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3rd Test, Abu Dhabi, December 03 - 07, 2018, Pakistan v New Zealand
274 & 353/7d
(T:280) 348 & 156

New Zealand won by 123 runs

Player Of The Match
89 & 139
Player Of The Series
29 wkts
New Zealand 1st Innings
Pakistan 1st Innings
New Zealand 2nd Innings
Pakistan 2nd Innings
Match Flow
New Zealand 1st Innings 
lbw b Yasir Shah4582-4054.87
lbw b Shaheen Shah Afridi411-1036.36
c Asad Shafiq b Hasan Ali89176-7050.56
b Yasir Shah01-000.00
b Yasir Shah113-007.69
not out 77250-4030.80
c Asad Shafiq b Bilal Asif2022-1190.90
c Babar Azam b Bilal Asif29-0022.22
b Bilal Asif1299-0012.12
c Asad Shafiq b Bilal Asif625-1024.00
b Bilal Asif19-0011.11
Extras(b 11, lb 6)17
TOTAL116.1 Ov (RR: 2.35)274
Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Tom Latham, 5.4 ov), 2-70 (Jeet Raval, 22.2 ov), 3-70 (Ross Taylor, 22.3 ov), 4-72 (Henry Nicholls, 26.3 ov), 5-176 (Kane Williamson, 67.6 ov), 6-203 (Colin de Grandhomme, 76.2 ov), 7-209 (Tim Southee, 78.2 ov), 8-254 (William Somerville, 106.5 ov), 9-272 (Ajaz Patel, 114.2 ov), 10-274 (Trent Boult, 116.1 ov)
67.6 to KS Williamson, GONE! Reverse-swing does the trick for Hasan Ali. Pitched fuller, and angles into him with the shiny side of the ball, and Williamson looks to whip it away, but cannot keep it down, and short midwicket accepts the catch gleefully. Massive wicket for Pakistan, this!. 176/5
5.4 to TWM Latham, cuts back in and they go up in appeal for a leg before! Pakistan have reviewed this. The on-field decision was not out, and the ball jagged back in and beat the bat. Should be a question now of ball-tracking and whether it was low enough. Here we go...the impact is fine, and the wicket is hitting! First Test wicket for Shaheen Afridi! Good bowling to set it up, too. Kept pegging away outside the off stump and then brought one back in sharply, and Latham was late to get on to the line of it.. 24/1
22.2 to JA Raval, huge appeal, and after an eternity, up goes Umpire Gould's finger! It was fast, and flat, and clattered the pad after a hint of turn back into the left-hander. No snick off the inside edge ... Raval has reviewed, but this looks very adjacent to the line of off stump. Ball Tracker is taking an eternity... impact inline, hitting the top of leg. That's out!. 70/2
22.3 to LRPL Taylor, bowled him! Second ball in Dubai, first ball today! It was quick and straight, Taylor's feet were stuck in treacle, as this one skidded through the gate at shin-height, and straight into the timbers!. 70/3
26.3 to HM Nicholls, bowled him round his legs! Down on one knee for the sweep, but Nicholls has dragged it on! A flick of the under-side of the glove, into the stumps, and Yasir has his third of the morning to leave New Zealand in tatters!. 72/4
76.2 to C de Grandhomme, gone this time! Dearie me, he had his reprieve, but CdG couldn't resist having another waft down the leg side. The ball bites from a middle stump line, and Asad at leg slip clings onto a sharp chance in his midriff! It was short, to the point, and an improvement on his recent showings, but 20 from 22 balls won't win many Tests. 203/6
78.2 to TG Southee, top-edged sweep, and Southee goes! He seemed unnerved by the amount of turn that Bilal was getting, and looked to take the attack back to the spinner, but that ball got big on him after pitching, and Babar pocketed a simple chance at short fine leg. 209/7
106.5 to WER Somerville, big turn and there's the breakthrough! A rare moment of looseness from the steadfast Somerville, shuffling back into his crease in search of a forcing shot through the covers, but he picked the wrong ball to attack. This one grips and rips into the top of middle, and a doughty debut knock comes to an end. 254/8
114.2 to AY Patel, edged, gone, Bilal has four! It's the angle to the left-hander that does the trick here, sharp spin from a leg-stump line, and good bounce from a tall action, kissing the splice and looping to slip. 272/9
116.1 to TA Boult, a swish across the line and Bilal has five! That was an ugly end to a determined innings from New Zealand. In the slot, and the tailender was tempted into a tonk over the leg side. Never made any contact as the stumps were rattled, and 274 is the upshot. 274/10
