Pakistan v New Zealand, 3rd Test Match Preview


The third test match between Pakistan and New Zealand gets underway in Abu Dhabi on Monday and any winner here will claim the series.

The first test was staged in Abu Dhabi and it produced a gripping finish with New Zealand coming out on top by just 4 runs. Pakistan subsequently levelled things up with an innings and 16 run victory in Dubai  and the teams return to Abu Dhabi for this final match of the tour.

Pakistan were pretty much in control of the second test from the word go. Batting first they posted 418/5 with Haris Sohail (147), Babar Azam (121) and Azar Ali (81) the chief contributors. New Zealand’s reply was dismal and they collapsed from 50/0 to 90 all out with Yasir Shah taking 8 wickets.

Following on New Zealand offered more resistance with 50’s for Nicholls, Taylor and Latham but there were 6 more wickets for Shah and the Black caps came up short of making Pakistan bat again.

This was how the teams lined up in the first two test matches:

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam,  Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas , Hasan Ali

New Zealand: Kane Williamson(c),  Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme,Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Jeet Raval, Ish Sodhi,  Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling

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Match Result

Pakistan 6/10

Draw 11/2

New Zealand 28/10

Note:  Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change

Suggested Bets: Man Of The Match, Yasir Shah

The Black Caps must be having nightmares about how to play Yasir Shah who is the form choice to be Man of the Match.