Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd Test Day 3: McCullum and Williamson torment Pakistan

McCullum hit a six to bring up his double century

McCullum hit a six to bring up his double century

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New Zealand continued to torment Pakistan on the third day of the third Test in Sharjah as captain Brendon McCullum scored a magnificent 202 and batsman Kane Williamson made a career-best 192.

McCullum and Williamson were well supported by Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson and Tim Southee as each one of them made half-centuries.

Starting out the day on 249/1, McCullum and batsman Williamson converted their 198-run partnership into a 297-run partnership, during which McCullum brought up his fourth double century, before he was clean bowled by Yasir Shah.

McCullum’s superb knock of 202 came off 188 balls and included 21 boundaries and 11 sixes.

Williamson and Taylor kept the runs flowing with a 116-run partnership, during which Williamson registered his eighth Test century and Taylor his half-century, before Taylor was caught by Younis Khan at slip off the bowling of Shah.

Taylor’s excellent innings of 50 came off 114 deliveries and included three boundaries and two sixes.

Taylor's good form with the bat continued

Taylor’s good form with the bat continued

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Williamson ended up making a career-best 192, which came off 244 balls and included 23 boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Khan at slip off the bowling of Rahat Ali.

Williamson raises his bat after scoring his eighth Test century

Williamson raises his bat after scoring his eighth Test century

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Daniel Vettori scored 15 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Ali.

Anderson smashed 50 off just 57 balls, which included seven boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Shah at deep midwicket off the bowling of Ali.

Anderson (right) brought up his half-century in almost no time at all

Anderson (left) brought up his half-century in almost no time at all

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Wicketkeeper BJ Watling failed to have an impact with the bat as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez for eight runs.

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

Southee and Mark Craig stabilised the innings with a 91-run partnership, during which Southee recorded his half-century, before he was caught by Mohammad Talha at long-on off the bowling of Shah.

Southee’s brilliant knock of 50 came off 61 deliveries and included three boundaries and two sixes.

Southee struck three boundaries and two sixes during his knock of 50

Southee struck three boundaries and two sixes during his knock of 50

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Following Southee’s dismissal, the umpires decided to end play early due to bad light.

Craig remained undefeated on 34 off 53 balls, which included one boundary and a six.

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

New Zealand ended day three on 637/8 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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