Friday, 14 December, 2018

Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq Help Pakistan Dominate New Zealand

Pakistan's Azhar Ali made 134 on day three of the third test APPakistan's Azhar Ali made 134 on day three of the third test
Cary Erickson | 06 December, 2018, 14:37

Follow live updates from day four of the third and final test between the Black Caps and Pakistan.

Shah also equalled Pakistan's record of most wickets in a Test by claiming 14 scalps last week in the second match against New Zealand.

Hafeez announced his retirement after the second day's play of the third and final Test in Abu Dhabi and will be taking his leave after the clash.

But some irresponsible batting by the Pakistan lower order only left them with a lead of 74 on the first innings - the same margin Pakistan had on NZ in the first test at the same venue.

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.

However, openers Tom Latham (10) and Jeet Raval (0) yet again faltered as the visitors finished the day at 26-2 with New Zealand still trailing by 48 runs.

New Zealand's Will Somerville and teammates celebrate the dismissal of Pakistan's Azhar Ali
APNew Zealand's Will Somerville and teammates celebrate the dismissal of Pakistan's Azhar Ali

Azhar Ali was in sumptuous touch from the outset.

The pair's 201-run partnership for the fourth wicket ended when Azhar became off-spinner Somerville's first test victim.

Azhar edged medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme through the slips to complete his first century since May 2017 against the West Indies in Dominica - and his first hundred against New Zealand.

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

Shafiq had a couple of nervous wafts on 99 but brought up his 11th test century with a quick single, then fell in the following over when Patel trapped him plumb in front - Shafiq's review of the decision was wishful thinking. His 104 came from 259 balls and contained 14 boundaries.

Boult has figures of 2-54 while fellow paceman Tim Southee has taken 1-39. That was in sharp contrast to the effort of Pakistan spinners Bilal Asif and Shah, who bagged eight wickets between them in New Zealand's first innings score of 274.

Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket landing fail in style
Musk also addressed the video dropout in another tweet , calling the webcast cutaway a mistake. Musk noted via Twitter. "Public safety was well protected here", he told reporters.