PAKVSNZ: Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq century, one wicket away from Yasir Shah world record. Third Test: Azhar Ali scored 15th Test and Asad Shafiq scored the 12th Century. Pakistan take a 74-run lead in first innings
Abu Dhabi: Pakistan has strengthened its position in the third Test against New Zealand, thanks to centuries of Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq. He scored 348 runs in his first innings on Wednesday (December 5th) on the third day of the match.
Earlier, New Zealand’s first innings was reduced to 274 runs on Tuesday. In this way, Pakistan won a significant 74-run lead in the first innings on New Zealand. The series of three test matches are still at 1-1. On the other hand, leg-spinner Yasir Shah came closer to the record of taking 200 wickets in a second innings in the second innings against New Zealand.
On Wednesday, Pakistan started playing at 139 for three wickets. For him, Azhar Ali played 134 and Asad Shafiq scored 104 runs. Both of them shared a 201-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Thanks to this, Pakistan made a strong score of 286 runs at one time for three wickets.
But the pair of Pakistan collapsed after the pair broke down. He lost his last seven wickets with just 62 runs. Off-spinner Will Somerville, playing his first Test match from New Zealand, took four for 75 runs. Fast bowler Trent Bolt and left-arm spinner Ed Cowan took two wickets each.
Azhar Ali’s 15th century
Azhar completed his 15th Test century by chasing a ball of fast bowler Colin de Grantham. This is their first hundred after May 2017. Asad Shafiq completed his 12th Test century with a run on Somerville. Azhar played 297 balls in his innings and 12 boundaries while Shafiq’s 259 balls included 14 boundaries.
New Zealand hopes for Williamson
The start of the second innings of New Zealand was not good. He has scored 26 runs on two wickets till the end of the third day and it is still 48 runs behind Pakistan. Captain Ken Williamson, who has scored 274 runs in the first innings, is now playing with 14 runs. Pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi gave LBW out to Jeev Raval (Zero). Leg-spinner Yasir Shah caught Tom Latham
Yasir Shah’s 199 wickets complete
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah took one wicket in the second innings of New Zealand. At the same time, he gave his wicket to 199. Yasir, in his 33rd Test game, needs just one wicket to take 200 wickets in Test matches. Now this record is the name of Australian Clarrie Grimmett, who achieved this feat in 36 Tests.