New Zealand beat Pakistan in third Test to win series

New Zealand beat Pakistan in third Test to win series

Debutant Will Somerville grabbed three key wickets to guide New Zealand to their first away series win over Pakistan in 49 years with a crushing 123-run win in the third and final Test on Friday.

However, Pakistan's three dropped catches, two of them comparatively hard, would hurt them if New Zealand go on to draw the Test and walk away with a drawn three-match series.

Pakistan made a flawless 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.

Williamson was batting on 139 not out and Nicholls was unbeaten on 90 when umpires called it a day.

Shah already has 27 wickets in the series and is likely to break another record in this Test match, the most wickets in a three-Test series, a record which is now held by former Pakistan star Abdul Qadir who took 30 wickets against England in 1987-88.

Patel ended Azam's 114-ball resistance before getting the last wicket when he dismissed Hasan Ali for four, sparking celebrations among the New Zealand players. "The wicket is slow but it is turning from the patches".

New Zealand's last away series win against Pakistan was a 1-0 victory in matches played in Pakistan in 1969. We want to bowl them and try to go for the chase.

Nicholls could have been out lbw on three but Pakistan neglected to asked for a review after a Shah-led appeal was declined. 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. He has so far hit eight boundaries.

His 14-184 were the second best match figures in a Test for Pakistan, behind former captain and current Prime Minister Imran Khan, who bagged 14-116 against Sri Lanka in Lahore in 1981-82.

The 32-year-old trapped nightwatchman Will Somerville leg before for four - his second wicket of the New Zealand second innings - to reach the milestone in his 33rd Test, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett's record of 36 Tests achieved against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1936. PAKISTAN (1st Innings) 348 (Azhar Ali 134, Asad Shafiq 104; W.E.R. Somerville 4-75).

It began the fifth on 272-4, lost century-maker Williamson to the first ball, but slammed 81 runs in nine overs to declare on 353-7.Henry Nicholls reached his third test century, and first away from home, and finished 126 not out.