Abu Dhabi (November 19, 2018): Pakistan lost three wickets in quick succession as they chased 176 to win the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Needing 139 more to win, with all ten wickets in hand and two days to play, Pakistan had a tricky start as Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail departed within a space of eight runs.
Aijaz Patel had Imam lbw for 27. Ish Sodhi claimed Hafeez and Haris’ wickets.
Earlier on Sunday, Pakistan with an impressive start by the openers made 37 in chase of 176 runs to win the first Test after New Zealand were dismissed for 249 in their second innings on the third day in Abu Dhabi.Medium pacer Hasan Ali took his maiden five-wicket haul with 5-45 while leg-spinner Yasir Shah finished with 5-110 — his 14th five-wicket haul in an innings — as New Zealand lost their last six wickets for 29 runs.
BJ Watling (59) and Henry Nicholls (55) added 112 for the fifth wicket.
New Zealand made 153 in their first innings to which Pakistan replied with 227 all out.
The second Test will be in Dubai (November 24-28) and third in Abu Dhabi (December 3-7).