Black Caps shine to claim test series victory

Ross Houston
December 8, 2018

Pakistani spinner Yasir Shah (C) holds the ball as he celebrates with teammates after breaking fastest 200 wickets record during the fourth day of the third and final Test cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 6 December, 2018.

Meanwhile, on the other hand, Pakistan have slipped to the seventh spot following their poor run.

The New Zealand captain was trapped in front by Hasan Ali as his 283-ball fight came to an end.

As Bryan Adams crooned, nothing can last forever, and the victory marked just the Black Caps' 15th away test series win - the first in Asia since 1984, and just their second against a major nation since 1986.

However, if the series result is reversed and Sri Lanka win 2-0, then they will rise to 97 points while retaining sixth place and New Zealand will fall behind Australia in the fifth position on 99 points.

Southee struck first, with a lovely delivery that straightened and beat the outside edge of Mohammad Hafeez.

"A fantastic performance to be a part of, we know how formidable Pakistan are, certainly in their home conditions they're a very hard side to beat".

"It was a really great fighting effort, and one we'll remember for a long time".

"We know the game can ebb and flow very quickly but we came out and played very well today".

In the chase, Babar Azam top-scored with 51 off 114 balls before he was the ninth man to be dismissed as Pakistan's top order succumbed to brilliant bowling. New Zealand bossed the session and will now be licking their lips to seal a historic series win.

New Zealand could not capitalise as opener Jeet Raval was dismissed for a duck by left-arm paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi before leg-spinner Yasir Shah sent back Tom Latham for 10.

Medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme had first-innings centurion Azhar Ali caught behind for five before Somerville's double strike pushed Pakistan to 55-5 at lunch.

The path to glory started with a sensational partnership between Williamson and Henry Nicholls, who rescued the hosts from what was looking like a hefty defeat. When Williamson departed on the first ball of the final day, for 139, Nicholls pushed on, playing aggressively as he brought up his third test century.

De Grandhomme struck two boundaries and two sixes as New Zealand added 81 runs in 45 minutes, ensuring they set up a daunting target for Pakistan. It took the spinner just 33 matches to reach the milestone.

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