New Zealand beat Pakistan in third Test to win series


Pakistan's spinner Yasir Shah became the fastest bowler to take 200 Test wickets after dismissing William Somerville during the fourth day of the ongoing third Test against New Zealand at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Yasir took eight wickets in the opening Test against New Zealand but was unable to prevent the Kiwis from clinching a narrow victory.

This was hugely significant for New Zealand, who so rarely win series of three tests or more away from home.

Pakistan levelled the series in Dubai, with Yasir claiming figures of 8-41 and 6-143 in the emphatic innings-and-16-run win.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson was elated with the result. Beating Pakistan in their backyard is very tough. To bounce back and win a decider is pretty special.

The path to glory started with a sensational partnership between Williamson and Henry Nicholls, who rescued the hosts from what was looking like a hefty defeat.

Nicholls took a sharp single to complete his third Test hundred and finished with 12 hits to the ropes during his 266-ball knock.

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Set 280 to win in 79 overs on the last day, Pakistan was 55-5 by Lunch, and was all out for 156 in an extended middle session.

Mohammad Hafeez leaves the pitch after his dismissal.

He struck twice in his first four balls and was on a hat-trick, nicking off left-hander Haris Sohail to a juggling Ross Taylor before Asad Shafiq got a faint glove and BJ Watling held on down the leg side.

New Zealand, which conceded a 74-run first-innings lead, lead Pakistan by 38 runs with six wickets in hand. Patel created the most drift and turn of all the spinners in the test, and worked well in tandem with Somerville, who offered up different speeds, and significant bounce. It took the spinner just 33 matches to reach the milestone.

"For those guys to come over here and show their experience and perform the way they did was massive for us getting across the line".

Since taking seven wickets on debut against Australia in 2014, Yasir has been a key figure in Pakistan's Test team.