Ahmed Shehzad top-scored with 176 © Getty Images
Ahmed Shehzad top-scored with 176 © Getty Images

Nov 10, 2014

Pakistan have made an imposing 566 runs in  the first innings of the first Test against New Zealand on Monday. They were propelled to the huge target by centuries from Ahmed Shehzad, Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan.Pakistan have been in complete control from the commencement of play on Monday and this continued into throughout the day.

Them apart Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez too made 87 and 96 respectively. Corey Anderson was the most successful New Zealand bowler with two wickets to his name. The New Zealand bowlers found the going very tough on a docile Abu Dhabi wicket. Dropped chances too compounded matters for them. Jimmy Neesham dropped Misbah.

Earlier the New Zealand bowlers led by Tim Southee toiled hard but their efforts went unrewarded. On a pitch which has very little for the bowlers they stuck to a good line and length but could not make the breakthrough. At one times one saw a short cover and short mid on. Brendon McCullum, New Zealand skipper often in the first session employed field seen often in One-Day internationals.

The Kiwi bowlers tried numerous things but to no avail. Trent Boult went round the wicket as he tried to swing it in and get the batsmen either bowled or leg-before.  He, however, had no success. The off-spinner Mark Craig was brought on within the first ten overs of the day. He too had no impact. Craig too went round the wicket but could not produce the desired result. Even Tim Southee tried bowling from round the wicket for sometime but again nothing came off it.

Southee even tried to throw in a  few short deliveries but that did not work too.  The bowlers stuck to a line mostly outside the off-stump although on occasions Southee drifted down the leg-side. The Pakistani batsmen showed  a lot of determination and did not do throw their wickets away.