NZ in charge as Boult, Wagner ruin Pakistan

Updated: Nov 20, 2016, 14:13 IST | AFP

Neil Wagner and Trent Boult left Pakistan's second innings in tatters Saturday to put New Zealand in sight of a comprehensive first Test victory at the end of the third day in Christchurch

Trent Boult
Trent Boult

Christchurch: Neil Wagner and Trent Boult left Pakistan's second innings in tatters Saturday to put New Zealand in sight of a comprehensive first Test victory at the end of the third day in Christchurch.

The tourists lost six wickets in the final session at Hagley Oval to be 129-7 at stumps, ahead by only 62 runs with two days remaining.

Boult had three for 18 off 15 overs while Wagner, who started the wicket spree, had two for 21. Not out for Pakistan were Sohail Khan on 22 and Asad Shafiq on six with the Test likely to be all over in three playing days after the scheduled first day was washed out. Until Wagner struck, Pakistan were clawing their way back into the Test having started the day on the back foot.

They ripped out the last seven New Zealand wickets for only 96 runs and Azhar Ali and Babar Azam were painstakingly building their second innings — accumulating 37 runs in 23 overs.

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