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Pakistan dismiss NZ cheaply on third day

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/11/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

Younis Khan of Pakistan takes a catch to dismiss BJ Watling of New Zealand during day three of the First Test between New Zealand and Pakistan © Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images Younis Khan of Pakistan takes a catch to dismiss BJ Watling of New Zealand during day three of the First Test between New Zealand and Pakistan Pakistan's seamers have returned fire on New Zealand, turning the first Test in Christchurch into a low-scoring scrap.

The Black Caps succumbed for 200 soon before lunch on the third day, giving them a lead of 67 on a Hagley Oval pitch still offering plenty of zip.

Overcast conditions were exploited superbly by the visitors, with the remaining seven New Zealand wickets falling on Saturday for 96 runs.

Pakistan's three seamers were effective, getting the ball to bite with more venom than a day earlier.

Rahat Ali was the most effective, taking 4-62 while fellow left-armer Mohammad Amir (3-43) and Sohail Khan (3-78) also caused the batsmen to rush.

Resuming on 104-3, not far shy of of Pakistan's 133, both overnight batsmen were prised out within four overs.

Neil Wagner of New Zealand bats during day three of the First Test between New Zealand and Pakistan at Hagley Oval on November 19, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand © Martin Hunter/Getty Images Neil Wagner of New Zealand bats during day three of the First Test between New Zealand and Pakistan at Hagley Oval on November 19, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand

Henry Nicholls added one before being trapped LBW for 30 by Sohail.

Debutant opener Reet Javal didn't build on his promising 55, snicking Amir to first slip.

New Zealand's cause was aided by an aggressive 29 from debut allrounder Colin de Grandhomme, the standout figure on Friday with his seamers which reaped 6-41.

De Grandhomme whacked six fours in a 37-ball stay before skying Sohail from a front foot pull shot which had proved effective twice earlier.

Wicketkeeper BJ Watling contributed 18 while jaunty knocks from tailenders Tim Southee (22) and Neil Wagner (21) were invaluable for the hosts.

The thick clouds and green tinge to the pitch suggested batting will be challenging again for Pakistan.

They will need to fend off a handful of overs before lunch.

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