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3rd Test, Abu Dhabi, Dec 3 - 7 2018, Pakistan v New Zealand
274 & 353/7d
(target 280)348 & 156
New Zealand won by 123 runs
Player Of The Match
89 & 139
kane-williamson
Player Of The Series
29 wkts
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• The Report by Danyal Rasool

After 49 years, New Zealand conquer Pakistan away

William Somerville and Ajaz Patel took three wickets each to help bowl Pakistan out for 156 and seal the series 2-1

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Scores: Chandan Duorah
Comms: Akshay Gopalakrishnan
Scorecard summary
New Zealand274/10(116.1 overs)1st INNINGS
BJ Watling*77 (250)
Bilal Asif5/65(30.1)
Yasir Shah3/75(41)
Pakistan348/10(135 overs)1st INNINGS
Azhar Ali134 (297)
Asad Shafiq104 (259)
New Zealand353/7(113 overs)2nd INNINGS
Pakistan156/10(56.1 overs)2nd INNINGS
Babar Azam51 (114)

3.39pm Williamson put down Hafeez to deny New Zealand their breakthrough in this fourth innings, and he takes the catch to dismiss the last man. What a turnaround this has been! Not many might've anticipated this result, not after how the match was poised at the end of the fourth day's play. But New Zealand came out and put up a ruthless display. It was evident right from the outset as they pillaged 81 runs in nine overs, and then reduced Pakistan to five down at lunch. Pakistan were hapless, really, and all of New Zealand's bowlers came to the party. Not quite the ideal farewell for Mohammad Hafeez.. he'll carry memories, but unfortunately not many of them from this Test. he barely escaped a pair in his final Test and then has had to watch his team crumble from the dressing room. Jubilation in the New Zealand camp, heartbreak for Pakistan. This defeat will sting them badly for several months ahead. New Zealand have beaten Pakistan in a series away from home for the first time in 49 years.

Noel: "Just shows that, if a captain and his / her team are brave enough, and trust each other, what can be done.... similar to life, I suppose... great away series victory, one of the very few, these days."

Jawad Ahmed: "So in the end, those 4 runs loss of the 1st test match became series decider for Pakistan! Well played Kiwis!"

Naveed: "If you want to win a series in subcontinent? Get a left arm off spinner from indian origin and an right arm off spinner from ur own country. last time it was monty panesar and swann against india and this time there is patel and somerville.. WELL DONE"

Phil Knight: "In my lowly opinion this is our third greatest test series victory: 1st - 1985 in Australia 2nd - 1999 in England 3rd - THIS!!!!"

Anas Aamir: "All of Nz's victories in this tour have come in Abu Dhabi bar one (2nd Odi)."

Alright, let's hear from the captains and award winners.

Kane Williamson is Man of the Match.. duh!

And Yasir Shah is Man of the Series. "I feel very happy, because I have won man of the series after a long time," he says. "I just try to repeat the right things, and I fixed glitches in my action after working with the video analyst. I just try to focus on doing my best. It's unfortunate that we couldn't win the series despite the good performance."

"If you look at the series, it was in our hands and we let it slip. We had our opportunities," says losing captain Sarfraz Ahmed. "Unfortunately, our lower order couldn't score runs.. even 50-60 from them could be handy but we aren't there yet. The run-scoring responsibility is the batting order's, but f it comes down to it, the tail should be able to chip in. If we go till the fifth day, we need to bat well, especially with the new ball. That's an area to work on. South Africa will be tough, but we need to be positive in our thoughts."

Says Williamson, the winning captain: "I didn't wait 49 years. It was fantastic. Beating Pakistan in their backyard is very tough. It feels pretty special, and this will be one that the guys remember for a long time. We knew there's a lot of hard work to do. We felt we had a good first-innings total, but Pakistan played well in their first innings. we know the game can ebb and flow very quickly but we came out and played very well today. The spinners that came along in this tour.. to come here and stand up and play the way they did, you have to bowl a lot of overs to get rewards, but they played a huge part in our win. It's (is 139) was just about coming out and bucking down.. Nicholls played really well as well. It was a great fighting effort, and one that we will remember for a long time. Congratulations to Hafeez on a fantastic career. Unfortunate today, but he's been a great player."

Scenes at Abu Dhabi as New Zealand lift the trophy. This has been well-deserved, and a series they and their fans will remember for a long, long time. Got to feel for Yasir Shah, who had one of the great series for a spinner in modern times, but for all the impact he ends up on the losing side. Pakistan will do some searching inside and attempt to find a fix after this defeat, which no doubt would have come as a shock to them. They don't lose series in the UAE like this. But this is New Zealand's day and rightfully so. Now for them to let their hair down, and for me and Hemant to rest our fingers up. Thanks for your comments and company. Do log back in for all the post-match content from this historic day. From the comms desk, it's goodbye!

