge onto the pads, the ball rolls towards gully

13.3

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, good bowling from Southee here, he's getting the ball to bounce here, Farhat is struck on the forearm as he looks to leave, poor batting there from Farhat, gets on the front foot and takes the short ball on the arm, 133kmh

Mudassar Ijaz: "Ok so Faisal is done with his nervy first inning, I am wondering what was wrong with selecting Fawad Alam instead, his technique is also not good but at least he might have some confident coming in. He is also the future, why not test him here and give some more chances."

13.4

Southee to Imran Farhat, FOUR, a loose drive from Farhat outside off, flies between the two slips and the gully

13.5

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, length ball on off this time, mistimed back to the bowler, Farhat doesn't look very comfortable here, can he keep his head and survive?

13.6

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, this one holds its line, doesn't come back into the batsman, it's outside off though and Farhat is content to leave it

End of over 14 (4 runs) Pakistan 43/2
Imran Farhat    27* (44b 5x4)      TG Southee    7-2-26-1
Mohammad Yousuf    0* (7b)      IE O'Brien    2-2-0-1

14.1

O'Brien to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, length ball on off, Yousuf defends to the leg side after walking forward

14.2

O'Brien to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, superb delivery from O'Brien, a stifled appeal from the keeper for caught behind, that one squared up yousuf who was fishing for it outside off, beaten, 140kmh

14.3

O'Brien to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, much better from Yousuf, a confident leave to a delivery just outside off

14.4

O'Brien to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short ball from O'Brien, outside off, Yousuf sways out of the way, 143kmh

14.5

O'Brien to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, full and just outside off, Yousuf blocks it towards gully

14.6

O'Brien to Mohammad Yousuf, OUT, O'Brien has got Yousuf for a duck, massive breakthrough, Yousuf looks to slash a back of length ball outside off, away from the body, outside edges it to the left of second slip, where McIntosh latches onto it

Mohammad Yousuf c McIntosh b O'Brien 0 (21m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 15 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 43/3
     IE O'Brien    3-3-0-2
Imran Farhat    27* (44b 5x4)      TG Southee    7-2-26-1

Daryl Tuffey to replace Tim Southee

15.1

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, starts with a slow delivery down the leg side, 122kmh, goes through to the keeper

15.2

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, super fielding from Guptill, diving to his left at backward point to stop that one, Farhat slapped that one from pretty close to the body

15.3

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, angling across the batsman, who lets it through to the keeper

15.4

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, more of the same, no shot offered by Farhat to an outside-off delivery

15.5

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, a hat-trick of similar deliveries, batsman watches it through

15.6

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, on middle and leg this time, tucked towards midwicket after shuffling across

Tom responds to Luke: "When you have been watching cricket in NZ for 16 years (due to my age), it is hard to get too optimistic when you are still to see a long term and stable opening combination. I really hope BJ does well"

End of over 16 (maiden) Pakistan 43/3
Imran Farhat    27* (50b 5x4)      DR Tuffey    1-1-0-0
Umar Akmal    0* (0b)      IE O'Brien    3-3-0-2

16.1

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, Umar Akmal gets forward and opens the face to get his first ball towards gully

16.2

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, short ball, O'Brien keeping the pace up, 143kmh, not too far outside off, Akmal drops his wrists and sways out of the way to let the ball go

16.3

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, another short one, gets behind the line and defends, bottom hand comes off as he plays

16.4

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, a late decision to leave the ball, it was a lot fuller this time, just outside off

16.5

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, back of a length, into offstump, 146kmh, Akmal walks across defends towards the leg side

16.6

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, no run, length ball into off, gets well forward and blocks towards gully

Sanchez weighs in on the New Zealand batting debate: "The Kiwis want to know which of their batsmen will succeed? Send them to the Australian domestic scene for a season, and if they can survive there, they will be succeed."

End of over 17 (maiden) Pakistan 43/3
Umar Akmal    0* (6b)      IE O'Brien    4-4-0-2
Imran Farhat    27* (50b 5x4)      DR Tuffey    1-1-0-0

17.1

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, FOUR, short and wide, Farhat waits on it and carves it past point for four, gets his sixth boundary, made sure to keep it on the ground

17.2

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, 1 leg bye, down the leg side this time, hits the thigh pad and rolls to the right of the keeper

17.3

Tuffey to Umar Akmal, no run, 130kmh, Akmal is struck on the chest, that one bounced more than expected, Akmal was looking to leave, dropped his wrists, but is hit, he doesn't seem to be too discomforted

17.4

Tuffey to Umar Akmal, no run, short ball again, bounces over the batsman, easy leave that, 127kmh

17.5

Tuffey to Umar Akmal, no run, pushes the length forward, Akmal walks into a forward defensive

