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12:00 AM, December 08, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:21 AM, December 08, 2018

Kiwis' first in 49 years

Debutant Will Somerville grabbed three key wickets to guide New Zealand to their first away series win over Pakistan in 49 years with a crushing 123-run win in the third and final Test on Friday.

The off-spinner took 3-52 and was aided by fellow spinner Ajaz Patel's 3-42 as Pakistan came up well short after being set a daunting 280-run target in 79 overs.

They crumbled to 156 in 56.1 overs on a weary pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

The victory gave New Zealand a 2-1 series win after they had taken the first Test by a narrow four-run margin at the same venue. Pakistan bounced back with an innings and 16-run win in the second Test in Dubai.

New Zealand's last away series win against Pakistan was a 1-0 victory in matches played in Pakistan in 1969.

Captain Kane Williamson, whose 139-run innings turned the match and the series in his side's favour, said: "It was fantastic. Beating Pakistan in their backyard is very tough. It feels pretty special, and this will be one that the guys remember for a long time.

"We know the game can ebb and flow very quickly but we came out and played very well today."

Somerville, who took 4-75 in the first innings to finish with seven wickets in the match, broke a stubborn 43-run sixth-wicket stand between top scorer Babar Azam (51) and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who made 28.

Patel ended Azam's 114-ball resistance before getting the last wicket when he dismissed Hasan Ali for four, sparking celebrations among the New Zealand players.

Earlier, New Zealand declared their second innings on 353-7 after some 45 minutes of batting with Henry Nicholls remaining unbeaten on 126 and Williamson dismissed at his overnight score of 139.

SCORES IN BRIEF

NEW ZEALAND: First innings 274 & second innings 353 for 7 declared (Williamson 139, Nicholls 126 not out Grandhomme 26; Yasir 4-129, Afridi 2-85)

PAKISTAN: First innings 348 & second innings 156 (Azam 51, Sarfraz 28, Imam 22; Southee 3-42, Patel 3-42, Somerville 3-52)

Result: New Zealand won by 123 runs

Player-of-the-match: Kane Williamson

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