ABU DHABI – New Zealand on Tuesday resumed their first innings at 229/7 on second day of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.
Skipper Kane Williamson scored 89 while BJ Watling finished with an unbeaten 42 after New Zealand — who won the toss and batted — were reduced to 73-4 at lunch.
Debutant Will Somerville was the other not out batsman on 12.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who needed five wickets to become the fastest to 200 Test wickets, managed 3-62 while off-spinner Bilal Asif took 2-57.
The three-match series is tied at 1-1.
Yasir dismissed three New Zealand batsmen to come within two wickets of becoming the fastest man to 200 wickets in Test cricket.
The leg-spinner trapped opener Jeet Raval on 45, bowled Ross Taylor for nought with his next ball and then Henry Nicholls for one before New Zealand reached 73-4 at lunch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Yasir now has 198 wickets in his 33rd Test, just two shy of Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett’s world record 200 wickets in 36 Tests achieved in 1936.
Pakistan: Imam ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Bilal Asif, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi
New Zealand: Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult
Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) and Paul Reiffel (AUS)
TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)
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