In light of the recent triumph of New Zealand in the first Test match against Pakistan, let’s look back at the happenings in the series so far.
Pakistan mercilessly whitewashed New Zealand in the three-match Twenty20 International series, giving The Blackcaps no chance for victory. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed continues his unbroken winning spree. Pakistan are undeniably the biggest world force in the T20 International format right now. New Zealand made a commendable comeback in the One Day International series but Pakistan overthrew them in the 2nd match. While Ross Taylor continues to be the backbone of New Zealand in the 50-over format, Trent Boult bagged his first ODI hat-trick. The third match saw ‘No result’, with rain ruining the decider, which drew the series between the two teams.
Given to New Zealand’s Test Cricket statistics in Asia, the latest victory in the first Test match at Abu Dhabi was crucial in many ways. Although the 4-run victory was New Zealand’s smallest margin of victory in terms of runs, the win was one of their biggest in a long time. This is New Zealand’s chance to leave UAE on a positive note as no other format is as important as Test Cricket. Even though New Zealand posted a lowest-ever 1st innings total of 153 by any team at Abu Dhabi, they managed to clinch the thriller of a game away from the hosts. The way Ajaz Patel’s five-wicket haul negated the similar efforts of Yasir Shah and Hasan Ali, the Test Series could have a similar impact on the rest of the tour.
Series Result: Pakistan won the series 3-0
1st T20I on October 31: Pakistan won by 2 runs (in Abu Dhabi)
2nd T20I on November 2: Pakistan won by 6 wickets(in Dubai)
3rd T20I on November 4: Pakistan won by 47 runs (in Dubai)
One Day Internationals
Series Result: Series Drawn 1-1
1st ODI on November 7: New Zealand won by 47 runs ((in Abu Dhabi)
2nd ODI on November 9: Pakistan won by 6 wickets (in Abu Dhabi)
3rd ODI on November 11: No Result (in Dubai)
New Zealand lead the series by 1-0
1st Test November 16-19: New Zealand won by 4 runs (at Abu Dhabi)
2nd Test scheduled from November 24-28 in Dubai
3rd Test scheduled from December 3-7 in Abu Dhabi
As opposed to the scenario in Abu Dhabi, the conditions in Dubai could be more favorable for the batsmen. But going by how the two teams have performed so far, the teams might remain unchanged.
Highlighted above is the next fixture. The 2nd Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand will start on November 24.