New Zealand win toss, opt to bat in first Test against Pakistan

Sarfraz Ahmed and Kane Williamson unveil the trophy for the upcoming Test series between Pakistan and New Zealand. —AFP

Sarfraz Ahmed and Kane Williamson unveil the trophy for the upcoming Test series between Pakistan and New Zealand. —AFP

Pakistan will be hoping for a similar show from him come the New Zealand Tests as well. The ODI series ended in a draw as the deciding 3rd ODI was washed out due to rain.

This series is the first away test series since 2016 for them so that recent record does flatter them a touch given the matches were all at home although they last played in UAE with numerous same players and they performed well as they drew 1-1 in a three-match series.

The batting of the Kiwis has been a sign of worry for them on this tour.

"But it is a fresh series and obviously they had a successful time against Australia, so it's important that we try and take some of those lessons and play our best cricket".

Pakistan will bank on their knowledge of the conditions and consistent run in the longest format of the game in recent times as they gear up for the first of three Tests against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi from Friday (November 16).The hosts certainly start as favourites going into the encounter with most of their players showing excellent recent form.

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New Zealand: D, W, W, W, D.

Pakistan's opener Imam-ul-Haq returned to the side after missing the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi with a finger injury. New Zealand were 81 for 3 at lunch. The batsmen faced tough time batting during the daytime but chasing seemed a lot easier under lights. With the ball, Mohammad Abbas has become the leader of the pack while Hasan Ali and Yasir Shah will also pose tough questions in front of the Kiwi batsmen.

Williamson admitted the threats from Abbas and Yasir.

BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, Asad Shafiq, Jeet Raval, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Bilal Asif, Trent Boult, Yasir Shah, Neil Wagner, Mohammad Abbas.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.

. "Abbas, ever since he entered global cricket, is bowling superbly around the world", he said. Kane Williamson, Jeet Raval and Neil Wagner are considerable options from New Zealand for multipliers. Ross Taylor has dished out some good performances and would be expected to continue that in the longest format as well. Despite winning the toss and opting to bat, New Zealand appeared under pressure from the outset. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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