Live Cricket Blog: Sachin Tendulkar surprised by Australia batting

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Welcome to today’s cricket blog!

Pakistan and New Zealand are set for a gripping conclusion to their series, with New Zealand pushing for a win on the final day of the last Test in Abu Dhabi, while the first Test of India’s tour of Australia is delicately poised after Day 2.

The Sport360 team will have all the updates from those matches and the rest of the cricketing world.

7.49pm – Sachin Tendulkar surprised by Australia batting

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Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar says he’s never witnessed Australians batting as defensively at home as they did on day two of the first Test between the two sides on Friday.

Having bowled out India for 250 off the first ball of the day, Australia ended the day on 191/7 after 88 overs, thanks to some disciplined, tight bowling from the visitors.

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5pm – Pakistan suffer 123-run defeat

New Zealand won their first away series against Pakistan in 49 years after bowling the hosts out for 156 on the final day of the third Test in Abu Dhabi.

William Somerville, Ajaz Patel, and Tim Southee each took three wickets as Pakistan collapsed after being set a target of 280.

Babar Azam top-scored with 51 for Pakistan, who collapsed in a chase for the second time this series after being bowled out for 171 in the final innings of the first Test, chasing 176.

1pm – Pakistan collapse after New Zealand set target of 280

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Pakistan collapsed to 55/5 at lunch after New Zealand set them a target of 280 to win the final Test, and with it the series, on Friday.

Henry Nicholls joined captain Kane Williamson in scoring a century as the Kiwis piled on the runs, declaring at 353/7.

In response, Pakistan’s top order has folded cheaply, with William Somerville taking two wickets in two balls to hasten a collapse.

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12:50pm – Travis Head’s innings keeps India at bay

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Travis Head struck a fighting half century to rescue Australia after the top order folded under some tight Indian bowling. The hosts reached stumps at 191/7, with Head unbeaten on 61.

Ravi Ashwin bowled beautifully to take three wickets for India, and he was ably supported by the pacers, with Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah taking two wickets each.

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Defensive mindset from Australia's batsmen surprises Sachin Tendulkar

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Ravi Ashwin led a spirited, defensive bowling effort from India.

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar says he’s never witnessed Australians batting as defensively at home as they did on day two of the first Test between the two sides on Friday.

Having bowled out India for 250 off the first ball of the day, Australia ended the day on 191/7 after 88 overs, thanks to some disciplined, tight bowling from the visitors.

For a side known for scoring at over three or four runs an over, especially at home, Australia’s slow-march in their first innings, where the run rate currently stands at 2.17, came as a surprise – even allowing for the pressure built by India’s bowlers.

Tendulkar hoped India would take advantage of the match situation, with the batting great tweeting his surprise as Australia’s mindset.

“The defensive mindset by the Australian batsmen at home is something I’ve not seen before in my experience,” said Tendular on Twitter.

Ravichandran Ashwin bowled beautifully to pick up three wickets, at one point bowling a 22-over unbroken spell during the peak of the day’s hottest weather, finishing the day with figures of 3/50 off of 33 overs.

Jasprit Bumrah bowled six maiden overs across two spells, ending the day with 2/34 from his 20 overs, while Ishant Sharma was similarly attritional, with figures of 2/31 from his 15 overs.

Travis Head’s unbeaten 61 kept Australia in the hunt after the top-order collapse.

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Live Cricket Blog: New Zealand building threatening lead in Abu Dhabi

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Welcome to our live cricket blog!

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.

Get all the updates from Abu Dhabi with our live score.

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.

Get all the updates from Abu Dhabi with our live score.

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.

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