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New Zealand beat Pakistan in third Test to win series

07 December, 2018, 20:08 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Will Somerville is centre of attention as New Zealand spark a Pakistan collapse on day five.

New Zealand won the opening test in Abu Dhabi by four runs before Pakistan squared the three-match series with victory in the second Test in Dubai by an innings and 16 runs.

New Zealand have consolidated their fourth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings following the conclusion of their three-Test series in the UAE, which their series win by 2-1.

In fact, this century, the Black Caps had only claimed away test series victories over Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and the West Indies, and considering that Pakistan had trounced Australia in their previous test series, victory should indeed be recognised as a superb accomplishment. Beating Pakistan in their backyard is very tough. "To bounce back and win a decider is pretty special and it's one the guys will remember for a long time, that's for sure".

It was New Zealand's fifth Test series win in their last six played since November 2016.

The two added 212 runs for the fifth wicket to frustrate Pakistan, meanwhile added a healthy 198-run lead before the last day of the Test and the series. Will Somerville continued a standout debut by taking two wickets in two balls, removing Haris Sohail - caught at slip - and Asad Shafiq - gloving a ball down the legside to Watling.

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Somerville, who took 4-75 in the first innings to finish with seven wickets in the match, broke a stubborn 43-run sixth-wicket stand between top scorer Babar Azam (51) and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who made 28.

Henry Nicholls was twice lucky to remain unbeaten on 20 off 54 deliveries at lunch on the fourth day in Abu Dhabi.

If Kane Williamson was New Zealand's obvious saviour; Will Somerville was the most unlikely enforcer.

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

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah finished with 4-129 and debutant paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi took 2-85.

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