Pakistan and New Zealand are ready to face off in the first Test of the three-match series, which will begin from Friday in Abu Dhabi. Both teams have already clashed in T20 and 50-over formats. In the shortest format of the game, it was the Green Caps who whitewashed the visitors, whereas in the ODIs, the three-match series ended with 1-1 score line after the final game of series was called off due to rain.
In the first Test, the home side will enter with confidence after an impressive outing in their last five-day assignment, where they won the two-match series 1-0 against Tim Paine's Australia. In the batting department, the team will be relying on in-form Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail and Babar Azam to score bulk of the runs, whereas in the bowling department, the team will be relying heavily on spin-duo of Bilal Asif and Yasir Shah to provide timely breakthroughs.
On the other hand, the visitors will go into the contest unsure of their best combination in the five-day format as they've not played a single Test in the last seven months. In the batting department, the Black Caps will be relying on captain Kane Williamson and veteran middle-order batsman Ross Taylor to score bulk of the runs, whereas in the bowling department, the team will be relying on pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult to provide early breakthroughs.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium will be used as the venue for the contest. So far, nine matches have been