Blackcaps v Pakistan: Home side whittle away at NZ advantage on day three at Karachi

Pakistan have continued to reduce the Blackcaps first-innings advantage, losing just one wicket before lunch on day three of the season test at Karachi.

The home side lost just one wicket, while adding 70 runs in the morning session, leaving them still 225 runs behind New Zealand's first innings of 449.

They resumed at 154/3, but lost Imam-ul-Haq 28 runs later, when he offered a bottom edge off NZ skipper Tim Southee and was caught by wicketkeeper Tom Blundell.

The Blackcaps' next-best chance came just before lunch, when Matt Henry struck Saud Shakeel above the front pad and Southee ordered a review of the not-out decision.

Replays showed the delivery pitched outside the line of legstump, vindicating the umpire's original call.

New Zealand have controlled most of this series, after bad light deprived them of a late charge for victory in the opening encounter, then openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway compiled a 134-run first-wicket stand to begin the rematch. 

A century partnership between tailenders Matt Henry and Ajaz Patel for the last wicket gave the tourists some extra padding, but the Kiwis may have erred in their team selection, with three specialist spinners and just two fulltime seamers.

With the first test ending in a draw at the same venue, this match will effectively decide the two-match series, with World Test Championship points on offer.