17.6

Tuffey to Umar Akmal, no run, a touch shorter, probing outside off again, Akmal defends solidly off the back foot

End of over 18 (5 runs) Pakistan 48/3
Umar Akmal    0* (10b)      DR Tuffey    2-1-4-0
Imran Farhat    31* (52b 6x4)      IE O'Brien    4-4-0-2

18.1

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, 3 runs, a bit of width, Farhat throws his bat at that, mistimed but enough on it to beat fly over extra cover, brings up the fifty

18.2

O'Brien to Umar Akmal, OUT, O'Brien, why are you leaving? short ball gets Umar Akmal this time, short ball 144kmh, Akmal prods at it and gives catching practice to Guptill at gully, another duck, 4.2-4-3-3 are O'Brien's figures, a dream spell

Umar Akmal c Guptill b O'Brien 0 (16m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.3

O'Brien to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, 145kmh, length ball outside off, Misbah lets it go to the keeper

18.4

O'Brien to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, has Misbah fishing outside off at that one, nearly getting the edge

18.5

O'Brien to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, fired in full towards middle stump this time, played towards square leg

18.6

O'Brien to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, O'Brien saves his best spell for his last Test, a short of length ball that straightened, Misbah feathers a regulation catch to McCullum

Misbah-ul-Haq c †McCullum b O'Brien 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 19 (3 runs) Pakistan 51/5
     IE O'Brien    5-4-3-4
Imran Farhat    34* (53b 6x4)      DR Tuffey    2-1-4-0

19.1

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, FOUR, short and wide, Farhat flashes it hard between second slip and gully, third slip might have been in business

19.2

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, 132kmh on legstump, defended to the leg side

Mark Kidger from Spain, how late is it out there? : "Iain O'Brien looks like a very shrewd signing for Middlesex. They needed an experienced quick bowler. He could do pretty well in CC2 and could be the missing link to change Middlsex from promotion pretenders to genuine candidates for CC1."

19.3

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, angling across the batsman, left to the keeper

19.4

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, a touch closer to off, but not close enough to interest Farhat

19.5

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, length ball on off, Farhat gets well forward and defends towards cover

19.6

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, length ball on legstump, looks to defend, edges onto his chest, the ball rolls towards the off side

Simon: "Shane Bond showed us how to come back to test cricket. O'Brien is showing how one should depart!! "

End of over 20 (4 runs) Pakistan 55/5
Imran Farhat    38* (59b 7x4)      DR Tuffey    3-1-8-0
Kamran Akmal    0* (0b)      IE O'Brien    5-4-3-4

20.1

O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, into legstump this time, blocked off the backfoot towards the leg side

20.2

O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, back of a length outside off, defended towards the off side

20.3

O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, 144kmh, beats the outside edge outside off, Kamran Akmal pushes hard at a straight ball and doesn't connect

20.4

O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, short ball on middle and off, defended off the backfoot

20.5

O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, nearly had another one, poor poor shot from Kamran Akmal, it was short and wide outside off, Akmal has a waft at it, there was a half-shout for a caught-behind, hang on, New Zealand call for a review, HotSpot didn't show anything though there seemed to be a sound as ball passed bat, Kamran survives

20.6

O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, 3 runs, punched off the backfoot through covers to get off the mark

Tim: "This batting display bodes for the upcoming tour of Australia. Glad I have tickets for the first day in Sydney!"

End of over 21 (3 runs) Pakistan 58/5
Kamran Akmal    3* (6b)      IE O'Brien    6-4-6-4
Imran Farhat    38* (59b 7x4)      DR Tuffey    3-1-8-0

21.1

Tuffey to Kamran Akmal, no run, jags into the batsman, who defends to the leg side

21.2

Tuffey to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, great shot from Akmal, a short ball is lashed past point for four

Snicko shows a very faint edge as the ball passed the bat on that review

21.3

Tuffey to Kamran Akmal, no run, short of length ball on off, punched back to the bowler

21.4

Tuffey to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, short and wide, that's not where you bowl to Akmal, he helps himself to another boundary past point

21.5

Tuffey to Kamran Akmal, no run, much closer to offstump this time, left alone by Akmal

21.6

Tuffey to Kamran Akmal, no run, fuller this time, same line, again the batsman shoulders arms

Mark Hunter adds to the not-so-cheery mails coming in: "When you've been watching cricket in NZ for 30 yrs (35 yrs old) you're immune to anything."

