Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq Help Pakistan Dominate New Zealand

New Zealand's batsman Tom Latham right and Kane Williamson run in their test match against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

New Zealand will start day four of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

A few months back Hafeez had chose to announce his retirement from cricket but wife Nazia and former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar stepped in to persuade him he still had a role to play.

Pakistan was cruising along at 286-3 on the back of double-century stand between Azhar (134) and Shafiq (104) before New Zealand came back strongly to bowl out the home team for 348 after tea.

Shah, who has four wickets in the match, needs one more to replace Australian Clarrie Grimmett as the fastest man to claim 200 test victims.

New Zealand, which conceded a 74-run first-innings lead, lead Pakistan by 38 runs with six wickets in hand.

The Black Caps don't have to look far for good omens as they fight for victory in the third and deciding test against Pakistan.

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.

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Azhar Ali was in sumptuous touch from the outset.

He swept with aplomb against Ajaz Patel and had no troubles against the pacemen while Shafiq was content to play second-fiddle after Pakistan began the day at 139-3 in reply to NZ's 274.

The pair's 201-run partnership for the fourth wicket ended when Azhar became off-spinner Somerville's first test victim.

Shafiq completed his century with a single off Somerville but fell leg before wicket off Patel in the next over.

Ross Taylor's (22 off 14 balls) over aggressive approach ultimately led to his downfall when he was caught in the deep as New Zealand slumped to 4-60.

Shah was run out in weird fashion when he lost his right shoe while going for the second run with captain Sarfraz Ahmed (25). With no assistance in the wicket for the quicks, Tim Southee and Boult both deserved a little more reward for their sterling efforts.

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