Pakistan All-Rounder Mohammad Hafeez Announces Retirement From Test Cricket
06 December 2018, 02:36 | Henrietta Morgan
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A few months back Hafeez had made a decision to announce his retirement from cricket but wife Nazia and former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar stepped in to persuade him he still had a role to play.
Earlier, Azhar and Shafiq frustrated New Zealand's search for early wickets as they took Pakistan to 224-3 at lunch.
Shafiq after the day's play asserted that Pakistan must limit New Zealand in their second innings after his side failed to chase down 176 in the first Test.
Realistically, NZ are still up against it, as legspinner Yasir Shah seeks to become the quickest bowler to take 200 test wickets with one more scalp.
Incidentally, Pakistan got the same first innings lead in the first test at the same venue before losing narrowly by four runs.
After working their way into a dominant position midway through the test, Pakistan lost 7-62 to give the Black Caps a sniff.
A well-set Sohail was dismissed when he edged Southee to wicketkeeper BJ Watling, but Azhar and Shafiq dropped anchor to ensure Pakistan did not suffer any more losses.
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But both fell within 18 runs of each other, Azhar mistiming a sweep off debutant Will Somerville while Shafiq was trapped leg-before by Ajaz Patel with the score at 304.
Shafiq completed the 12th hundred of his career with a sharp single off Somerville before falling leg-before to Patel off a straight delivery.
Shah was run out in weird fashion when he lost his right shoe while going for the second run with captain Sarfraz Ahmed (25).
Kane Williamson and nightwatchman Somerville saw the visitors through to stumps at 26-2, still trailing by 48 runs, but considering even a lead of 150 would put pressure on Pakistan in the fourth innings, they at least hold a slim chance of repeating their first test victory.
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