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Pakistan Vs New Zealand Live Score (Test)

3rd Test | 03 December, 2018 | Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

156 / 10 Overs56.1 R/R2.77 Fours16 Sixes1 Extras11

Match Status: Match Ended

Match Result: New Zealand beat Pakistan by 123 runs

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Shaheen Afridi 2 6 0 0
  • So Williamson has been handed the trophy and he along with his team pose with it. End of a hard fought series. We bid you goodbye from this one but there is plenty of cricketing action going on. You can catch the on going Australia-India Test in Adelaide with Day 3 to begin at 1030 local (1200 GMT). Till then, cheers!
  • New Zealand skipper and Man of the Match, Kane Williamson, says it was a fantastic performance, especially as Pakistan are strong in their backyard. Adds that it's special to win the decider and his team will remember this for a long time. Mentions that they knew it would be hard work to do well here, but they stayed positive despite the ebbs and flows and didn't get ahead of themselves which helped. Reckons that they didn't let themselves fall behind at any stage which helped them put pressure on Pakistan. On his spinners, he says they showed their talent and experience and it's a big deal to perform after coming to such a place. Further adds that besides his performance, Henry Nicholls and the others buckled down and put in key performances which proved to be the difference in the end. Before he's done, Kane congratulates Mohammad Hafeez for a wonderful career and wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavours.
  • Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, says they were the ones who let the opportunities slides, especially as a batting unit, which cost them the series. Mentions that the tailenders aren't able to contribute either which is adding to their batting woes. Continues saying that it's been 4-5 matches where they have collapsed like this on the final day of the Test and they need to work on that. On their tour to South Africa, states that they have to be positive over there and be mentally strong for the challenge.
  • Man of the Series, Yasir Shah, thanks the Almighty first up. Says that after a good while he's performed well in a series, so is happy to get the award. Informs that he used to work hard in the nets and even improved his action after studying a lot of videos. Stresses that he gives his best every time he steps out on the pitch, but expresses his disappointment at not winning the series.
  • Two sessions is all it took for the Kiwis to bundle the Pakistan batsmen out. 5 were taken in the one before Lunch and 5 post Lunch. Southee, Ajaz and Somerville all took 3 apiece but one would say, it was the debutant who was the tormentor-in-chief as his three were probably the wickets which would have hurt Pakistan the most.
  • Quick runs this morning, from Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee and Henry Nicholls who remained unbeaten saw the Kiwis bat Pakistan out of the game. Also, that helped Williamson declare much earlier than what one would have expected and the visitors set a target of 280 with around 80 overs to for the hosts.
  • New Zealand then trailed by 74 and even before they had cut down the deficit, they were 4 down. Then though came the recovery. A magnificent 212-run stand between, skipper, Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls took New Zealand into a commanding position heading into Day 5. The former got to his ton on Day 4, whereas the latter did the same on Day 5.
  • Then with the bat too, the hosts were in an excellent position to take a big first innings lead when Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq were batting. The two added a 201-run stand with both scoring tons and Pakistan were cruising at 286-4 but a collapse then saw them being bundled out for 348. Somerville was the star, as the debutant finished with the four-fer, hence keeping the home side intact.
  • Pakistan however, had their moments but failed to capitalize on it. They had New Zealand on the mat at 72 for 4 in the first innings but let them off the cook as Williamson and Watling added a brilliant 104-run stand. Both scored half centuries and took New Zealand to a respectable total.
  • A huge achievement for the Kiwis. They have managed to beat Pakistan in their fortress. What an effort for them, one they would remember for a long, long time. A team effort is what it was and not many would have given them a chance heading into the third and final Test, especially after the battering they got in the second. They have bounced back extremely well and have taken the series 2-1.
  • 56.1OUT! And there it is! A famous series win in the U.A.E. for New Zealand. What a tremendous effort. Smiles and handshakes all around, they'll be mighty proud of it. It's floated up by Patel, Hasan Ali comes down the track to go big but ends up getting a big top edge. It balloons towards point where fittingly, skipper Kane Williamson takes the catch. NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 123 RUNS AND TAKE THE SERIES 2-1!
  • 55.6Loopy delivery on middle, Shaheen defends off the back foot. 156/9
  • 55.5Floated on off, Shaheen keeps it out.
  • 55.4Tossed up on off, Shaheen defends off the front foot.
  • 55.3Flighted delivery on off, Shaheen looks to defend but gets beaten on this one.
  • 55.2Flighted delivery on off, Shaheen looks to go straight but gets a top edge towards mid off where Jeet Raval runs back and drops the catch. The batsmen pick up a couple of runs.
  • 55.1BEATEN! Tossed up on off, Shaheen looks to defend but misses it and gets beaten on this one.
  • 54.6FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Hasan rocks back and cuts it through point for a boundary. 154/9
  • Shaheen Afridi is the last man in for Pakistan.
  • 54.5OUT! Azam is dismissed immediately after getting to his half ton! New Zealand now only a wicket away. Babar's patience gave away there. He comes down the track and tries to go big. He however, makes the mistake of trying to play across the line. The ball takes a top edge and goes high up in the air towards mid off. Southee there runs back and takes a very good catch.
