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Azhar and Shafiq hit hundreds as Pakistan build lead over Kiwis

AFP  |  Abu Dhabi 

duo and Ali both scored hundreds to build a lead of 38 runs over on Wednesday and push their team's case for a series victory.

made a steady 104 and notched a solid 134 as the duo punished during their relentless 201-run stand for the fourth wicket which helped overhaul New Zealand's total of 274 on the third day of the final Test in

But both fell within 18 runs of each other, mistiming a sweep off debutant Will while was trapped leg-before by with the score at 304.

At the break, was unbeaten on 14 and was batting on one and still have five wickets to further their lead and secure victory in a three-match series currently tied at 1-1.

Azhar edged medium pacer through the slips for his ninth boundary to complete his first century since he notched one against in in May 2017 and his first ever hundreed against

He took 210 balls to reach the three-figure mark, smashing 12 boundaries during his 297-ball knock Shafiq completed the 12th hundred of his career with a sharp single off before falling leg-before to Patel off a straight delivery.

He hit 14 boundaries in his 259-ball innings.

Azhar and Shafiq frustrated New Zealand's search for early wickets as they took Pakistan to 224-3 at lunch.

New Zealand took the second new ball in the 81st over with Pakistan comfortably placed at 213-3, but nothing worked for the bowlers on a flat pitch at the

Resuming at 139-3, Azhar hit for a boundary off the first ball of the day and then smacked spinner for another to enter the eighties.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 17:25 IST