Pakistan crumble in chase of 339-run lead

SHARJAH: Pakistan were facing defeat in the third and final Test against New Zealand after they were restricted to 147-7 at tea on the fourth day in Sharjah on Sunday.

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Seamer Trent Boult took the first three wickets while spinners Mark Craig and Ish Sodhi took two each as New Zealand eye a series-levelling win in the three-match series.

At the break Asad Shafiq (51) and Mohammad Talha (nought) were at the crease, with Pakistan still needing 192 to avoid an innings defeat.

Pakistan lead the series 1-0.

New Zealand piled up 690 in their first innings — their highest-ever Test total — to take a 339-run lead.

Pakistan had made 351 in their first knock. – AFP


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