Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 3: New Zealand continue to struggle despite Latham’s maiden century

Latham celebrates after scoring his maiden Test century

Latham is all smiles after scoring his maiden Test century

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Despite Tom Latham scoring his maiden Test century, New Zealand continued to struggle against Pakistan on the third day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan pace bowler Rahat Ali inflicted the most damage as he took four wickets.

Starting out the day on 15/0, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum and Latham added 18 runs onto their 15-run partnership before McCullum was caught by Younis Khan at slip off the bowling of Zulfiqar Babar for 18.

Kane Williamson only made three runs before he was clean bowled by Ali.

Ross Taylor failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Asad Shafiq at gully off the bowling of Babar for a duck.

Latham and Corey Anderson stabilised the innings with an 83-run partnership, during which Latham brought up his half-century, before Anderson was cleaned up by Ali for 48.

James Neesham scored 11 runs before he was stumped by Sarfraz Ahmed off the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez.

Latham and BJ Watling kept the runs flowing with a 65-run partnership, during which Latham registered his maiden Test century, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Ali.

Latham decided to review the decision, but the replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and clipping the leg stump. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Latham’s excellent knock of 103 came off 222 balls and included 13 boundaries.

Mark Craig mustered one run before was run out by Yasir Shah.

After being dropped by Ahmed on the fourth ball he faced, Tim Southee was caught behind off the bowling of Ali the very next ball to be dismissed for a duck.

Ish Sodhi managed to make 25 runs before he was clean bowled by Shah.

New Zealand were bowled out for 262, which gave Pakistan a 304-run lead, when Watling was given out lbw off the bowling of Babar for 42.

Watling reviewed the decision immediately, but replays showed that the ball was pitching in line and going on to hit middle and leg stump. This led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Ali was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Babar snapped up three and Hafeez and Shah chipped in with one wicket apiece.

 

Ali dismissed Williamson, Anderson, Latham and Southee

Ali dismissed Williamson, Anderson, Latham and Southee

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With a 304-run lead in hand, Pakistan got off to a solid start as Azhar Ali and Hafeez accumulated 15 runs from the six overs they faced.

Ali finished on nine off 21 balls, while Hafeez remained undefeated on five off 15 deliveries, which included one boundary.

Pakistan ended day three on 15/0 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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