Black Caps batsmen struggle on day one in Pakistan

Tanya Simon
November 18, 2018

Pakistan vs New Zealand Live Cricket Score 1st Test Day 3 Live Streaming: New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult claimed four wickets to spark a recovery as they restricted Pakistan to a first innings lead of 74 on day two of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Enjoying 43.63% winning percentage over New Zealand in Test Cricket, seventh-ranked Pakistan sees bright prospects in upcoming three-match Test Series against the said opponent to improve its position in ICC Men's Test Team Rankings (PTV Sports).

New Zealand removed openers Imam-ul-Haq (6) and Mohammad Hafeez (20) before the close, but the day belonged to Pakistan who will resume on 59 for two, trailing by 94 runs with eight wickets in hand. New Zealand won the opening game by an innings and 49 runs and then drew the second game to win the series 1-0.

For Pakistan, Yasir Shah was the pick of the bowlers as he got three wickets. A further wicket or two before lunch would have given the Black Caps a glorious early opportunity to rip into the tail, but Azam and Shafiq were up to the task, comfortably taking Pakistan past the Black Caps' first innings total.

New Zealand can take heart from the fact that Pakistan lost a Test at this venue a year ago against Sri Lanka by 21 runs, falling short of a target of just 136. Later, Azhar Ali and Sohail batted cautiously to make sure Pakistan doesn't lose another wicket.

Both Ish Sodhi and BJ Watling fell to left-arm spinner Haris Sohail before Shah wrapped up the innings with the wicket of Ajaz Patel, who made six on debut.

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But Boult had the last laugh, forcing an edge off Azhar´s bat for Watling´s one-handed diving catch.

Boult was heavily involved throughout, giving the batsmen no respite and making the major breakthroughs to put the visitors back in the contest.

New Zealand have not played a test match in nearly eight months since England visited them in March but their form in this format is relatively good overall having won six and drawn four of their last 11 tests.

Patel had Sarfraz Ahmed caught off a miscued sweep for two and Bilal Asif stumped by Watling for 11 while Boult, de Grandhomme and Neil Wagner also chipped in.

Others who have 150 or more wickets are Daniel Vettori (361 in 112 Tests), Chris Martin (233 in 71), Tim Southee (220 in 60), Boult (219 in 55), Chris Cairns (218 in 62) and Danny Morrison (160 in 48).

The second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand will begin on November 24 at Dubai while the third and final Test at Abu Dhabi will begin on December 3.

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