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Live Cricket Score - Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 4, Abu Dhabi

Cricket news - Live Cricket Score - Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 4, Abu Dhabi


Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls have taken New Zealand's lead to 198 - as they end the fourth day on 272 for 4 - with the series finale set up beautifully in Abu Dhabi. In the last five chases at the venue, four have ended in losses. Add to the fact that Pakistan botched up the 176-run chase in the first Test at the same venue and Pakistan seem to be in a lot of trouble.

Williamson and Nicholls scored unbeaten 212 for the fifth wicket to put New Zealand on course for a series win in Asia since 1984. Make no mistake, the ball misbehaved at times, the Pakistan spinners found plenty of turn to trouble the duo but it was the application from the two that stood out. When New Zealand started the day trailing by 48, Pakistan would have hoped to chase anything below 100. But the partnership not only changed the course of the game, putting the visitors as front-runners to seal the contest, it also changed the narrative. By the time the stumps were drawn, New Zealand were more comfortable with Sarfraz Ahmed & Co. sweating over the missed opportunities during the day.

Nicholls survived a few close calls in the first session when Pakistan mounted pressure to get on top. When things got off to a patchy start, it seemed the Pakistan spinners will spin the visitors out of the contest in no time. William Somerville became Yasir's 200 Test victim as the legspinner became the fastest to 200 Test wickets - breaking an 82-year-old record - as he got to the landmark in 33 Tests. Ross Taylor flourished for a while with his attacking approach before one poor stroke left the team reeling at 60 for 4.

New Zealand went to lunch with a slender lead of 38 but not before Nicholls survived a few nervy moments. Pakistan decided against reviewing a plumb lbw decision against the left-hander and Nicholls later had a decision reversed after he was trapped in front by Yasir. The slowness of the track too didn't help Pakistan. Sarfraz continuously egged his spinners to bowl faster but while Yasir extracted prodigious turn, Bilal Asif failed to create any sort of impact.

Williamson reached his 19th Test ton - the first in the series by a New Zealand batsman - as he punched Hasan Ali for a boundary. New Zealand's lead was just 114 then and he refused to slow down. Nicholls raised his half-century as the stand swelled past 150. Pakistan's decision to keep attacking with spinners should be questioned but it was perhaps Hasan's niggle that kept them tied. However, with Shaheen bowling just 16 overs, Sarfraz missed the trick as both batsmen got used to the spinners. While Nicholls used the reverse sweep to good effect, Williamson backed on his backfoot play to open up the off side throughout the day to milk the spinners.

As the lead swelled, the shoulders started to drop and the anxious energies started to rise. Pakistan, for most parts of the last two sessions, it seemed had walked out without a plan. In the last session, they refused to believe they stood a chance. Sarfraz nudged the bowlers, gave them ideas, got furious more often than not when things went wrong but eventually failed to earn a wicket. The fact that Williamson was dropped twice - both times by Yasir - didn't do much to sooth Sarfraz's qualms either. They will enter the final day with the aim of making New Zealand bat for as long as possible. But they'll be well aware that there's no room for panic if they want to maintain series parity.

GAME CHANGERS: Williamson and Nicholls have been superb today and now they've stretched their collaboration to 200. The lead is 182 with Pakistan already sweating on a track that is offering slow turn. What will be a winning total for New Zealand?

New Zealand 250 ... lead 190.

Pakistan's troubles are rising. Williamson and Nicholls have now added 150 for the fifth wicket.

DROPPED: Yasir Shah!!! Tossed up from the legspinner and Williamson danced down to smoke it back to the bowler. He got both hands but failed to grab that one. New Zealand have just gone past 200 - the lead 128 - and this wicket would have changed things significantly.

The players are back and 200 comes up for Pakistan soon after ...


New Zealand have extended their lead to 125 - going to Tea at 199 for 4 - as Pakistan struggled to create any sort of impact in the second session. Kane Williamson, who registered his 19th Test ton, scored unbeaten 139 for the fifth wicket with Henry Nicholls to ensure the visitors bagged the session after losing two in the first. One thing that'll trouble Sarfraz Ahmed & Co. is four of the last five chases have resulted in losses at this venue and they also suffered a close loss in the first Test of the series. With the series on the line, Pakistan will hope to chase anything below 200 and hope there's no panic as the final session progresses.

New Zealand started the session on 114 for 4 and scored 87 in the session. Williamson batted beautifully and more importantly kept the Yasir Shah threat at bay. Nicholls, too, after struggling against the legspinner in the first session, looked at ease and settled down beautifully to frustrate the hosts. Williamson's ton, the first in the series by a New Zealand batsman, couldn't have come at a better time. The ball spun significantly and his innings helped the team bat out time, making the threat from their spinners even more significant.

