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New Zealand take on Pakistan in first of the 3-Test series at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The live cricket streaming of the match is available for free on skysport.co.nz, while the live telecast of the match is available in New Zealand on Sky Sports. Pakistani viewers can catch the action on Ten Sports, Geo Sports and PTV Sports. New Zealand are coming off a 3-0 loss to India, while Pakistan, on the other hand, are coming on the back of a brilliant 2-2 draw against England in England, and a keenly contested series versus West Indies in UAE, that ended on the scoreline 2-1 to Pakistan. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 1st Test at Hagley Oval, Christchurch

The young Pakistan side under the inspirational leadership of Misbah-ul-Haq has grown in confidence and a tour of New Zealand followed by the one of Australia will be a litmus test for them. While Misbah and Younis Khan continue to guide the side with their experience, the likes of Mohammad Aamer, Yasir Shah, Sarfraz Ahmed, Asad Shafiq and young Babar Azam promise a lot for the future.

New Zealand, the hosts of the two-match series, have plenty to worry about ahead of the series. After a string of losses, they are under tremendous pressure to do well at home. New Zealand have dropped from the squad for India Tests are Martin Guptill, Doug Bracewell, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig. Keeping the conditions in their country in mind, the spin brigade has been either dropped or rested.

The series promises to unearth new challenges for both sides and witness some exciting contest between players from both dens. While Pakistan will be eager to keep their impressive record intact (they have not lost a Test series in New Zealand since 1985), New Zealand will be eager to come back to winning ways after a one-sided series win against Zimbabwe in mid-2016.