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Abu Dhabi Test: Babar and Rahat rattle New Zealand

ABU DHABI: For two days New Zealand had struggled to create chances as Pakistan amassed their match-defining total, but as soon as they batted the balance between bat and ball shifted dramatically. The home side’s fast bowlers had several opportunities to appeal, and Zulfiqar Babar’s accuracy married with turn and bounce posed a constant threat. New Zealand’s bowlers had managed only three wickets in 171 overs; Pakistan took as many in 34.

The openers Brendon McCullum and Tom Latham put on 33 for the first wicket. It was New Zealand’s best first-wicket partnership for 12 innings and it was fraught with uncertainty. In the second over, McCullum survived Imran Khan’s lbw appeal after the not-out decision was found to be umpire’s call on review. In the third, from Babar, Latham played the ball firmly to short leg, where Azhar Ali could not hold on.