Pakistan likely to win first New Zealand Test

Pakistani bowler Hasan Ali (R) celebrates after taking the wicket of New Zealand batsman Trent Boult (L) during the third day of the first Test cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on November 18, 2018. Pakistan need 176 runs to win the first Test after New Zealand were dismissed for 249 in their second innings on the third day in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI

ABU DHABI: Pacer Hasan Ali and leg-spinner Yasir Shah took five wickets apiece to set Pakistan on to victory on the third day of the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Hasan collected his maiden five-wicket haul with 5-45 while Yasir finished with 5-110 — the 14th time he has taken five in a Test innings — as New Zealand collapsed from 220-4 to 249 all out soon after tea.

That left Pakistan needing 176 to win. By close they were 37 without loss with Imam-ul-Haq on 25 not out and Mohammad Hafeez unbeaten on eight. Pakistan needed another 139 to win with all ten wickets in hand and two days to play.

Yet New Zealand can take heart from the fact that Pakistan lost a Test here against Sri Lanka by 21 runs after being set 136 to win last year.

BJ Watling and Henry Nicholls defied Pakistan after lunch as New Zealand added 67 in the second session without losing a wicket.

Yasir broke the fifth-wicket stand at 112 after tea to start a burst of four wickets in 15 balls.

After Pakistan took the new ball at 201-4, Yasir had Nicholls caught beautifully by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed for 55. Nicholls hit three boundaries in his 171-ball knock.

In his next over, Yasir trapped Colin de Grandhomme leg-before for three. An over later, Yasir ended Watling´s 145-ball, 59-run, defiance leg-before. He then bowled Neil Wagner for nought.

Hasan then wrapped up the innings by bowling Ish Sodhi for 18 and had Trent Boult caught off a miscued drive for nought to improve on his previous best figures of 4-51 against England at Lord´s in May this year.