New Zealand beat Pakistan in third Test to win historic series

Pakistan's Shah fastest to 200 Test scalps - Nine Wide World of Sports

Yasir Shah surpasses 82-year-old record to create Test history

As Bryan Adams belted out, nothing can last forever, and the victory marked just the Black Caps' 15th away test series win - the first in Asia since 1984, and just their second against a major nation since 1986.

"If you look at the series, it was in our hands and we let it slip. We had our opportunities", Ahmed said.

He shone the light on a superb team performance, hailing the efforts of rookie spinners Will Somerville and Ajaz Patel through the series, the century of Henry Nicholls who scored 126 not out in the second innings, and a stint of rapid scoring by the middle and lower order to put Pakistan under pressure on the last day of the deciding test. But having seen a similar lead slip in the first Test, when the Black Caps bowled them out for 171 chasing 176, Pakistan knew they could not take anything for granted -Sarfraz warning them as much midway through the crunch clash in the UAE capital.

New Zealand won the first test by four runs on the same ground, and lost the second in Dubai by an innings.New Zealand looked to be in charge of the series decider only at the end of the fourth day. They crumbled to 156 all out in 56.1 overs on a tired pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Williamson scored 89 and 139 in each of the innings of the third Test and was awarded the Man of the match whereas Yasir Shah took the Man of the series award for taking 29 wickets.

The series defeat was only Pakistan's second out of 13 in the UAE. Next up is a series in South Africa, a daunting task at the best of times, but Sarfraz is determined to be positive heading into the clash against the Proteas.

"If we go till the fifth day, we need to bat well, especially with the new ball".

Federal Information Minister, Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday praised Yasir Shah for becoming fastest to take 200 Test wickets, breaking an 82-year-old record on the fourth day of the third Test against New Zealand.

"I don't know", Williamson said, chuckling, deflecting, nudging. I just try to focus on doing my best. "It's unfortunate that we couldn't win the series despite the good performance". Pakistan are a very hard team to beat and showed how strong they are in Dubai.

New Zealand showed they were a side of "great character" who stayed in the fight against a formidable side, he said.

It's a significant accomplishment, given that Pakistan will be by far their toughest challenge in tests this season, but they can't celebrate too much though - it's a quick turnaround for the Black Caps, with the first of two tests against Sri Lanka starting on Saturday at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. We will remember this win for a long time.

"For those guys to come over here and show their experience and perform the way they did was massive for us getting across the line". After the first innings, we felt we had a good total but Pakistan came back well.

Pakistan, set a target of 280 in 79 overs, were all out for 156, giving New Zealand a 2-1 series win after they won the first test then Pakistan levelled the series.

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