Pakistan fall short as New Zealand win Abu Dhabi thriller


Pakistan were wobbling with only one wicket in hand, as New Zealand spinners shook up the hosts’ batting lineup and turned the Abu Dhabi Test into a tricky affair.

Pakistan were just 8 runs away from winning the first Test on Monday but had only one wicket in hand, after a clatter of early wickets. Azhar Ali, who hit a brave half-century, remained the only hope.

They were set 176 to win the match.

Before his dismissal, Asad Shafiq passed a personal milestone of 4,000 Test runs, becoming the 11th Pakistani batsman to do so.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq was trapped leg-before to a full length ball by left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel in the fifth over of the day. Imam made 27 with four boundaries.

His fellow opener Mohammad Hafeez then miscued a drive off leg-spinner Ish Sodhi´s next over and was caught in the covers for 10.

Haris Sohail followed three balls later, caught and bowled off a Sodhi full toss for four.