Pakistan 1st Innings 
c Southee b Boult918-2050.00
c Southee b Boult04-000.00
c Patel b Somerville134297-12045.11
c †Watling b Southee3491-2037.36
lbw b Patel104259-14040.15
b Somerville1425-2056.00
c Raval b Somerville2560-2041.66
c Taylor b Patel1128-1039.28
run out (de Grandhomme/Somerville)125-004.00
b Somerville02-000.00
not out 02-000.00
Extras(b 6, lb 9, nb 1)16
TOTAL135 Ov (RR: 2.57)348
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Mohammad Hafeez, 1.4 ov), 2-17 (Imam-ul-Haq, 5.2 ov), 3-85 (Haris Sohail, 34.5 ov), 4-286 (Azhar Ali, 106.5 ov), 5-304 (Asad Shafiq, 113.4 ov), 6-312 (Babar Azam, 118.3 ov), 7-333 (Bilal Asif, 125.5 ov), 8-346 (Yasir Shah, 132.1 ov), 9-347 (Hasan Ali, 132.6 ov), 10-348 (Sarfaraz Ahmed, 134.6 ov)
34.5 to Haris Sohail, and he nicks one behind! Length outside off, wasn't that short but Haris went for the cut. What made things worse was Haris moved across and got too close to the ball. New Zealand, meanwhile, have an opening now. 85/3
1.4 to Mohammad Hafeez, edged and snaffled at second slip! That's a wonderful take from Southee if it has carried, but the umpires are just having a check. The soft signal is out ... it was a regulation nick outside off, but heading down all the way. Southee saw it early, and sure enough, that slots straight into his fingers!. 0/1
5.2 to Imam-ul-Haq, edged and taken, another good low catch by Southee at third slip, the fuller one after the bouncer, was outside off, Imam came forward and looked to defend, gets an outside edge as the ball moves away late, Southee does the rest. 17/2
113.4 to Asad Shafiq, misses an arm ball and gets rapped right in front. Up goes the finger but he wants to review it. Was tossed up outside off, kept coming in with the arm, Shafiq comes forward and looks to block, playing for the turn, there is no inside edge involved and it would have gone on to hit the middle of middle. 304/5
125.5 to Bilal Asif, superbly taken at slip! This is pure reflexes. And a little bit of luck. Taylor stays low enough. Reacts well enough and creates a very timely wicket. It all starts with a short ball that Bilal goes back to cut. He gets an outside edge and that means the ball is travelling very very fast. Years of practice prepares Taylor for this - his hands moving down to his left knee and catching the ball so very simply. 333/7
106.5 to Azhar Ali, maiden Test wicket for Somerville! Finally the plan has worked. Was a length ball on leg stump and spinning further down. Azhar Ali looks to sweep it fine, the bottom hand comes off as he ends up hitting straight to Ajaz Patel at short fine leg. 286/4
118.3 to Babar Azam, bowled! Fuller on the stumps, Babar looks to force it down the track, the ball hits him on the back of the right shoe, hits the other one on its way before going to hit the stumps and dislodging the bails. 312/6
132.6 to Hasan Ali, plays inside the line! This is an offbreak that doesn't really turn. It's also at that length where Hasan isn't sure whether he should go forward or back. He's stuck in the crease. Facing a dangerous ball. He tries to block, at best guessing how much it would turn. He guesses wrong. His off stump pays the price. 347/9
134.6 to Sarfaraz Ahmed, taken at short midwicket. A little extra bounce from the tall offspinner does the trick as Sarfraz, thinking the good length ball is there for a flick through midwicket, is suckered into giving a catch to Jeet Raval. Four wickets for the debutant Somerville and New Zealand limit Pakistan's lead to a mere 74. Guess what their lead was in the first Test of this series, which was in Abu Dhabi as well, which New Zealand won? Yep. 74.. 348/10
New Zealand 2nd Innings 
lbw b Shaheen Shah Afridi015-000.00
c Haris Sohail b Yasir Shah1037-0027.02
lbw b Hasan Ali139283-13049.11
lbw b Yasir Shah434-0011.76
c Bilal Asif b Shaheen Shah Afridi2214-40157.14
not out 126266-12047.36
c Bilal Asif b Yasir Shah2619-22136.84
b Yasir Shah01-000.00
not out 1510-01150.00
Extras(b 9, lb 1, nb 1)11
TOTAL113 Ov (RR: 3.12)353/7d
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Jeet Raval, 3.4 ov), 2-24 (Tom Latham, 11.4 ov), 3-37 (William Somerville, 20.1 ov), 4-60 (Ross Taylor, 23.5 ov), 5-272 (Kane Williamson, 104.1 ov), 6-334 (Colin de Grandhomme, 110.4 ov), 7-334 (BJ Watling, 110.5 ov)
