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12:00 AM, December 06, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 05:48 AM, December 06, 2018

Pakistan in command

Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq hit centuries to leave Pakistan in command of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi despite a batting collapse that curtailed their first-innings lead.

Azhar hit an attractive 134 for his 15th Test hundred while Shafiq scored 104, but debutant New Zealand off-spinner Will Somerville took four wickets to restrict Pakistan to 348 all out.

Pakistan appeared set to build a huge lead before collapsing from 286-3 to lose their final seven wickets for the addition of just 62 runs.

34-year-old Somerville finished with 4-75.

New Zealand were then reduced to 26-2 at stumps with Kane Williamson unbeaten on 14 and nightwatchman Somerville on one not out.

SCORES IN BRIEF

NEW ZEALAND: First innings 274

PAKISTAN: First innings 348 all out (Azhar 134, Shafiq 104; Boult 2-66, Somerville 4-75)

NEW ZEALAND: Second innings 26 for 2.

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