Younis Khan and Misbahul Haq

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New Zealand 243/3 after 87 Overs: Tom Latham 137* Corey Anderson 7*

New Zealand has put up a solid performance on Day One, led by Tom Latham’s century. He is unbeaten on 137 at the end of Day One. Corey Anderson is at the other end giving him company at stumps, unbeaten on seven. Pakistani bowlers managed to scalp just three wickets and will have to work hard to dismiss the rest of the batsmen in the line-up.

New Zealand 232/3 after 80 Overs: Tom Latham 130* Corey Anderson 3*

Pakistan get their third breathrough as Ross Taylor is dismissed by young leg spinner Yasir Shah as the batsman pushes tentatively at a turning delivery and gets an edge which Shan Masood takes easily at silly point. He is out after a well-made 23. Corey Anderson has come out to the middle to join Tom Latham following the dismissal of Ross Taylor. Ross Taylor c Shan Masood b Yasir Shah 23 (71b)

New Zealand 222/2 after 75 Overs: Tom Latham 124*Ross Taylor 22*

New Zealand has crossed the 200-run mark for the loss of just two wickets. Tom Latham and Ross Taylor are both going strong. Pakistani bowlers after a long time are suffering on a pitch that offered little assistance, while New Zealand have taken full advantage of the favourable conditions.

New Zealand 197/2 after 67 Overs: Tom Latham 110*Ross Taylor 12*

Tom Latham knocked a timely century to justify his captain’s decision to bat first. New Zealand’s first innings is inching towards the 200-mark, a healthy score for the first day provided there is no further loss of wicket in the last session of the day.  There have been few chances coming Pakistan’s way with the LBW appeal again ruled in Kiwis favour and Latham been let off after Azhar Ali dropped his catch at gully.

New Zealand 160/2 after 56 Overs: Tom Latham 84* Ross Taylor 1*

Both the New Zealand wickets fell right before the end of session, McCullum throwing his wicket before lunch and Kane Williamson done in by a beauty from Zulfiqar Babar. But at the  other  side has been impeccable rock solid Tom Latham batting at 84 as the Drinks been called.

New Zealand 159/2 after 55 Overs: Tom Latham 83* Ross Taylor 1*

Spin attack from Pakistan draws the first blood as Zulfiqar Babar gets Kane Williamson OUT. Williamson steped forward to defend the flighted delivery from Babar but the ball turned away from him and clipped the off-stump. Kane Williamson b Zulfiqar Babar 32 (82)

New Zealand 149/1 after 51 Overs: Tom Latham 75* Kane Williamson 31*

Tom Latham and Kane Williamson are moving along smoothly. For the first time in over three Tests are Paqkistani bowlers against a partnership that is negotiating them well. Latham has been the true find for New Zealand this series. He has shown impeccable technique in dealing with the Pakistani pacers and spinners alike. The partnership has steadily added 72 runs.

New Zealand 138/1 after 46 Overs: Tom Latham 64* Kane Williamson 31*

Williamson and Latham reach 50 runs partnership for the second wicket. Latham has been pretty impressive with his defense and is doing great to fend off the Pakistani spinners. The young and talented player has done well to adapt to the situations here in UAE.

New Zealand 120/1 after 41 Overs: Tom Latham 62* Kane Williamson 15*

Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah are keeeping things tight at the moment with runs trickling in ones and twos per over. Kane Williamson and Tom Latham are playing sensible cricket showing some genius techniques.

New Zealand 106/1 after 36 Overs: Tom Latham 58* Kane Williamson 5*

The run-scoring has definitely slowed down since the departure of Brendon McCullum but Tom Latham has shown good technique required to be a good Test player after scoring a well-built half century. In company of young Williamson, the duo are stitching a partnership. Meanwhile, Misbah is having Zulfiqar Babar and Rahat Ali bowl in tandem.

New Zealand 87/1 after 30 Overs: Tom Latham 40* Kane Williamson 4*

The match resumes after lunch with Rahat Ali beginning the bowling the first over of second session  to Tom Latham. The first five deliveries of Ali is variations from short of length to good length outside off-stump. Latham takes three runs off the last ball that was angling too much from short of a length. Zulfiqar Babar is the bowling partner of Ali this session and is bowling slowly outside off-stump to Latham.

New Zealand 82/1 after 28 Overs: Tom Latham 35* Kane Williamson 4*

Had the wicket of Brendon McCullum not fallen, this session would have belonged to New Zealans, but thanks to Ehsan Adil, Pakistan will feel they have got their man and this session sets both sides evenly-poised st the moement. How much will the madness from McCullum hurt the side be seen during the results, but for now Kane Williamson and Tom Latham steered towards Lunch without any further damage.

