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Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd Test: Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls dig in to put Kiwis on top

Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson shake hands
Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson shake hands Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson shake fingers as they depart the pitch on the finish of forth day of their Check tournament in opposition to Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. (AP Picture) 

Skipper Kane Williamson cracked an unbeaten century as New Zealand took a treasured 198-run lead in opposition to Pakistan on day 4 of the 3rd and ultimate take a look at in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Williamson used to be now not out on 139 off 282 balls having batted during the day, with middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls holding him corporate on 90 as New Zealand reached 272-Four at stumps to swing the deciding take a look at of their favour. The groups are tied 1-1 within the three-match collection.

Resuming on their in a single day ranking of 26-2, New Zealand misplaced nightwatchman William Somerville within the 7th over of the morning because the debutant used to be trapped in entrance of the wicket via leg-spinner Yasir Shah. Shah’s 5th wicket of the competition in his 33rd take a look at noticed him change Australian Clarrie Grimmett because the quickest guy to assert 200 take a look at sufferers. Grimmett, additionally a leg-spinner, had reached the 200 mark in his 36th take a look at in opposition to South Africa 82 years in the past.

Tempo bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi then had Ross Taylor stuck at sq. leg because the veteran batsman appeared to drag one away, however that used to be as a lot pleasure as Pakistan would have on a Sheikh Zayed Stadium monitor that has regularly stepped forward for batting.

After coming in combination at 60-Four, Williamson and Nicholls rode their success to place on an unbroken 212-run stand for the 5th wicket. Shah particularly used to be to blame of deficient fielding, shedding Williamson on 80 and 106, whilst Imam-ul-Haq ignored a pointy catch after left-hander Nicholls reached his fifty.

Pakistan tightened as much as decrease the scoring fee however may now not prevent Williamson from finishing his 19th take a look at century and Nicholls from inching nearer to his 3rd. New Zealand gained the outlet take a look at in Abu Dhabi via 4 runs sooner than Pakistan squared the three-match collection with victory in the second one take a look at in Dubai via an innings and 16 runs.

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