Published: Tue, November 20, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Dramatic Abu Dhabi win a good advertisement for Tests

Dramatic Abu Dhabi win a good advertisement for Tests

New Zealand have not played a test match in nearly eight months since England visited them in March but their form in this format is relatively good overall having won six and drawn four of their last 11 tests.

Pakistan succumbed to debutant spinner Ajaz Patel's five-wicket haul and lost the first Test against New Zealand by four runs in Abu Dhabi.

In the first of their three match series, New Zealand made just 153 in the first innings, with Pakistan following up with 227.

New Zealand, as a result, defended their second-lowest score in Test cricket.

Sohail (38) chipped a full-toss off spinner Ish Sodhi to mid-wicket before Boult forced an edge off Ali (22), which was matched with a stunning one-handed catch by wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

Almost £800k was matched on Pakistan at [1.01] before New Zealand mounted a remarkable fight-back to win the first Test in Dubai by four runs.

Pakistan now requires just 139 more runs to win the match with 10 wickets in hand and take a lead in the three-match Test series.

Babar Azam's (10) run out in a mix-up with Azhar triggered the collapse as Pakistan lost its last six wickets for only 24 runs.

At stumps on day three, Pakistan was on 37 for 0 with Imam Ul Haq and Mohammad Hafeez at the crease on 25 and 8 runs respectively. "When the partnership (between Azhar and Shafiq) was going it looked the match was in our hands, but the way we collapsed it's very disappointing". Eventually, Ali was the final wicket to fall, as New Zealand sealed a famous win and provided one of the most nail-biting betting events in recent memory. Here, however, Williamson's men, playing their first Test match in seven months, kept themselves in the contest.

"The way we started off yesterday we felt we will get through to the target easily".

Ajaz Patel and the rest up the Black Caps will line-up for the second Test in Dubai starting on Saturday. The hosts were bundled out for 171 runs just 4 runs short of the target and New Zealand won one of the memorable Test matches in the history of the game.

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