  • 54.4Gives it air on middle, Azam defends it back to the bowler.
  • 54.3Another loopy ball on off, Azam lunges and keeps it out.
  • 54.2Flighted ball on middle, the batsman is solid in defense.
  • 54.1Tosses it up on middle, it is kept out.
  • Ajaz Patel is on. The session has been extended by 15 minutes as 8 wickets have fallen.
  • 53.6Loopy delivery on middle, Hasan defends off the back foot. 150/8
  • 53.5Tossed up on middle, Hasan keeps it out.
  • 53.4Floated on middle, Babar plays it towards mid on for a single.
  • 53.3DROPPED! Flighted delivery on off, Babar looks to drive but gets an outside edge towards slip where Taylor grabs it but could not hold on. He has dropped a sitter.
  • 53.2Tossed up on off, Babar drives it straight towards the bowler.
  • 53.150 for Babar Azam. 9th fifty for Babar Azam. He has fought a lone battle for his team. Full on off, Babar drives it through covers. The fielder chases it and stops it comfortably. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 52.6Short of length delivery, Babar pulls it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen get three runs. 147/8
  • 52.5Full on off, Babar drives it to covers.
  • 52.4Good length delivery on off, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 52.3FOUR! Short ball on middle, Babar pulls it through square leg for a beautiful boundary.
  • 52.2Length delivery on middle, Babar flicks it to square leg.
  • 52.1Bowls short of a length delivery, Babar pulls it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 51.6Tossed up on off, Hasan blocks it well. 138/8
  • 51.5Loopy delivery on leg, Hasan Ali pushes it to the leg side.
  • 51.4Floated on middle, the batsman cuts it towards point for a single.
  • 51.3Floated on middle, Babar defends off the back foot.
  • 51.2Tossed up on off, Babar defends off the front foot.
  • 51.1Flighted delivery on off, Babar keeps it out.
  • 50.6Good delivery to bowl to a new batsman first up! He has been bowling all short till now and hence, Hasan must have been expecting a short one. That is not the case though as Southee bowls a yorker but Hasan manages to jam it out. 137/8
  • Hasan Ali to bat next.
  • 50.5OUT! Soft dismissal! No. 8 down and the short ball does the trick. It was a matter of time as Yasir never looked comfortable. Southee bangs it halfway down outside off, the ball though never arrives. Yasir tries to cut but ends up lobbing it to covers. Ajaz Patel there takes the simplest of catches.
  • 50.4Another bumper! Yasir is not comfortable but still somehow manages to duck under it.
  • 50.3FOUR! JUST WIDE! Almost another, it instead goes to the boundary! Short and down the leg side, Yasir goes to pull but gets some glove on it. It goes just wide of the diving Watling and into the fine leg fence.
  • 50.2Slightly shorter and around middle, Yasir tries to evade but the ball hits him on the body.
  • 50.1Back of a length on middle, it is worked through square leg for a run.
  • 49.6And he plays it out! Not in convincing manner but he does survive. Dances down the wicket and tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 132/7
  • 49.5This is eased down to long on for a run. Yasir has one ball to play out now.
  • 49.4On the stumps, kept out.
  • 49.3The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 49.2Flatter and outside off, Azam guides it towards point.
  • 49.1Gives it air outside off, the batsman lunges and defends it.
  • Yasir Shah is the new man in.
  • 48.6OUT! Loose shot from Bilal. He's paid the price. Despite Babar being the pure batsman here, Bilal has faced the majority of the deliveries in this partnership. New Zealand took advantage of that and worked him over. Good length delivery outside off, Bilal looks to drive but gets a thick outside edge and it goes behind to Watling who takes a comfortable catch. Pakistan lose their seventh wicket. New Zealand are three away from a series victory. 131/7
  • 48.5Bowls a yorker on off, the batsman digs it out.
  • 48.4Short outside off, Bilal cuts it to point.
  • 48.3Good length delivery on middle, Bilal defends off the back foot.
  • 48.2Length delivery on middle, Babar flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 48.1Good length delivery on middle, Babar keeps it out.
  • 47.6Floated on middle, Bilal pushes it to the leg side. 130/6
  • 47.5Tossed up on off, Bilal comes down the track and lofts it over mid off. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 47.4Flighted delivery on off, Bilal blocks it well.
  • 47.3Bowls down the leg side, Bilal lets it go.
  • 47.2Flighted delivery on middle, Babar pushes it towards the leg side for a single.
  • 47.1Tossed up on leg, Bilal plays it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 46.6Short of length delivery, Bilal pulls it towards mid-wicket for a single. 126/6
  • 46.5Good length delivery on middle, Bilal defends off the back foot.
  • 46.4Length delivery on middle, Babar plays it towards mid on for a single.
  • 46.3Length delivery on off, the batsman guides it towards point for a single.
  • 46.2Length delivery on middle, Bilal flicks it to the leg side.
  • 46.1Length delivery on leg, Babar flicks it towards the leg side for a single.
