New Zealand in disarray in the first test against Pakistan

By Hitesh Jain on Nov 12, 2014
After absolutely destroying Australia in a 2-match test series, the Pakistanis have started to give the same kind of treatment to New Zealand. On the first day of the first test match yesterday, batting first, Pakistan lost just one wicket in the entire day and posted 269 runs on the board with the young opener Ahmed Shahzad getting another century under the belt on a really flat track. Mohammad Hafeez, the second opener, was also on his way to the three-figure score, but, just 4 runs behind the landmark, he misread the change in pace made by the left arm fast bowler Corey Anderson and got dismissed caught and bowled.

If Pakistan gets to 400 in the first innings, which they are supposed to do easily, then, with the kind of spin attack they have, they will make life hell for the Kiwis. In the final session today, there were a few balls which dipped in the air and turned quite a bit especially off the leg spinner Sodhi. So, the situation is already threatening for the visiting side. They would want the new ball to do some tricks for them tomorrow morning. If they get into the Pakistani middle order early, then, they might come back into the game; otherwise, it will keep drifting away from them.

New Zealand is already a specialist batsman short. They have preferred to play two genuine all rounders in the form of Jimmy Neesham and Anderson in this game. Brendon McCullum, the captain, would probably promote himself to the opening position with Neesham and Anderson batting at 5 and 6 respectively. So, the middle order of the Kiwis is not that solid and the wicket is worsening too. The Pakistani spinners would surely have been licking their lips.
Last updated - Nov 12, 2014 07:07 AM
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