Cricket

Pakistan regains control of first test vs New Zealand

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Hasan Ali and Yasir Shah took five wickets each against New Zealand on Sunday as Pakistan regained control of the first test on day three.

New Zealand's lower order couldn't capitalize on patient half centuries from B.J. Watling (59) and Henry Nicholls' (55), losing its last six wickets for just 29 runs to get bowled out for 249. It gave New Zealand an overall lead of 175 runs after it conceded a slender 74-run first innings lead.

Pakistan started off its chase aggressively and was 37-0 at stumps with Imam-ul-Haq unbeaten on 25 with four boundaries and Mohammad Hafeez not out on 8.

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