Kane Williamson ton, Henry Nicholls 90* put New Zealand in control

Kane Williamson ton, Henry Nicholls 90* put New Zealand in control

Stumps New Zealand 272 for 4 (Williamson 139*, Nicholls 90*, Shaheen 2-55) and 274 (Williamson 89, Watling 77*, Bilal 5-65) lead Pakistan 348 (Azhar 134, Shafiq 104, Somerville 4-75) by 198 runs Where Kane Williamson began the morning simply trying to keep his side afloat, he will put his feet up this evening pondering the best way to press home an advantage that now decidedly belongs to his side in Abu Dhabi. A superlative second-innings…

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Yasir’s triple-wicket maiden leaves New Zealand on slippery road

Yasir’s triple-wicket maiden leaves New Zealand on slippery road

Lunch New Zealand 63 for 4 (Williamson 6*, Watling 0*, Yasir 4-31) trail Pakistan 418 for 5 dec (Sohail 147, Babar 127, Azhar 81, de Grandhomme 2-44) by 355 runs Since the slow, hard grind had worked well for Pakistan, New Zealand decided to give it a shot, too. The initial results looked promising, but that was before Yasir Shah demonstrated the gulf in class between him and the opposition spinners. Three wickets in an…

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Debutant Ajaz Patel scripts stunning four-run win for New Zealand | Cricket

Debutant Ajaz Patel scripts stunning four-run win for New Zealand | Cricket

New Zealand 153 (Williamson 63, Yasir 3-54) and 249 (Watling 59, Nicholls 55, Hasan 5-45, Yasir 5-110) beat Pakistan 227 (Babar 62, Boult 4-54) and 171 (Azhar 65, Patel 5-59) by four runs Ajaz Patel celebrates his maiden Test wicket © AFP In the pantheon of infamous Pakistan implosions, this must rank right around the top. Pakistan were cantering to a victory around lunchtime, courtesy Asad Shafiq and Azhar…

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Vijay, Vihari fifties headline drawn encounter against New Zealand A

Vijay, Vihari fifties headline drawn encounter against New Zealand A

India A 467 for 8 dec (Parthiv 94, Vihari 86, Tickner 4-80) and 35 for 0 (Vijay 60, Vihari 51*) drew with New Zealand A 458 for 9 dec (Rutherford 114, Rance 69*, Cleaver 53, Gowtham 3-107) M Vijay guides one towards covers BCCI All of India A’s top five batsmen notched up 40-plus scores on the last day against New Zealand A as the first unofficial Test ended in a draw at Mount Maunganui. M…

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Spinners strangle Pakistan in big New Zealand win

Spinners strangle Pakistan in big New Zealand win

New Zealand women 144 for 6 (Bates 35, Devine 32, Riaz 2-29) beat Pakistan women 90 (Javeria 36, Watkin 3-9, Kerr 3-21) by 54 runs Jess Watkin was the Player of the Match for her 3 for 9 IDI/Getty Images World No. 3 New Zealand took their first step towards sealing third place in Group B with a comprehensive win over Pakistan. With India’s result against Ireland earlier on Thursday ruling both these teams out of…

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Fakhar, Babar, Haris fire as Pakistan set New Zealand 280

Fakhar, Babar, Haris fire as Pakistan set New Zealand 280

Pakistan 279 for 8 (Babar 92, Fakhar 65, Haris 60, Ferguson 5-45) v New Zealand Babar Azam plays a square cut Getty Images It’s hard not to wonder where this Pakistan side has been all along. Batting first against a team that has tormented them recently, Pakistan cast away the trepidation they appear to carry whenever they come up against an elite team of late, bossing the innings throughout as they racked up 279. A 108-run…

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Uncapped Shaheen Afridi, Saad Ali in Pakistan squad for New Zealand tests | Cricket

Uncapped Shaheen Afridi, Saad Ali in Pakistan squad for New Zealand tests | Cricket

Shaheen Afridi roars after taking a wicket © Getty Images Despite scoring 160 runs in his debut Test match against Australia last month, opener Fakhar Zaman has been left out of Pakistan’s squad for the first two Tests against New Zealand. A PCB media release said that he along with legspinner Shadab Khan were rested. Mohammad Amir was ignored again, but 18-year-old Shaheen Afridi, who is uncapped in Test…

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Will Somerville’s journey to New Zealand Test call via New South Wales

Will Somerville’s journey to New Zealand Test call via New South Wales

Offspinner Will Somerville, who moved back to New Zealand earlier this year after three years playing for New South Wales, has been called into the national squad for the Test series against Pakistan after injury ruled out Todd Astle. At 34, Somerville would slot into New Zealand’s top ten of oldest Test debutants should he make his first appearance during the three-match series. Somerville was born in Wellington before moving to Australia as a child…

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