Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 1 at Sharjah - As it Happened
Live cricket score and ball-by-ball commentary from the first day of the third Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah on Wednesday.
- Updated: December 02, 2014 05:03 PM IST
Mohammad Hafeez carried his bat through the first day in smashing an unbeaten 178 and spurring Pakistan to 281-3 against New Zealand in the third and decisive Test on Wednesday. Catch all the highlights of the match here: (SCORECARD)
Hafeez, recovered from a niggly hamstring which sidelined him from the drawn second Test, cracked 23 fours and three sixes to overshadow Daniel Vettori's surprise comeback to Test cricket after more than two years.
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq, dropped on 20 by wicketkeeper BJ Watling, was not out on 38 after he won the toss and elected to bat on a subcontinent-like flat pitch.
Offspinner Mark Craig took 2-67, while Younis Khan was unexpectedly out for 5, trapped lbw by Vettori.
Hafeez also showed no sign of fatigue after flying to England to have his suspect bowling action tested on Monday.