Abu Dhabi Test: Pakistan close in on victory against New Zealand

Hope Soto
November 20, 2018

New Zealand's left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel who played a crucial role in the side's unexpected four-run win against Pakistan with an excellent five-wicket haul on his debut in the first test at Abu Dhabi, has Indian origins.

To be truthful I have a feeling that on a pitch as it is Sarfraz Ahmed and his men are highly unlikely to give up without denting New Zealand's aspirations if they have a promising start to muscle in and then dictate from there on.

"Some of the characteristics we hold very dear is our attitude whenever we had to get back into the game, be it with the bat, ball or in the field throughout these four days", he said.

"It certainly was dramatic", Williamson reflected. "I think at the end of the day it was a great advertisement for Test cricket".

Sohail (38) chipped a full-toss off spinner Ish Sodhi to mid-wicket before Boult forced an edge off Ali (22), which was matched with a stunning one-handed catch by wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

"We saw the nature of how wickets fell in clumps", Williamson said.

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The second Test is in Dubai from November 24-28 and the third in Abu Dhabi from December 3-7. Eventually, Ali was the final wicket to fall, as New Zealand sealed a famous win and provided one of the most nail-biting betting events in recent memory.

It was the second such loss for the home side in as many years as they lost against Sri Lanka by 21 runs at the very same venue.

Yasir Shah and Hasan Ali have put Pakistan into the verge of a victory in the first Test match against New Zealand at Abu Dhabi (PTV Sports).

Ireland, to say the least, have been found out on the biggest stage.

"We have given away soft wickets".

No doubt after a fightback like the one we witnessed by Nicholls and Watling who both scored half-centuries, the New Zealanders have managed to play themselves back in the game. New Zealand's batsmen performed better in the second innings, scoring 249, but Pakistan still looked likely to reach their target of 176.

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