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Cricket: Williamson and Nicholls dig in to put Kiwis on top

(Reuters) – Skipper Kane Williamson cracked an unbeaten century as New Zealand took a useful 198-run lead towards Pakistan on day 4 of the third and last take a look at in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Williamson was not out on 139 off 282 balls having batted by the day, with middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls maintaining him firm on 90 as New Zealand reached 272-Four at stumps to swing the deciding take a look at in their favour.

The groups are tied 1-1 in the three-match collection.

Resuming on their in a single day rating of 26-2, New Zealand misplaced nightwatchman William Somerville in the seventh over of the morning because the debutant was trapped in entrance of the wicket by leg-spinner Yasir Shah.

Shah’s fifth wicket of the competition in his 33rd take a look at noticed him change Australian Clarrie Grimmett because the quickest man to declare 200 take a look at victims.

Grimmett, additionally a leg-spinner, had reached the 200 mark in his 36th take a look at towards South Africa 82 years in the past.

Pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi then had Ross Taylor caught at sq. leg because the veteran batsman regarded to pull one away, however that was as a lot pleasure as Pakistan would have on a Sheikh Zayed Stadium monitor that has steadily improved for batting.

After coming collectively at 60-Four, Williamson and Nicholls rode their luck to put on an unbroken 212-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Shah in explicit was responsible of poor fielding, dropping Williamson on 80 and 106, whereas Imam-ul-Haq missed a pointy catch after left-hander Nicholls reached his fifty.

Pakistan tightened up to decrease the scoring charge however couldn’t cease Williamson from finishing his 19th take a look at century and Nicholls from inching nearer to his third.

New Zealand received the opening take a look at in Abu Dhabi by 4 runs earlier than Pakistan squared the three-match collection with victory in the second take a look at in Dubai by an innings and 16 runs.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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