Azhar Ali shines in last Test against New Zealand

3rd Test Azhar Ali Asad Shafiq Help Pakistan Dominate New Zealand

Shafiq after the day's play asserted that Pakistan must limit New Zealand in their second innings after his side failed to chase down 176 in the first Test.

They trail by another 135 runs, but with seven wickets in hand and a very solid-looking Azhar Ali batting on 62, they will be looking to dominate the proceedings.

New Zealand pace bowler Trent Boult had removed the out-of-form Mohammad Hafeez and Imam-ul-Haq with only 17 runs on the board, having both openers caught by Tim Southee in the slips.

A few months back Hafeez had chose to announce his retirement from cricket but wife Nazia and former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar stepped in to persuade him he still had a role to play.

The Black Caps don't have to look far for good omens as they fight for victory in the third and deciding test against Pakistan.

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Debutant Will Somerville (4-75) had to wait until his 22nd over for his first test wicket when Azhar top-edged the tall off-spinner and Ajaz Patel (2-100) dismissed Shafiq to trigger Pakistan's collapse.

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

Shafiq had a couple of nervous wafts on 99 but brought up his 11th test century with a quick single, then fell in the following over when Patel trapped him plumb in front - Shafiq's review of the decision was wishful thinking.

He hit 14 boundaries in his 259-ball innings. That was in sharp contrast to the effort of Pakistan spinners Bilal Asif and Shah, who bagged eight wickets between them in New Zealand's first innings score of 274.

Once the century-makers had departed, Pakistan lost wickets regularly with the comedic highlight being Shah's run out as he shed his shoe turning for a risky second, hesitated, went through with his charge for the bowler's end in his sock and was found short of his ground.

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