Pakistan and New Zealand in UAE, 3 Test Series, 2018
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date & Time: 24 November 2018
RR: 2.76 | Pakistan beat New Zealand by an innings and 16 runs
New Zealand's first task will be to battle through this nervy period. It won't be easy but they would love to end the day unscathed. Pakistan on the other hand, will look to pick a few wickets and head into Day 3 in the driver's seat.
Azam though continued with his skipper after the Tea break. The two tried to add some quick runs, however at once it seemed like they were determined to bat out today's day also but it wasn't to be. Ahmed feels he has enough runs on the board and has declared with 11 overs to go.
PAKISTAN HAVE DECLARED! They have posted a massive first innings total after batting for almost two days. After electing to bat, they lost their openers quickly, however Ali and Azam then steadied the ship with a 100-plus stand. The highlight of the innings though was the 186-run stand between Haris Sohail and Babar Azam. Both of them scoring a ton with the former missing out on his 150 by just three runs.
Ish Sodhi is on.
Drinks! So Pakistan continue to bat. They have crossed the 400-run mark and not sure how many more do they want to add. 15 more overs to go in the day, will we see New Zealand bat today?
Meanwhile, the third new ball is available. Not taken as yet.
Neil Wagner is back into the attack.
Review time! A huge appeal for an LBW has been turned down. Sarfraz is the man in question and Williamson has gone for the review. Looks high.
Sarfraz Ahmed walks out to bat.
Ajaz Patel to bowl from the other end.
Welcome back after Tea. The umpires are out in the middle. Haris Sohail and Babar Azam are at the crease. Trent Boult will start the proceedings after the break.
... Day 2 Session 3 ...
Another session which belongs to Pakistan. They continue to tire the Kiwi bowlers who are yet to get a wicket today. The stand between Haris Sohail and Babar Azam is nearing the 200-run mark. The former is closing in on 150 and the latter is one short of a hundred. The question though is how many more will Pakistan want to add? How many more overs will they bat before allowing New Zealand to have a go with the bat? Will they opt for the attacking approach once Azam gets to his ton? Stay tuned to find out in the final session.
Ajaz Patel is back on.
Neil Wagner to bowl now.
Ish Sodhi to have another go.
Trent Boult is on now.
Colin de Grandhomme is on now.
Spin from both ends! Ajaz Patel to bowl from the other end.
Welcome back after Lunch. The umpires are out in the middle. Haris Sohail and Babar Azam are out in the middle. Kane Williamson will start with the proceedings after lunch.
... Day 2 Session 2 ...
This session - 30 overs, 67 runs and no wicket. Another wicket-less session and Pakistan, slowly but steadily are getting a firm grip on this game. Haris Sohail and Azam continued from where they left off yesterday. They went slowly but the two have added 100 between them. The southpaw has got to his ton and Azam has crossed his half ton. They now are in a good position and should look to accelerate after the break. 400 is what we believe will be their target. New Zealand on the flip side, will try and keep them below that target. Join us for the second session in a while.
Kane Williamson has brought himself on.
Ish Sodhi is on now.
Neil Wagner is on.
Change of ends for Colin de Grandhomme.
Trent Boult is into the attack.
Colin de Grandhomme to bowl from the other end.
We are all set for the action to begin! The Kiwis make their way out to the middle. They are followed by Babar Azam and Haris Sohail who will resume their innings. Ajaz Patel will start the proceedings for New Zealand. Here we go...
Hello and welcome to Day 2 of the second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand. Day 1 ended even-stevens but the first session today will be very crucial. If Pakistan get one good partnership, they will surely have the advantage, whereas if New Zealand take a couple of wickets quickly, they will have the upper hand. What's in store for us? Stay tuned to find out in what could be another attritional day of Test cricket.
... Day 2, Session 1 ...
Now, what will the two teams be looking forward to on Day 2? Pakistan will want the current batting pair to build a big partnership as they will be eyeing a score around 400. New Zealand, on the other hand, will once again try and keep it tight but also will wish to pick wickets at regular intervals. Another intriguing day awaits us. The action will unfold at 1000 local (0600 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
Earlier in the day, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat. They lost both their openers early but Sohail and Ali then steadied the ship with a 126-run stand. The pair took their time but did manage to take Pakistan out of trouble. Both crossed their fifties and at that time it was advantage Pakistan. However, a couple of wickets right towards the end allowed New Zealand get back on level terms.
After a wicket-less afternoon session, Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail continued in the session post Tea. They were looking at ease but a mix-up saw the former getting run out 19 short of a ton. Shafiq then followed as he looked to up the scoring rate and threw his wicket away in the process. Babar Azam and Haris Sohail, who is nearing a ton, ensured there are no more hiccups and saw off the day's play safely. The two are amidst a 33-run stand.
A grueling day of Test cricket is what we witnessed today. Both the teams will be relatively happy walking back to the pavilion. Yes, Pakistan have only lost four wickets but New Zealand have kept it really tight and have not let the hosts score freely.
Colin de Grandhomme is back on.
So the second new ball has now been taken.
Trent Boult comes to the attack.
Babar Azam is the new man in.
The second new ball is now due. It has not been taken immediately.
Neil Wagner to start the proceedings after Drinks.
It's time for Drinks. New Zealand finally managed to break the partnership and will like to create more openings with the pitch assisting their spinners. Haris Sohail has been joined by Asad Shafiq and Pakistan will hope that they see off the day's play without any more casualty. Let's see what happens in the final hour.