  • 45.6Loopy delivery on off, the batsman keeps it out. 122/6
  • 45.5Tossed up on middle, Bilal looks to defend but gets an inside edge and goes past short leg.
  • 45.4Floated on off, Babar cuts it towards point for a single.
  • 45.3Tossed up on middle, Babar defends off the back foot.
  • 45.2BEATEN! Beautiful flight on this one. Bowls slower through the air, Babar looks to defend but gets beaten on this one.
  • 45.1Flighted delivery on off, Babar blocks it well.
  • 44.6Not out! Bilal survives! Would have been a bit comical had he been given out. Southee with a back of a length ball in line of the stumps but it doesn't rise as much. Asif ducks, thinking it will sail over his head but instead he's caught on the helmet. A loud shout goes up, the umpire remains unmoved. New Zealand though, want to take this upstairs. The replays roll in and show that the ball is just going over the stumps. The review is lost, but that was a close call. Also, the ball went all the way to the fence behind since everybody was busy appealing, so leg byes are signalled. 121/6
  • New Zealand have taken the DRS. It's a strange but a close one. Asif has ducked to one but he's caught on the helmet... right in front of the stumps. No bounce on the ball. Can he really be out?
  • A slight halt in play as Bilal Asif has called for a different set of pads.
  • 44.5Short of a length on the body, defended down by getting on top of the bounce.
  • 44.4Switches to around the wicket and pounds it in short, the batsman crouches low and lets it sail over his head.
  • 44.3Third in a row. Not too threatening on this occasion, Bilal keeps his eyes on the ball and ducks under it.
  • 44.2Another bouncer but this is sharper than the previous one. On middle and off, Bilal just about manages to evade it.
  • 44.1Short ball banged in, Asif avoids it.
  • 43.6Tossed up on middle, Babar defends off the back foot. 117/6
  • 43.5Short on off, the batsman cuts it towards point. Two runs taken.
  • 43.4Tossed up on off, Babar blocks it well.
  • 43.3Flighted delivery on leg, Bilal flicks it towards fine leg. The fielder chases it and pulls it back with a slide just before the ropes. A run saved by his team.
  • 43.2Flighted delivery on off, Bilal defends off the front foot.
  • 43.1Tossed up on off, Bilal comes down the track and plays it to mid on.
  • 42.6Wide outside off, Babar offers no shot. 112/6
  • 42.5Short of a length delivery, Bilal pulls it over square leg but does not get the distance and it lands safely towards square leg. The batsmen take a run.
  • 42.4Bowls a bouncer, Bilal does well to duck under it.
  • 42.3Good length delivery on middle, Bilal keeps it out.
  • 42.2Good length delivery on middle, Bilal defends off the back foot.
  • 42.1Length delivery on leg, Babar flicks it towards square leg for a single.
  • Tim Southee returns to the attack.
  • 41.6Short on off, Bilal makes room and cuts it to short third man. 110/6
  • 41.5Bowls down the leg side, Bilal lets it go.
  • 41.4Full on off, Babar drives it towards covers for a single.
  • 41.3Flighted delivery on off, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 41.2Turns in sharply, Babar looks to defend but gets hit on the pads.
  • 41.1Tossed up on off, Babar defends off the back foot.
  • Drinks!
  • 40.6Flighted delivery on off, Bilal keeps it out. 109/6
  • 40.5Tossed up on middle, the batsman defends off the front foot.
  • 40.4Wide outside off, Bilal easily lets it go.
  • 40.3Flighted delivery on off, Bilal defends off the front foot.
  • 40.2Bowls full on off, Bilal drives it to covers.
  • 40.1Tossed up on off, Bilal keeps it out.
  • 39.6Another appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Doing too much I feel. This is tossed up outside off, the ball turns back in. Hits the pad of Azam who tries to defend. 109/6
  • 39.5FOUR! Up and over! Excellent use of the feet! Uses his feet and lofts it over deepish mid on for a boundary.
  • 39.4The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 39.3Just short! Somerville almost gets another. Azam dances down the track but does not get to the pitch of the ball. He tries to defend but the ball hits his pad first, then goes onto hit the bat. It lobs towards the bowler who dives and tries to take it but the ball falls short.
  • 39.2Works it with the turn to mid-wicket.
  • 39.1A little too full outside off, the turn is out of contention. Asif strokes it through covers for a run.
  • 38.6Tossed up on middle, the batsman flicks it towards fine leg. Two runs taken. 104/6
  • 38.5Full on off, Babar plays it to covers.
  • 38.4Turns away from the batsman, Babar looks to defend but misses it and gets beaten on this one.
  • 38.3Floated on middle, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 38.2Flighted delivery on middle, Babar blocks it well.
  • 38.1Tossed up on off, Babar looks to defend but gets an outside edge towards slip where it falls short of the fielder.
  • 37.6On the middle pole, the batsman blocks it out. 102/6
  • 37.5On the pads, Asif lets it be.
  • 37.4Tosses it up now on off, Asif blocks it out.
  • 37.3Flatter on the stumps, Bilal goes back and defends it onto the ground.
