Pakistan 59-2 At Stumps After NZ Dismissed For 153 in 1st test


New Zealand win toss, opt to bat in 1st Test against Pakistan
Pakistan ended the day with 59-2 after following the green shirt bowlers thrashed Kiwis batting and bundle them out on 153 in the first inning of the first Test of three-match series at Sheikh Zayed Stadium Dubai.

Haris Sohail , 22, and Azhar Ali 10 remain on the crease after losing Muhammad Hafeez 20 and Imamul Haq 6 early stage of the innings.

Earlier, Pakistan’s spin-cum-pace attack left New Zealand in ruins at tea on the opening day of the first Test despite captain Kane Williamson’s half-century. The Kiwis were all out for 153, with Williamson’s 27th Test half-century reduced to a footnote.

His performance with the bat had lifted New Zealand from 39-3 to 111 before medium pacer Hasan Ali (2-38) and left-arm spinner Haris Sohail (2-11) struck twice each to leave their opponents struggling at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who finished as the best bowler with 3-54, dismissed Ajaz Patel for six to end the innings. Hasan removed Williamson with a slower delivery as the New Zealand skipper went for a hook and gloved the ball for wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed’s fourth catch of the innings.

Playing XI

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicketkeeper), Hasan Ali, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Yasir Shah

New Zealand: Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, BJ Watling (wicketkeeper), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi.



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