SHARJAH, UAE: (APS) – New Zealand defeated Pakistan in the 3rd Test by an innings and 80 runs to level the 3-match series 1 – 1. Pakistan had defeated New Zealand in the first Test while the second went draw.
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Pakistan scored 351 runs in their first innings after collapsing on Day-2 when they scored 70 runs only losing 7 wickets in the process. Mohammad Hafeez scored 197 runs. Mark Craig took 7 wickets to topple the Pakistan side on the Day-2 of the series. Azhar Ali and skipper Misbahul Haq scored 39 and 38 runs respectively. No other Pakistan batsman really took a start.
New Zealand skipper Brandon McCullum opened the innings for his side along with Latham. Latham lost his wicket after making 13 runs but McCullum took the game to the Pakistan bowlers and scored 202 runs off just 188 balls. His was the fourth fastest double century in the history of Test Cricket. Williamson scored 192 runs and with valuable contributions by Ross Taylor (50), Corey Anderson (50) Mark Craig (65) and Tim Southee (50), New Zealand managed to score 690 runs leaving Pakistan trailing by a massive 339 runs.
Rahat Ali and Yasir Shah both secured 4 wickets each while Mohammad Hafeez bagged 2.
Pakistan came out to bat under pressure and it certainly showed off when Shan Masood lost his wicket after scoring 4 runs only off 5 balls. Azhar Ali was gone for 6 while experienced Younis Khan got a Golden Duck. All three wickets were taken by Trent Boult. Pakistan found itself 24 for 3 when Misbah joined Mohammad Hafeez. The two tried to stabilize the Pakistan innings but failed to do so as Hafeez pushed Craig’s ball back to him who caught it at chest height. Misbahul Haq scored 12 runs before getting caught behind. He reviewed umpire’s decision but camera showed the ball touching his glove.
Asad Shafiq and Sarfaraz tried to pull things together. Hoping against the hope, the two batsmen tried to bring New Zealand bowling under pressure by hitting a few boundaries but Sarfaraz got caught by Ross Taylor of Sodhi’s bowling. Asad Shafiq, however, carried on and scored a quick century. He scored 137 runs off just 148 balls but it was a little too late for the hosts as Yasir Shah and Mohammad Talha simply lacked the ability to support Asad. Finally, Asad Shafiq also lost hope and got caught by Craig off Boult’s bowling. 7 balls later, Rahat Ali was caught by skipper McCullum off Craig’s bowling to seal the victory for New Zealand.
Pakistan was all out for 259 falling 80 runs short off New Zealand’s lead of 339 runs. New Zealand won the game by an innings and 80 runs. Mark Craig was declared Man of the Match for his 10 wickets in the Test and 65 valuable runs in the first innings. Mohammad Hafeez was Man of the Series.
Test series has been drawn 1 – 1. The first Twenty-20 game will be played between Pakistan and New Zealand on 4th of December.