Abu Dhabi Test: Pakistan dismiss New Zealand for 153 in first innings


Yasir, who had to endure a tough last week due to the death of his mother, had Latham caught at mid-wicket off a loose drive.

"Abbas has been bowling superbly while Yasir didn't look as great as we had expected, but in this series I expect more from Yasir", said Sarfraz ahead of the first Test. "Abbas, ever since he entered worldwide cricket, is bowling superbly around the world", he said. Pakistan will be hoping for a similar show from him come the New Zealand Tests as well.

He had a couple of light days in training, but said he would be ready for what he expects to be an extremely challenging three-test series. They have a good record in the UAE having levelled the only Test series they played here back in 2014 1-1.

"New Zealand are a good side and gave us tough times both in the Twenty20s and one-day internationals", said Sarfraz of the preceding series.

Pakistan have enjoyed some good form in this format of the game in 2018 as they come off successful series against England as they split a two-match series and then they beat Australia in UAE last month 1-0 in another two-match series.

Pakistan will resist the temptation of playing the newest pace sensation, Shaheen Shah Afridi, whose nine wickets earned him man-of-the-series in ODIs. However, with the likes of Mohammad Abbas and Yasir Shah making a comeback in white clothing, it would be very hard for New Zealand to extract any different result than Australia.

Williamson has been declared fit to play in the first Test tonight (NZ time) after missing the last ODI match due to a minor groin strain.

"Measure for measure obviously coming into Pakistan's home series, naturally there is a lot of work to do for the overseas side - adapting to the conditions to the best they can", said Williamson.

"Both are outstanding bowlers, have been bowling well for a long time".

Williamson admitted the threats from Abbas and Yasir. "Abbas, ever since he entered worldwide cricket, is bowling superbly around the world", said Williamson.

Kane Williamson (C), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Jeet Raval, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, William Somerville.

New Zealand also have a strong pace attack with Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Matt Henry to chose from.