  • 37.2Down the leg side, the batsman lets it be.
  • 37.1The batsman has driven it through mid on. One run added to the total.
  • 36.6Floated on off, Bilal defends off the back foot. 101/6
  • 36.5Flighted delivery on off, the batsman cuts it to point.
  • 36.4Tossed up outside off, Bilal lets it go.
  • 36.3Short on off, Babar makes room and cuts it towards point for a single.
  • 36.2Flighted delivery on off, Bilal looks to defend but gets an outside edge past slip. The batsmen take a run.
  • 36.1Tossed up on off, Bilal blocks it well.
  • 35.6The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 99/6
  • 35.5On the pads, Asif works it fine down the leg side for a run.
  • Bilal Asif walks into the middle next.
  • 35.4OUT! TIMBER! The skipper perishes. He was playing with fire and got burnt here. Never a good idea trying to play against the turn on a wicket which is providing good assistance for the spinners. He has done that well till now but this time he has been dismissed in trying to do so. Somerville bowls this quicker and just outside off, Ahmed goes back and tries to guide it late through short third man. He has played this shot quite often today. However, this one turns back in sharply, misses the bat and hits the leg stump. 3rd wicket for Somerville and his 7th in the game. It has been a dream debut for him. New Zealand only 4 wickets away.
  • 35.3Another one on the pads, Ahmed misses the flick and gets hit on the pads.
  • 35.2The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 35.1Gives it nice air on the pads, Sarfraz fails to flick and misses to get hit on the pads. The ball lobs towards short leg.
  • 34.6Flighted delivery on off, Babar cuts it to point. 98/5
  • 34.5Floated on leg, the batsman flicks it to the leg side.
  • 34.4Tossed up on off, Babar rocks back and cuts it to point.
  • 34.3Floated on middle, Babar keeps it out.
  • 34.2Flighted delivery on off, Babar blocks it well.
  • 34.1FOUR! Short on off, Babar rocks back and slaps it through covers for a boundary.
  • 33.6Down the leg side, Sarfraz flicks but fails to beat the man at leg slip. 94/5
  • 33.5Nicely played! Azam at the very last moment opens the face of the bat and guides it towards point for a quick run.
  • 33.4The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 33.3Gives it air on off, Sarfraz reaches out for it and then strokes it down to long on for a run.
  • 33.2Flatter and around off, it turns back in. Sarfraz does well to get on top of the delivery and keep it out.
  • 33.1A big shout but not given! This is bowled very full on off, Sarfraz goes for the sweep but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Going down leg I feel.
  • 32.6Loopy delivery on middle, Babar comes down the track and defends it. 92/5
  • 32.5Tossed up on off, Babar keeps it out.
  • 32.4Floated on middle, Babar blocks it well.
  • 32.3Flighted delivery on middle, Sarfraz looks to defend but gets an inside edge and it goes towards fine leg for a single.
  • 32.2FOUR! Short on off, Sarfraz makes room and cuts it through point for a boundary.
  • 32.1Tossed up on middle, Sarfraz defends off the front foot.
  • 31.6The arm ball to end the over, Azam easily blocks it out. 87/5
  • 31.5Sarfraz this time hits it away from that fielder and down to long on for a run.
  • 31.4Works it with the turn to the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 31.3Very risky this! This is fired on off, Sarfraz goes back and tries to guide it to third man but gets an inside edge onto the ground. Very risky that with the ball turning back in.
  • 31.2Gives it air on off, the batter is solid in defense.
  • 31.1Down the leg side, Sarfraz sweeps it fine and collects a brace.
  • 30.6Tossed up outside off, the batsman shoulders his arms to this one. 84/5
  • 30.5Bowls down the leg side, Babar lets it go.
  • 30.4Tossed up on off, the batsman defends off the back foot.
  • 30.3Full on off, Babar drives it towards mid off. Two runs taken.
  • 30.2Flighted delivery on off, Sarfraz guides it towards third man for a single.
  • 30.1Short on off, Sarfraz makes room and cuts it to point.
  • 29.6NOT OUT! No inside edge and Azam once again makes excellent use of the review. This is tossed up around middle, it turns back in, goes off something as Azam tries to defend towards the short leg fielder. He takes it and appeals. The finger is raised. Azam reviews immediately. They check for the catch first and Ultra Edge shows that there is no bat involved. Then, they check for the LBW but it is missing the leg stump by a long way. 81/5
  • The DRS has been signalled. Babar Azam is caught at short leg, but he signals to his skipper that there's no bat. Over to the TV umpire now...
  • 29.5Flighted ball on off, Azam defends it.
  • 29.4Just short! This is down the leg side, Azam tries to flick it with soft hands. The ball lands just short of the fielder at leg slip. The ball deflects of his leg towards short third man but no run taken.
  • 29.3FOUR! Now Azam takes the attacking approach! He uses his feet and flicks it over mid-wicket. No fielder in the deep and a boundary results.
  • 29.2The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 29.1Tosses it up on middle, it is kept out.
