New Zealand Destroy Pakistan In Sharjah

New Zealand hammered Pakistan by an innings and 80 runs on Day Four of the third Test against Pakistan to level the series 1-1 in Sharjah on Sunday.  Resuming on 637/8, Mark Craig’s 65 helped the Black Caps to 690 all out in response to the first innings 351 by the hosts.  Rahat Ali’s 4/99 was the best effort by a Pakistani bowler.

Trailing by 339 runs, Pakistan began their second innings in disastrous fashion reaching 30/3 by the lunch break.  Trent Boult removed Shan Masood, Azhar Ali and Younis Khan before the interval.  The middle session was not much better as the Pakistanis progressed to 147/7 going into the final two hours.

Ish Sodhi and Craig each claimed two sticks in the middle two hours.  Sodhi brought about the demise of Sarfraz Ahmed and Yasir Shah after Craig had dismissed Mohammad Hafeez and Misbah-ul-Haq.  Daniel Vettori trapped Mohammad Talha for 19 to leave Pakistan 180/8 before a scintillating ninth wicket stand of 78 was ended by Boult (4/38) who had Asad Shafiq caught by Craig for 137.

Shafiq smashed 18 fours and six sixes off just 148 balls to entertain the Sharjah Cricket Stadium faithful.  Craig took his tenth wicket of the match (10/203) when he ended it all by having Rahat Ali caught by Brendon McCullum for 6.  Pakistan were all out for 259 as the Kiwis ran out emphatic winners.