Pakistan picked three early wickets in the opening session to inhibit New Zealand from running away with early advantage after opting to bat first.
He took 15 wickets in the 1-1 series draw against New Zealand in the UAE in 2014. The third ODI was called off due to a storm in Dubai, which ended the series 1-1. Unveiling the trophy for the ongoing Test series between New Zealand and Pakistan, the cricket board has revealed a trophy with the giant words "Oye Hoye" on it. It will be interesting to see how the youngster goes in the five-day format though. In fact, prior to this UAE tour, they have not featured in an global game since April.
Prior to this, the two sides played a T20I and an ODI series, both of which were of three matches.
Spinner Yasir Shah (2R) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor during the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on November 16, 2018.More news: ICC Suspends Sri Lanka’s Dilhara Lokuhettige on Fixing Charges
Pakistan: W, D, L, W, W. Saad boasts a first-class average of 46.81 and recently scored a 144 against New Zealand A. He, along with Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali and Haris Sohail enjoyed two wickets apiece as New Zealand struggled to stay on the wicket.
At the toss, New Zealand preferred Neil Wagner over Tim Southee, and handed a debut to left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel.
Pakistan also selected two specialist spinners with Bilal Asif to partner Shah.
The form of some of their batsmen will be a concern for the selectors and they will need De Grandhomme especially to step up to support the star men like Williamson and Taylor, while they will rely heavily on their veteran pacemen and spinner Ish Sodhi to make the difference with the ball.More news: Ireland restore Devin Toner to side for All Blacks Test in Dublin
Neil Wagner puts his best every time he plays and has the ability to take wickets in all conditions. Afridi's call-up in the Test set-up comes as no surprise considering his continuous rise in the shorter formats.
Williamson admitted the threats from Abbas and Yasir.
"Yes, our bowling attack is good", said Sarfraz on Thursday. Mohammad Abbas' consistency in picking wickets can be useful for vice-captain role. SkyGo app and website will also provide the live streaming for the users with the premium membership in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
Azhar Ali hasn't been consistent in Test cricket of late but after his decision to concentrate on longer format could help him produce better performances.More news: Jim Jordan loses leader position to McCarthy
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