New Zealand Consolidates Their Fourth Position Following Their Series Win Against Pakistan

New Zealand Consolidates Their Fourth Position Following Their Series Win Against Pakistan

But they batted with determination and luck in an unbroken 212-run, fifth-wicket stand to leave Pakistan anxious about what total it may be chasing to win the series on the last day Friday.

Meanwhile, on the other hand, Pakistan have slipped to the seventh spot following their poor run.

During the third session of the third day, Sarfraz flicked New Zealand spinner Will Somerville to the leg-side and chose to pinch a tricky second.

Despite centuries from Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, Pakistan couldn't maximise their lead as they were bowled out for 348, 74 more than New Zealand's first innings total.

However, if the series result is reversed and Sri Lanka win 2-0, then they will rise to 97 points while retaining sixth place and New Zealand will fall behind Australia in the fifth position on 99 points.

The early part of the morning at Sheikh Zayed Stadium belonged to Yasir who collected the one wicket he needed to become the fastest man to reach 200 wickets in Test cricket.

Following Grimmett and Ashwin, Australia's Dennis Lillee (38 Tests), Pakistan's Waqar Younis (38 Tests) and South Africa's Dale Steyn (39 Tests) held the top five spots in the list of fastest to 200 wickets before Yasir Shah achieved the milestone.

That 212-run stand between Williamson which brought New Zealand back into the game on Thursday, was finally broken with the very first ball of the day.

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He broke an 82-year-old record on dismissing 200th batsman in the 33rd Test.

New Zealand could not capitalise as opener Jeet Raval was dismissed for a duck by left-arm paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi before leg-spinner Yasir Shah sent back Tom Latham for 10. We want to bowl them and try to go for the chase.

The key moment for Pakistan in the field came when Yasir dropped Williamson on 87 off Bilal Asif when he failed to catch a full blooded pull at square-leg.

Nicholls also survived a loud leg-before appeal off Yasir when on three, but Pakistan erred by not reviewing the not-out decision as the ball tracker showed it would have hit the leg stump.

He is the seventh Pakistani bowler to take 200 or more wickets in a list topped by fast bowler Wasim Akram's 414 in 104 Tests.

Pakistan does not have happy memories at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium, where New Zealand won the first Test by just four runs after setting Pakistan a target of 176.

NEW ZEALAND (1st Innings) 274 (K.S. Williamson 89, B.J. Watling 77 not out, J.A. Raval 45; Bilal Asif 5-65, Yasir Shah 3-75). It began the fifth on 272-4, lost century-maker Kane Williamson, but slammed 81 runs in nine overs to declare on 353-7.