Pakistan play steadily in first Test against New Zealand

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Sarfraz Ahmed and Kane Williamson during the trophy unveiling

While New Zealand tasted their first win against Pakistan, Ireland are still winless.

It was a left-arm spinner of Indian descent who brought about another one Pakistan's batting collapses in Test cricket as New Zealand successfully defended a target of 176 runs to win the first Test at Abu Dhabi.

New Zealand lost their final seven wickets of the innings while adding just 42 runs to the total.

That obviously goes to the credit of Hasan Ali and Yasir Shah who shared all the 10 wickets equally between them.

Patel was selected as a replacement for Mitchell Santner in New Zealand's 15-man squad for the test series against Pakistan, following impressive performances in the Plunket Shield, New Zealand's domestic tournament.

Imam-ul-Haq (R) leaves the ground after his dismissal as New Zealand cricketers celebrate during the fourth day of the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on November 19, 2018.

"We saw the nature of how wickets fell in clumps", Williamson said.

"The wicket was challenging and both teams had to fight hard, and certainly Pakistan had the upper-hand, but some of the characteristics we held very dear is the attitude to fight on".

Pakistan lost 7-41 after lunch and were eventually dismissed for 171 in 58.4 overs, as the visitors wrapped up the fifth-smallest win by runs in Test history. The best in recent memory. "This game was very close and you can reflect on how you do so many little things differently depending on which side of the result you're on, but at the end of the day it was a great game".

For this we ought to compliment the way Yasir and Hasan bamboozled the batsmen trapping them in front of the wicket and even cluttering their stumps at times.

Former New Zealand cricketer Dipak Patel.

"We kind of wanted to play that long game and stay in the game as long as possible and that only happens from one ball at a time". The second Test starts in Dubai on Saturday.

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