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The blockbuster Test series between India and Australia began in the early hours of Thursday, while Pakistan are looking to press home the advantage in the third Test against New Zealand.
Our team will have all the updates from both matches, as well as news from the rest of the cricketing world.
5:15pm – Visitors in promising position in final Test
Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls have moved New Zealand into a strong position at stumps on Day 4 of the third Test against Pakistan, with the Kiwis ending the day on 272/4 thanks to an unbeaten 212-run partnership between the two.
Williamson brought up his 19th Test ton during the partnership, ending the day on 139 not out, while Nicholls was unbeaten on 90, as New Zealand now have a 198-run lead and could think of forcing a series-deciding win on Friday.
4pm – New Zealand building threatening lead in Abu Dhabi
A mammoth partnership between Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls has put New Zealand in a promising position at tea.
Williamson brought up his 19th Test century, with Nicholls hitting a half-century, as the Kiwis ended the session at 199/4, a lead of 125. The duo were unbeaten at the break after sharing a 139-run stand.
12:50pm – India reach 250/9 at stumps
Cheteshwar Pujara’s first-ever century in Australia rescued India on Day 1 of the first Test. Pujara was run out on the last ball of the day after scoring 123 to help his side rebuild from scores of 56/4 and 127/6.
Read the full report here.
10:15am – Pakistan look to maintain ascendancy on Day 4
Play has just begun on Day 4 of the third Test between Pakistan and New Zealand, with the hosts looking to maintain their ascendancy having prised out New Zealand’s openers on Wednesday after taking a 74-run first-innings lead.
10am – India rebuild after Day 1 collapse
India made a poor start in the first Test in Adelaide, but Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravi Ashwin are putting together a rescue act.
Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat, but India were 56/4 at lunch, and quickly slumped to 86/5 and then 127/6. But Pujara and Ashwin have stitched together a partnership to take India towards a respectable score.
A rebuilding innings from Cheteshwar Pujara rescued India on Thursday after a first-innings collapse in Adelaide.
Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat, but India’s top order folded due to some poor shot selection against Australia’s fast bowlers.
The visitors were 56/4 at lunch, and 143/6 at tea.
But a 62-run partnership between Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin has helped India being bowled out cheaply.
Earlier, KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and Rohit Sharma all fell to poor shots, with the first four chasing wide deliveries and Sharma getting out to a mis-hit aggressive shot against Nathan Lyon.
Hello cricket fans, and welcome to Wednesday’s live cricket blog.
The Sport360 team is in place bringing you the latest cricket news from around the world. We bring you all the updates from day three of the deciding Test between Pakistan and New Zealand.
We will also be looking ahead to the four-match Test series between Australia and India which begins from Thursday.
8:30 pm – Bancroft set for comeback
Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft is due to return to professional cricket after serving a nine-month ban for his part in a ball-tampering scandal.
The 26-year-old’s ban from international and domestic cricket expires on December 29 and he is available to line up for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League.
More on it here.
7:30 pm – Daredevils now Delhi Capitals
Indian Premier League outfit Delhi Daredevils has been renamed to Delhi Capitals as part of a fresh start by the franchise’s new owners.
The Delhi side held on to the old red and blue hues but had added three tigers to a new logo unveiled in New Delhi.
For more, click here.
5:30 pm – Pakistan on top in Abu Dhabi Test against New Zealand
Day three in the ongoing final Test between Pakistan and New Zealand has drawn to a close at Abu Dhabi. It is Pakistan who have asserted their dominance in the clash after taking a 74-run lead in the first innings.
Centuries from Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq helped Pakistan post 348 runs in their first innings before New Zealand’s openers fell cheaply towards the close of play in their second innings. The Kiwis had been reduced to 26-2 before stumps were drawn on day three.
Stay tuned for the match report.
3:20 pm – Australia drop vice-captain Mitchell Marsh
Australia have dropped vice-captain Mitchell Marsh for the first Test against India, which begins in Adelaide on Thursday.
1:15 pm – Australia not vulnerable, says Kohli
Virat Kohli insists that suggestions of Australia’s vulnerability after the ball-tampering scandal are unfounded.
The star batsman leads India on their tour as they try to win their first Test series Down Under.