Azhar Ali shines in last Test against New Zealand

Paola Ditto
Dicembre 6, 2018

Shah trapped New Zealand nightwatchman Will Somerville lbw on Thursday's fourth day of the third and final Test at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium to achieve the feat in his 33rd Test.

Shah, who has four wickets in the match, needs one more to replace Australian Clarrie Grimmett as the fastest man to claim 200 test victims.

They trail by another 135 runs, but with seven wickets in hand and a very solid-looking Azhar Ali batting on 62, they will be looking to dominate the proceedings.

At stumps on day three of the third test, New Zealand were 26-2 in their second innings after Pakistan were dismissed for 348 in their first dig.

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has announced his retirement from Test cricket after an indifferent run of form in the series against New Zealand.

The Black Caps don't have to look far for good omens as they fight for victory in the third and deciding test against Pakistan.

Pakistan's advantage came courtesy of the two century-makers, taking them past NZ's first innings total before being separated. He struck the first ball of the day from Trent Boult for four and ensured Pakistan progressed at a lively pace after two days of grind from both side's batsmen.

Earlier, resuming on 139-3, Pakistan had a productive first session. He got to 134 from 297 deliveries before he became Will Somerville's first test wicket, mis-hitting a sweep to the offie's spin partner at short fine leg.

Azhar edged medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme through the slips for his ninth boundary to complete his first century after 18 barren innings.

Kane Williamson's defiant half-century led New Zealand to 112-4, reaching a resilient 55 off 86 balls.

Ross Taylor's (22 off 14 balls) over aggressive approach ultimately led to his downfall when he was caught in the deep as New Zealand slumped to 4-60.

Boult has figures of 2-54 while fellow paceman Tim Southee has taken 1-39.

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