New Zealand win Test series against Pakistan

Side claim 123-run victory in third game in Abu Dhabi
Dec 07, 2018
Photo: AFP New Zealand bowlers dismissed Pakistan for 156 in the fourth innings of the third and final Test at Abu Dhabi to claim the three-match series 2-1. Debutant off-spinner William Somerville and Ajaz Patel picked up three wickets apiece as the hosts offered precious little resistance to a rampant New Zealand side on day five. Somerville picked up two wickets in two balls — dismissing Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq — to leave the hosts floundering after seamers Tim Southee and Colin de Grandhomme had accounted for Muhammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali respectively with balls that nipped away off the surface. Ajaz Patel then dismissed Imam ul Haq on the last over before lunch to leave Pakistan with little realistic chances of survival. Babar Azam produced a defiant 51 but there was little to write home about for Pakistan. The hosts were always going to up against it as they looked to chase down an incredibly tricky chase of 280. Sarfraz Ahmed and his men had been ahead for most of the game before New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (139 off 283 balls) and left-handed batsman Henry Nicholls (126 not out off 266 balls) scored superb centuries to turn the tie on its head on day four. Williamson was dismissed by Hasan Ali on the first ball of day five but Pakistan were unable to prevent the hemorrhage of runs as New Zealand batsmen continued to find the boundaries even as wickets tumbled. A total of 81 runs and four wickets in just nine overs on day five was in stark contrast to what had been four hard days of attritional cricket. Yasir Shah was once again the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan, claiming 4-129, while debutant Shaheen Shah Afridi took 2-85. Williamson was named the man of the match for his 228 runs in the match while Yasir Shah won the man of the series.



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