New Zealand 80/1 after 21 Overs: Tom Latham 34* Kane Williamson 3* at LUNCH

Ehsan Adil gets his due wicket of Brendon McCullum minutes before the lunch. McCullum who was playing pretty well so far for two hours gave up as he tried to pull one of the shorter delivery on the stumps but ended up going straight to Shan Masood placed at the deep midwicket. Brendon McCullum c Shan Masood b Ehsan Adil 43(69) Kane Williamson walks in for McCullum. He quickly takes advantage of the loose delivery from Adil to run for his first three runs.

New Zealand 65/0 after 20 Overs: Brendon McCullum36* Tom Latham 29*

McCullum hits the second SIX of his and New Zealand’s innings as he smacks Zulfiqar Baba’s delivery coming down the track. McCullum looks comfortable against both Babar and Yasir despite Yasir bowling a good maiden over. Giving him good company is Latham, looking solid at the other end.

New Zealand 49/0 after 15 Overs: Brendon McCullum 25* Tom Latham 24*

Both Ehsan Adil and Rahat Ali havs been replaced by Zulfiqar Babar and Yasis Shah, leg-break introducing spin element to stop the NZ openers who are currently taking the attack to the opponent. They manage to get one boundary of the over that help maintain the decent pace of run scoring.

New Zealand 36/0 after 11 Overs: Brendon McCullum 19* Tom Latham 17*

After surviving a scare at mid-on and then a loud LBW appeal, McCullum ensures he will have to thwart his potential danger in Ehsan Adil. He hits his fuller delivery for straight drive FOUR. There is also a change in bowling attack with Zulfiqar Babar repalcing Rahat Ali and is hit for first over boundary from Latham who pushes the fuller delivery for a timely FOUR.

New Zealand 25/0 after 8 Overs: Brendon McCullum 14* Tom Latham 11*

After losing the toss, it will be a good test of character for Pakistani captain Misbah-ul-Haq’s captaincy for his frontrunner bowlers are looking ineffective at this moment. Both Rahat and Ehsan are bowling short, something that is well taken by MccCullum who hit Rahat for a huge SIX. He pulled one of the short deliveries for a nice couple of rows back maximum. The first chance of the morning is also provided but just falling short of mid-on as McCullum pushed one coming in swinger from Ehsan Adil but got top of the edge and went in air. The over from Adil is turning out to be quite interesting as there is huge appeal for LBW and has gone for reviews upstairs, but turned down in favour of the batsman.

New Zealand 17/0 after 5 Overs: Brendon McCullum 6* Tom Latham 11*

For Pakistan, it is combination of left arm pacer Rahat Ali and young 21-year-old Right-arm pacer Ehsan Adil who continue the initial proceedings. With two boundaries so far in the innings, NZ openers will avoid giving any wicket in the first hours of the match. Rahat Ali is generating decent pace around 135 mph and also getting to swing deliveries. New Zealand will like to see-off his early overs. At the end of five overs, they are batting at fair pace with over 3 runs per over.

New Zealand 2/0 after 1 Over: Brendon McCullum 0* Tom Latham 2*

Despite several speculations and suggestions over NZ captain Brendon McCullum batting in the middle order, we see no such change as McCullum and Tom Latham open the innings after Kiwis won the toss. For Pakistan, it is Rahat Ali who start bowling attack.

Toss Report: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum wins the toss and has elected to bat first on yet another spin-friendly track at Dubai. He earlier hinted about the importance of toss as such wickets.

Hosts Pakistan will look forward to wrapping the Test match series with a win here in Dubai against New Zealand. They were fantastic in their first Test at Abu Dhabi where they registered a 248 runs over the visitors with UAE proving to be lucky for them after they whitewashed Australia in the earlier series. Pakistan will hope more from the in-form experienced campaigner Younis Khan after the young Ahmed Shehzad misses out of action due to minor skull fracture sustained during the first Test.

On the other hand, New Zealand who was outwitted by their opponents in all the departments at Abu Dhabi will look to coming together as one unit in Dubai. The dismal performance by their bowling attack is the prime concern for Brendon McCullum and his side. McCullum would also want his senior players with the likes of Ross Taylor to step up against the quality spinners of Pakistan. Brendon McCullum also hinted about the importance of toss at the “spin-heavy” pitches of UAE. The Dubai track will be no different from Abu Dhabi and this is no respite for the Kiwis.

Squad for the Second Test at Dubai

Pakistan (from): Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Imran Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Talha, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shan Masood, Taufeeq Umar, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan, Zulfiqar Babar.

New Zealand (from): Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Hamish Rutherford, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.