New Zealand dismiss Pakistan for 227 in first Test


Pakistan, resuming at 59-2, were dismissed for 227 in their first innings on the second day of the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Babar Azam top-scored with 62 while Asad Shafiq (43) and Haris Sohail (38) were other contributors, helping Pakistan to a 72-run lead over New Zealand’s first innings total of 153.

Trent Boult finished with 4-54 while debutant spinner Ajaz Patel and medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme took two wickets apiece.

Earlier, Leg-spinner Yasir Shah led a double-barrelled attack of spin and pace to leave Pakistan sitting comfortably on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand on Friday.

Yasir led the varied attack with 3-54 as New Zealand, who won the toss and batted on a grass-less Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch, were bowled out for a below-par 153 in 66.3 overs at the stroke of tea.

New Zealand’s skipper Williamson played 112-ball 63 runs laced with five boundaries to help black caps reach overcome a bit pressure.