End of over 22 (8 runs) Pakistan 66/5
Kamran Akmal    11* (12b 2x4)      DR Tuffey    4-1-16-0
Imran Farhat    38* (59b 7x4)      IE O'Brien    6-4-6-4

22.1

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, back of a length on offstump, defended to the off side

22.2

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, a touch fuller and wide, loose shot form Farhat, he drives well away from the body, doesn't connect, not much in terms of footwork either

22.3

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, a stifled appeal for lbw, 144kmh, full and on legstump, an inside edge saves Farhat

22.4

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, 1 run, short ball on legstump, fended away awkwardly off his hip towards fine leg

22.5

O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, tests the batsman with a bouncer, batsman gets under it easily

22.6

O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, ooh, looking to leave that one, too late to lift his bat, flies off the bottom of the bat and goes on the bounce to second slip

Martin from the UK :"Mrs O Brien are you watching? He is at his best, lady."

End of over 23 (1 run) Pakistan 67/5
Kamran Akmal    11* (14b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    7-4-7-4
Imran Farhat    39* (63b 7x4)      DR Tuffey    4-1-16-0

23.1

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, FOUR, How on earth is Farhat surviving? his response to a back of length ball angling outside off is an ugly, ugly heave that was straight out of Twenty20, edges it over second slip

23.2

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, 1 run, on the legstump, clipped past square leg

23.3

Tuffey to Kamran Akmal, no run, Tuffey keeps it nice and straight, Akmal pushes it back firmly towards the bowler

23.4

Tuffey to Kamran Akmal, no run, a touch shorter, just outside off, left alone

23.5

Tuffey to Kamran Akmal, no run, nice and solid backfoot defence towards the covers

23.6

Tuffey to Kamran Akmal, no run, a length ball that comes in a touch, Akmal inside-edges it onto his body

End of over 24 (5 runs) Pakistan 72/5
Kamran Akmal    11* (18b 2x4)      DR Tuffey    5-1-21-0
Imran Farhat    44* (65b 8x4)      IE O'Brien    7-4-7-4

New Zealand have spaced their slips out

24.1

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, Farhat offers a non-shot to a back of length ball, hits him just above the glove before rolling to the off side

24.2

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, 1 run, tucked to short fine leg for a single

24.3

O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, length ball heading for offstump, blocked towards the off side

24.4

O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, 1 no ball, shortish ball outside off, poked towards point where Flynn dives and fields, O'Brien has overstepped

24.4

O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, O'Brien keep the pace up, 145kmh, beats the outside edge after pitching on a length just outside off, O'Brien's accuracy has been amazing today

24.5

O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, SIX, not too much wrong with that ball, just a touch short and not too much width, Akmal hammers that over cover for four, five wickets down and five minutes to lunch, not something that worries Akmal

24.6

O'Brien to Kamran Akmal, no run, beaten outside off again, as he looks to defend back to the bowler

End of over 25 (8 runs) Pakistan 80/5
Kamran Akmal    17* (23b 2x4 1x6)      IE O'Brien    8-4-15-4
Imran Farhat    45* (67b 8x4)      DR Tuffey    5-1-21-0

Last over before lunch

25.1

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, 1 run, length ball just outside off, mistimed bck to the bowler, who flips the ball onto the non-striker's stump, the richochet allows the batsman to take a single

25.2

Tuffey to Kamran Akmal, no run, a shorter ball, and wide outside off, left alone

25.3

Tuffey to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, length ball, just outside off, Akmal gets forward and pushes it towards cover point

25.4

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, Farhat hesitantly gets on the front foot and pushes towards mid-off, wonders about taking a single and then decides against it

25.5

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, 1 run, short ball on leg, he swings it to fine leg, lands short of O'Brien there

25.6

Tuffey to Kamran Akmal, no run, Akmal offers a solid forward defensive to make sure Pakistan don't lose any more than five in the first session, Koertzen says that lunch

Well, what a session that was. O'Brien takes 4-15 to rip through Pakistan, after they chose to bat. Their batsmen will be kicking themselves, it wasn't as though it was a minefield, very little in it for the bowlers in fact, but are 83 for 5 at lunch. A flood of mails continue to pour in asking O'Brien to un-retire.

David has a question for NZC: "Hmmmm. I have tickets for day 3. If the test is all over by then will I get a refund?"

Tristan Pettit is wiping away the tears: "Yay for Middlesex. Wip de doo. POOR US! Stunning spell from the husband of the year. Sad Kiwi supporter sobbing quietly."

Hamish: "How much do Cricket NZ have to pay Mrs O'Brien for her move to NZ? Surely it would be worth it."

Ok, I'm off to get myself some tea. I'll be back in half an hour, about 2.40pm.