104.1 to KS Williamson, and strikes straightaway! Given lbw. Length ball, pitching outside off and skidding back a little to rap Williamson on the back pad, who was stuck on the crease. Williamson goes for the review, no bat involved there, Williamson was on the back foot and was struck on the back thigh, umpire's call on the stumps, just clipping the bails and Williamson departs without adding a run to his overnight score. In fact, that's the first time he has been dismissed after reaching a hundred in the team's second innings. 272/5
3.4 to JA Raval, given lbw this time but Raval has reviewed this. Splendid delivery to put him in all sorts of problems. It's full. It cuts in sharply. It has Raval both trapped in his crease and late in bringing his bat down. UltraEdge comes up but "I can't tell for certain if there's contact with bat," says third umpire Oxenford. It really is that close. Even with split-screens and super slow mo. So he trusts the on-field call from Ian Gould and goes to ball-tacking, which says umpire's call on impact and umpire's call on hitting the stumps. Which, btw, is out. 1/1
23.5 to LRPL Taylor, short, and he has taken the bait this time! What a good ball from Afridi, and Taylor's positivity is to no avail in the end. Was dug in outside off, and he went for the hook, and only found Bilal Asif down by the square leg fence, about 15 yards in from the fence. Easy catch, and good execution of a plan from Pakistan. New Zealand needed more from Ross Taylor here, it must be said. 60/4
11.4 to TWM Latham, goes for the sweep, but ends up top-edging it towards deep square leg and Haris Sohail there judges it well, comes in before diving forward to take it inches above the ground. Yasir on 199. 24/2
20.1 to WER Somerville, plays back to a length ball, and that is wicket no. 200. Yasir Shah picks his 200th Test wicket in just his 33rd Test, three Tests faster than the incumbent on that record, Clarrie Grimmett, another leg-spinner incidentally. It was a length ball, and he had been bowling the quicker ball consistently, and that's why it was a dangerous ploy to keep going back to defend. Somerville pays the price this time around.. 37/3
110.4 to C de Grandhomme, and again, fuller on the pads and he goes for the pick up shot, but this time doesn't get enough power behind it, an easy catch for Bilal at deep backward square leg, de Grandhomme departs for 26 off 19. 334/6
110.5 to BJ Watling, fuller, just outside leg, Watling moves across and looks to sweep it fine, misses and the ball clatters into the stumps, Yasir on a hat-trick. 334/7
Pakistan 2nd Innings (T: 280 runs)
c Nicholls b Patel2254-4040.74
b Southee820-1040.00
c †Watling b de Grandhomme514-0035.71
c Taylor b Somerville928-0132.14
c †Watling b Somerville01-000.00
c Southee b Patel51114-5044.73
b Somerville2841-4068.29
c †Watling b Southee1248-0025.00
c Patel b Southee45-1080.00
c Williamson b Patel47-1057.14
not out 26-0033.33
Extras(b 4, lb 6, nb 1)11
TOTAL56.1 Ov (RR: 2.77)156
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Mohammad Hafeez, 6.4 ov), 2-32 (Azhar Ali, 11.3 ov), 3-43 (Haris Sohail, 17.3 ov), 4-43 (Asad Shafiq, 17.4 ov), 5-55 (Imam-ul-Haq, 20.4 ov), 6-98 (Sarfaraz Ahmed, 35.4 ov), 7-131 (Bilal Asif, 48.6 ov), 8-137 (Yasir Shah, 50.5 ov), 9-150 (Babar Azam, 54.5 ov), 10-156 (Hasan Ali, 56.1 ov)
6.4 to Mohammad Hafeez, bowled him! Hafeez castled by a beauty in his final Test innings. Southee angles in this short of a length delivery, Hafeez brings the bat out unsuspectingly but the ball straightens, rips past the outside edge and crashes into off-stump. Walks off to a warm ovation for the last time. 19/1
48.6 to Bilal Asif, gone.. Bial's gone. Chases a wide one, pushing away from the body. Invitingly pitched up in the corridor outside off, no feet from Bilal as he feels for it and gets a healthy outside edge through to the keeper. 131/7
50.5 to Yasir Shah, Yasir meets with a tame end. He never looked comfortable against the short ball and Southee has been relentless. This one comes on with a bit of room outside the off-stump. Yasir wafts at it but fails to get entirely on top of the bounce and ends up chipping a catch to cover. Easy as it gets. 137/8