  • 28.6FOUR! Sarfraz is really busy out there. He is looking to score off every ball and here he gets the desired result as he sweeps it through square leg. Good attacking batting by the skipper. 77/5
  • 28.5Slightly shorter and there is width on off outside off, Ahmed guides it through point for a brace.
  • 28.4Flatter and around off, Ahmed guides it to point.
  • 28.3A muted appeal but not given! This is down the leg side, Ahmed tries to sweep but misses. It hits him on the body. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head.
  • 28.2On the stumps, it is kept out.
  • 28.1Well bowled and well played in the end! He sees Sarfraz come down the track and bowls it quicker and outside off. Ahmed adjusts and then defends it to point.
  • 27.6Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 71/5
  • 27.5Tossed up around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 27.4Driven through mid on by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 27.3Pushes this down to mid on for a single.
  • 27.2Short on off, Sarfraz makes room and guides it towards third man for a single.
  • 27.1Half Hearted appeal for LBW. NOT OUT! Tossed up on middle, Sarfraz looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head. Maybe spinning too much.
  • 26.6Almost! Flatter and quicker on off, it comes in with the angle. Azam is unsure whether to come forward or back. He then tries to put bat on ball but gets an inside onto his pads. 68/5
  • 26.5On the stumps, the ball goes straight on with the angle. Azam blocks it out.
  • 26.4Tosses it up on off, Azam prods forward and blocks it out.
  • 26.3Changing his pace nicely here! The last one was slower and this one was quicker, Azam pushes it to covers.
  • 26.2Flights it on off and gets turn away on this one. The batter lunges and blocks it out.
  • 26.1Uses his feet but the bowler shortens his length. Azam blocks it out.
  • 25.6FOUR! Short on off, Sarfraz makes room and cuts it towards third man for a boundary. Big over for Pakistan. 10 runs off it. 68/5
  • 25.5Flighted delivery on off, the batsman keeps it out.
  • 25.4FOUR! Good shot. Floated on middle, Sarfraz dances down the track and hits it through mid-wicket for a beautiful boundary.
  • 25.3Tossed up on leg, Sarfraz flicks it to the leg side.
  • 25.2Flighted delivery on middle, Sarfraz makes room initially and tries to disturb the bowler's length but defends off the front foot.
  • 25.1Flighted delivery on middle, Sarfraz comes down the track and hits it towards square leg. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 24.6Once again it is the quicker delivery to end the over, Azam this time though is ready for it as he gets his bat down in time. 58/5
  • 24.5Stump-to-stump line again but Babar is solid in defense.
  • 24.4Another ball on the stumps and once again it is defended.
  • 24.3The arm ball this on middle, Azam tries to block but it goes off the inner half towards square leg.
  • 24.2Better! Tosses this up on middle, Azam keeps it out.
  • 24.1Another half-tracker, Azam fails to put it away as he cuts it towards cover-point. Raval there makes a very good stop diving to his left.
  • 23.6Tossed up on middle, Sarfraz keeps it out. 58/5
  • 23.5Turns in sharply, Sarfraz looks to cut but does not get of the middle of the bat.
  • 23.4Flighted delivery on middle, Sarfraz flicks it to fine leg.
  • 23.3Floated on middle, the right-hander blocks it well.
  • 23.2Flighted delivery on leg, Sarfraz flicks it to the leg side.
  • 23.1Tossed up on middle, Sarfraz looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads and goes past short leg.
  • 22.6Good delivery to end! He bowls the quicker one on off, Azam at the very end gets his bat down in time. The ball though takes the inside edge and goes onto hit his pads. There is excitement but not for long. 58/5
  • 22.5Another cut shot but this time straight to point. This was closer to the off pole and hence the gap was not found.
  • 22.4This is tossed up on leg pole, trying to bowl the magic ball which turns from leg to off but no turn on this one. Azam keeps it out.
  • 22.3Poor ball and it has been cut away! A half-tracker outside off, Azam rocks back and slaps it towards covers. De Grandhomme dives to his right, makes a half stop and saves a couple for his side.
  • 22.2Flatter and on middle, it comes in with the arm. Babar goes back and defends it onto the ground.
  • 22.1Tosses it up on middle, Azam lunges and defends it.
  • 21.6Loopy delivery on middle, the right-hander plays it towards mid on for a single. 56/5
  • 21.5Tossed up on middle, Babar keeps it out.
  • 21.4Floated on middle, the batsman flicks it to the leg side.
  • 21.3Full toss on middle, Babar flicks it to short mid-wicket.
  • 21.2Flighted delivery on leg, Babar flicks it to the leg side.
  • 21.1Turns into middle, Babar tucks it to the leg side.
  • William Somerville to bowl from the other end.
  • 20.6Flighted delivery on off, Sarfraz blocks it well. 55/5
  • 20.5Tossed up on off, Sarfraz goes back and cuts it to point.
  • We are back for what could probably be the last session. The skipper Sarfraz Ahmed joins Babar Azam in the middle. Ajaz Patel will bowl the remaining two balls of his over. Here we go...
  • ... Final Day, Afternoon Session ...
