Christchurch - New Zealand's Black Caps are on the brink of
victory in the first Test against Pakistan with the visitor's seven down at the
close of day three.
Pakistan reach 129/7 just 62 runs ahead of New Zealand as
the Kiwi seamers continued to expose their opponents’ weaknesses against the
New Zealand had earlier established a 67 run first innings
lead reaching 200 all out despite a batting collapse that saw them lose seven
wickets for 95 runs.
The Black Caps resumed on 104/3 but lost both overnight
batsmen early as Henry Nicholls (30) was trapped leg before by Sohail Khan
before Mohammad Amir accounted for top scorer Jeet Raval for 55.
Colin de Grandhomme (29) and BJ Watling put on a vital 37 runs on a pitch that has
proved incredibly difficult to bat on before the former was unable to resist
the hook and holed out in the deep off the bowling of Sohail.
Todd Astle could last only five balls for his duck as Rahat
Ali picked up the second of his four wickets.
Watling (18) was next to go as he nicked off to Rahat.
Tim Southee (22 off 19 balls) and Neil Wagner (21 off 18
balls) made quick fire runs to help get New Zealand towards the 200 mark but it
was only a matter of time before Pakistan knocked over the lower order.
The runs made by New Zealand's tail could prove vital on a
pitch where the pacemen have dominated from ball one.
De Grandhomme started from where he left off in the first
innings and picked up the wicket of Sami Aslam to leave Pakistan 21 for 1.
Only Azhar Ali (31) and Babar Azam (29) could get passed 20
for the visitors as New Zealand's seamers tore through Pakistan.
Wickets would fall at regular intervals with each of the
Kiwi seamers picking up scalps as Pakistan crept into a 62 run lead with seven
down at the close.
Trent Boult was the pick of the bowlers with figures of