New Zealand on the back foot after Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq centuries

New Zealand’s spinners curtailed Pakistan’s lead to 74 runs despite Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq scoring centuries Wednesday on the third day of the series-deciding third and final Test.

Debutant Will Somerville (4-75) had to wait until his 22nd over for his first Test wicket when Azhar top-edged the tall off-spinner and Ajaz Patel (2-100) dismissed Shafiq to trigger Pakistan’s collapse.

However, openers Tom Latham (10) and Jeet Raval (0) yet again faltered as the visitors finished the day at 26-2 with New Zealand still trailing by 48 runs.

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