Dom­i­nant Ki­wis savour se­ries vic­tory over Pak­istan

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport -

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.

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