Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez to retire from Test cricket

Pakistan's Azhar Ali made 134 on day three of the third test APPakistan's Azhar Ali made 134 on day three of the third test
Cassandra Castillo | 06 December, 2018, 14:32

New Zealand will start day four of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, on Tuesday, announced his retirement from Test cricket on the second day of the final Test against New Zealand.

Pakistan, who resumed on their overnight score of 139-3, rode on Azhar's 134 and Shafiq's 104 to get into a commanding position in the series decider at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

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.

Eighteen-year-old debutant Shaheen Shah Afridi removed opener Jeet Raval for a duck early in NZ's second innings and fellow opener Tom Latham perished to an ill-judged sweep just before stumps.

New Zealand's Will Somerville and teammates celebrate the dismissal of Pakistan's Azhar Ali. He struck the first ball of the day from Trent Boult for four and ensured Pakistan progressed at a lively pace after two days of grind from both side's batsmen.

New Zealand's Will Somerville and teammates celebrate the dismissal of Pakistan's Azhar Ali
APNew Zealand's Will Somerville and teammates celebrate the dismissal of Pakistan's Azhar Ali

The pair's 201-run partnership for the fourth wicket ended when Azhar became off-spinner Somerville's first test victim.

A well-set Sohail was dismissed when he edged Southee to wicketkeeper BJ Watling, but Azhar and Shafiq dropped anchor to ensure Pakistan did not suffer any more losses.

Shafiq completed the 12th hundred of his career with a sharp single off Somerville before falling leg-before to Patel off a straight delivery.

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

Shah was run out in freaky fashion when he lost his right shoe while going for the second run with captain Sarfraz Ahmed (25).

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who scored a fighting 89 in the first innings, was batting on 14 with night-watchman William Somerville on one with the visitors trailing by 48.

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