Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd Test Day 1: Williamson fights, but Yasir gives Pakistan the edge

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Yasir Shah ended the day with figures of 3-62 off 31 overs

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Yasir Shah took three wickets to give Pakistan the upper hand on the opening day of the third Test in Abu Dhabi, even though New Zealand captain Kane Williamson scored a hard-fought 89.

Opting to bat first, New Zealand lost opener Tom Latham early on as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of debutant Shaheen Shah Afridi for four runs.

Williamson and Jeet Raval added 46 runs to the score before Raval was given out lbw off the bowling of Yasir for 45.

Yasir cleaned up Ross Taylor the very next ball before Henry Nicholls suffered the same fate after scoring one run.

Williamson and wicketkeeper BJ Watling stabilised the innings with a 104-run partnership, during which Williamson surpassed his half-century, before he was caught by Asad Shafiq at short midwicket off the bowling of Hasan Ali for 89, which came off 176 balls and included seven boundaries.

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Kane Williamson scored his 28th Test fifty

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Colin de Grandhomme and Tim Southee were both dismissed by Bilal Asif shortly after, but Watling and debutant William Somerville ensured New Zealand made it safely to stumps as they forged an unbeaten 20-run partnership.

Watling finished on 42, which came off 180 balls and included a solitary boundary, while Somerville remained undefeated on 12.

Yasir was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Asif took two, and Hasan and Afridi claimed one wicket each.

New Zealand ended day one on 229/7 and will continue batting on Tuesday at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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