Dramatic Abu Dhabi win a good advertisement for Tests

Sarfraz Ahmed and Kane Williamson unveil the trophy for the upcoming Test series between Pakistan and New Zealand. —AFP

Since Pakistan had a lead of 74 runs over New Zealand after the first innings; therefore, its batsmen just need to score further 139 runs to take a lead in the series.

Asad Shafiq got out caught behind before the rot really set in when Babar Azam and Azhar Ali pulled off the mother of all mix ups leading to Babar being catastrophically run out.

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He scored 65 runs off 136 balls, the highest scorer in Pakistan's wobbly second innings on the fourth day of play.

The Mickey Arthur-coached side required just 46 runs to attain victory with three wickets in hand but the fourth day concluded in a very embarrassing manner for the hosts.

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The Pakistan batsman initially called for a run after hitting the ball square on the on side, only to hesitate and eventually give up on the run with his skipper already up that end of the pitch. Debutant Ajaz Patel was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 5 for 59 to help the Kiwis take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Azhar's third half century in six Test matches this year featured five boundaries and came off 136 balls. "It's a fantastic game of cricket to be part of and anyone who watched it here appreciated".

Bilal Asif's wild swipe got him bowled on duck, and the next batsmen Yasir Shah and Hasan Ali couldn't add to the scoreboard either, leaving Azhar Ali exclusively in charge of the run-chase with a wicket in hand.

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His fellow opener Mohammad Hafeez then miscued a drive off leg-spinner Ish Sodhi's next over and was caught at covers for ten. "We know Pakistan have got good players of spin, but we kept chipping in there", left-armer Patel said. Hasan took two in one over as Ross Taylor and Raval also made their way back, and the upshot of a session that had begun with New Zealand firmly in charge ended by Pakistan re-establishing the slim advantage they have held over their opponents. "We had an opportunity (to win) but we will try not to repeat mistakes in the next two Test matches". The second's day play will start at 10:00 AM local, 11:00 AM PST.

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