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NZ have Pakistan reeling

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New Zealand established a commanding position in the first Test against Pakistan, after 14 wickets fell on day three in Christchurch. 

Despite being bowled out for 200 just before lunch, a strong performance from the home side's bowlers towards the back end of the day meant Pakistan closed the day only 62 runs ahead with three second-innings wickets remaining.

Earlier, Kane Williamson's side resumed on 104-3, just 29 runs behind with hopes of building a big first innings total, but the morning session belonged to the touring party's bowlers as New Zealand's last seven wickets fell for 96 runs - Rahat Ali the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with 4-62 from his 15.5 overs.

Scores (Day 3): Pakistan: 133 & 129/7 against New Zealand: 200

Henry Nicholls (30) was the first to fall - lbw to Sohail Khan (3-78) - before debutant Jeet Raval edged Mohammad Amir (3-43) to first slip without adding to his overnight score of 55.

Colin de Grandhomme hit some lusty blows in his first Test innings with a quickfire 29 from 37 balls, including six fours, while useful cameos from Tim Southee (22) and Neil Wagner (21) helped the home side to 200 all out and a first-innings lead of 67.

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After safely negotiating six overs before lunch, the tourists went into their shell in the afternoon session, adding just 44 runs in 29 overs for the loss of Sami Aslam (7 from 57 balls).

With runs continuing to dry up after tea, Neil Wagner (2-21) peppered Pakistan's batsmen with a spell of short pitched bowling and was rewarded with his 100th Test wicket when Babar Azam (29) gloved behind, before Younus Khan (1) was removed with another vicious short ball.

Trent Boult (3-18) ended Azhar Ali's laborious innings of 31 from 173 balls after bowling the opener via the inside edge, and he also dismissed Sarfraz Ahmed (2) and Amir (6) before the close as New Zealand go into day four well placed to go 1-0 up in the two-Test series.

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