  • A session which has thoroughly belonged to New Zealand. In 29.4 overs in this session, 136 runs were scored for the loss of 8 wickets. Pakistan have only scored 55 of them and the 5 wickets lost are theirs, so you picture it for yourself. After de Grandhomme and Nicholls put on the quick runs, the Kiwis declared early to have a go at Pakistan and that decision has paid dividends as the hosts have lost 5 wickets already. Hafeez, who is playing his last Test, the two centurions from the first innings, Haris and Imam, all have been sent back. Barring Boult, everyone has chipped in with the wickets and turned the pressure on Pakistan. The next session could just be the last one. Join us on the other side of the break to find out.
  • 20.4OUT! Another one bites the dust! Half the side back in the hut for Pakistan! Ajaz Patel now joins the party as he gets his first. This is bowled slower through the air on off, it pitches and turns back in. Takes the inside edge of Imam's bat as he tries to defend. Hits the pad and then lobs towards short leg. Nicholls there accepts an easy catch. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 5!
  • 20.3Floated on off, the left-hander keeps it out.
  • 20.2Flighted delivery on off, Imam blocks it well.
  • 20.1Tossed up outside off, Imam defends off the front foot.
  • 19.6On the stumps, it is kept out. Another excellent over by Somerville, he is really started off well here. 55/4
  • 19.5The off spinner on middle, Somerville works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 19.4FOUR! BLUDGEONED! Azam comes down the track and hits it very hard past the bowler. No stopping those. The two may have decided to take the attacking approach.
  • 19.3Tosses it up on middle, Azam is solid in defense.
  • 19.2NOT OUT! Azam has got an outside edge on this one! Pakistan will breathe a huge sigh of relief here as Azam will survive to fight another day. Excellent use of the review by Pakistan this time. This lands on middle and it straightens a touch. Azam does not pick the variation and tries to defend inside the line. He seems to have missed it and the ball hits him on the pads. An appeal follows and the umpire raises his finger. Azam after a chat reviews it. Replays roll in and they show there is some bat involved.
  • Babar Azam looks to be in trouble. He's been caught on the pads and adjudged out. He's taken it upstairs, but the edge could save him. Let's see.
  • 19.1Was that a chance? Nope as the umpire has signaled it as leg byes. This is down the leg side, Azam goes to sweep but misses to get hit on the back leg. It goes just over the leg slip fielder and towards fine leg for a couple.
  • 18.6Loopy delivery on off, Imam defends off the back foot. 49/4
  • 18.5FOUR! Flighted delivery on leg, Imam dances down the track and hits it over mid on for a boundary.
  • 18.4Tossed up on off, Imam blocks it well.
  • 18.3Floated on leg, Imam pushes it to the leg side.
  • 18.2Flighted delivery on middle, Imam again dances down the track and looks to go over mid-wicket but does not get enough on it. It lands safely towards mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 18.1Tossed up on off, Imam dances down the track and hits it to mid on.
  • 17.6The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. A double-wicket maiden by Somerville. Brilliant. 43/4
  • 17.5No hat-trick as Azam has negotiated the ball well. He defends it onto the ground.
  • Babar Azam is next in.
  • 17.4OUT! That is off the glove! Two in two for William Somerville and Pakistan now are in deep, deep trouble. The other centurion from the first innings bags a golden duck. Prodigious use of the review from the Kiwis. Not the best of deliveries to get a wicket but Somerville won't care. This is down the leg side, turns further down and also bounces a touch extra. Shafiq tries to flick and the ball goes off something to Watling who collects it well by moving swiftly to his left. An appeal follows, not a confident one by the bowler but Watling is very sure about it. The umpire shakes his head. Watling wants it to be reviewed and Williamson does so. Ultra Edge shows that there is a spike as the ball passes the glove. The on-field call has to be overturned. New Zealand now 6 wickets away with around 61 overs to go. Somerville is on a hat-trick here.
  • Review time. It's for a caught behind appeal against Asad Shafiq. Is he gone? Seems unlikely to the naked eye, but you never know...
  • Asad Shafiq is the new man in.
  • 17.3OUT! William Somerville strikes! The bowling change has worked wonders and New Zealand can now sniff a series win here in the U.A.E. They are only 7 wickets away. Another ball which is tossed up outside off, this though is bowled slower. Sohail left the last two but this time he decides to play it. The ball, however, turns away slightly, takes the outside edge and goes towards Taylor at first slip who takes it on the second attempt.
  • 17.2This is quicker and much closer to the off pole, not close enough to make the batsman play though.
  • 17.1Flatter and outside off, Haris lets it be.
  • William Somerville is on now.
  • 16.6Loopy delivery on off, the left-hander looks to defend but gets an inside edge and it goes towards the leg side. The batsmen take a run. 43/2
  • 16.5Floated on off, Sohail defends off the front foot.
  • 16.4SIX! First six of this innings. Tossed up on middle, Sohail dances down the track and lofts it over long on for a biggie.
  • 16.3Short on off, Sohail cuts it to point.
  • 16.2Flighted delivery on middle, Imam plays it towards mid on for a single.
