Mohammad Hafeez (left) after reaching his second consecutive and seventh overall century during the opening day of the third and final Test between Pakistan and New Zealand © AFP
Mohammad Hafeez  after reaching his second consecutive and seventh overall century during the opening day of the third and final Test between Pakistan and New Zealand © AFP

Nov 27, 2014

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That’s it from us at CricketCountry for today. It was a tragic day indeed in the cricketing history. The world lost a fine cricketer at such a young age. Our condolences to Phillip Hughes’ family.

Play has been suspended for today due to the tragic passing away of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who was declared dead by the staff at the St. Vincent’s Hospital at Sydney. The players of both teams were apparently too shocked and in a state of grief to be able to play during the day. The Test has been extended by a day, and the second day will be held tomorrow, according to emerging reports.

Play was earlier abandoned by an hour and it the day was expected to begin at around 12.30 pm.

 

 

 


 

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the third Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand at Sharjah. I am Amit Banerjee and I will be bringing you the live updates of the match.

Opener Mohammad Hafeez struck a dominating century to lift Pakistan to 281-3 in the third and final Test against New Zealand in Sharjah on Wednesday. The 34-year-old anchored Pakistan’s innings with an unbeaten 178 — his seventh Test hundred and second in the series — as Pakistan dominated the day after winning a crucial toss and deciding to bat on a flat, grass-less Sharjah stadium pitch.

Hafeez added an invaluable 121 for the fourth wicket with skipper Misbah-ul Haq who was not out on a chancy 38 and 87 for the second wicket with Azhar Ali (39).It was an aggressive knock during which Hafeez drove and pulled with authority, clobbering 23 boundaries and three sixes. Misbah, batting in his usual cautious style, benefitted from a dropped catch on 20 when wicket-keepe BJ Watling failed to hold an edge off leg-sppiner Ish Sodhi.

New Zealand’s three-spinner attack failed to get any spin with Mark Craig getting 2-67 and recalled Daniel Vettori 1-28. New Zealand, seeking to level the three-match series after losing the first in Abu Dhabi by 248 runs and drawing the second in Dubai, hit back in the second session by dismissing Ali and in-form Younis Khan for five.

Pakistan were comfortably placed at 82-1 at lunch but Ali became off-spinner Craig’s second wicket, caught in the slip off a loose shot. Younis, who hit three hundreds in Pakistan’s 2-0 rout of Australia last month and one more in the first Test of this series, was trapped leg-before by left-armer Vettori. Vettori, recalled in place of Jimmy Neehsam, is playing his 112th match for New Zealand, becoming his country’s most capped player beating Stephen Fleming who played 111.

Vettori also played one Test for an ICC World XI in 2005. He was accorded a guard of honour by New Zealand players as he entered the field. Hafeez reached his hundred with a couple of boundaries and a single, reaching the mark in 130 balls aided with 14 boundaries and two sixes. In the first session, Pakistan had a confident start of 44 before Craig bowled Shan Masood for 12.

Pakistan made two changes from the Dubai Test line-up, dropping out-of-form opener Taufeeq Umar and Ehsan Adil, who suffered a side-muscle strain. They brought in Hafeez and paceman Mohammad Talha. New Zealand brought Vettori, playing his first Test for 28 months, replacing Jimmy Neesham. Pakistan lead the three-match series 1-0, after winning the first Test in Abu Dhabi and drawing the second in Dubai, AFP reported.

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