Razeen: "Pakistan is probably the only team who can lose a test on the last day after securing the lead in first innings. Twice. Goddd. Hail the patience of those supporting. Kiwis well played. Pak under played!!!"

Adnan Ejaz: "Simply the winner of this match & series in only KW, not only his bating, experience, fielding, captaincy he wins also in courage. Memorable exemplary captaincy after Imran Khan & MS Dhoni."

56.1
W
Patel to Hasan Ali, OUT

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

Hasan Ali c Williamson b Patel 4 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.14
end of over 562 runs
PAK: 156/9CRR: 2.78 
Shaheen Shah Afridi2 (6)
Hasan Ali4 (6)
William Somerville 20-2-52-3
Ajaz Patel 14-4-42-2
55.6
Somerville to Shaheen Shah Afridi, no run

curving into middle and spinning away, blocked from the crease

55.5
Somerville to Shaheen Shah Afridi, no run

defended back off the front foot

55.4
Somerville to Shaheen Shah Afridi, no run

defended down the pitch

55.3
Somerville to Shaheen Shah Afridi, no run

another wild slog attempted, this time makes no contact

55.2
2
Somerville to Shaheen Shah Afridi, 2 runs

that should be it.. ah, no. dropped. Jeet Raval running back from mid-off spills it as Shaheen gets down for a wild slog and skews it in the air off the outside of the bat with the ball spinning away. Moves towards it and lets it burst through

55.1
Somerville to Shaheen Shah Afridi, no run

gets forward to block and gets beaten outside off

Faisal: "Babar azam and a wicket just before tea.A better love story than twilight."

end of over 554 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 154/9CRR: 2.80 
Hasan Ali4 (6)
Shaheen Shah Afridi0 (0)
Ajaz Patel 14-4-42-2
William Somerville 19-2-50-3
54.6
4
Patel to Hasan Ali, FOUR runs

back of a length, spinning away, cut to deep cover

54.5
W
Patel to Babar Azam, OUT

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

Babar Azam c Southee b Patel 51 (114b 5x4 0x6) SR: 44.73
54.4
Patel to Babar Azam, no run

pitched up on middle, pushed back

54.3
Patel to Babar Azam, no run

full, curving into middle, blocked

54.2
Patel to Babar Azam, no run
54.1
Patel to Babar Azam, no run

defended down the pitch

Might have enough time to squeeze in one more over before tea. Actually, scratch that. We have an extension of fifteen minutes. If a wicket falls now, then we'll have ourselves a half hour extension.

end of over 543 runs
PAK: 150/8CRR: 2.77 
Hasan Ali0 (5)
Babar Azam51 (109)
William Somerville 19-2-50-3
Tim Southee 12-3-42-3
53.6
Somerville to Hasan Ali, no run

length, spins in and stopping on him, defended into the turf

53.5
Somerville to Hasan Ali, no run

stays in the crease and defends a length ball

53.4
1
Somerville to Babar Azam, 1 run
53.3
Somerville to Babar Azam, no run

dropped! Ross Taylor at first slip puts on down. Takes a good stride across to one that's looped up outside off and gets an outside edge that carries comfortably but Taylor makes a mess of it

53.2
Somerville to Babar Azam, no run

pushed straight down the ground, past the bowler's right

53.1
2
Somerville to Babar Azam, 2 runs

advances down the ground and carves it away through extra cover.. comes back for the second as the ball's pulled back before the boundary, and that gives him his fifty

end of over 539 runs
PAK: 147/8CRR: 2.77 
Babar Azam48 (105)
Hasan Ali0 (3)
Tim Southee 12-3-42-3
William Somerville 18-2-47-3
52.6
3
Southee to Babar Azam, 3 runs

short, sitting up nicely as it angles in, gently pulled to deep midwicket as he gets on top of the bounce

Best performances - batters
Kane Williamson portrait
KS Williamson NZ
139 runs (283)
13 fours
0 six
Control93%
Productive shot
cover drive
43 runs
5 fours
0 six
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Azhar Ali portrait
Azhar Ali PAK
134 runs (297)
12 fours
0 six
Control90%
Productive shot
flick
36 runs
1 four
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Bilal Asif portrait
Bilal Asif PAK
O
30.1
M
4
R
65
W
5
ECO
2.15
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
William Somerville portrait
WER Somerville NZ
O
36
M
8
R
75
W
4
ECO
2.08
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossNew Zealand, elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan v New Zealand
Season2018/19
Player Of The Match
Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson
Player Of The Series
Yasir Shah
Yasir Shah
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)
Test debut
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Shaheen Shah Afridi
William Somerville
William Somerville
Umpires
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Ian Gould
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Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire
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Bruce Oxenford
Reserve Umpire
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Ahsan Raza
Match Referee
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Javagal Srinath
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