Mohammad Hafeez to retire from Test cricket

3rd Test Azhar Ali Asad Shafiq Help Pakistan Dominate New Zealand

A few months back Hafeez had chose to announce his retirement from cricket but wife Nazia and former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar stepped in to persuade him he still had a role to play.

Paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi trapped Jeet Raval for a nought while leg-spinner Yasir Shah had Tom Latham caught for ten, his 199th wicket in Tests.

When Pakistan's Azhar Ali (134) and Asad Shafiq (104) combined to put on 201 for the fourth wicket, New Zealand's hopes of a series win looked forlorn.

Shah, who has four wickets in the match, needs one more to replace Australian Clarrie Grimmett as the fastest man to claim 200 test victims.

But some irresponsible batting by the Pakistan lower order only left them with a lead of 74 on the first innings - the same margin Pakistan had on NZ in the first test at the same venue.

The right-hander got dismissed by New Zealand's pacer Trent Boult for a duck on the second day of the third and final Tes on Tuesday.

New Zealand couldn't get the breakthrough even after bowling 10 overs with the second new ball before lunch.

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Azhar, 62 overnight, completed his flawless century, off 210 balls, with an edgy boundary through third man off Colin de Grandhomme.

Skipper Kane Williamson (14 not out) as usual holds the majority of New Zealand's fortunes in his hands when they resume on day four at 7pm NZT.

Shafiq then reached his 50 off 142 balls when he reverse swept Patel for two runs as Pakistan added 85 runs in the first session.

Shafiq brought up his 12th Test ton with a sharp single off Somerville before falling leg-before to Patel to a straight delivery.

New Zealand came back strongly in the last session with Babar Azam (14) played onto Somerville immediately after the break.

Shah was run out in freaky fashion when he lost his right shoe while going for the second run with captain Sarfraz Ahmed (25).

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