Abu Dhabi Test: Pakistan close in on victory against New Zealand

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Abu Dhabi Test: Pakistan dismiss New Zealand for 153 in first innings

Needing 139 more runs with all 10 wickets in hand on the fourth day, Pakistan was bowled out for 171 with Patel taking 5-59 and Wagner claiming 2-27. In terms of pressure on my debut, I have put in a lot of hardwork and just leave the rest to the Almighty.

Earlier, Patel dismissed opener Imam-ul-Haq leg-before and spin partner Ish Sodhi struck twice to remove Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail as Pakistan lost three batsmen in eight balls to find themselves in trouble at 48-3. Yasir drifted one in on a good length around a middle-stump line to the unflappable Williamson, and as Williamson offered a defensive bat off the back foot, it looped and spun away to beat his outside edge and clip the off stump so tenderly, it took a few seconds for the bail to come off. Williamson was nonplussed, as was the on-field umpire; he needed the third umpire to ensure the batsman really had been bowled. Azhar Ali (65) and Asad Shafiq (45) seemed to have carried Pakistan to victory with an 82-run fourth wicket stand before Wagner broke through just before lunch by having Shafiq caught behind.

"It's a great advertisement for Test cricket".

Williamson said the pitch wasn't easy. "The attitude, certainly today and throughout the game, was brilliant".

The second test will be played in Dubai from November 24-28 before both teams return to Abu Dhabi for the final test from December 3-7.

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He switched to spin mid-match one day, found he was quite good at it and gained a pretty handy mentor, the former test allrounder Dipak Patel. "Yes, without a doubt". We saw through the game that wickets fell in clumps and that was reflective of the way the game ended. The best in recent memory.

They had their first two matches against very strong opponents in India and Australia. Nobody played a long innings. The opening salvo from Mohammad Abbas was seen off without major trouble, and New Zealand moved into the lead without losing any more wickets.

The result leaves Pakistan determined to get their revenge when they second Test starts on Saturday.

Patel was selected as a replacement for Mitchell Santner in New Zealand's 15-man squad for the test series against Pakistan, following impressive performances in the Plunket Shield, New Zealand's domestic tournament.

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