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New Zealand Complete Innings Win

Trent Boult
Trent Boult finished with four for 38 as New Zealand won the third Test in Sharjah
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New Zealand 690 (McCullum 202) beat
Pakistan 351 & 259 by an innings & 80 runs
Third Test, Sharjah
Scorecard

New Zealand levelled their three-match Test series against Pakistan by winning the third and final match in Sharjah by an innings and 80 runs on day four.

Asad Shafiq blazed a century before Pakistan were bowled out for 259 in their second innings, having made 351 before New Zealand racked up 690 all out.

After Shafiq fell for 137, Mark Craig completed a ten-wicket match haul as New Zealand wrapped up victory with a day to spare.

Resuming the day on 637 for eight, New Zealand continued to extend their lead thanks to Craig hitting 65 in 85 balls and Ish Sodhi 22 in 63.

Rahat Ali (4-99), Yasir Shah (4-193) and Mohammad Hafeez (2-110) were Pakistan's wicket-takers.

Trent Boult and Craig then combined to leave Pakistan in big trouble as they batted again, with the former taking three wickets and the latter two which left the score 63 for five.

Shan Masood (4), Azhar Ali (6) and Younus Khan (0) failed to deal with Boult while Craig removed Hafeez for 24 and Misbah-ul-Haq for 12.

Shafiq then powered his way to a century and received some support from Sarfraz Ahmed (37) before Shah (10), Mohammad Talha (19), and Rahat (9) also fell to hand New Zealand the spoils.

Shafiq's fifth Test century set a new career-best mark and included 18 fours and six sixes.

Boult finished with four for 38, adding the wicket of Shafiq later on while Craig took three for 109, Daniel Vettori one for eight and Sodhi two for 82.

Pakistan won the opening Test in Abu Dhabi before the second match was drawn in Dubai. This game saw the second day postponed following the death of Phil Hughes and both sets of players deserve enormous credit for the way they conducted themselves once the action resumed.

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