End of over 26 (3 runs) Pakistan 83/5
Kamran Akmal    18* (26b 2x4 1x6)      DR Tuffey    6-1-24-0
Imran Farhat    47* (70b 8x4)      IE O'Brien    8-4-15-4

26.1

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, full in length, moving in to the off stump line from round the stumps, defended back down the track

26.2

Martin to Imran Farhat, 2 runs, full and well outside off stump, Farhat flashes it away to deep backward point where Flynn mops up

26.3

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, beaten outside off stump. It was a length delivery that straightened outside off and Farhat pushes inside the line

26.4

Martin to Imran Farhat, 1 run, just outside off stump, bounces outside off, tapped to point and that's his fifty. 50 from a score of 86. Can he carry on for a real big one?

26.5

Martin to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, from over the stumps, a bouncer, Akmal took his eyes off the ball at the last moment but he went through with his hook shot

26.6

Martin to Kamran Akmal, OUT, What is happening out there? Pakistan continue to implode. It was another lifting delivery, this time Martin got it to straighten outside off stump, and Akmal shaped to pull but tried to withdraw his bat at the last minute. Too late. The ball popped up at cover point. Simple catch and Pakistan have lost their 6th wicket. Bizarre morning continues.

Kamran Akmal c Guptill b Martin 22 (36m 28b 3x4 1x6) SR: 78.57

End of over 27 (7 runs) Pakistan 90/6
     CS Martin    6-0-23-1
Imran Farhat    50* (74b 8x4)      DR Tuffey    6-1-24-0

27.1

Southee to Imran Farhat, 2 runs, Hmm... Farhat meanwhile continues with his streaky innings. He goes for a pull, top-edges it, but clears midwicket

27.2

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, leans forward to defend

27.3

Southee to Imran Farhat, 1 run, short of length, well outside off stump, punched away to deep point

27.4

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, kicks up from short of length, on the middle stump line, pushed away to gully

27.5

Southee to Mohammad Amir, FOUR, well outside off stump, full as well, flashed through point

27.6

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, closer to the off stump, left alone

End of over 28 (7 runs) Pakistan 97/6
Mohammad Amir    4* (3b 1x4)      TG Southee    8-2-33-1
Imran Farhat    53* (77b 8x4)      CS Martin    6-0-23-1

28.1

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, from round the stumps, full pitched around off stump, pushed away to mid-off

28.2

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, in the channel, left alone

28.3

Martin to Imran Farhat, 1 run, bouncing into the hips, fended away behind square-leg

28.4

Martin to Mohammad Amir, no run, moves in to the middle stump line, jabbed away to the off side

28.5

Martin to Mohammad Amir, FOUR, full and outside off stump, Aamer waited before he played a fine square-drive

28.6

Martin to Mohammad Amir, no run, moves in to the middle and off stump line, jabbed away to the off side

End of over 29 (5 runs) Pakistan 102/6
Mohammad Amir    8* (6b 2x4)      CS Martin    7-0-28-1
Imran Farhat    54* (80b 8x4)      TG Southee    8-2-33-1

29.1

Southee to Imran Farhat, no run, bouncer outside off stump, left alone

The veteran from the usenet cricket group rec.sport.cricket, Mike Holmans, who is also a contributor to the Different strokes blog in Cricinfo, says, "Looks like Mr O'Brien is doing his best to make my Different Strokes piece about him posted just before the start of the match look a bit silly.

29.2

Southee to Imran Farhat, 1 run, lifting delivery from short of length, punched away to deep point

29.3

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, full in length outside off stump, pushed out to mid-off

29.4

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, swing and a miss. It was a short-of-length delivery outside off stump, Aamer goes for a big slog/cut/airy swing/ambitious hit and is beaten

29.5

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, fuller, straighter and this time Aamer leans forward to defend

29.6

Southee to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, short in length, on the leg stump line, stabbed past square-leg

End of over 30 (2 runs) Pakistan 104/6
Mohammad Amir    9* (10b 2x4)      TG Southee    9-2-35-1
Imran Farhat    55* (82b 8x4)      CS Martin    7-0-28-1

30.1

Martin to Mohammad Amir, no run, from round the stumps, comes in with the angle, pushed away to the off side

30.2

Martin to Mohammad Amir, no run, short in length, just outside off stump, cut away to backward point

Yogesh: "O'Brien is one of those un-pretentious cricketers that everyone likes and everyone would be happy to see his success. And reminds that there is still place for honest trundlers in the world of superstar talents. Keep the blog going, Ian !"

30.3

Martin to Mohammad Amir, no run, moves in towards the middle stump line, defended off the back foot

Farjad Tanveer: "Am I the only one or Amir does have a better technique then Farhat? No cross-the-line hoicks, bat-pad together, good line and lengths balls being left well. I would give amir more marks then farhat for all of the above!"

