New Zealand 181-3 at tea on day 3, 2nd test vs

Colin de Grandhomme performed well with ball and bat in his first two tests

GETTY IMAGES Colin de Grandhomme performed well with ball and bat in his first two tests

New Zealand led Pakistan by 55 runs with 10 second innings wickets in hand after heavy rain forced an early end to the third day of the second Test in Hamilton on Sunday.

New Zealand extended lead over 250 runs with 5 wickets remaining on the penultimate day of the second Test against Pakistan in Hamilton on Monday.

The last time New Zealand defeated Pakistan in a test series was in 1985, when the hosts won a memorable series 2-0.

"There's a little bit there for the new ball, but once the ball gets older it gets a little bit easier to bat but there will still be a little bit of assistance throughout". It was the first failure of Raval's young test career: he had scores of 55, 36 not out and 55 in his three innings since making his debut in Christchurch. Since then, there have been nine series of two or three test matches that have resulted in four victories to Pakistan and five drawn series.

"I'm thankful the lower order gave some resistance but it was unfortunate I could not complete my 100", he said.

Williamson (42) went in the fifth over after lunch, getting an outside edge to a short ball from Imran Khan. At stumps, New Zealand were 0/0 with just a ball bowled.

When on 16, Taylor was adjudged lbw to Wahab Riaz but the batsman immediately asked for the DRS system to reconsider umpire Sundaram Ravi's ruling and the first replay showed Riaz's front foot had strayed over the popping crease and was a no-ball. Sohail and Azam brought their 50-run stand off just 56 deliveries with the former making the bulk of scoring.

However, when Southee returned to find a better line in his second spell he found the edge of Sohail's bat and wicketkeeper BJ Watling completed the dismissal.

On 27, Latham was beaten outside off by a beauty from Imran Khan but by lunch was in good shape, although he'd survived a hard chance to Sami Aslam at midwicket off Amir.

Despite Azam's bold innings to keep Pakistan in the game, the outcome may ultimately be decided by the weather with more rain forecast over the next two days and New Zealand only needing a draw to take the series after winning the first Test.

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