Williamson, Nicholls swell NZ lead after Yasir’s record

ABU DHABI: Captain Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls mixed in a terrific double-century stand to propel New Zealand’s lead towards Pakistan to a invaluable 198 runs within the third take a look at on Thursday.

Williamson, who resumed on the fourth day on 14, batted the whole day and grafted an unbeaten 139 off 282 balls with 13 fours.

Left-hander Nicholls overcame a jittery begin to be 90 not out off 243 deliveries as New Zealand overcame being 60-Four within the morning to achieve 272-Four at stumps and regain the benefit. Pakistan let it slip away by way of lapses within the discipline and taking a defensive method.

New Zealand was nonetheless trailing Pakistan in its second innings by 14 runs when Nicholls joined Williamson earlier than lunch. However they batted with willpower and luck in an unbroken 212-run, fifth-wicket stand to depart Pakistan apprehensive about what complete it might be chasing to win the collection on the final day Friday.

New Zealand might be in cost and favoured for the collection win when it’ll most likely determine to finish its second innings and go away sufficient time to bowl out Pakistan.

Pakistan doesn’t have blissful reminiscences at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium, the place New Zealand received the primary take a look at by simply 4 runs after setting Pakistan a goal of 176.

Pakistan made an ideal begin to the fourth day when legspinner Yasir Shah turned the quickest bowler to achieve 200 take a look at wickets in his 33rd take a look at by dismissing nightwatchman Will Somerville for 4.

However Shah dropped Williamson on 80 and 106.

And Imam-ul-Haq couldn’t maintain onto a pointy reflex catch of Nicholls near the wicket on the leg facet quickly after the left-hander accomplished his half-century earlier than tea.

Shah might have dismissed Nicholls on 3, however Pakistan didn’t go for the leg earlier than wicket referral. Video replays confirmed the ball would have crashed onto the leg stump.

Nicholls survived one other probability on 9 when he efficiently overturned an lbw resolution towards him off Shah’s sharp turning supply from around the wicket.

New Zealand resumed on 26-2 and Shah acquired Somerville to achieve 200 wickets and break the 82-year-old file of Australia legspinner Clarrie Grimmett, who acquired his 200th wicket in his 36th take a look at in 1936 towards South Africa at Johannesburg.

Ross Taylor’s overly aggressive method in the end led to his downfall on 22 off 14 balls when he was caught within the deep as New Zealand slumped to 60-4.

Taylor smashed three boundaries in Shaheen Afridi’s one over and was undone by Afridi’s tempo within the subsequent over and holed out at deep mid-wicket.

Williamson and Nicholls then dug in effectively on a sluggish pitch and steadily elevated the lead as Pakistan fielders let possibilities slip away.

Williamson accomplished his 19th take a look at century off 154 balls with a crisp cowl pushed boundary off Hasan Ali simply earlier than tea. By stumps he’d endured 100 overs.

He and Nicholls, closing on his third take a look at century, scored 87 within the second session and 73 within the final session. Pakistan had an opportunity to take the brand new ball during the last 24 overs however declined, setting defensive fields to maintain down New Zealand’s run fee.

The run fee got here down, however Williamson and Nicholls nonetheless took the sport away from a drained Pakistan assault.

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