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Pakistan vs New Zealand – 1st Test Match Preview & Prediction

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018, 1st Test – Dream11 Fantasy Tips

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The Pakistan bowling attack reduced New Zealand to 133-8 in the afternoon session of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Friday, after the tourists opted to bat first.

Spinner Yasir Shah (2R) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor during the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on November 16, 2018.

New Zealand preferred to give the 30-year-old Patel his first test cap while experienced seamer Tim Southee was left out of the starting XI.

When Pakistan defeated Australia 1-0 in their two-match Test series in the UAE earlier this season, it was their lethal pacer Mohammad Abbas, who did most of the damage.

After all, this Pakistan side has reached new heights in recent times, including a dominant home series win over Australia last month.

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Yasir Shah finished with three wickets whereas Abbas, Ali, Sohail finished with two apiece in their third commanding bowling display on the trot - Australia's 145 and 164 all out in Abu Dhabi recently being the other two.

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"Yes, our bowling attack is good", said Sarfraz on Thursday. "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", he said.

He took 15 wickets in the 1-1 series draw against New Zealand in the UAE in 2014.

Pakistan will resist the temptation of playing the newest pace sensation, Shaheen Afridi, whose nine wickets earned him man-of-the-series in ODIs.

However, after seeing off the best of what Pakistan had to offer, he fell to one of the worst deliveries of the day; trying to pull a short ball from Hasan Ali, and being strangled down the legside. Yasir Shah and Mohammad Abbas had reduced New Zealand to 39 for 3 in the first session when Williamson came together with Henry Nicholls to forge a 72-run opening stand, the culmination of which opened the floodgates and saw the visitors lose their last seven wickets for 42 runs.

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"I think it's important that we adapt with this inexperienced side that we have come here with and look to learn as we can and do that quickly because we want to be playing our best cricket under these conditions".

Sarfraz Ahmed (C & wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi/Mir Hamza. "Abbas, ever since he entered worldwide cricket, is bowling superbly around the world", said Williamson.

It brought Nicholls and Williamson together, and as the Test progresses, it may become clearer how crucial it was to saving New Zealand's first innings.

De Grandhomme provided New Zealand the breakthrough by having Imam caught at gully by New Zealand skipper.

The second Test is in Dubai (November 24-28) and the third, again in Abu Dhabi (Decmebre 3-7).

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