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Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018: Twitter Erupts as New Zealand Wins a Thriller to go 1-0 up 

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018: Twitter Erupts as New Zealand Wins a Thriller to go 1-0 up
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Pakistan’s Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq fought hard for Pakistan, but New Zealand held on to steal a four-run win in the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

Meanwhile, Ajaz Patel took five wickets on debut, including the final scalp of a resolute Ali to take New Zealand over the line. A continuous 13-over spell, that triggered with Shafiq’s feather at the stroke of lunch. And then the nerves took over, first with Azhar Ali throwing Babar Azam under the bus with his calling for singles. Eventually, Babar departed courtesy a runout just when he was settling in.

Yasir didn’t really have a choice to not poke at one, but the rest – Bilal Asif and Hasan Ali in particular – just couldn’t keep their head, slogging aimlessly to leave Azhar Ali stranded. Abbas was the only guy who looked like staying on, and just when he did, Azhar found himself trapped.

Neil Wagner bowled a tireless 13-over spell either side of lunch, taking two crucial wickets
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Ish Sodhi and Niel Wagner also chipped in two wickets each to finish things off. Previously, it was a low-scoring encounter with the bowlers dominating the game. New Zealand batted hard to post 249 runs on the board in the second essay to set a target of 176 runs. Henry Nicholls and BJ Watling fought hard to give something to the bowlers which they utilised to full effect.

With 1-0 up in the series, the second Test will commence from November 24 at Dubai.

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