  • 16.1Tossed up on off, Imam defends off the front foot.
  • Ajaz Patel is on.
  • 15.6Length delivery on leg, Sohail flicks it to the leg side. 35/2
  • 15.5Length delivery on off, Sohail defends off the back foot.
  • 15.4Good length delivery outside off, Sohail lets it go.
  • 15.3Again wide outside off, Sohail shoulders his arms to this one.
  • 15.2Bowls wide outside off, the left-hander offers no shot.
  • 15.1Length delivery on off, Sohail defends off the front foot.
  • 15.1NO BALL! De Grandhomme oversteps. Good length delivery on off, Sohail defends off the back foot.
  • 14.6Bowls a bouncer, the left-hander ducks underneath it. 34/2
  • 14.5Bowls short of length delivery, Imam defends off the back foot.
  • 14.4Bowls a bouncer, Imam does well to duck under it.
  • 14.3Again on a good length on off, the left-hander defends off the back foot.
  • 14.2Good length delivery on off, Imam defends off the back foot.
  • 14.1Bowls a bouncer, Imam had less time to react to duck under it.
  • 13.6Good length delivery outside off, the left-hander lets it go. 34/2
  • 13.5Third consecutive leave for Haris Sohail. Wide outside off, Sohail offers no shot.
  • 13.4Wide outside off, Sohail offers no shot.
  • 13.3Wide outside off, the left-hander shoulders his arms to this one.
  • 13.2Good length delivery on middle, the left-hander keeps it out.
  • 13.1Good length delivery on off, Sohail defends off the front foot.
  • 12.6Short outside off, Sohail cuts it towards point for a single. 34/2
  • 12.5Bowls a bouncer, Sohail does well to duck under it.
  • 12.4Full on middle, Sohail plays it to mid on.
  • 12.3Good length delivery on off, the left-hander defends off the back foot.
  • 12.2APPEAL FOR LBW! NOT OUT! Length delivery on middle, Sohail looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head. Probably height could have saved him.
  • 12.1Good length delivery outside off, Sohail lets it go.
  • Trent Boult is back on.
  • 11.6A little too wide outside off and it is that tempting, driving length. Imam though resists and makes a leave. End of a successful over. 33/2
  • 11.5Full and outside off, it is driven square on the off side for a run.
  • 11.4Back of a length on off, Sohail guides it to point.
  • A tough task awaits for Pakistan. A big onus lies on this current pair now. Imam and Haris need to dig in deep.
  • Drinks are on the field. Been New Zealand's morning so far. They first got the runs on the board rather quickly and have now bagged two wickets of Hafeez and Azhar. Southee and de Grandhomme provided the breakthroughs and the Kiwis are on the charge. This first session is an extended one, due to the Friday prayers, so there's plenty of time left for the visitors to get a wicket or two more. Haris Sohail is next in to bat, so he will have to stick it out with Imam and see this session out.
  • 11.3OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! There goes the centurion of the first innings, there goes Pakistan's stalwart and that too cheaply. Colin gets the better of him with a beauty! This is on a length and around off, it is angled into the batsman first. Ali plays the original trajectory. It though pitches and moves away enough to take the outside edge. Watling behind the stumps accepts an easy catch. The away side is ecstatic as it is right on top here. 8 wickets more for them to take and another 67.3 overs left in the day.
  • 11.2Another length ball around off, Azhar Ali defends it towards covers.
  • 11.1Length again around off, the batsman blocks it onto the ground.
  • 10.6Bowls full on off, Imam looks to drive but gets a bottom edge on this one and it goes just close to the stumps. He is lucky to survive. 32/1
  • 10.5Bowls a yorker, Imam easily digs it out.
  • 10.4Good length delivery on off, Imam defends off the back foot.
  • 10.3Short outside off, Imam shoulders his arms to this one.
  • 10.2Length delivery on leg, Azhar flicks it towards square leg for a single.
  • 10.1Good length delivery on off, Azhar defends off the front foot.
  • 9.6Length delivery on middle, Azhar looks to defend but gets it off the inner half of the bat. It goes towards fine leg for a single. 31/1
  • 9.5Consecutive leaves for Azhar. Good length delivery outside off, Azhar lets it go.
  • 9.4Good length delivery outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to this one.
  • 9.3Good length delivery outside off, Azhar offers no shot.
  • 9.2Full on off, Azhar defends off the front foot.
  • 9.1Full outside off, Azhar offers no shot.
  • Colin de Grandhomme is into the attack.
  • 8.6Short on off, Imam plays it to the off side. 30/1
  • 8.5Wide outside off, the left-hander offers no shot.
  • 8.4Good length delivery on off, the left-hander defends off the back foot.
  • 8.3FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Imam. Full outside off, Imam drives it through covers for a boundary.
  • 8.2FOUR! Short outside off, Imam cuts it through point for a boundary. Second boundary for Imam in this innings.
  • 8.1Full on middle, Azhar flicks it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen get three runs.
  • 7.6Shortish delivery pounded in, on the stumps, Imam rises on his feet and defends it down on the leg side. 19/1
  • 7.5Cutting back in, on a length, defended off the inner half in front of square leg.
