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Ton-up Azhar lifts Pakistan to 224-3 in third Test

AFP  |  Abu Dhabi 

Ali ended his century drought to put close behind New Zealand's first-innings total in the third and final Test in on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old was unbeaten on 111 for his 15th hundred and first since May last year, guiding to 224-3 at lunch on the third day, just 50 behind New Zealand's total of 274.

At the break, was unbeaten on 55, helping add 139 for an unbroken fourth wicket stand as seek a big lead to force a series-clinching win.

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

edged medium pacer through the slips for his ninth boundary to complete his first century after 18 barren innings.

Azhar, whose last hundred was against the in in May 2017, took 210 balls to reach the three-figure mark.

He has so far stuck 10 boundaries while Shafiq has seven in his 22nd half-century. skipper 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 Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.

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.

Boult has figures of 2-54 while fellow paceman has taken 1-39.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 16:30 IST
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