Mohammad Hafeez to retire from Test cricket

Ruben Hill
December 6, 2018

Hafeez announced his retirement after the second day's play of the third and final Test in Abu Dhabi and will be taking his leave after the clash. Yasir is now one wicket away from 200 wickets and become the quickest to the mark in Test cricket.

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

Azhar, the dependable No. 3 batsman, square cut Trent Boult (2-66) over backward point for a boundary off the very first ball of the day and completed his century within the first hour.

Follow live updates from day four of the third and final test between the Black Caps and Pakistan.

Pakistan levelled the series with an innings and 16-run win in the second Test in Dubai.

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's Will Somerville and teammates celebrate the dismissal of Pakistan's Azhar Ali.

Earlier, resuming on 139-3, Pakistan had a productive first session.

A well-set Sohail was dismissed when he edged Southee to wicketkeeper BJ Watling, but Azhar and Shafiq dropped anchor to ensure Pakistan did not suffer any more losses. After struggling in their first 44 combined wicketless overs, spinners Ajaz Patel (2-100) and Will Somerville (4-75) first broke the pivotal partnership, then ripped through a weak tail order to drag the Black Caps back into the test.

Shafiq brought up his 12th Test ton with a sharp single off Somerville before falling leg-before to Patel to a straight delivery.

He hit 14 boundaries in his 259-ball innings.

Once the century-makers had departed, Pakistan lost wickets regularly with the comedic highlight being Shah's run out as he shed his shoe turning for a risky second, hesitated, went through with his charge for the bowler's end in his sock and was found short of his ground.

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