New Zealand crush Pakistan in decisive Test to take series 2-1
Debutant Will Somerville grabbed three key wickets to guide New Zealand to their first away series win over Pakistan in 49 years with a crushing 123-run win in the third and final Test on Friday.
The 34-year-old off-spinner took 3-52 and was aided by fellow spinner Ajaz Patel's 3-42 as Pakistan came up well short after being set a daunting 280-run target in 79 overs.
The home side crumbled to 156 in 56.1 overs on a weary pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The victory gave New Zealand a 2-1 series win after they had won the first Test by a narrow four-run margin at the same venue.
Pakistan had bounced back with comprehensive innings and 16-run win in the second Test in Dubai.
New Zealand's last away series win against Pakistan was a 1-0 victory in matches played in Pakistan in 1969.
Somerville, who took 4-75 in the first innings, broke a 43-run sixth-wicket stand between top scorer Babar Azam (51) and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.
Pakistan captain was undone in length by the offie as Sarfraz played back to a ball fuller in length.
Patel ended Azam's 114-ball resistance before getting the last wicket when he dismissed Hasan Ali for four, sparking celebrations among the New Zealand players.
They were off to a poor start when Mohammad Hafeez, in his last Test innings, was beaten on the outside half of the bat and bowled by fast bowler Tim Southee for eight.
Medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme had first-innings centurion Azhar Ali caught behind for five as the first innings centurion was squared up by a good length ball.
Couple of overs later, Somerville's double strike pushed Pakistan to 55-5 at the stroke of lunch.
Somerville had Haris Sohail caught off a tentative push in the slip with his third ball of the first over for nine and next ball had first innings centurion Asad Shafiq caught behind off the glove.
In the last over before lunch Imam-ul-Haq, pushed hard at a good length ball, giving a straight forward catch to forward short-leg off Patel for 22.
Earlier, New Zealand declared their second innings on 353-7 after some 45 minutes of batting with Henry Nicholls remaining unbeaten on 126 and Kane Williamson dismissed at his overnight score of 139.
That 212-run stand between Williamson and Nicholls was broken with the very first ball of the day.
Paceman Hasan Ali trapped Williamson leg before and even a review did not prolong the New Zealand skipper's innings.
But his 283-ball knock, containing 13 boundaries, turned the course of the match.
Nicholls took a sharp single to complete his third Test hundred and finished with 12 hits to the ropes during his 266-ball knock.
De Grandhomme struck two boundaries and two maximums as New Zealand added 81 runs in 45 minutes, ensuring they set up a daunting target for Pakistan.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah finished with 4-129 and debutant paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi took 2-85.