Pakistan would like to continue their whitewash momentum in the New Zealand series as well © Getty Images
Pakistan would like to continue their whitewash momentum in the New Zealand series as well © Getty Images

Nov 9, 2014

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(Pakistan would like to continue their whitewash momentum in the New Zealand series as well, whereas the Kiwis would look to improve their record on spin friendly tracks)


Brendon McCullum to bowl the final over of the day. Pakistan will feel very proud of themselves, they have really batted quite beautifully today. They were a bit slow to start off with but were soon able to cut loose thanks to a calculated assault against the spinners in the second session of the match.


Azhar and Shehzad batting well. By now the Kiwi bowlers are wilting, and their fielders are also struggling. Azhar and Shehzad churning the runs out quite easily. New Zealand are in dire need of a few quick wickets.


Brendon McCullum bowling what can only be described as wobbly medium-slow balls. But he’ s bowling well, not giving away very much. Just the five runs off four overs. The pacers are tying the batsmen down quite well.

Pakistan doing well to consolidate their position. Shehzad continues to play the occasional aggressive shot, while Azhar has looked very good as well. Good work from both men, they are approaching their 50-run stand.

Shehzad inching closer and closer to his century. Azhar batting well at the other end too. Shehzad looking to get to what will be his second ton in two Tests. Neesham to bowl to him now. Shehzad on 99. AND HE’S GOT IT! Shehzad scores his third Test ton.

Ish Sodhi and Trent Boult continue after Tea. Shehzad moves into the 90s. Pakistan have started slowly after the break, as has been their wont. Boult and Southee have kept the batsmen quiet all day.

Shehzad continuing without letting up on his intensity. Azhar has come out looking quite positive as well. Craig, Sodhi, and Anderson have been quite expensive. Shehzad might want to buckle down till Tea here, he’s batting on 89 at the moment. And it’s Tea on Day One, with Pakistan firmly in control at 194 for one.

Huge wicket, that, for the Kiwis. Can they sneak in another couple of wickets now? Azhar has looked quite solid in the short time he has been in the middle. Shehzad continues to march on.

This has been a tremendous partnership for Pakistan. Unless New Zealand manage to sneak in a few quick wickets here, they will be staring down the gun barrel early in this series. OH HE’S GONE! Hafeez chips this one back at Corey Anderson, as soft a dismissal as was possible. Very unfortunate, he was batting superbly. He departs for a well-compiled 96.
OUT! Mohammad Hafeez 96(137) c&b Anderson

Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig have been pounded by Shehzad and Hafeez over the last couple of overs. With Azhar, Younis, Misbah, Shafiq, and Sarfraz still to come the Kiwis will be hoping for a demon spell for someone soon! At the moment the spinners don’t look like they are going to anything more than boost the run rate.

So now both men have got to their respective fifties. Hafeez goes ballistic on Mark Craig, hits him for three boundaries in the 44th over of the innings.

What an excellent partnership this has been for Pakistan. Since the year 2000, this is the HIGHEST opening stand for Pakistan! It says a lot about the team that there have been just two century stands over the last 14 years.

Welcome back to the post-Lunch session. Trent Boult and Tim Southee continue start proceedings. Pakistan got off to a slow start in the previous session, but they managed to take toll later on. Hafeez and Shehzad are both on the cusp of their respective fifties, and will be looking to kick on. Hafeez brings up his 10th Test fifty with a savage pull off Southee.

Ish Sodhi induces an edge from Hafeez, Taylor takes the catch, but he isn’t sure whether it carried. And it hasn’t so Hafeez survives. Shehzad starting to look really good here! Both men are scoring more and more quickly with each passing over.

The spinners continue to look good, but the openers are sweeping at will. They are looking more confident too after a slow start. Corey Anderson into the attack now. Bowls at a middling pace, doesn’t really get the ball to do too much. But perhaps he could induce some complacency? Not yet.

Craig continues after drinks. Just one off the over. Pakistan seem content to just graft away. Perhaps they are looking for a repeat of the first Test against Australia where they scored hardly anything on Day One and then went ballistic on Day Two. So far it seems to be working for them, they haven’t lost a wicket. OH DEAR Watling has snuffed a stumping. Craig got Shehzad thoroughly flummoxed, beaten all ends up only for Watling to miss the ball. Beautiful bowling, should have had a wicket.

Shehzad finally gets to double figures! It has taken quite a while. The pitch shows signs of being a bit low and slow already. Batting on Day Five ought to be a challenge.

This is a severely restrained Shehzad we’re seeing today. He has clamped down and is looking to defend everything, which might not be the best way to go. Ish Sodhi into the attack now. The spinners are bowling well in tandem. Sodhi got a huge LBW appeal turned down as the ball pitched on leg-stump, but it beat the forward defense, and rapped the batsman plumb in front.

Southee and Boult are asking the occasional question, but Hafeez is looking quite good in the middle. Shehzad has shown commendable restraint as well. Overall a good start to the Test. Mark Craig into the attack now. He had a wonderful start against West Indies, but Pakistan are a considerably better batting line-up against spin. Craig seems to be having trouble finding his line, bowls it way outside off. No spin whatsoever.

Tim Southee opens from the other end. Oh he induces an outside edge from Shehzad, it’s gone for four. Boult again. Good over, but Hafeez gets a boundary off the last ball, it was uppish but played firmly through covers. Southee continues. Just a couple off the over. Boult again. That one was very wide. Hafeez has got off to a good start, he is looking positive.

Trent Boult has the ball, and Mohammad Hafeez will take first strike. Here we go, first ball of the series. Oooh swing into him right away! Great start from Boult. Hafeez gets an inside edge onto his pad. No harm done. Oops, Boult strays on to his pads, and Hafeez gets Pakistan away with a flick down fine leg for four. Oh beautiful shot, just a bit over pitched on off, and driven away nicely for a couple. Last ball now. Big appeal for LBW, but it might have gone down leg.

Pakistan have won the toss and will bat first. They are going in with the same side that trounced Australia in the last Test. This was Misbah’s third Toss win on the trot. Could it translate to the third Test win on the trot as well?

Teams:

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Azhar Ali, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan.

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Brendon McCullum (c), Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Jimmy Neesham, BJ Watling (wk), Tim Southee, Mark Craig, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand at Abu Dhabi. I am Shiamak Unwalla, and I will be bringing you live updates from the first day’s play. The Kiwis will be wary of the fact that their hosts are coming off a tremendous 2-0 series whitewash over Australia.  New Zealand last played a Test series only in June 2014, when they won a hard-fought contest against West Indies 2-1.

Pakistan will be riding high on a wave of confidence. The emergence of Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar as a more-than-handy spin pair is great news in the wake of Saeed Ajmal’s suspension. Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, and Sarfraz Ahmed all scored heavily, which will again pose a few problems for New Zealand.

New Zealand will rely heavily on their main batsmen Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson. McCullum has been their best batsman in recent times, while Williamson is a player who can win them matches. The Kiwi pace attack is far more lethal than that of their Pakistani counterparts, with Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Neil Wagner forming a potent trio. However, their lack of a top class spinner — Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig are far from that — will doubtless hurt their chances.

Squads:

New Zealand: Hamish Rutherford, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum(c), Corey Anderson, James Neesham, BJ Watling(wk), Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Luke Ronchi, Doug Bracewell, Ross Taylor

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah, Imran Khan, Rahat Ali, Taufeeq Umar, Shan Masood, Mohammad Talha, Haris Sohail, Ehsan Adil.

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