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New Zealand win by an innings and 80 runs; series drawn

New Zealand completed an emphatic win against Pakistan on the fourth day of the third and final Test at Sharjah when the hosts were bowled out for a score of 259, resulting in New Zealand winning by an innings and 80 runs.

While Mark Craig finished with a ten-wicket haul after taking three wickets in the second innings for 109 runs, Trent Boult’s figures of four for 38 was the best among the New Zealand bowlers in the fourth innings.

Asad Shafiq’s hard-fought innings of 137 from 148 balls, his highest Test score, helped Pakistan reach a total of 259 from a point where they were expected to fold for less than 150. The series was drawn with both teams, after Pakistan won the first Test by 248 runs and the second Test was drawn.

Pakistan were 30 for the loss of three wickets at the end of the first session, with New Zealand’s Trent Boult causing the early havoc for the hosts by taking three crucial wickets. Craig was introduced into the attack soon after, with an eye on getting wickets at regular intervals.

New Zealand were earlier bowled out for a score of 690 after 143.1 overs, with Craig’s bringing up his second Test half-century to guide the visitors past their highest Test innings total ever. The Kiwis ended with a massive lead of 339 runs, that boosted their chances of registering a major win and level the series in the process.