Spin and reverse swing were the order of the session which witnessed New Zealand lose three wickets en route to a 60-run lead over Pakistan. Hasan Ali picked two and Yasir Shah one in Pakistan’s collective bowling effort that New Zealand effectively be 60 for 4 at lunch on Day 3 in Abu Dhabi.
New Zealand started on a positive note, with Jeet Raval finding his feet against Yasir’s spin with an array of lofts down the ground. Williamson looked fluent for most part of his innings this morning until a vicious legbreak from Yasir bowled him. The legspinner, whose form has been under the scanner, was rewarded for his long 11-over spell that extended on either side of the drinks break.
Williamson’s dismissal saw Ross Taylor to the crease, who came out all attacking against spin. He even hit Yasir for three boundaries in an over, flaunting his back foot and front foot play on a pitch aiding fair amount of turn. But Hasan Ali’s introduction saw New Zealand stutter. Ross Taylor was pinned in front by a reverse-swinging delivery from round the wicket, ending his brink run-a-ball 19, and then Raval’s vigil came apart in the same over. The opener, despite a more middle-and-off stance was dismissed in a fashion similar to the first innings: edging behind a fast bowler from round the wicket.
BJ Watling and Henry Nicholls helped New Zealand see through the rest of the testing spell from Hasan Ali, who conceded nine runs in his six overs, picking two wickets and was the showstopper of the session.
Brief Scores: New Zealand 153 & 134/4 (Jeet Raval 46, Kane Williamson 37; Hasan Ali 3-21) lead Pakistan 227 (Babar Azam 62, Asad Shafiq 43; Trent Boult 4-54) by 60 runs
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