PAKISTAN Vs NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand forsake toss advantage with 153 all-out

In reply, two early wickets saw Pakistan raise their guard. Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail then combined to play out 87 deliveries in a crucial 32-run stand that saw Pakistan to safer shores on what was unequivocally a bowlers'' day.

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Abu Dhabi, Publish Date: Nov 16 2018 10:55PM | Updated Date: Nov 16 2018 10:55PM
PAKISTAN Vs NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand forsake toss advantage with 153 all-outRepresentational pic

If you are sold on the numbingly similar brand of Test cricket in the UAE, Abu Dhabi was a glorious disappointment today. Again. 12 wickets fell on the opening day of the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand, with the lion's share coming because of New Zealand's appalling 153 all-out. The humiliation wasn't just in it being the lowest first-innings total at this venue; it was also in the fact that New Zealand scored as much after opting to bat first on what looked a quintessential first-day wicket.

In reply, two early wickets saw Pakistan raise their guard. Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail then combined to play out 87 deliveries in a crucial 32-run stand that saw Pakistan to safer shores on what was unequivocally a bowlers' day.

Brief Scores at the end of Day 1: 

NEW ZEALAND:

1st innings 153-10 (Kane Williamson 63; Yasir Shah 3-54, Haris Sohail 2-11, Mohammad Abbas 2-13, Hasan Ali 2-38) 

PAKISTAN:

1st innings 59-2 (Haris Sohail 22*, Mohammad Hafeez 20; Colin de Grandhomme 1-17, Trent Boult 1-20) 

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