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Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd Test: Gritty Azhar Ali leads Pakistan out of trouble

Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd Test
Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd Test Azhar Ali completed the day unbeaten on 62 off 169 balls. (AP Picture)

Azhar Ali’s resolute half-century helped Pakistan succeed in 139-Three in respond to New Zealand’s 274 on day two of the 3rd and ultimate Take a look at in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Azhar, who completed the day unbeaten on 62 off 169 balls, helped Pakistan get well from the lack of two early wickets to path New Zealand by way of 135 runs with seven wickets last.

Asad Shafiq was once unbeaten on 26 after the pair shared an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 54 on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. New Zealand tempo bowler Trent Boult had got rid of the out-of-form Mohammad Hafeez and Imam-ul-Haq with simplest 17 runs at the board, having each openers stuck by way of Tim Southee within the slips.

With Pakistan going through a well-recognized top-order cave in, Azhar stitched in combination a 68-run stand with Haris Sohail (34) to ease their nerves. A well-set Sohail was once brushed aside when he edged Southee to wicketkeeper BJ Watling, however Azhar and Shafiq dropped anchor to verify Pakistan didn’t undergo any longer losses.

Previous, New Zealand added 45 runs to their in a single day rating of 229-7, with Watling completing unbeaten on 77. Off-spinner Bilal Asif, who picked up two wickets on Monday, finished his 2nd five-wicket haul in Exams.

Debutant William Somerville was once bowled for his in a single day rating of 12 after he did not learn Asif’s sharp flip and the similar bowler had Ajaz Patel stuck at slip and bowled Boult to complete with figures of Five-65.

New Zealand gained the hole Take a look at in Abu Dhabi by way of 4 runs ahead of Pakistan levelled the three-match sequence with victory in the second one Take a look at in Dubai by way of an innings and 16 runs.

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