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Pakistan lose Hafeez after Watling's defiance in third Test

AFP  |  Abu Dhabi 

got off to a poor start when opener was dismissed without scoring on the second day of the third and final Test in on Tuesday.

Hafeez fell to a low catch in the slips by off paceman as were 0-1 at lunch after BJ Watling's fighting, unbeaten 77 took to 274 all out in their first innings.

Fellow opener Imam-ul-Haq was unbeaten on nought as trailed by 274 runs with nine wickets intact as both teams fight for a series-clinching win.

The three-match series is tied at 1-1.

It was Watling who carried New Zealand's overnight total from 229-7 and added an invaluable 45 runs over the last three wickets to frustrate Pakistan.

During his five-and-a-half-hour knock Watling, when on 66, passed 3,000 runs in his 56th Test.

He is the 14th batsman to score 3,000 or more runs, joining a list topped by who scored 7,172 in 111 Tests.

Watling and debutant Will kept Pakistan's bowlers at bay, adding 45 runs for the eighth wicket before off-spinner took all three final wickets to finish with 5-65, his second five-for in five Tests.

Watling, playing his 56th Test, reached his 16th Test half-century with a boundary off medium pacer after facing 199 balls.

In all he batted for five hours and 32 minutes, hitting four boundaries. Asif bowled without any addition to his overnight score of 12, then had caught for six before bowling Boult for one.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, in his 33rd Test, failed to add to his three wickets on Monday, leaving him two short of becoming the fastest man to reach 200 Test scalps.

The current record has stood for 82 years after Australia's Clarrie Grimmett reached 200 wickets in 36 Tests in 1936.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 15:40 IST