Pakistan cricket team
12 wickets fell on Day 1 in Abu Dhabi (AFP Photo)

Pakistan lost their openers in quick succession before Haris Sohail and Azhar Ali stabilised them from the early jolts, finishing the opening day of their first Test against New Zealand at 59/2. At stumps on Day 1, Pakistan trail by 94 runs.

After New Zealand collapsed to be bowled out for 153 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Hafeez and Imam-ul-Haq led a handy start before the Kiwi new-ball pair of Colin de Grandhomme and Trent Boult struck in successive overs.

Imam (9) fell to de Grandhomme while Hafeez (20) fell to Boult, both being caught by New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson. Sohail (22*) and Azhar (10*) ensured Pakistan finished the day without further damage.

Four wickets in five overs, put in motion by two in two from Hasan Ali, undid the hard work put in by Williamson as Pakistan grabbed control of the Test by bowling out the visitors for 153 by tea.

Williamson had carried his team from 39/3 to 123/4 until Hasan, in the fourth over of a late afternoon spell, had him caught down the leg side by Sarfraz Ahmed on 63. Next ball, de Grandhomme was pinged the pads by a vicious reverse-swinging delivery and New Zealand were suddenly 123/6.

Moments later the part-time left-arm spin of Sohail made it 128/7 when Ish Sodhi’s review for a lbw decision as turned down. Three wickets had fallen in 12 balls for the addition of four runs. Sohail struck again, getting BJ Watling lbw with sharp turn, and it appeared the end was near. A drop by Yasir Shah at deep square leg have Neil Wagner a life on 6 and denied Hasan a third, before the bowler ended the innings with his third wicket.

This dramatic collapse opened up the bowlers after Williamson and Henry Nicholls had raised hopes of a New Zealand fightback. Showcasing the skills that have earned him over 5,000 Test runs across the globe, Williamson had played spin and pace with aplomb with his wrists on-side play against spin the stand-out feature. There were also some pretty drives, the best of the lot being a sumptuous on-drive off Abbas for three.

Nicholls offered valuable support with 28 in a fourth-wicket stand of 72 until he chased a wide ball from Mohammad Abbas not long onto the second session, after joining Williamson at 39/3.

A watchful opening stand of 20 was broken in the 11th over when Abbas had Jeet Raval (7) nibbling an edge to Sarfraz, the reward for maintaining a probing line to the left-hand opener. Hasan was fruitless but very accurate in a second spell of 5-4-1-0 that added to the pressure on the New Zealand batsmen, while Yasir Shah made inroads.

Yasir delivered a wicket in his first over as Tom Latham (13) tamely pushed a catch to Mohammad Hafeez at short midwicket, and his second came when Ross Taylor (2) was lured into a prod at a juicy legbreak that drew the edge for Sarfraz to take his second catch.

Brief Scores Pakistan 59/2 (Haris Sohail 22*, Colin de Grandhomme 1/17) trail New Zealand (Kane Williamson 63; Yasir Shah 3/54) by 94 runs