New Zealand bowled out Pakistan for 156 in their second innings to win the match by 123 runs (AP Photo) HIGHLIGHTS New Zealand beat Pakistan by 123 runs to win the third Test in Abu Dhabi Kane Williamson starred with the bat while debutant William Somerville was heroic with the ball New Zealand won the 3-Test series in the UAE 2-1 New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 123 runs in the third Test in Abu Dhabi to register a famous series win in the United Arab Emirates.
Last month, New Zealand had won a thriller at the same venue to take a 1-0 lead after the first Test. But Pakistan bounced back to win the second Test in Dubai by an innings and 16 runs.
Back in Abu Dhabi for the third and final Test, Pakistan had the upper hand for the first half of the match. They had bowled New Zeaand out for 274 and looked set for a big total before debutant William Somerville picked up four wickets to stall Pakistan's progress.
Pakistan finished with a first innings lead of 74 runs. Kane Williamson, who was the top scorer in the series then struck a fine hundred and added 212 for the fifth wicket with Henry Nicholls.
Nicholls remained unbeaten on 126.
Chasing 280 on the final day, Pakistan got off to a disastrous start, losing openers Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali by the 12th over. Somerville snuffed out Harris Sohail and Asad Shafiq off successive delivers before Imam-ul-Haq perished Ajaz Patel - tottering at 55 for 5 with plenty of time left, there was little hope for Pakistan.
New Zealand claim a famous 2-1 series win in the UAE!
Pakistan are dismissed for 156 and the Blackcaps win by 123 runs - it's their first Test series win in Asia since 2008, their first away to Pakistan since 1969! #PAKvNZ scorecard https://t.co/cS8PI6iRJl pic.twitter.com/66tmPxirHh
ICC (@ICC) December 7, 2018 New Zealand, on the other hand, were on the cusp of a major series triumph.
Babar Azam looked like the only Pakistani batsman determined to put up a fight but he had no support from his skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and the tail enders.
Eventually Babar became the ninth Pakistani wicket to fall - New Zealand wrapped up victory when Patel had Hasan Ali caught by Kane Williamson.
It was New Zealand's only fifth series victory in Asia and first in 10 years, while Pakistan lost only its second Test series in the United Arab Emirates in the last decade.
New Zealand won the first Test by four runs on the same ground, and lost the second in Dubai by an innings.
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