11.3 to Azhar Ali, that's a brute from de Grandhomme> Length ball, fired in towards the off-stump channel, forcing Azhar to play at it, and then straightening subtly but enough to shave the outside edge and settle into the hands of the keeper. 32/2
20.4 to Imam-ul-Haq, bat-pad now, an inside edge on the pads and it lobs towards short leg, was a length ball, Imam was committed on the front foot, pushes at it, and a dolly for Nicholls at short leg. Pakistan 55 for 5. 55/5
54.5 to Babar Azam, oh, Babar, what have you done! All the good work washed away.. in one moment of madness as Babar springs down the track, fails to get to the pitch as the ball turns away, and ends up chipping it in the air off the toe-end as mid-off running backwards towards wide long-off snaffles it. 150/9
56.1 to Hasan Ali, this has surely got to be it.. and it is! Another big slog attempted as this one curves in and spins away, resulting in a leading edge as point takes it easily, reverse cupped. 156/10
17.3 to Haris Sohail, tossed up outside off, fuller outside off, Haris is enticed by it, pushes and gets an outside edge, a straightforward chance at first slip, Ross Taylor fumbles but clings to it the second time around. 43/3
17.4 to Asad Shafiq, length ball, spinning down the leg side as Shafiq tries to glance it fine, a huge appeal for caught-behind. Not out. But New Zealand have reviewed it and yes, there is a spike as the ball goes past the glove, the debutant making inroads here. A golden duck for Asad, the centurion of the first innings. Somerville is on a hat-trick. 43/4
35.4 to Sarfaraz Ahmed, caught in the crease. Sarfraz done in by a quicker one, fired in flat around off at 92 kmph, spins in and sneaks through the gap between bat and pad as bat comes down at an angle. Pakistan in all sorts of trouble here. 98/6
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Mon, 03 Dec - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 229/7 (BJ Watling 42*, William Somerville 12*, 90 ov)
Tue, 04 Dec - day 2 - Pakistan 1st innings 139/3 (Azhar Ali 62*, Asad Shafiq 26*, 61 ov)
Wed, 05 Dec - day 3 - New Zealand 2nd innings 26/2 (Kane Williamson 14*, William Somerville 1*, 14 ov)
Thu, 06 Dec - day 4 - New Zealand 2nd innings 272/4 (Kane Williamson 139*, Henry Nicholls 90*, 104 ov)
Fri, 07 Dec - day 5 - Pakistan 2nd innings 156 (56.1 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • Over 104.1: Review by New Zealand (Batting), Umpire - PR Reiffel, Batsman - KS Williamson (Umpires Call)
  • HM Nicholls: 100 off 248 balls (9 x 4)
  • New Zealand: 300 runs in 107.3 overs (646 balls), Extras 11
  • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 35 balls (HM Nicholls 31, C de Grandhomme 20, Ex 4)
  • New Zealand: 350 runs in 112.4 overs (677 balls), Extras 11
  • Innings Break: New Zealand - 353/7 in 113.0 overs (HM Nicholls 126, TG Southee 15)
  • Pakistan 2nd innings
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 32/2 in 11.3 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 15)
  • Over 17.4: Review by New Zealand (Bowling), Umpire - PR Reiffel, Batsman - Asad Shafiq (Upheld)
  • Pakistan: 50 runs in 19.1 overs (116 balls), Extras 7
  • Over 19.2: Review by Pakistan (Batting), Umpire - PR Reiffel, Batsman - Babar Azam (Upheld)
  • Lunch: Pakistan - 55/5 in 20.4 overs (Babar Azam 4)
  • Over 29.6: Review by Pakistan (Batting), Umpire - PR Reiffel, Batsman - Babar Azam (Upheld)
  • Pakistan: 100 runs in 36.2 overs (219 balls), Extras 7
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 109/6 in 41.0 overs (Babar Azam 27, Bilal Asif 3)
  • Over 44.6: Review by New Zealand (Bowling), Umpire - IJ Gould, Batsman - Bilal Asif (Struck down)
  • Babar Azam: 50 off 106 balls (5 x 4)
  • Pakistan: 150 runs in 53.4 overs (323 balls), Extras 11
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossNew Zealand, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultNew Zealand won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 2332
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00; Friday: Lunch 12.30-13.30; Tea: 15.30-16.00; Close: 17:30
Match days3,4,5,6,7 December 2018 - day (5-day match)
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