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Somerville double brings New Zealand close to victory

AFP  |  Abu Dhabi 

Debutant off-spinner Will took two wickets off successive balls to bring within sight of a series-clinching victory as slumped to 55-5 in the third and final Test in on Friday.

dismissed (9) with the third ball of his first over and then had caught off the next to leave tottering at lunch on the fifth day, chasing a 280-run target.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq was dismissed for 22 in the last over before lunch by spinner was not out on four as were rocked.

now need another five wickets in the remaining 58.2 overs to clinch the series, their first away series win against Pakistan since 1969.

The series is currently tied at 1-1.

Pakistan were off to another disastrous start when was bowled by fast bowler for eight, his last innings in Test

Hafeez had announced he will retire from Tests after this match.

Medium pacer had first-innings centurion caught behind for five before Somerville's double strike pushed Pakistan to the brink. has figures of 2-4 in two overs.

Earlier, declared their second innings on 353-7 after some 45 minutes of batting with remaining unbeaten on 126 and dismissed at his overnight score of 139.

Leg-spinner finished with 4-129, 29 wickets in the series.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 15:40 IST
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