Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st Test Preview: Team Reports, Venue Statistics and Predicted XI

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Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st Test Preview(AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st Test Preview(AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Pakistan’s take on a touring Kiwi unit has already got the buzz hovering around itself, which is sure to escalate till the time the game commences. Sarfraz & Co. have been playing some sensational cricket in the past few months of red-ball cricket. A 1-0 victory over the Aussies, in the recently played Test series, would have boosted their team’s morale to a significant extent. New Zealand, on the other hand, last donned the whites in the month of March, and whether they’d be able to quickly slip into the red-ball shoes is something which could pose as a concern. On that note, let’s glance through Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st Test Preview featuring the Team News, Venue details & Probable XI for both the units.

Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st Test Preview

Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st Test Preview(AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st Test Preview(AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Date: November 16- November 20.

Time: 11:30 AM IST, 10:00 AM Local, 6:00 AM GMT.

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan

Batting Predictions

The trio of Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq will hold the key behind Pakistan amassing a major total. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed had acquired a tally of 181 runs in the games against the Aussies and emerged as the leading run-getter from the Pakistani tent. A performance similar to ones essayed by the aforementioned in the previous Test series could be anticipated in the duels versus Kiwis, especially in the initial couple of duels which would decide the fate of the forthcoming series.

Bowling Predictions

Bowling seems to be Pakistan’s forte in the longest format of the game. With pace attack comprising of Mohammad Abbas, Bilal Asif, Hasan Ali, and Haris Sohail, one could expect a Pakistani dominance since the beginning of the play.

The initial two picked up a total of 26 wickets in the games played against Australia and would be expected to don a similar performance in the forthcoming duel versus the Kiwis. In terms of a spinner, Pakistan is fortunate to have Yasir Shah in the unit, who’d be eying to get past the 180+ tally in terms of Test wickets in the coming duels.

Pakistan Predicted XI

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

New Zealand

Batting Predictions

Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson have a truckload of experience under their belt, making the duo a default campaigner for the 3-match Tests versus the Pakistani unit. The likes of BJ Watling and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme might help significantly in getting the team to a decent total.  Also, the presence of Jeet Raval, who averages more than 40 in 91 first-class games could appear as an icing on the cake in the UAE conditions.

Bowling Predictions

Neil Wagner and Trent Boult would be donning a crucial role among the bowlers in the Kiwi lineup. Assisting the blokes would be the pacer Tim Southee and his apprentice Matt Henry in ensuring the complete annihilation of Sarfraz’s XI in the upcoming duel.

New Zealand Predicted XI

Kane Williamson(c), Tim Southee, Tom Lathom, Neil Wagner, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, BJ Watling, Jeet Raval, Matt Henry.

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