30.4

Martin to Mohammad Amir, no run, cuts in with bounce, from round the stumps, cramps him for room, Aamer stays adjacent to the line and pushes the ball to the off side

30.5

Martin to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, full in length, homing in on the off-stump line, pushed to point

Martin: "Why is O'Brien not bowling after lunch?" I see that Vettori is warming-up

30.6

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, gets forward to defend a length delivery

End of over 31 (1 run) Pakistan 105/6
Imran Farhat    55* (83b 8x4)      CS Martin    8-0-29-1
Mohammad Amir    10* (15b 2x4)      TG Southee    9-2-35-1

31.1

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, short in length, bouncing on the middle stump line, steered to gully... Aamer wanted a single there!

Michael: "Don't forget NZ was out for 99 a week ago !"

31.2

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, in the zone outside off stump, on a length, and Aamer goes for the big on-the-up off drive and is beaten

31.3

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, Big swing and a miss. It was slightly slower in pace, Aamer wanted to launch it over mid-off and is beaten again. Farhat walks across the pitch to have a chat

31.4

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, in the zone and this time Aamer lets it go by

31.5

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, lifting delivery around the off stump, Aamer backs away as he fends it away and it fall short of the diving third slip

Chris: "O'Brien is a really likeable bloke and one of those guys your really want to show everyone else up. I love what he's said about bowling into the wind "Find yourself the worst job and make yourself good at it"

31.6

Southee to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, retains the strike with a steer-drive to deep point

31.6

Southee to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, retains the strike with a steer-drive to deep point

End of over 32 (1 run) Pakistan 106/6
Mohammad Amir    11* (21b 2x4)      TG Southee    10-2-36-1
Imran Farhat    55* (83b 8x4)      CS Martin    8-0-29-1

32.1

Martin to Mohammad Amir, no run, swing and a miss outside off

Reina from the UAE: "Tristan, I'm sobbing right along with you, as much in utter envy of Mrs. O'Brien as out of sorrow that this man will no longer be playing for NZ. Rosie, you hit the husband jackpot, and the rest of us women are about 40% happy for you and 60% TOTALLY JEALOUS."

Mark has a different view: "While it was a great spell this morning, his test match record hardly deserves the emotive outpouring of "don't retire" from everyone. He is a good workhorse, but come on. His record is solid, at best."

32.2

Martin to Mohammad Amir, no run, another short one, fended off the backfoot, in control of the shot, towards slips

32.3

Martin to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, wide ball outside off, Aamer chases that and gets a single as sweeper cover fields

32.4

Martin to Imran Farhat, SIX, short ball, not in control of a slog towards midwicket, top-edge, clears the field though and just about clears rope as well

32.5

Martin to Imran Farhat, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

32.6

Martin to Imran Farhat, 1 run, again quick and short, 138kmh, into the body, Farhat blocks to behind square leg

Waqar: "Did anyone notice that this Pakistan's fastest start in this series, in terms of run rate but it came with a very high cost."

End of over 33 (8 runs) Pakistan 114/6
Imran Farhat    62* (86b 8x4 1x6)      CS Martin    9-0-37-1
Mohammad Amir    12* (24b 2x4)      TG Southee    10-2-36-1

33.1

Southee to Imran Farhat, 1 run, length ball angling across the batsman, pushed towards point

33.2

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, a touch wider outside off, left alone by Aamer

33.3

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, short and wide, Aamer is happy to leave it alone

33.4

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, Aamer shoulders arms to a third ball in a row, this was closer to off, but not close enough to interest Aamer

33.5

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, length ball on off, Aamer gets forward and defends towards point

33.6

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, keeps a tight line outside off, has Aamer feeling for it, doesn't get the edge

Raja from the US: "Just logged on to cricinfo and read the scoreread. For a sec thought it was in India in the 90s on an overseas assignment !"

End of over 34 (1 run) Pakistan 115/6
Mohammad Amir    12* (29b 2x4)      TG Southee    11-2-37-1
Imran Farhat    63* (87b 8x4 1x6)      CS Martin    9-0-37-1

The man of the moment, O'Brien, is back

34.1

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, starts with a ball down the leg side

34.2

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, length ball on off, punched back to the bowler

34.3

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, 143kmh, just outside off, angling across the batsman, who withdraws his bat at the last moment

Sam from New Zealand: "I just want my name to come up so my mates at work who are following this Mighty Test Match see it". Usually that doesn't work

34.4

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, well outside off this time, easy leave

34.5

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, closer to offstump but the batsman is content to watch it through to the keeper

34.6

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, Farhat gets forward and blocks towards cover

End of over 35 (maiden) Pakistan 115/6
Imran Farhat    63* (93b 8x4 1x6)      IE O'Brien    9-5-15-4
Mohammad Amir    12* (29b 2x4)      TG Southee    11-2-37-1

35.1

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, slightly overpitched on off, watchfully defended towards point

Farhan from Canada remains optimistic: "Despite shoddy technique, Imran Farhat is doing whats needed to be done. I would like to see him make a century and mend his ways. Aamer making a century would be interesting, I see an allrounder developing in this bloke."

