Pakistan fall short as New Zealand win Abu Dhabi thriller

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Pakistan were wobbling with only one wicket in hand, as New Zealand spinners shook up the hosts’ batting lineup and turned the Abu Dhabi Test into a tricky affair.

Pakistan were just 8 runs away from winning the first Test on Monday but had only one wicket in hand, after a clatter of early wickets. Azhar Ali, who hit a brave half-century, remained the only hope.

They were set 176 to win the match.

Before his dismissal, Asad Shafiq passed a personal milestone of 4,000 Test runs, becoming the 11th Pakistani batsman to do so.

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.