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Pakistan dismissed for 348 in third Test


ABU DHABI: Pakistan, replying to New Zealand´s first innings total of 274, were bowled out for 348 on the third day of the third and final Test in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Azhar Ali hit 134 and Asad Shafiq made 104 and added 201 for the fourth wicket before New Zealand hit back with seven wickets for 62 runs.

That gave Pakistan a lead of 74 runs.

Debutant off-spinner Will Somerville was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with 4-75.

Azhar edged medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme through the slips for his ninth boundary to complete his first century since he notched one against West Indies in Dominica in May 2017 and his first ever hundred against New Zealand.

He took 210 balls to reach the three-figure mark, smashing 12 boundaries during his 297-ball knock

Shafiq completed the 12th hundred of his career with a sharp single off Somerville before falling leg-before to Patel off a straight delivery.

He hit 14 boundaries in his 259-ball innings.

Azhar and Shafiq frustrated New Zealand´s search for early wickets as they took Pakistan to 224-3 at lunch.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson took the second new ball in the 81st over with Pakistan comfortably placed at 213-3, but nothing worked for the bowlers on a flat pitch at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Resuming at 139-3, Azhar hit Trent Boult for a boundary off the first ball of the day and then smacked spinner Ajaz Patel for another to enter the eighties.