35.2

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, length ball just outside off, Aamer looks to swing that over mid-on, doesn't connect, no need for that here

35.3

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, tests Aamer with a bouncer, the batsman sees it early and gets under it

35.4

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, short of length on middle and off, defended solidly off the backfoot towards cover

Daniel: "In response to Mark: Prior to this match, in the last 2 years he hast taken 66 wickets at 28.96 which is very good on NZ standards!"

35.5

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, oooh, nearly had him there, Aamer was flirting with that length ball outside off, just beats the outside edge

Nick from Australia: "Mark would have us cancel Christmas too!"

35.6

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, length ball, a touch wider, Aamer spears the ball towards gully

End of over 36 (maiden) Pakistan 115/6
Mohammad Amir    12* (35b 2x4)      TG Southee    12-3-37-1
Imran Farhat    63* (93b 8x4 1x6)      IE O'Brien    9-5-15-4

36.1

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, short and wide, left alone

36.2

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, Farhat moves across and leaves the ball which is just outside off

36.3

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, 1 run, full and wide, a mistimed drive sends the ball towards backward point

36.4

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, no run, short ball just outside off, no shot offered by Farhat

Mudassar Ijaz: "Hey Guys would you mind giving some credit to Pakistan's batsmen for making O'Brien's last test memorable please?"

36.5

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, no run, inside-edge onto the pads, a big swing from Farhat to a length ball just outside off

36.6

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, no run, 142kmh, O'Brien finishes with a shorter ball which sails over offstump

End of over 37 (1 run) Pakistan 116/6
Mohammad Amir    12* (38b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    10-5-16-4
Imran Farhat    64* (96b 8x4 1x6)      TG Southee    12-3-37-1

37.1

Southee to Imran Farhat, 2 runs, fullish on middle, slogged to deep midwicket

37.2

Southee to Imran Farhat, 1 run

37.3

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, shortish ball on off, blocked off the backfoot towards point

37.4

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, length ball just outside off, driven towards cover

37.5

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, same length, on offstump this time, punched towards cover

37.6

Southee to Mohammad Amir, no run, short ball angling across the batsman, left alone

End of over 38 (3 runs) Pakistan 119/6
Mohammad Amir    12* (42b 2x4)      TG Southee    13-3-40-1
Imran Farhat    67* (98b 8x4 1x6)      IE O'Brien    10-5-16-4

38.1

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, starts the over with a bouncer that the batsman ducks under

38.2

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, 143kmh, just outside off, length ball, batsman shoulders arms

38.3

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, Farhat is happy to leave another one outside off, is it just me or is he being more patient over the past half hour?

38.4

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, 1 run, on the pads, clipped behind square leg

38.5

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, no run, slower ball, 123kmh, well outside off, Aamer isn't tempted into playing that one

38.6

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, no run, shortish ball on middle and leg, defended off the backfoot towards point

End of over 39 (1 run) Pakistan 120/6
Mohammad Amir    12* (44b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    11-5-17-4
Imran Farhat    68* (102b 8x4 1x6)      TG Southee    13-3-40-1

Daniel Vettori brings himself on, probably the last over before drinks

39.1

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, starts with a length ball outside off, batsman reaches forward and drives toward cover

39.2

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, on the pads, punched to a shortish mid-on

39.3

Vettori to Imran Farhat, 2 runs, a short ball outside off, slashed towards third man, batsmen amble through for two

39.4

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, too far outside off to interest the batsman

39.5

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, quicker one, 94kmh, some more bounce for Vettori as well, outside off and left alone

39.6

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, and again, Farhat is happy to leave the ball outside off

And that will be drinks.

End of over 40 (2 runs) Pakistan 122/6
Imran Farhat    70* (108b 8x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0
Mohammad Amir    12* (44b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    11-5-17-4

40.1

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, no run, in the zone outside off, angling away, left alone

40.2

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, no run, lifting delivery outside off, left alone

40.3

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, no run

40.4

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, no run, another one kicking up outside off stump, left alone

40.5

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, no run

40.6

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, backs away to the leg side in his typical fashion, steered down to third man

End of over 41 (1 run) Pakistan 123/6
Mohammad Amir    13* (50b 2x4)      IE O'Brien    12-5-18-4
Imran Farhat    70* (108b 8x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-0

41.1

Vettori to Mohammad Amir, no run, pitches short of a length just outside off, batsman gets well forward and defends

Jibran from the UK: "If Pakistan manage to get to 200 then it will be match well and truly on and from thereon, i predict a match full of twists of turn in which Pakistan will prevail."