  • 7.4Good length delivery in line of the stumps, blocked with a straight blade in response.
  • 7.3Another bumper, it's sharp and accurate on off, Imam arches back and just about manages to duck under it.
  • 7.2Short of a length just outside off, kept out from the back foot.
  • 7.1Starts off with a bouncer, takes Imam by surprise a bit but he does well to evade it.
  • 6.6Full in length outside off, driven to covers to end the over. 19/1
  • 6.5Too far down the leg side, Azhar attempts to flick it away but fails to do so.
  • Azhar Ali is the next batsman in.
  • 6.4OUT! Bowled 'em! The Professor is knocked out early in his last Test innings. A beauty from Southee to dismiss him. Absolute peach. Southee comes from wide of the crease and angles it in on off, it straightens up once more and this time it's enough to beat Hafeez's defense. It goes past the outside edge and knocks the bails over. An 18-year long career comes to a close. He walks back to a standing ovation from the crowd. Acknowledges their support and raises his bat in appreciation. He'd have liked to do more obviously, but he can be happy on the whole with the kind of career he's had.
  • 6.3Angling in at first and then straightens up off the seam, Hafeez is squared up a bit but he still manages to defend this a bit square on the off side.
  • 6.2Moving away this time, a length delivery around off, Hafeez pats it away to covers.
  • 6.1Marginally ahead of a length, quite close to off, Hafeez stays inside the crease and defends it down on the off side with soft hands.
  • 5.6The outswinger to finish things. Boult pitches it full and makes it go away, the batsman plays and misses. 19/0
  • 5.5Too full and too straight in line, Imam flicks it past the diving mid-wicket fielder. A couple of runs result this time.
  • 5.4FOUR! That's a good shot. Nice sound of the ball going off the bat. Some width offered outside off, Imam is on the back foot in a jiffy as he cuts this through point for a boundary.
  • 5.3Darts it on a length in the off stump channel, the left-hander shoulders his arms to it.
  • 5.2FOUR BYES! Bowls down the leg side, Imam still goes after it but does not connect. It goes behind where Watling dives to his right and gets a hand to it but could not stop it and it goes for a boundary.
  • 5.1The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 4.6Good length delivery on off, Hafeez keeps it out. 9/0
  • 4.5Good length delivery outside off, the batsman offers no shot.
  • 4.4Length delivery outside off, Hafeez offers no shot and it kept low on him.
  • 4.3Wide outside off, Hafeez lets it go.
  • 4.2Bowls wide outside off, Hafeez shoulders his arms to this one.
  • 4.1FOUR! Short of length delivery, Hafeez pulls it through square leg for a boundary. First boundary for Pakistan.
  • 3.6Sharp bumper just around off, it's quite accurate from Boult. Imam watches the ball and just about manages to evade it by arching back. 5/0
  • 3.5Cuts back in this time, from a good length, kept out solidly from within the crease.
  • 3.4Too far outside off, no chance the southpaw bothers himself with that.
  • 3.3On the fuller side of things once more, Imam stays right behind the line and blocks it back down the track.
  • 3.2Yorker fired in on the stumps, swinging away from the batsman, he brings his bat down in time and jams it out.
  • 3.1Shaping away from outside off, on a good length, Imam plants his front foot forward and leaves it alone.
  • 2.6Good length delivery on off, Hafeez blocks it well. 5/0
  • 2.5Wide outside off, Hafeez offers no shot.
  • 2.4Good length delivery on off, Hafeez defends off the back foot.
  • 2.3Wide outside off, the right-hander lets it go.
  • 2.2Good length delivery on off, Hafeez keeps it out.
  • 2.1Good length delivery outside off, Hafeez lets it go.
  • 1.6Length delivery on off, Imam plays it to the off side. 5/0
  • 1.5Bowls wide outside off, Imam easily offers no shot to this one.
  • 1.4BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Imam covers the line and the ball passes the bat very closely. Luckily he did not get an edge.
  • 1.3Length delivery on middle, the left-hander defends off the back foot.
  • 1.2Good length delivery outside off, Imam looks to defend but misses it and gets beaten on this one.
  • 1.1Good length delivery outside off, Imam shoulders his arms to this one.
  • Trent Boult will share the new ball from the other end.
  • 0.6Short outside off, Hafeez cuts it towards point. The batsmen pick up a couple. 5/0
  • 0.5Good length delivery outside off, the batsman lets it go.
  • 0.4Good length delivery on off, Hafeez defends off the front foot.
  • 0.3DROPPED! Full outside off, Hafeez looks to drive but gets an outside edge towards gully. Williamson there gets two hands to it but the ball bursts through and goes down towards third man for a couple. He may have reacted late. You though expect Williamson to catch that. However, a lucky reprieve for Hafeez in his last-ever Test innings. Can he make full use of it and play a majestic knock here? He would love to bow out in some style.
  • 0.2Bowls full on middle, Imam flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single. First runs for Pakistan.
  • 0.1Good length delivery outside off, Imam lets it go.

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