Pakistan vs New Zealand, LIVE Cricket Score, 1st Test at Abu Dhabi, Day 1

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Preview: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is assured leg-spinner Yasir Shah and medium pacer Mohammad Abbas can mix to tame “powerful” New Zealand within the first Take a look at beginning in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

The fast-rising Abbas took 17 wickets in a two-match Take a look at sequence, together with a ten-wicket haul at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, as Pakistan beat Australia 1-Zero final month.

Sarfraz Ahmed and Kane Williamson, captain of Pakistan and New Zealand respectively, pose with the sequence trophy. AFP

Abbas, who made his debut final yr, has 59 wickets from his first 10 Checks and will likely be backed by the spin duo of Yasir and Bilal Asif.

Sarfraz stated he expects extra from Yasir, who managed simply eight wickets in opposition to Australia.

“Sure, our bowling assault is nice,” stated Sarfraz on Thursday.

“Abbas has been bowling beautifully whereas Yasir did not look as nice as we had anticipated, however on this sequence I count on extra from Yasir.”

Yasir has been a match winner on the impartial venues of United Arab Emirates (UAE) the place Pakistan have been compelled to play since a terrorist assault on the Sri Lankan staff suspended worldwide cricket again house.

He took 15 wickets within the 1-1 sequence draw in opposition to New Zealand within the UAE in 2014.

However Pakistan haven’t crushed New Zealand in a Take a look at sequence since 2011, and Sarfraz isn’t taking them flippantly.

“New Zealand are a very good aspect and gave us powerful occasions each within the Twenty20s and one-day internationals,” stated Sarfraz of the previous sequence.

Pakistan crushed New Zealand 3-Zero in Twenty20s whereas their one-day sequence was shared 1-1 after the third match resulted in a no outcome as a consequence of rain in Dubai.

Pakistan will resist the temptation of taking part in the most recent tempo sensation, Shaheen Shah Afridi, whose 9 wickets earned him man-of-the-series in ODIs.

Abbas is prone to share the brand new ball with Hasan Ali with Yasir and Asif assisted by Mohammad Hafeez in spin.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who returns to the squad after lacking the third one-day with a groin pressure, hopes his staff adapt quick.

“Clearly, coming into Pakistan’s house sequence there may be a whole lot of work to do by way of the abroad sides adapting to the situations as greatest as they’ll,” stated Williamson.

“I believe it is essential that we adapt with this inexperienced aspect that we now have come right here with and look to study as we are able to and do this rapidly as a result of we need to be taking part in our greatest cricket beneath these situations.”

Williamson admitted the threats from Abbas and Yasir.

“They each are excellent bowlers and bowling nicely for a very long time. Abbas, ever since he entered worldwide cricket, is bowling beautifully world wide,” stated Williamson.

New Zealand are prone to hand a debut to left-armer Ajaz Patel, who is ready to associate both off-spinner Will Somerville or leg-spinner Ish Sodhi.

New Zealand even have a robust tempo assault with Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Matt Henry to selected from.

The second Take a look at is in Dubai (November 24-28) and the third, once more in Abu Dhabi (Decmebre 3-7).

Groups (from):

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Saad Ali, Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Hassan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Faheem Ashraf, Mir Hamza

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Jeet Raval, Ish Sodhi, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner

Umpires: Bruce Oxerford (AUS) and Ian Gould (ENG)

Television umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS)

Match referee: David Boon (AUS)

With AFP inputs

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