Pakistan All-Rounder Mohammad Hafeez Announces Retirement From Test Cricket

Pakistan All-Rounder Mohammad Hafeez Announces Retirement From Test Cricket

New Zealand will start day four of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Shah also equalled Pakistan's record of most wickets in a Test by claiming 14 scalps last week in the second match against New Zealand.

Azhar hit an attractive 134 for his 15th Test hundred while Shafiq scored 104, but debutant New Zealand off-spinner Will Somerville took four wickets to restrict Pakistan to 348 all out.

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

After working their way into a dominant position midway through the test, Pakistan lost 7-62 to give the Black Caps a sniff.

Paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi trapped Jeet Raval for a nought while leg-spinner Yasir Shah had Tom Latham caught for ten, his 199th wicket in Tests.

Azhar Ali was in sumptuous touch from the outset.

Earlier, resuming on 139-3, Pakistan had a productive first session.

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Will Somerville became Yasir Shah's 200th Test victim.

"It's always nice to bat with Azhar", said Shafiq.

Azhar edged medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme through the slips for his ninth boundary to complete his first century after 18 barren innings.

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.

New Zealand couldn't get the breakthrough even after bowling 10 overs with the second new ball before lunch.

Kane Williamson and nightwatchman Somerville saw the visitors through to stumps at 26-2, still trailing by 48 runs, but considering even a lead of 150 would put pressure on Pakistan in the fourth innings, they at least hold a slim chance of repeating their first test victory.

Shah was run out in freakish fashion when he lost his right shoe while going for the second run with captain Sarfraz Ahmed (25).

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