Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd Test Day 5: New Zealand end 49-year wait with 123-run win

New Zealand beat Pakistan 2-1 3rd Test Day 5 Abu Dhabi cricket

New Zealand celebrate after beating Pakistan 2-1

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New Zealand secured their first away series win over Pakistan in Test cricket since 1969 after crushing them by 123 runs on the final day in Abu Dhabi.

Starting off the day on 272/4, New Zealand failed to add any runs to their overnight score when captain Kane Williamson was trapped lbw off the bowling of Hasan Ali for 139, which came off 283 balls and included 13 boundaries.

Henry Nicholls and Colin de Grandhomme made up for the loss of Williamson with a 62-run partnership before De Grandhomme was caught by Bilal Asif at deep backward square leg off the bowling of Yasir Shah for 26.

BJ Watling was clean bowled by Yasir for a golden duck the very next ball.

Nicholls and Tim Southee added 19 runs to the score before New Zealand declared on 353/7, which set Pakistan 280 to win.

Nicholls finished on 126, which came off 266 balls and included 12 boundaries, while Southee remained undefeated on a 10-ball 15, which included a six.

Henry Nicholls 126 not out Pakistan New Zealand 3rd Test Day 5 Abu Dhabi cricket

Henry Nicholls soaks in the moment upon bringing up his third Test century

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Yasir was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while debutant Shaheen Shah Afridi snapped up two and Hasan chipped in with one.

Chasing 280 to win, Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez, batting for the last time in Test cricket, fell cheaply as he was clean bowled by Southee for eight runs.

Azhar Ali only made five runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of De Grandhomme, while Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq were taken out by debutant William Somerville in successive deliveries.

Imam-ul-Haq, who opened the batting with Hafeez, was the next to go as he was caught by Nicholls at short leg off the bowling of Ajaz Patel for 22.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and Babar Azam temporarily halted New Zealand’s charge with a 43-run stand before Sarfraz was clean bowled by Somerville for 28.

Pakistan began to lose wickets at regular intervals after Sarfraz’s dismissal, including Azam, who went on to make a 114-ball 51, which included five boundaries. As a result, Pakistan were bowled out for 156.

Southee, Somerville and Patel took three wickets apiece, while De Grandhomme claimed one.

Williamson was named Man of the Match for his knocks of 89 and 139.

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