Asad Shafiq is the next man in for Pakistan.
Have New Zealand broken through? They do feel so as the umpire has gone upstairs to check for a run out. Is Azhar Ali short?
Ajaz Patel comes to the attack.
Colin de Grandhomme comes to the attack.
The batsman are seen having drinks. Sohail looks like he has some issue with his arm. The physio is out to have a look.
Ish Sodhi to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the post Tea session. Azhar Ali will be on strike. Neil Wagner will start the proceedings.
... Day 1, Session 3 ...
The Kiwi bowlers, on the other hand, have toiled hard but the pitch seems to have eased out. There is turn but it is on the slower side. The batsmen hence have enough time to adjust. The tourists need a few wickets to regain the upper hand. The first session belonged to the visitors, the second to Pakistan, who will take the third? Do join us in a short while to find out.
A wicket-less session which means it is Pakistan who will head into the break as the happier side. The going was slow but the important thing for the hosts is they have two set batsmen out there and both now look very comfortable. They are amidst a 99-run stand with Ali looking all set for a big one and Haris slowly and steadily approaching his half century. Pakistan would hope for this pair to carry on for as long as possible.
Change of ends for Sodhi.
Neil Wagner comes onto bowl.
Trent Boult is back on.
Ajaz Patel is into the attack.
Neil Wagner to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the post Lunch session. Haris Sohail will be on strike. Colin de Grandhomme will start the proceedings for New Zealand after the break.
... Day 1, Session 2 ...
Pakistan though have recovered well after the initial blows. The pair batting out there are playing themselves in and are amidst a promising stand. The hosts would want the two to continue. The pitch has already started to take turn and New Zealand would hope their spinners can exploit it and not let the Pakistan batsmen off the hook here. Do join us in a short while for more action.
New Zealand's session! They have got two wickets and have kept it very, very tight. They were asked to field first and the new ball bowlers were spot on to begin with. De Grandhomme especially, hit the right lines and lengths and also got the ball to do a little. He was rewarded with two wickets and could have had Azhar Ali too. Trent Boult was also brilliant and was unlucky not to get any wicket.
Ajaz Patel is on now. He was excellent in the last game. Can he repeat the same?
Drinks! A brilliant first hour of play for New Zealand. The ball was swinging and they made full use of it. Colin de Grandhomme was superb with the ball as he took two wickets in his first spell. Pakistan would like these two batsmen to form a partnership while New Zealand would hope to take few more wickets before the Lunch break.
Neil Wagner is the new bowler replacing Boult
Haris Sohail is the next batsman to come in for Pakistan.
Azhar Ali is the new man in.
Has Hafeez been dismissed on the very first ball? The umpire does not feel so but New Zealand surely do. An appeal for a caught behind has been turned down. They have referred it.
We are all set for the action. Imam-ul-Haq will be taking the strike. Trent Boult will start the proceedings.
Danny Morrison is interviewing Ajaz Patel. He starts by saying he is really excited and nervous for the 2nd test. Mentions Pakistan were in a good position to win the last game but in Test cricket, everything can change quickly. Further states that they are well-prepared for this match and hopes to win it.
Toss - Pakistan win the toss and elect to bat! Both teams are going unchanged. A bit strange that Sarfraz has not changed his batting combination. Maybe, believing in them and giving one more chance. Also, the Kiwis continue with Colin de Grandhomme and Tim Southee once again sits out.
Hello and a warm welcome to the second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in the Dubai International Stadium. After a thrilling victory for the Black Caps in the previous Test, they will be high on confidence heading into this one. Kane Williamson's men have a huge chance to win a Test series in Asia. As for the home team, they would be eager to get back to winning ways and sort out their issues with the bat. Let's hope we get an exciting encounter.
New Zealand Team Squad -Henry Nicholls,Jeet Raval,Kane Williamson,Ross Taylor,Colin de Grandhomme,BJ Watling,Tom Blundell,Tom Latham,Ajaz Patel,Ish Sodhi,Matt Henry,Neil Wagner,Tim Southee,Trent Boult,William Somerville
Pakistan Team Squad -Asad Shafiq,Azhar Ali,Babar Azam,Haris Sohail,Imam-ul-Haq,Bilal Asif,Faheem Ashraf,Mohammad Hafeez,Sarfraz Ahmed,Hasan Ali,Mir Hamza,Mohammad Abbas,Saad Ali,Shaheen Afridi,Yasir Shah
After remarkably pulling off a defeat from the threshold of victory, Pakistan now look to discover their other Pakistan. Confused? You see, there are two Pakistans. One which befuddles the opposition and blows them away. Like they did to Australia. The other Pakistan is which befuddles itself, finding ways to choke and lose from nowhere. However, with the hosts being down 0-1, we would probably see the Pakistan which blows away sides here at the UAE. Sarfraz Ahmed will be eager to get back to winning ways. His bowlers did a fantastic job but it is their batters who will have to show more application. A do-or-die game for them as a loss here will see New Zealand take an unassailable lead. Kane Williamson will be exactly hoping for that. His boys displayed great fighting spirit in the last match to achieve something which looked impossible at one stage. In spite of that win, they will be aware of the areas they need to improve and batting certainly has to deliver better than the last time. Tim Southee might get a chance in place of Colin de Grandhomme, who was decent with the ball but failed miserably with the bat. The Black Caps have the momentum on their side but a hurt Pakistan unit will be eyeing revenge and the Kiwis will have to watch out for that. Let's hope for yet another cracking Test match.