The landmark came in the 66th over, when he punched Hasan Ali off the backfoot for a boundary. As the lead swelled, nothing seemed to work for Pakistan either. They lost their second review in the 43rd over when they went after a decision against Williamson. Hasan Ali had pinged the New Zealand captain in front and replays showed the ball, having made the impact in line, was missing the leg stump. Soon after, they took the team past 150 and also raised the century partnership - off 193 balls - to cement their position just a bit more. Sarfraz soon turned to Yasir to break the stand but the legspinner failed to replicate the same magic he created in the first session. There were no major hiccups for New Zealand in the session as the Williamson-Nicholls association continued to make Pakistan sweat.

Earlier in the day, Yasir became the fastest to 200 Test wickets when he dismissed William Somerville. The nightwatchman had frustrated Pakistan for 34 deliveries before he was trapped lbw. Ross Taylor walked out attacking every single delivery and raced to 22 off 13. He, however, failed in execution and got carried away as he pulled one straight to deep square leg off the bowling of Shaheen Afridi to leave the team at 60 for 4.

100-RUN STAND: Williamson and Nicholls have scored 100 for the fifth wicket off 193 balls now. Sarfraz has turned to Yasir to break this stand now. In the first session, Nicholls survived close calls against the legspinner. It'll be interesting to see how he handles this challenge.

150 comes up for New Zealand. The lead is now 76. Key thing to remember that in last five chases at this venue, four have ended in losses. Williamson and Nicholls have now scored 90 for the fifth wicket.

REVIEW LOST: Trapped in the crease by Hasan Ali is Williamson, and on the back foot, which is why they even went for the review. But the impact being on leg-stump, it always looked headed down. And ball-tracking confirms.. Williamson and Nicholls continues to nibble at a lead, which is over 50 now.

The players are back, Nicholls is on strike, Hasan Ali to start with the ball ...


New Zealand ensured Pakistan will have to bat one final time to secure the series but will be pretty disappointed with how things panned out in the first session. At Lunch, New Zealand were 112 for 4 - having a lead of 38 - with nightwatchman William Somerville and Ross Taylor dismissed in the session.

Kane Williamson stood tall, and was ably supported by Henry Nicholls, but the major disappointment in the session came from Ross Taylor. New Zealand started slow with Somerville frustrating Pakistan for 34 deliveries before he was trapped lbw by Yasir Shah. The wicket meant the legspinner became the quickest to 200 Test wickets - getting there off 33 Tests - and breaking the 82-year-old record held by Clarrie Grimmett. Taylor walked out keen to attack his way out of trouble. The move worked, for a brief while, as New Zealand made rapid progress in wiping up the deficit. He was, however, too focussed to attack Yasir knowing his poor record against the legspinner.

Taylor had raced to 22 off 13 and then pulled a Shaheen Afridi short one to square leg to leave the team at 60 for 4. New Zealand were still 14 away from taking the lead when Henry Nicholls joined Williamson. Nicholls survived a few close calls against Yasir. He was trapped plumb in front but Pakistan decided against reviewing the decision. In the 34th over, he was adjudged lbw with a delivery that spun in sharply but reviewed the decision. Replays showed the ball was missed the leg stump but a distant as he continued to march.

The duo soon took New Zealand past 100 as Williamson completed his half-century to keep them on track. They also stretched their association to unbeaten 52 and will aim at a lead of at least 150 to keep Pakistan sweating.

New Zealand have now taken the lead ... They'll will be aiming at least 150 to trouble Pakistan.

FOUR DOWN: Poor from Ross Taylor and the team will be pretty disappointed with that. He was looking to attack everything and raced to 22 off 13. And then ... pulled a short ball off Shaheen straight to square leg. New Zealand still trail by 14.

RECORD: Yasir Shah becomes the fastest to 200 Test wickets. He gets there in 33 Tests. Somerville frustrated Pakistan for 34 deliveries but has been trapped in front. New Zealand 38 for 3 and Ross Taylor is out there. He has struggled against Yasir and New Zealand need him to stand up.

RECORD ALERT - Yasir Shah has 199 Test wickets. If he gets one more, he'll be the fastest to 200 Test wickets.

Alright then, Williamson and Somerville out in the middle, Hasan Ali to start for Pakistan ...

Hello and welcome to the live blog of the fourth day's play between Pakistan and New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan nosed just ahead with late wickets on the third day and with New Zealand still trailing by 48, they'll hope they can strike early. The visitors will bank on Williamson, Nicholls and Taylor to build a substantial lead. Spinners will play a key role and it'll all depend on how New Zealand tackle Yasir Shah.

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