6.31 pm And that is stumps on Day 4. Near-perfect from New Zealand today. They needed to push home the advantage with the bat, and their openers ensured that it was only a question of how many to leave Pakistan and how many overs to leave their bowlers. Trent Boult and Tim Southee, on their part, removed the openers for no score, and raised visions of an early finish, but Azhar Ali’s ice-cool defence has helped erase that early fire. Tim Southee made it a day to remember, becoming the third New Zealander after Sir Richard Hadlee and Daniel Vettori to get to the 300-wicket mark, but since then Fawad Alam has joined Azhar and the two of them have prevented any further damage.
Safe to say a Pakistan win is probably the least likely of the outcomes going into Day 5, but looking at how comfortably Azhar and Fawad have defended, you wouldn’t put it past them to save this Test. There’s still the batting of first innings heroes Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf to come. Join us then, bright and early, for Day 5, as I say goodbye on behalf of scorer Ranjith P, and my colleague Karthik Krishnaswamy.