BLACKCAPS v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Abu Dhabi

The BLACKCAPS defeated Pakistan by 123 runs in the third Test to clinch an historic series victory. PHOTOSPORT

Williamson and Watling keep Pakistan in check

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The BLACKCAPS defeated Pakistan by 123 runs in the third Test to clinch an historic series victory. PHOTOSPORT

Defiant Watling keeps BLACKCAPS in the hunt

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BJ Watling showed all his trademark determination to get the BLACKCAPS up to a competitive score on day two of the third and deciding Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

The nuggety wicket-keeper batsman became the 14th New Zealander to score 3000 Test runs and was unbeaten on 77 when the visitor's first-innings closed at 274 just before lunch.

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Trent Bout snared wickets either side of lunch, but Azhar Ali (62*) and Asad Shafiq steadied the ship for Pakistan who reached stumps at 139-3, trailing by 135.

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The BLACKCAPS defeated Pakistan by 123 runs in the third Test to clinch an historic series victory. PHOTOSPORT

Somerville and Patel spin-out Pakistan

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Auckland Aces spinner Will Somerville is having quite the debut in Abu Dhabi.

After three days he’s already into his second batting innings and has a four-wicket bag under his belt after leading a BLACKCAPS fightback against Pakistan in the deciding Test.

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Somerville claimed figures of 4-75 and was responsible for breaking the 201-run fourth wicket stand between centurions Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq on another absorbing day in the UAE.

He was ably supported by fellow spinner Ajaz Patel who picked up a wicket either side of tea as Pakistan lost 7 for 62 and were all-out for 348, a lead of 74 (the same first-innings deficit as game one).

In reply the BLACKCAPS lost both their openers and Somerville cooly walked out to the middle to see out the final few overs with his captain before stumps with the deficit down to 48.

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The BLACKCAPS defeated Pakistan by 123 runs in the third Test to clinch an historic series victory. PHOTOSPORT

Williamson/Nicholls bat BLACKCAPS into box seat

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The BLACKCAPS are eyeing their second ever away Test series victory over Pakistan after Kane Williamson (139*) and Henry Nicholls (90*) swung the third Test in the visitors favour on day four in Abu Dhabi.

The pair came together on shaky ground at 60-4, but produced a record fifth-wicket partnership against Pakistan of 212* to claim a 198 run lead heading into the final day of the deciding Test.

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Williamson was at his stylish best as he kept the scoreboard moving en-route to his 19th Test century and surely one of his very best.

Canterbury batsman Henry Nicholls proved a perfect foil for the captain, his disciplined display netting his third half-century of the series and pushing him within 10 runs of his third Test century.

The BLACKCAPS will begin day five at 272-4 and look to build on their 198 run lead to set up a declaration around lunch and a push for history.

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The day also saw Ross Taylor surpass Stephen Fleming as the highest run-scorer across all formats for New Zealand.

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The BLACKCAPS defeated Pakistan by 123 runs in the third Test to clinch an historic series victory. PHOTOSPORT

BLACKCAPS claim famous Test series victory

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The BLACKCAPS have broken 49 years of history by beating Pakistan in a Test series away from home.

A clinical final day performance in the third and deciding Test in Abu Dhabi helped clinch victory by 123 runs to seal a famous 2-1 series victory.

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Off-spinner Will Somerville claimed three second-innings wickets to finish with 7-127 in the match, the fourth best figures by a New Zealander on Test debut.

Ajaz Patel and Tim Southee also snared three wickets apiece as Pakistan were dismissed for 156 just before tea - signalling raucous celebrations.

The series victory was New Zealand's fifth in Asia and just the second time in ten years that Pakistan have been beaten at home.

The day started with Henry Nicholls picking up where he left off from day four, scoring all around the wicket to push past his third Test century and his first outside of New Zealand.

The left-hander finished unbeaten on 126 and combined with Colin de Grandhomme (26 off 19) to add 81 runs in less than nine overs before the BLACKCAPS declared less than an hour into the first session, leaving Pakistan 280 to win from 79 overs.

Tim Southee got things going with the ball, clean bowling Mohammad Hafeez in his final match with an absolute peach which hit the top of off stump.

De Grandhomme turned dangerman Azhar Ali inside-out and took the outside edge through to keeper BJ Watling.

The spinners then rammed home the advantage by claiming three more wickets between them before lunch as the hosts limped to the break at 55-5.

Off-spinner Will Somerville continued his staring role on debut, as he broke the Pakistan resistance in the second session by clean bowling Sarfraz Ahmed after 15 anxious overs without a wicket.

Tim Southee made the next breakthrough after puhing Asif Balal back before finding his edge through to Watling. Southee would use his bouncer to good affect the next over as Yasir Shah spooned one to cover.

Ajaz Patel finished proceedings as Hasan Ali skied one and was fittingly caught by Player of the Match Kane Williamson.

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