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NZ Coach Expects Tough Contest In 2nd Test

Abu Dhabi (November 22, 2018): Two days after one of the most sensational wins in Test cricket, New Zealand are preparing in Dubai for the second Test against Pakistan with coach Gary Stead expecting an even tougher contest.

New Zealand pulled off an extraordinary four run win in Abu Dhabi on Monday as they defended a modest target of 176. Debutant left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel took 5-59 as Pakistan’s last seven wickets fell for just 41 runs.

“Pakistan are a good team, hard to beat over here,” said Stead. “That s what makes this really, really pleasing. But they will be better for it, and if they were taking us lightly, they won t be now.“I expect them to be better and I expect us to be better as well.”

“It was always going to be that we need to keep fighting and fighting, and my message to the boys was that if you can lose wickets in clumps, then why can t we do that back to them through sustained pressure,” said Stead.

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