Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd Test Day 4: Williamson, Nicholls star as New Zealand forge 198-run lead

Kane Williamson 139 not out Pakistan New Zealand 3rd Test Day 4 Abu Dhabi cricket

Kane Williamson celebrates after scoring his 19th Test century

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls scored an unbeaten 139 and 90 not out respectively to hand their side a 198-run lead over Pakistan on the fourth day in Abu Dhabi.

Starting off the day on 26/2, New Zealand added 11 runs to their score before debutant William Somerville was trapped lbw off the bowling of Yasir Shah for four runs.

Yasir made history upon dismissing Somerville as he became the fastest bowler in Test history to take 200 wickets.

Ross Taylor made a quickfire 22 before he was caught by Bilal Asif off the bowling of debutant Shaheen Shah Afridi.

That was to be Pakistan’s last taste of success for the remainder of the day as Williamson and Nicholls amassed an unbeaten 211-run partnership, during which Williamson brought up his hundred, while Nicholls was on the verge of reaching his own century, before stumps was called.

Henry Nicholls 90 not out Pakistan New Zealand 3rd Test Day 4 Abu Dhabi cricket

Henry Nicholls struck eight boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 90

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Williamson finished on 139, which came off 282 balls and included 13 boundaries, while Nicholls remained undefeated on 90, which came off 243 deliveries and included eight boundaries.

Yasir and Afridi picked up two wickets apiece.

New Zealand ended day four on 272/4 and will continue batting on Friday at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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