Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez to retire from Test cricket

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Shah also equalled Pakistan's record of most wickets in a Test by claiming 14 scalps last week in the second match against New Zealand.

Pakistan, who resumed on their overnight score of 139-3, rode on Azhar's 134 and Shafiq's 104 to get into a commanding position in the series decider at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Hafeez announced his retirement after the second day's play of the third and final Test in Abu Dhabi and will be taking his leave after the clash.

New Zealand could not capitalise as opener Jeet Raval was dismissed for a duck by left-arm paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi before leg-spinner Yasir Shah sent back Tom Latham for 10. He struck the first ball of the day from Trent Boult for four and ensured Pakistan progressed at a lively pace after two days of grind from both side's batsmen. They looked to be headed for a lead of over 150 when Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq were batting but eventually mustered just 74.

Azhar edged medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme through the slips for his ninth boundary to complete his first century after 18 barren innings.

Shafiq had a couple of nervous wafts on 99 but brought up his 11th test century with a quick single, then fell in the following over when Patel trapped him plumb in front - Shafiq's review of the decision was wishful thinking.

Somerville ended his first test innings with the ball with 4-75 off 36 overs, bowling well to the tail.

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.

Shafiq's 12th test century off 259 balls included 14 fours as he used his feet well against the spinners and played some delightful cut shots against seamers.

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