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New Zealand level series despite Shafiq’s ton


New Zealand bowler Boult traps Pakistan batsman Younis Khan lbw for a golden duck during the 3rd Test at Sharjah on Sunday.
 SHARJAH, Nov 30 (AFP): Emotional New Zealand completed an innings and 80 run win over Pakistan in the third and final Test in Sharjah today, to level the three-match series 1-1.

Seamer Trent Boult took 4-38 and Mark Craig 3-109 which overshadowed Asad Shafiq’s career best 137 as Pakistan were dismissed for 259 in their second innings in the fading light at Sharjah stadium.

The win was more praiseworthy in a week when New Zealand were left grieved by Australian batsman Phillip Hughes’s tragic death on Thursday, the day when both teams abandoned second day’s play.

Boult ended Shafiq’s fighting 183-minute knock of 18 fours and six sixes – his fifth Test century – with a short delivery.

Craig wrapped up the innings by dismissing Rahat Ali for six to end with match figures of 10-203.

He took 7-94 in the first innings.

Boult struck thrice in the space of 18 balls to leave Pakistan struggling at 24-3 before Craig and Sodhi (2-82) chipped in.

Pakistan won the first Test in Abu Dhabi by 248 runs while the second ended in a draw in Dubai.

Pakistan’s batting failure was miserable on a pitch where New Zealand plundered 690.

Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed (37) tried to take the attack to the New Zealand bowlers with a 73-run stand for the sixth wicket before Sodhi removed Ahmed and Yasir Shah (ten) in the same over before tea.

Shafiq hit Craig for a six and four to reach his hundred off 123 balls to delay the defeat after Pakistan lost Mohammad Hafeez (24) and Misbah-ul Haq (12) in the post lunch session.

SCORECARD

Pakistan 1st innings 351

New Zealand 1st innings (overnight 637-8): T Latham c Ahmed b Rahat 13, B McCullum b Shah 202, K Williamson c Younis b Rahat 192, R Taylor c Younis b Shah 50, C Anderson c Shah b Rahat 50, D Vettori lbw b Rahat 15, BJ Watling lbw b Hafeez 8, M Craig c and b Hafeez 65, T Southee c Talha b Shah 50, I Sodhi c Younis b Shah 22, T Boult not out 0. Extras: (b2, lb7, nb6, w8) 23. Total: (all out; 143.1 overs) 690. Fall of wicket: 1-51, 2-348, 3-464, 4-488, 5-528, 6-537, 7-546, 8-637, 9-682. Bowling: Talha 22-2-136-0 (6nb, 1w), Rahat 29-2-99-4 (2w), Babar 23-1-135-0, Shah 44.1-4-193-4, Hafeez 23-2-110-2 (5w), Ali 2-0-8-0.

Pakistan 2nd innings: Mohammad Hafeez c and b Craig 24, Shan Masood c Southee b Boult 4, Azhar Ali b Boult 6, Younis Khan lbw b Boult 0, Misbah-ul Haq c Watling b Craig 12, Asad Shafiq c Craig b Boult 137, Sarfraz Ahmed c Taylor b Sodhi 37, Yasir Shah lbw b Sodhi 10, Mohammad Talha lbw b Vettori 19, Rahat Ali c McCullum b Craig 6, Zulfiqar Babar not out 0. Extras: (lb2, 1nb, w1) 4. Total: (all out; 63.3 overs) 259. Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-20, 3-24, 4-36, 5-63, 6-136, 7-146, 8-180, 9-258. Bowling: Boult 15-6-38-4, Southee 11-3-20-0 (1w), Craig 20.3-2-109-3, Vettori 5-2-8-0, Sodhi 12-0-82-2.

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