41.2

Vettori to Mohammad Amir, no run, fuller this time, again the forward press is the batsman's response

41.3

Vettori to Mohammad Amir, no run, a bit of extra bounce, more forward defense

41.4

Vettori to Mohammad Amir, no run, blocked to the off side this time

short leg and slip in place

41.5

Vettori to Mohammad Amir, no run, way outside off, left alone

41.6

Vettori to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, quick from Vettori, 97kmh, poked behind point for a single

Atif Yousuf: "wonder how the top order of Pakistan batting line up would feel tonight if Mohammad Amer ends up getting 50 runs plus"

End of over 42 (1 run) Pakistan 124/6
Mohammad Amir    14* (56b 2x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-3-0
Imran Farhat    70* (108b 8x4 1x6)      IE O'Brien    12-5-18-4

O'Brien round the wicket

42.1

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, no run, length ball heading for the top of off, defended behind point

42.2

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, no run, just outside off, length ball, looks to swing it over mid-on, no contact, 143kmh

Three slips for O'Brien

42.3

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, no run, this was too wide to trouble the batsman

42.4

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, FOUR, a slower ball from O'Brien, a bit of width for Aamer, he crashes it through cover

42.5

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, no run, 143kmh, short of length just outside off, Aamer makes is customary movement towards leg stump and plays inside the line

42.6

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, no run, full on middle and leg, dug out well by Aamer

Ben from New Zealand: "Jibran, you might be a bit optimistic. Given the history of this pitch, if Pakistan manage only 200 I think the best they can hope for is a draw, and it may be irreperable damage. Of course, that does depend on the NZ frail batting order."

End of over 43 (4 runs) Pakistan 128/6
Mohammad Amir    18* (62b 3x4)      IE O'Brien    13-5-22-4
Imran Farhat    70* (108b 8x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    2-0-3-0

43.1

Vettori to Imran Farhat, FOUR, length ball and outside off, Farhat slams it over Vettori's head for four

43.2

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, this was a touch shorter, and quite close to off, Farhat thinks there's room to cut though, he misses

43.3

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, on legstump, defended towards mid-on

43.4

Vettori to Imran Farhat, 2 runs, full and wide, cut off the front foot behind backward point

43.5

Vettori to Imran Farhat, 1 run, again a bit of width, Farhat throws his bat at it, gets it away to deep point

43.6

Vettori to Mohammad Amir, FOUR, full and outside off, bends his knee and mows it over midwicket for four, that was an expensive over

End of over 44 (11 runs) Pakistan 139/6
Mohammad Amir    22* (63b 4x4)      DL Vettori    3-0-14-0
Imran Farhat    77* (113b 9x4 1x6)      IE O'Brien    13-5-22-4

44.1

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, length ball outside off, batsman is happy to shoulder arms

44.2

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, angling into the left-hander this time, Farhat looks to defends, before withdrawing his bat at the last moment

44.3

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, 2 runs, strays onto leg, tucked behind square leg to bring up the fifty partnership

44.4

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, no run, short of length and well outside off, no trouble for the batsman

Nick from New Zealand: "I'd like to see Martin on alongside O'Brien to try and dismiss one of these two. The slight difference in pace along with the different seam position could prove useful in luring a non-experienced tail-ender into a false shot."

44.5

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, (no ball) FOUR, no-ball, but that was an atrocious shot, Farhat seems to have one of these moments every now and then, he looks to swing towards midwicket, mishits, it bobs high up and goes to the third man boundary

Slight delay as Farhat wants a red bag way over the sightscreen to be moved

44.5

O'Brien to Imran Farhat, 1 run, short ball into the batsman, blocked awkwardly off the backfoot

44.6

O'Brien to Mohammad Amir, no run, another short ball just outside off, Aamer again shuffles outside leg and leaves it to the keeper

End of over 45 (8 runs) Pakistan 147/6
Mohammad Amir    22* (64b 4x4)      IE O'Brien    14-5-30-4
Imran Farhat    84* (119b 10x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    3-0-14-0

45.1

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, length ball well outside off, left alone

45.2

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, gets nicely forward and punches this one to cover, no turn whatsoever for Vettori

45.3

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, get well forward and defends solidly

45.4

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, looks to bash that past cover, can't beat the fielder there

45.5

Vettori to Imran Farhat, 1 run, a bit of width, cut away to Chris Martin at third man

45.6

Vettori to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, poked towards point off the front foot, that was quicker from Vettori

End of over 46 (2 runs) Pakistan 149/6
Mohammad Amir    23* (65b 4x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-16-0
Imran Farhat    85* (124b 10x4 1x6)      IE O'Brien    14-5-30-4

