New Zealand defeat Pakistan by 4-run in first Test

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New Zealand defeat Pakistan by 4-run in first Test

ABU DHABI: New Zealand beat Pakistan by four runs in first Test after thrilling last few overs.
Pakistan were just four runs away from victory when their last man standing, Azhar Ali, failed to take the team to the other side and fell lbw.
He scored 65 runs off 136 balls, the highest scorer in Pakistan’s wobbly second innings on the fourth day of play.
Earlier, Pakistan, set 176 to win the match, were 130 for four at the break with Azhar Ali unbeaten on 40 after an innings-reviving stand of 82 with Shafiq in the first session.
Shafiq was caught behind to left-arm paceman Neil Wagner after lifting Pakistan from a perilous 48-3 since resuming at 37 without loss.
Before his dismissal, Shafiq passed a personal milestone of 4,000 Test runs, becoming the 11th Pakistani batsman to do so.
Shafiq and Azhar rescued Pakistan after high drama at the start of the day, when Pakistan lost three quick wickets in the space of just eight runs and as many balls.
Opener Imam-ul-Haq was trapped leg-before to a full length ball by left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel in the fifth over of the day. Imam made 27 with four boundaries.
His fellow opener Mohammad Hafeez then miscued a drive off leg-spinner Ish Sodhi´s next over and was caught in the covers for 10.
Haris Sohail followed three balls later, caught and bowled off a Sodhi full toss for four.

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