Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 1: Pakistan in complete control after skittling New Zealand out for 153

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Yasir Shah was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with three wickets

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Pakistan’s bowlers worked as a cohesive unit to bundle New Zealand out for 153 on the opening day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

Choosing to bat first, New Zealand made a disappointing start to their innings as opener Jeet Raval was caught behind off the bowling of Mohammad Abbas for seven runs.

Tom Latham, who opened the batting with Raval, didn’t fare much better as he was caught by Mohammad Hafeez at short midwicket off the bowling of Yasir Shah for 13.

Ross Taylor was the next to go as he was caught behind off the bowling of Yasir for two runs.

With New Zealand in a spot of bother at 39/3, captain Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls amassed a 72-run partnership, during which Williamson surpassed his half-century, before Nicholls was caught behind off the bowling of Abbas for 28.

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Kane Williamson scored his 27th Test fifty

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Williamson went on to score 63, which came off 112 balls and included five boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Hasan Ali.

Hasan struck again the very next ball as he trapped Colin de Grandhomme lbw for a golden duck.

Haris Sohail then joined the party as he removed Ish Sodhi and wicketkeeper BJ Watling in quick succession.

With Bilal Asif taking out Neil Wagner and Yasir trapping debutant Ajaz Patel lbw, New Zealand were bowled out for 153.

Yasir was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Abbas, Hasan and Sohail took two wickets apiece. As for Asif, he chipped in with one.

Trailing by 153 runs, Pakistan lost opener Imam-ul-Haq early on as he was caught by Williamson at gully off the bowling of De Grandhomme for six runs.

Hafeez fell the very next over as he was caught by Williamson at short midwicket off the bowling of Trent Boult for 20.

Sohail and Azhar Ali ensured Pakistan made it safely to stumps as they forged an unbeaten 32-run partnership.

Sohail finished on 22, which came off 40 balls and included three boundaries, while Azhar remained undefeated on 10.

De Grandhomme and Boult claimed one wicket each.

Pakistan ended day one on 59/2 and will continue batting on Saturday at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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