(Reuters) – New Zealand dismissed Pakistan for 156 of their second innings to seal a 123-run victory and a 2-1 series triumph on day 5 of the third and closing test in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Set 280 for victory on the ultimate day, Pakistan suffered two separate batting collapses as New Zealand’s bowlers secured a memorable victory – and their first away series in opposition to Pakistan in 49 years.
Debutant William Somerville took Three-52 to finish up with a match haul of seven wickets. Fellow spinner Ajaz Patel completed with Three-42, whereas paceman Tim Southee additionally claimed three victims on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
“It was fantastic. Beating Pakistan in their backyard is very tough. It feels special, and this will be one that the guys remember for a long time,” Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson, who was named man-of-the-match, stated.
“We know the game can ebb and flow very quickly but we came out and played well today. The spinners that came along in this tour… they played a huge part in our win.”
Earlier, Henry Nicholls scored his third test ton, ending with an unbeaten 126, as New Zealand declared their second innings at 353-7.
Williamson, who batted by the day on Thursday to attain 139, was given out leg earlier than wicket to seam bowler Hasan Ali with the primary ball of the morning, leaving the guests on 272-5.
Nicholls, whose 266-ball knock included 12 boundaries, then helped elevate the scoring fee together with Colin de Grandhomme (26) as New Zealand scored 81 runs in 9 overs.
Pakistan’s reply started on a shaky observe, as struggling opener Mohammad Hafeez was dropped by Williamson at second slip off paceman Tim Southee.
The 38-year-old was then bowled by Southee within the sixth over for eight. First innings centurion Azhar Ali perished for 5, edging one to wicketkeeper BJ Watling off Colin de Grandhomme.
Somerville, who claimed Four-75 within the first innings, struck twice in two balls to take away Haris Sohail and the in-form Asad Shafiq to heap the strain on Sarfraz Ahmed’s facet.
Babar Azam tried to regular the ship with a combating half-century, however the Kiwis ran by the Pakistan tail to safe victory.
“If you look at the series, it was in our hands and we let it slip. We had our opportunities. Unfortunately our lower order couldn’t score runs,” skipper Ahmed stated.
New Zealand gained the opening test in Abu Dhabi by 4 runs earlier than Pakistan squared the three-match series with victory within the second test in Dubai by an innings and 16 runs.
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson