Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq Help Pakistan Dominate New Zealand

Pakistan's Azhar Ali made 134 on day three of the third test

A few months back Hafeez had made a decision to announce his retirement from cricket but wife Nazia and former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar stepped in to persuade him he still had a role to play.

After working their way into a dominant position midway through the test, Pakistan lost 7-62 to give the Black Caps a sniff.

Back at the scene of their first test victory in Abu Dhabi, the Black Caps trailed by 74 runs at the conclusion of both teams' first innings - the exact deficit they faced in the first test.

Live Updates:Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq hit centuries to leave Pakistan in command of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi despite a batting collapse that curtailed their first-innings lead.

Incidentally, Pakistan got the same first innings lead in the first test at the same venue before losing narrowly by four 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

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. Yasir now needs just one more wicket to become the fastest to 200 wickets, in his 33rd Test, a record currently held by Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett who reached the milestone in 36 Tests, 82 years ago.

His 15th test ton came before the first drinks break, compiled from 210 balls as he edged Colin de Grandhomme through a vacant slips area down to the boundary and while his pace slowed against the second new-ball, he remained in control.

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.

Shafiq's 12th test century off 259 balls included 14 fours as he used his feet well against the spinners and played some delightful cut shots against seamers.

Shah was run out in freakish fashion when he lost his right shoe while going for the second run with captain Sarfraz Ahmed (25).

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