A thumping victory for Pakistan in the end, after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the first. Will they be able to take the momentum back to Abu Dhabi and win the series? Or will the Kiwis display another terrific effort to keep the series in their grasp? Join us on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 10 am local (0600 GMT) for the third and final Test. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, says that the team made a solid comeback from the previous Test. Praises Sohail, Azhar and Azam for taking their time out in the middle and scoring runs, especially on these pitches in Dubai, which are no longer flat-tracks. Feels that Yasir's spell was the best he has ever seen as a player in his Test career. On the team discussion after the first Test, Ahmed says that the talk was that poor cricket played in Abu Dhabi will be left over there itself and over here, good cricket needs to be played. On the declaration, Sarfraz says that the score was not in mind, just to keep New Zealand for as long as possible on the field was the plan. Praises his fast bowlers especially, for bowling well in this heat. On the upcoming tour of South Africa, Ahmed reckons that Pakistan need more fast bowlers. On the pressure of must-win home games, Sarfraz admits that there is a whole lot of pressure. Adds further that batting first is not always that easy as people feel, stating that the early morning moisture makes it very difficult to bat. Says that all these factors (which he said above - batsmen, fast bowlers) will be taken into consideration while picking the squad for the third Test (Pakistan had announced a squad only for the first 2 Tests).
New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, admits that there were a few improvements in the second innings but that session on Day 3 was the one which cost the game. Says that Yasir bowled well and in demanding areas but feels his own batsmen could have done better in playing spin. On the second innings display, he is happy that the batters learnt from their mistakes. Praises Pakistan batsmen for setting up this win after scoring more than 400 runs. Smiles on being told that the ball to dismiss him in the first innings was Yasir's best but says that Shah bowled a lot of good deliveries and the Kiwis will have to face him again in the next match. Wants his batsmen to be prepared. Is happy about the fact that the batters ensured that it did not turn out to be a one-sided game after that first innings implosion.
YASIR SHAH HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS 14/184. Smiles on being asked about Imran Khan's record of most wickets by a Pakistan bowler in a Test match. On his own performance, Yasir says that this was a big display for him as he had not done much after coming back from injury. Aids the wicket for giving him spin and bounce, which he lacked in the previous games. On the momentum loss after the previous match, Shah states that the team had put that behind and was more focussed in this game. Adds that even though they bowled the Kiwis out for 90 in the first innings, they did not take them for granted. Hopes to do even better going forward.
As a team, Pakistan will focus on their batting effort. Their run rate might have been slower than a snail but they did the dirty work and got the runs on the board. And they proved to be more than enough. Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail got the runs while Babar Azam enjoyed his outing too. With the ball though, they would have enjoyed Yasir's 14 but would have loved to see other bowlers contributing. But either ways, they will take this win. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
One good thing from New Zealand's point of view is that even though they have suffered an innings defeat, their second innings fightback is something that they can take as a positive. There were no cheap dismissals in the top 7 barring Raval and every batsman put a price tag on his wicket. Will serve them a world of good going into the third Test.
The writing was always on the wall once New Zealand folded for 90. But fightbacks from Latham, Taylor and Nicholls ensured that Pakistan had to fight hard to earn this win. They picked up 10 wickets inside 36 overs in the first innings, but in the second, they had to bowl 112.5 overs. Yasir Shah was again at the forefront, taking 6 wickets in the second dig, but this time around, he got good support from Hasan Ali.
We have a series decider. Pakistan have bounced back. What a big win for them. But it is an even bigger victory for Yasir Shah. He had been having a rough outing for the past few games but this one has seen him be simply the best.
Shah to Boult, OUT! Caught behind! 14 wickets for Yasir in the match and PAKISTAN HAVE WON BY AN INNINGS AND 16 RUNS! The series is level 1-1. Shah runs across to his left and dives as if in a swimming pool. It has been HIS Test match, taking 70 percent of the opposition wickets to have fallen. Coming to the ball, it is full and outside off, Boult looks to defend but the ball spins away, takes the outside edge and Sarfraz does the rest. Pakistan appeal and the umpire raises his finger!
Y Shah to Boult, Around middle, watchfully played towards mid-wicket.
Y Shah to Patel, Works it through mid-wicket for a single.
Trent Boult is the last man in.
Y Shah to Wagner, WICKET! Top edge and taken! 5-for for Yasir again, 13 in the match now! Special performance from a special player. He gets down and does the sajda. This was the googly, outside off, Wagner went for the slog sweep but due to the away turn, got a top edge. The ball swirled a lot in the air but Hasan Ali came running in from deep mid-wicket, kept his cool and took it nicely, diving forward in the end. New Zealand still 17 away from making Pakistan bat again.
Y Shah to Wagner, The straighter ball, around middle, watchfully defended.
END OF OVER: 112 | 7 Runs 0 Wkt | NZ: 311/8
H Ali to A Patel, Full and outside off, pushed towards mid off.
H Ali to Patel, Excellent yorker now, around off, well dug out.
H Ali to Patel, Excellent channel, full and just outside off, tailing in late, watchfully pushed towards mid off.
H Ali to A Patel, EDGED, FOUR! That has somehow gone through. Full and around off, Patel looks to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge past the slip cordon towards third man. The deficit is now down to 17. The stand is worth 10.
H Ali to Patel, Just around off, defended from the crease.
H Ali to Wagner, On middle and leg, flicked away for three runs. Moves to 10.
END OF OVER: 111 | 3 Runs 0 Wkt | NZ: 304/8
Y Shah to Wagner, IN THE AIR... SAFE! Full on middle, NW looks to sweep but gets it off the glove, over the keeper and leg slip! A run taken.
Y Shah to Wagner, Full and outside off, Neil gets out the reverse sweep this time, past slip to third man. Two runs taken.
Y Shah to Wagner, Full and around middle, Neil looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. The ball goes to point.