Colin de Grandhomme’s Grand Start

Can Pakistan come back from this?

PAK 133 NZ 104/3 (36.0 Ovs) Day 2: Stumps — New Zealand trail by 29 runs 
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Due to heavy rain on the first day of this match, not even toss could happen, and because of that, play will begin half an hour early on the second day.

The first Test began on Friday in Christchurch, with New Zealand winning the toss and electing to field. New Zealand and Pakistan will take on each other in a two-Test match series. New Zealand will be much stronger, now that they are on their home ground.

Pakistan will play a test match very first time in this ground this can be difficult for Pakistan for first day or two, but with the team is in top-notch form, New Zealand will soon find out that the Pakistani team are no pushovers and can even triumph against all the odds.

New Zealand won’t be trying to do anything fancy, as the series is short and Pakistan will need to gear up, and quickly, which will very much doable.

Seam-bowling all-rounder De Grandhomme, dominated the first two sessions with figures of six for 41, the best for a New Zealander on debut.

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq provided the only fighting chance for Pakistan with a stubborn 31 from 108 balls.

New Zealand looked in a bit of a catch when they lost of Tom Latham and Kane Williamson early but the debutant, Jeet Raval, got them out of the jam, with a fifty. Ross Taylor’s poor run continued but Henry Nicholls gave good support to Raval to make it through the day.

Unfazed, Pakistan’s bowlers were also put an excellent fight, with Mohammad Amir, Sohail Khan and Rahat Ali all taking a wicket in the final session as the hosts slumped to 40 for three when Ross Taylor fell for 11.

New Zealand debutants Colin de Grandhomme and Jeet Raval helped their team into a strong position at the close of the second day’s play. The Zimbabwe-born all-rounder then wrapped up the innings when Rahat Ali nicked behind to wicketkeeper BJ Watling for a five-ball duck.

And that concludes the first day of the test series. New Zealand end the day on 104 for 3; still trailing Pakistan by 29 runs and having 7 wickets intact. Raval remains unbeaten on 55 while Nicholls gets 29 not out.

Day Three will show us whether New Zealand take a huge lead or Pakistani bowlers script their side’s comeback.

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