PESHAWAR: After an even contest on first day of the third Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Abu Dhabi, the second day’s honours were also even on Tuesday.

New Zealand initiated second day’s play on 229/7 and ultimately their inning ended at 274. Watling resisted till the end and remained unbeaten on 77. Bilal Asif took five wickets for Pakistan, Yasir Shah took three wickets and Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali took one wicket each.

Pakistan in their first inning were playing on 139/3 when the day’s play ended. Azhar Ali was the pick of batsmen for Pakistan who was unbeaten on 62, while Asad Shafiq was playing on 26. Openers fell cheaply with Imamul Haq scoring 9 and Hafeez losing his wicket without scoring. Haris Sohail got going, but lost his wicket on 34.

Boult took two wickets, while Southee took one wicket.

Hafeez announces Test retirement

Mohammad Hafeez, who struggled for form during the ongoing Test series, has announced retirement after the ongoing match.

Mohammad Hafeez. – A file photo

After the second day’s play, Hafeez said he is retiring from Tests to focus on shorter formats. The 38-year-old said he is targeting to play the next year’s ICC World Cup. He said it was an honour playing for his country in 55 Tests. He said Pakistan have exiting talent in all the formats and they have bright future.

He has so far scored 3,644 runs with 10 centuries and 12 half centuries.