Trent Boult's three-wicket burst puts NZ on course for victory
Left-arm paceman Trent Boult struck three times with the new ball to put New Zealand on course for a series-levelling victory in the third and final test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Sunday.
Sharjah: Left-arm paceman Trent Boult struck three times with the new ball to put New Zealand on course for a series-levelling victory in the third and final test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Sunday.
On a docile pitch at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium where New Zealand posted their highest total in tests, the 25-year-old Boult extracted enough movement and pace to rattle the Pakistan top order.
The hosts, leading 1-0 in the series, went to lunch on 30 for three with opener Mohammad Hafeez (18) and captain Misbah-ul-Haq (one) at the crease and still trailing New Zealand by 309 runs.
Shan Masood (four) edged Boult to Tim Southee at slip in the third over, while the paceman bowled Azhar Ali (six) with the last delivery of his fourth over and then returned to dismiss Younus Khan (zero) leg before with the first ball of his next.
New Zealand`s first innings finally closed on 690 with Mark Craig (65) becoming the sixth batsman to score at least a half-century in the innings.
The visitors hit 22 sixes in total, another record for the most number of maximums in a test innings.
Paceman Rahat Ali and leg-spinner Yasir Shah picked up four wickets each for Pakistan, while part-time off-spinner Hafeez, who was reported for an illegal action after the first test in Abu Dhabi, took the remaining two wickets.