Tuffey takes over from O'Brien

46.1

Tuffey to Mohammad Amir, no run, starts with a length ball, angling into off, defended towards the off side

Zaidi from Canada: "Farhat should be in casino right now. Hes wasting his time on the crease. "

46.2

Tuffey to Mohammad Amir, no run, a loose waft to a short-of-length wide ball, doesn't connect, doesn't bother with the footwork there

46.3

Tuffey to Mohammad Amir, no run, outside off, defended towards gully

46.4

Tuffey to Mohammad Amir, no run, on middle and leg this time, Aamer gets behind the line of the ball and blocks it confidently

46.5

Tuffey to Mohammad Amir, no run, on middle and off this time, watchful defence towards the off side

46.6

Tuffey to Mohammad Amir, no run, Tuffey keeps making the batsman play, the final delivery of the over is on middle and leg, defended back to the bowler

Aoun Hassan: "Ben, I agree with you but keep in mind its the Batting that cost NZ wellington game. If Pakistan can somehow manage to pass 200 then we have a game on. Keep in mind that Pakistani's have a good bowling attack."

End of over 47 (maiden) Pakistan 149/6
Mohammad Amir    23* (71b 4x4)      DR Tuffey    7-2-24-0
Imran Farhat    85* (124b 10x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    4-0-16-0

Vettori around the wicket

47.1

Vettori to Imran Farhat, 2 runs, fullish ball, Farhat paddle-sweeps it, doesn't try to put too much power on it

47.2

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, gets nicely forward and pushes to mid-off

47.3

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, on legstump, defended towards midwicket

47.4

Vettori to Imran Farhat, 1 run, length ball on middle, swept to deep backward square leg

47.5

Vettori to Mohammad Amir, no run, too far outside off to bother the batsman

47.6

Vettori to Mohammad Amir, no run, gets forward and blocks it

End of over 48 (3 runs) Pakistan 152/6
Mohammad Amir    23* (73b 4x4)      DL Vettori    5-0-19-0
Imran Farhat    88* (128b 10x4 1x6)      DR Tuffey    7-2-24-0

48.1

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, no run, back of length, close to off, Farhat slaps it to gully

48.2

Tuffey to Imran Farhat, 1 run, shortish ball angling across the batsman, Pakistan's good recovery continues as Farhat flicks it to square leg for a single

48.3

Tuffey to Mohammad Amir, no run, Aamer watches the ball closely, stays in the crease and taps it towards cover

48.4

Tuffey to Mohammad Amir, no run, gets the edge this time, but lands just short of Taylor at first slip

48.5

Tuffey to Mohammad Amir, no run, a touch shorter, Aamer crunches it towards gully

48.6

Tuffey to Mohammad Amir, no run, short of a length, straightens after pitching, awkwardly defended towards point

Josh from New Zealand, shows a few signs of being frustrated by this stand: "Give Ross taylor a shot, he could be the partnership breaker!"

End of over 49 (1 run) Pakistan 153/6
Mohammad Amir    23* (77b 4x4)      DR Tuffey    8-2-25-0
Imran Farhat    89* (130b 10x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    5-0-19-0

49.1

Vettori to Imran Farhat, FOUR, Farhat moves into the 90s, some width for him, he slaps that past point for four

49.2

Vettori to Imran Farhat, no run, shorter and on middle and off, defended by the batsman

49.3

Vettori to Imran Farhat, 1 run, swept behind square for a single

49.4

Vettori to Mohammad Amir, no run, Aamer shuffles across and shows the full face of the bat as he blocks back to the bowler

49.5

Vettori to Mohammad Amir, no run, big stride in as he smothers the ball

49.6

Vettori to Mohammad Amir, no run, goes for the sweep, misses and is struck on the left shoulder

End of over 50 (5 runs) Pakistan 158/6
Mohammad Amir    23* (80b 4x4)      DL Vettori    6-0-24-0
Imran Farhat    94* (133b 11x4 1x6)      DR Tuffey    8-2-25-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
Series Results
New Zealand v Pakistan at Napier - Dec 11-15, 2009
Match drawn
New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington - Dec 3-6, 2009
Pakistan won by 141 runs
New Zealand v Pakistan at Dunedin - Nov 24-28, 2009
New Zealand won by 32 runs
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Dec 15, 2009

Daniel Vettori and Mohammad Yousuf with the trophy after the series was drawn 1-1, New Zealand v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Napier, 5th day, December 15, 2009

Daniel Vettori and Mohammad Yousuf with the trophy

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Dec 15, 2009

Tim McIntosh drives off the front foot, New Zealand v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Napier, 5th day, December 15, 2009

Tim McIntosh drives off the front foot

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