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|Colin de Grandhomme||30.0||11||44||2||1.47|
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The first test between Pakistan and New Zealand was one of the instances of Pakistan doing what they do best - being unpredictable. When the fourth day's play started in Abu Dhabi, the least possible result was of Pakistan losing the test and miraculously they managed to do it. Going into the second test which is scheduled to begin on 24th November at Dubai, Pakistan will be certainly under a lot of pressure. New Zealand, on the other hand, will be ecstatic by the four-run win, especially after the drubbing they received in the limited-overs format of the game.
Pakistan, as usual, made a meal of what appeared to be a walk in the park when the last day began. Even when the fourth innings started, the sub-par total never really appeared threatening at any stage of their innings before it was too late.
With 130 runs already scraped off 176 and six wickets in hand, the hosts looked overwhelmingly favorites to win the match, but instead ended up four runs short. Barring Babar Azam, Azhar Ali, and Asad Shafiq, who all scored 75, 87, and 88 runs respectively in the match, no batsman was able to come to the terms of the Kiwi bowling. Mohammad Hafeez, who scored a brilliant century in the match against Australia, failed to live up to the expectations along with Imam Ul Haq as the team could not get off to a good start.
Bowling-wise, there was hardly anything Pakistan did wrong. Yasir Shah and Hasan Ali found themselves among the wickets as the duo picked a five-fer each in the second innings of the first test. Additionally, Mohammad Abbas did exceedingly well in keeping the things tight as the other bowlers penetrated in the Kiwi batting lineup.
Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Bilal Asif, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas.
It's been a rather quiet year for the Kiwis as far as the test match assignments are concerned, but they've still managed to make most out of those matches. Out of a total of three matches played, they've won two and drawn in one which includes their four-run win over Pakistan in the last match.
Kane Williamson contributed handsomely with the bat in the first innings of the match and will be looking to put up yet another strong performance to keep Pakistan out of contention. Jeet Raval, too, contributed well at the top of the order in the second innings with a 46-run knock. Although Ross Taylor and Tom Latham could not do much in the opening test, they both looked in pretty decent form in the ODI series and it could just be the matter of time for them to get themselves back amongst runs.
Undoubtedly, the top performer for the Kiwis was Ajaz Patel. He bowled exceedingly well in the fourth innings and picked up important wickets at crucial junctures of the game which eventually led to Pakistan's collapse. Other than him, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, and Ish Sodhi contributed well in the bowling department and will be looking forward to yet another match-impacting performance.
Jeet Raval, TWM Latham, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, IS Sodhi, N Wagner, Ajaz Patel, TA Boult.
Although the pitch is expected to last all five days and batting isn't likely to become overly difficult, the captain winning the toss is likely to bat first.
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Unlike Abu Dhabi's surface, Dubai will a more batting friendly wicket which is expected to last all five days. The first couple of days will be the best days for the batsmen to bat whereas the spinners will enjoy bowling on the final two days. The team batting first should be looking to put at least 350 runs on the board.
As was evident after the end of the match, the atmosphere in the two dressing rooms would have been contrasting leading to the second test match of the innings. New Zealand will be buoyed by their surprise victory over Pakistan whereas Pakistan allowed the game to slip-away through poor judgment and immature display of batting. The Kiwis aren't likely to tinker with their winning combination and with a newly-found confidence, they are more likely to emerge victorious in the second test of the series.
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