PESHAWAR: Pakistan were in a strong position at the end of the third day play in third Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

In reply to New Zealand’s first inning score of 274, Pakistan scored 348 runs. Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq scored brilliant centuries and took Pakistan to a strong position. Azhar was out on 134, while Asad scored 104. However, New Zealand gained some ground after the lower order of Pakistan did not contribute much and the first inning lead of Pakistan was restricted to 74 runs.

Debutant William Somerville was the pick of bowlers for New Zealand who claimed four wickets, while Patel and Boult took two wickets each.

Pakistan claimed two wickets quickly in the second innings and New Zealand were on 26/2 when the day’s play ended. New Zealand are now trailing by 48 runs with eight wickets in hand. Yasir Shah and Shaheen Shan Afridi took one wicket each. Yasir Shah needs just one more wicket to become fastest Test bowler to 200 wickets.