Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd Test Day 1: Hafeez punishes New Zealand with unbeaten 178

Hafeez celebrates after bringing up his seventh Test century

Hafeez celebrates after bringing up his seventh Test century

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Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez punished New Zealand on the first day of the third Test in Sharjah with an unbeaten knock of 178.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq would have been pleased with his decision to bat first as his side got off to a solid start before Shan Masood was clean bowled by Mark Craig for 12 runs.

Hafeez and Azhar Ali kept the runs flowing with an 87-run partnership, during which Hafeez brought up his half-century, before Ali was caught by Ross Taylor at slip off the bowling of Craig for 39.

Younis Khan only made five runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Daniel Vettori, who was playing in his first Test match since July 2012.

Khan decided to review the decision, 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.

Vettori took the wicket of Khan on his Test comeback

Vettori took the wicket of Khan on his Test comeback

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Hafeez and ul-Haq stabilised the innings with an unbeaten 121-run partnership before stumps was called.

Hafeez finished on 178 off 262 balls, which included 23 boundaries and three sixes, while ul-Haq remained undefeated on 38 off 107 deliveries, which included five boundaries and a six.

Craig was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Vettori chipped in with one.

Pakistan ended day one on 281/3 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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