Wil­liamson keeps NZ afloat

Otago Daily Times - - SPORT -

ABU DHABI: Kane Wil­liamson’s de­fi­ant half­cen­tury led New Zealand to 112 for four at lunch on day four in the third and fi­nal test yes­ter­day.

Wil­liamson was bat­ting on a re­silient 55 off 86 balls and Henry Ni­cholls was twice lucky to re­main un­beaten on 20 off 54 de­liv­er­ies as Pak­istan legspin­ner Yasir Shah be­came the quick­est bowler in test his­tory to take 200 wick­ets

The Black Caps, who con­ceded a 74­run first­in­nings lead, led Pak­istan by 38 runs with six wick­ets in hand.

Shah, who took two for 49, broke an 82­year­old record when he had night­watch­man Will Somerville lbw for four to achieve the feat in his 33rd test af­ter New Zealand re­sumed on 26 for two.

Dunedin­born Aus­tralian legspin­ner Clar­rie Grim­mett held the pre­vi­ous record when he claimed his 200th wicket in his 36th test, against South Africa at Jo­han­nes­burg in 1936.

The over­ag­gres­sive ap­proach of Ross Tay­lor, who scored 22 off 14 balls, ul­ti­mately led to his down­fall when he was caught in the deep as New Zealand slumped to 60 for four.

Tay­lor smashed three bound­aries in left­arm spin­ner Sha­heen Afridi’s one over but was un­done by Afridi’s pace in the next over and holed out at deep mid­wicket.

Ni­cholls could have been out lbw on three but Pak­istan ne­glected to asked for a re­view af­ter a Shah­led ap­peal was de­clined.

Pak­istan thought it had Ni­cholls on nine but he suc­cess­fully over­turned a lbw de­ci­sion against him.

On day three, cen­turies by Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq had helped Pak­istan over­haul New Zealand’s to­tal of 274 but a lower­or­der col­lapse meant its lead was re­stricted to 74.

Sar­fraz Ahmed’s side nev­er­the­less re­gained con­trol of the match by pick­ing up two quick New Zealand wick­ets to leave it in trou­ble at 26 for two in 14 overs at close of play.

Pak­istan, which re­sumed on its overnight score of 139 for three, rode on Azhar’s 134 and Shafiq’s 104 to get into a com­mand­ing po­si­tion in the se­ries de­cider.

The pair’s 201­run part­ner­ship for the fourth wicket ended when Azhar be­came off­spin­ner Somerville’s first test vic­tim.

The 33­year­old bats­man mist­imed a sweep to of­fer Ajaz Pa­tel a catch at short fine leg and leave Pak­istan at 286 for four.

Shafiq per­ished shortly af­ter­wards af­ter fail­ing to read lef­t­armer Pa­tel’s arm ball and was ad­judged leg be­fore with a re­view con­firm­ing the dis­missal.

His wicket trig­gered a Pak­istan col­lapse as it went from 304 for five to 348 all out as Somerville ripped up the tail af­ter tea to fin­ish with fig­ures of four for 75.

New Zealand could not cap­i­talise as opener Jeet Raval was dis­missed for a duck by left­arm pace­man Sha­heen Shah Afridi be­fore leg­spin­ner Yasir Shah sent back Tom Latham for 10. — Reuters

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

Lead­ing from the front . . . New Zealand cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson ducks un­der a short ball dur­ing day four of the third test against Pak­istan in Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day.

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