Ki­wis seal third test for mem­o­rable se­ries win over Pak­istan

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(Reuters) - New Zealand dis­missed Pak­istan for 156 in their 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 yesterday.

Set 280 for vic­tory on the fi­nal day, 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-of-the-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 their sec­ond in­nings at 353-7.

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 272-5.

Ni­cholls, whose 266-ball knock in­cluded 12 bound­aries, then helped raise the scor­ing rate along with Colin de Grand­homme (26) as New Zealand scored 81 runs in nine overs.

Pak­istan’s re­ply be­gan on a shaky note, as strug­gling 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.

Somerville, who claimed 4-75 in the first in­nings, struck twice in two balls to re­move Haris So­hail and the in-form Asad Shafiq to heap the pres­sure on Sar­fraz Ahmed’s side.

Babar Azam tried to steady the ship with a fight­ing half-cen­tury, but the Ki­wis ran through the Pak­istan tail to se­cure vic­tory.

“If you look at the se­ries, it was in our hands and we let it slip. We had our op­por­tu­ni­ties. Un­for­tu­nately our lower or­der couldn’t score runs,” skip­per Ahmed said.

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.

Kane Wil­liamson

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