Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2018
Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st Test Match Preview
After 11 consecutive series wins in T20Is, Pakistan gears up to carry the momentum when they host New Zealand in the first of three Tests in Abu Dhabi from Friday, 16 November. The three-match ODI series ended at 1-1 after the third ODI ended in no result. Earlier, Pakistan achieved the landmark of 11 consecutive series wins in T20Is when they whitewashed The Black Caps by 3-0.
Seventh in ICC test rankings, Pakistan is having a good time in the longest form of the game too. After registering 5 wickets win over Ireland in the only test in Ireland, Pakistan managed to draw the two matches series in England by 1-1.
They also registered a massive 373-run win over Australia in the second test match in UAE and clinched the series by 1-0 after the first match ended in a draw.
Looking at their recent run, the hosts will be the first favourites to win the game.
Both the teams last met here for a three-match test series in 2014. The series ended at 1-1 after the hosts registered 248 runs win in the first match at Abu Dhabi. The second test at Dubai was drawn while the visitors clinched an innings and 80 runs win in the third test at Sharjah.
Moreover, after a 3-0 drubbing in the shortest format, New Zealand came much stronger in ODIs and can give a tough fight in the longest format. The Black Caps are placed fourth in the ICC test rankings.
Venue- Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Matchday- Nov 16, Fri – Nov 20, Tue at 11:30 AM IST
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Kane Williamson(c), Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Blundell, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Jeet Raval, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, William Somerville
Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Abbas, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Saad Ali, Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mir Hamza
The probable NZ vs PAK playing 11 is listed below.
Wicket-keeper – BJ Watling
Batsmen – Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, (Doubt: Henry Nicholls)
Bowlers – Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi (William Somerville)
Wicket-keeper – Sarfraz Ahmed
Batsmen – Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail
All-rounders – Mohammad Hafeez, Bilal Asif
Bowlers – Mohammad Abbas, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi
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In wicketkeeper, Sarfraz Ahmad will be the safest choice. New Zealand will have to pick from BJ Watling and Tim Siefert. Most probably, BJ Watling will get the game.
In batsmen, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Tom Lathom are the key for visitors while Pakistan will rely upon the experience of Azhar Ali, Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq.
Fantasy Tip: Saad Ali is expected to make his debut. Although, he is slightly risky.
In all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez is a must have pick.
In bowlers, Mohammad Abbas will lead the pace attack for Pakistan while Yasir Shah will lead the spin attack. Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi will be the key for the visitors.
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