Dominant Kiwis savour series victory over Pakistan
NEW Zealand has dismissed Pakistan for 156 in its second innings to seal a 123-run victory and a 2-1 series triumph on day five of the third and final Test in Abu Dhabi.
Set 280 for victory, Pakistan suffered two separate batting collapses as New Zealand’s bowlers secured a memorable victory — and their first away series against Pakistan in 49 years.
Debutant William Somerville took 3-52 to end up with a match haul of seven wickets. Fellow spinner Ajaz Patel finished with 3-42, while paceman Tim Southee also claimed three victims at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
“It was fantastic. Beating Pakistan in their backyard is very tough. It feels special, and this will be one that the guys remember for a long time,” Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson, who was named man-ofthe-match, said.
“We know the game can ebb and flow very quickly but we came out and played well today. The spinners that came along in this tour … they played a huge part in our win.”
Earlier, Henry Nicholls scored his third Test ton, finishing with an unbeaten 126, as New Zealand declared its sec- ond innings at 7-353. Williamson, who batted through the day on Thursday to score 139, was given out leg before wicket to seam bowler Hasan Ali with the first ball of the morning, leaving the visitors on 5-272.
Pakistan’s reply began on a shaky note, as opener Mohammad Hafeez was dropped by Williamson at second slip off paceman Tim Southee.
The 38-year-old was then bowled by Southee in the sixth over for eight. First-innings centurion Azhar Ali perished for five, edging one to wicketkeeper BJ Watling off Colin de Grandhomme.
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.