Pakistan holds edge after bowling out NZ for 153

12 wickets fell on Day 1 of the first Test, with Pakistan bowling out New Zealand for 153 after losing the toss and then taking itself to 59 for two at close of play.

Yasir Shah was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan with three for 54.   -  AFP

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 picked the wickets of Tom Latham, Ross Taylor and debutant Ajaz Patel to finish with three for 54, which helped Pakistan bowl out New Zealand, which won the toss and batted on a grassless Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch, for a below-par 153 in 66.3 overs at the stroke of tea.


The day saw 12 wickets fall as Pakistan closed at 59-2, having lost both its openers, Imam-ul-Haq (six) and Mohammad Hafeez (20), before Haris Sohail and Azhar Ali stopped the rot.

Pakistan needs 94 more to take a lead and go one up in the three-match series.

Imam was the first batsman to be dismissed, edging a Colin de Grandhomme's delivery to the slip while Hafeez miscued a pull straight to short mid-wicket -- both caught by Kane Williamson.

New Zealand skipper Williamson, declared fit after missing last Sunday's third one-day international due to a groin injury, top-scored with 63 before falling softly to medium-pacer Hasan Ali, who finished with 2-38.

Hasan removed Williamson with a slower delivery as the New Zealand skipper went for a hook and gloved the ball to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, who took his fourth catch of the innings.

Williamson's 112-ball knock had five boundaries and he added 72 for the fourth wicket with Henry Nicholls, who made 28.

In the same over Hasan trapped De Grandhomme for a first-ball duck before Sohail dismissed Ish Sodhi (four) and BJ Watling (four) -- both were trapped leg-before.

Mohammad Abbas had removed Nicholls, caught behind by Sarfraz soon after lunch and finished with two for 13 in another impressive spell to follow up his displays against Australia last month.

Pakistan dominated the first session as New Zealand was 81-3 at lunch, with leg-spinner Yasir Shah taking the first of his two wickets in his opening overs.

Yasir had derailed New Zealand's progress in the first session with the wickets of opener Tom Latham (13) and Ross Taylor (two) in his first spell.

Yasir said he changed his strategy.

“I was just trying to bowl a bit slower and with flight,” said Yasir. “I was not getting wickets after coming back from injury so all went well for me.

“Now we should build a big lead as, I believe, the pitch was ease out and batting will not be tough.”

New Zealand openers Jeet Raval and Latham survived some anxious moments before pace spearhead Mohammad Abbas had Raval edging to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed after scoring seven.

Yasir, who had to endure a tough last week due to the death of his mother, had Latham caught at mid-wicket off a loose drive with the fourth ball of his first over.

In his fourth over Yasir had Taylor caught behind with a sharp leg-break, leaving New Zealand at 39-3.

New Zealand handed Test debut to 30-year-old left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel, leaving out experienced pacer Tim Southee.

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