Wil­liamson and Nicholls dig in to put Ki­wis on top

Stabroek News - - STABROEK SPORT -

(Reuters) - Skip­per Kane Wil­liamson cracked an un­beaten cen­tury as New Zealand took a valu­able 198-run lead against Pak­istan on day four of the third and fi­nal test in Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day.

Wil­liamson was not out on 139 off 282 balls hav­ing bat­ted through the day, with mid­dle-or­der bats­man Henry Nicholls keep­ing him com­pany on 90 as New Zealand reached 2724 at stumps to swing the de­cid­ing test in their favour.

The teams are tied 1-1 in the three-match se­ries.

Re­sum­ing on their overnight score of 26-2, New Zealand lost night­watch­man Wil­liam Somerville in the sev­enth over of the morn­ing as the debu­tant was trapped in front of the wicket by legspin­ner Yasir Shah.

Shah’s fifth wicket of the con­test in his 33rd test saw him re­place Aus­tralian Clar­rie Grim­mett as the fastest man to claim 200 test vic­tims.

Grim­mett, also a legspin­ner, had reached the 200 mark in his 36th test against South Africa 82 years ago.

Pace bowler Sha­heen Shah Afridi then had Ross Tay­lor caught at square leg as the veteran bats­man looked to pull one away, but that was as much joy as Pak­istan would have on a Sheikh Za­yed Sta­dium track that has steadily im­proved for bat­ting.

Af­ter com­ing to­gether at 60-4, Wil­liamson and Nicholls rode their luck to put on an un­bro­ken 212run stand for the fifth wicket.

Kane Wil­liamson

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