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Pakistan on top as Azhar and Asad hit tons

5th December 2018, 16:21 by Neil Foster

Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq hit centuries to give Pakistan the edge at stumps on day three of the third Test with New Zealand.

The duo shared a third-wicket stand of 201 as the Asians made 348 in reply to the Kiwis' 274 all out in Abu Dhabi.

New Zealand moved on to 26-2 at stumps, meaning they trail by 48 runs with eight wickets intact, facing a tough test to set the hosts a sizeable fourth-innings target.

Pakistan began the day on 139-3, with Azhar unbeaten on 62 and Asad on 26 and the pair plodded on relentlessly as Azhar made a superb 134 from 297 deliveries while Asad's 104 spanned 259 balls.

The rest of the order did not make too much of a contribution, with William Somerville claiming 4-75 for the visitors.

Jeet Raval (0) and Tom Latham (10) both fell before the close and much will depend on New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who starts day four unbeaten on 14.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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