Pakistan Strikes Early, as New Zealand Opt to Bat in Abu Dhabi Test

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Pak vs NZ Test: Pakistan dismissed the New Zealand openers after Kiwis decided to bat first in Abu Dhabi Test Match.

Pacer Mohammad Abbas had Jeet Raval out cheaply for 7, and spinner Yasir Shah removed Tom Latham for 13 in the first session of the day.

Fit-again New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson returned to action after missing the last one-day international in Dubai on Sunday with a groin injury.


New Zealand handed Test debut to 30-year-old left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel, leaving out paceman Tim Southee.

On Friday, New Zealand won the coin toss and was chosen to bat against Pakistan in the first of three Test matches that will take place at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The Pak vs NZ match has gathered the attention of million of viewers worldwide.

New Zealand runner Kane Williamson is finally back after getting better from a groin injury that happened on a Sunday in Dubai.

However, Williamson isn’t the only one who came back from a suffered injury. In fact, Pakistan’s opener Imam-ul-Haq also returned to the match after he missed the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi due to a finger injury.

For the Test debut, New Zealand handed a 30-year-old left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel, and has left out paceman Tim Southee.

Pakistan, which is now on the seventh-rank, will be using their knowledge of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) field in order to take on the fourth-ranked team, New Zealand.

Sprinter Yasir Shah and pacer Mohammad Abbas to play against New Zealand. Currently, Abbas has taken over 17 wickets in a two-match Test series, including a ten-wicket haul.

Last year’s debutante, Abbas, has made 59 wickets from his first 10 Tests and is being backed by Yasir and Bilal Asif.

The second Test will take place in Dubai  from November 24-28, and the third will take place again in Abu Dhabi from December 3-7.

Playing in the XI:

From 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

From 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

The Umpires of the Match: Bruce Oxenford (AUS) and Ian Gould (ENG)

Tv Umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS)

Match Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)

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