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New Zealand on the back foot after Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq centuries

New Zealand's batsman Tom Latham, right, and Kane Williamson run in their test match against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
New Zealand's batsman Tom Latham, right, and Kane Williamson run in their test match against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates New Zealand would pin their hopes on Kane Williamson (left) at the fourth day of the 3rd Check. (Supply: AP)

New Zealand’s spinners curtailed Pakistan’s result in 74 runs regardless of Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq scoring centuries Wednesday at the 3rd day of the series-deciding 3rd and ultimate Check.

Pakistan was once cruising alongside at 286-Three at the again of double-century stand between Azhar (134) and Shafiq (104) earlier than New Zealand got here again strongly to bowl out the house workforce for 348 after tea.

Debutant Will Somerville (Four-75) needed to wait till his 22nd over for his first Check wicket when Azhar top-edged the tall off-spinner and Ajaz Patel (2-100) pushed aside Shafiq to cause Pakistan’s cave in.

Then again, openers Tom Latham (10) and Jeet Raval (zero) once more faltered because the guests completed the day at 26-2 with New Zealand nonetheless trailing by way of 48 runs.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah (1-Five) had Latham stuck within the deep and shall be wanting just one wicket on Thursday to develop into the fasTest bowler in Check historical past to finish 200 Check wickets.

By the way, Pakistan were given the similar first innings lead within the first Check on the identical venue earlier than shedding narrowly by way of 4 runs. Pakistan leveled the sequence at 1-1 with a powerful innings and 16-run victory in the second one Check in Dubai.

Previous, resuming on 139-Three, Pakistan had a productive first consultation. Azhar, the loyal No. Three batsman, sq. reduce Trent Boult (2-66) over backward level for a boundary off the first actual ball of the day and finished his century inside the first hour.

New Zealand couldn’t get the step forward even after bowling 10 overs with the second one new ball earlier than lunch.

Each New Zealand spinners couldn’t get sufficient lend a hand off the wicket within the first consultation. That was once in sharp distinction to the hassle of Pakistan spinners Bilal Asif and Shah, who bagged 8 wickets between them in New Zealand’s first innings rating of 274.

Azhar, 62 in a single day, finished his flawless century, off 210 balls, with an edgy boundary thru 3rd guy off Colin de Grandhomme. Shafiq then reached his 50 off 142 balls when he opposite swept Patel for 2 runs as Pakistan added 85 runs within the first consultation.

Azhar’s 15th Check hundred and the primary towards New Zealand incorporated 12 barriers and got here off 297 balls earlier than he performed a unprecedented false shot towards Somerville.

Shafiq finished his century with a unmarried off Somerville however fell leg earlier than wicket off Patel within the subsequent over.

Shafiq’s 12th Check century off 259 balls incorporated 14 fours as he used his toes neatly towards the spinners and performed some pleasant reduce photographs towards seamers.

New Zealand got here again strongly within the ultimate consultation with Babar Azam (14) performed onto Somerville straight away after the spoil. Ross Taylor took a pointy reflex catch to disregard Bilal Asif (11).

Shah was once run out in peculiar model when he misplaced his proper shoe whilst going for the second one run with captain Sarfraz Ahmed (25). Somerville then wrapped up the innings briefly by way of claiming the ultimate two wickets to restrict Pakistan’s lead.

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