New Zealand beats Pakistan in third Test to win series

New Zealand beats Pakistan in third Test to win series

Yasir's strike left New Zealand fighting to save both the match in Abu Dhabi, and the series - now tied at 1-1 - as they reached 112-4 at lunch on the fourth day.

Pakistan made a ideal start to the fourth day when legspinner Yasir Shah became the quickest bowler to reach 200 test wickets by dismissing nightwatchman Will Somerville for 4.

That 212-run stand between Williamson which brought New Zealand back into the game on Thursday, was finally broken with the very first ball of the day.

When Yasir trapped nightwatchman Will Somerville leg before for four with his 13th delivery of the day, he reached the 200-wicket mark in just his 33rd Test.

Legspinner Yasir Shah claimed 4-129 in the second innings to take his wickets tally to 29 in the series and earn the man of the series award.

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has become the fastest bowler to reach 200 Test wickets. "The wicket is slow but it is turning from the patches".

The Test series is now tied at 1-1 after New Zealand won the first Test and Pakistan clinched the second Test.

It was a smart declaration - giving Pakistan enough temptation to chase for the victory, but some brilliant bowling made sure they never got close.

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Ross Taylor's (22 off 14 balls) over aggressive approach ultimately led to his downfall when he was caught in the deep as New Zealand slumped to 4-60.

The key moment for Pakistan in the field came when Yasir dropped Williamson on 87 off Bilal Asif when he failed to catch a full blooded pull at square-leg. Yasir Shah dismissed de Grandhomme and BJ Watling on consecutive deliveries to stall the flow just a bit but Nicholls ensured the visitors got to the target they would have hoped for at the start of the day.

His 14 for 184 were the second best match figures in a Test for Pakistan, behind the former captain and current prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, who bagged 14 for 116 against Sri Lanka in Lahore in 1982.

He is the seventh Pakistani bowler to take 200 or more wickets in a list topped by fast bowler Wasim Akram's 414 in 104 Tests.

New Zealand, which conceded a 74-run first-innings lead, lead Pakistan by 38 runs with six wickets in hand.

His wicket triggered a Pakistan collapse as they went from 304-5 to 348 all out with Somerville ripping up the tail after tea to finish with figures of 4-75.

The two have added 52 runs for the fifth wicket but Nicholls was lucky to overturn a leg-before decision off Yasir on nine, and survived two other appeals.

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