PAK vs NZ LIVE Score: PAK vs NZ 1st Test – The first Test in Karachi gets underway. Pakistan’s opening batters Imam Ul Haq and Abdullah Shafique have begun their innings for Pakistan on the first day at Karachi on Monday, December 26. . Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam won the toss and opted to bat first. Experienced wicketkeeper batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed is back in the playing XI. Pakistan as a team will aim to bounce back in the series against New Zealand. Babar Azam’s future is up in the air, while Tim Southee takes over reigns at NewZealand. The match will be streamed live on Sony LIV. Follow Pakistan vs NewZealand LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN.
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|Abdullah Shafique||Not out||2||6||0||0||33.33|
|Imam ul Haq||Not out||4||7||1||0||57.14|
|Extra||1 (b 0, w 0, nb 1, lb 0)|
|Yet To Bat||Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, S Ahmed, Agha Salman, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Wasim, Mir Hamza, Abrar Ahmed|
- Four! Width outside the off-stump and Imam Ul Haq plays a neatly timed cut shot wit the ball racing away to the bpundary. Foirst boundary of the innings for Pakistan.
- Neil Wagner comes into the attack from the other end
- 2/0 for Pakistan after first over.
- Tim Southee to begin the proceedings wit the ball.
- Pakistan opening batters Imam ul Haq and Abdullah Shafique are at the crease.
Day 1 Session 1
Pakistan Playing XI: 1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Abdullah Shafique, 3 Shan Masood, 4 Babar Azam (capt), 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), 7 Agha Salman, 8 Nauman Ali, 9 Mohammad Wasim, 10 Mir Hamza, 11 Abrar Ahmed
New Zealand Playing XI: 1 Tom Latham, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Henry Nicholls, 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Michael Bracewell, 8 Tim Southee (capt), 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Ajaz Patel
Pakistan and New Zealand will hope for a reversal of fortune in the two-match Test series starting from Monday. both were whitewashed 3-0 by England in their last series. New Zealand were scuppered in England in May, while Pakistan were mauled at home earlier this month.
Since then, the Pakistan Cricket Board has undergone a revamp. Ramiz Raja removed as chairman and chief selector Mohammad Wasim sacked. Skipper Babar Azam is also under scrutiny after losing an unprecedented four home Tests on the trot. Azam vowed his team would seek a quick turnaround.
“There have been difficult times in the last series. With new players it’s different because when the opposition attacks them, it places a sharper kind of pressure on them,” said Azam, who has had to lead a side hard-hit by injuries.
Spearheads Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf will miss both the New Zealand games, having still not recovered from injuries, but Naseem Shah is available after missing the last two Tests. Kamran Ghulam, who has accumulated runs in domestic matches, replaces the retiring Azhar Ali.
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Since winning the inaugural World Test Championship final against India last year, New Zealand have won just two of nine matches but will be skippered by fast bowler Tim Southee. Head coach Gary Stead, however, believes the first Test will be a spin battle.
“But we also saw signs of reverse swing… so for us, honing our skills in those areas is important,” he said. Pakistan will hope mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed, who took 17 wickets in his first two Tests against England, will also hurt New Zealand on grounds where the visitors have won just twice in 19 attempts.
PAK vs NZ 1st Test: Match Details
- Date – Monday, December 26, 2022
- Time – 10:30 AM IST
- Venue – National Stadium, Karachi
- Live Streaming – Sony Sports Network
PAK vs NZ Pitch Report
The wicket at the National Stadium Karachi has been generally good for batting. However, the new ball bowlers might be able to extract something from the deck. The skipper winning the toss might want to have a bat first.
PAK vs NZ 1st Test Probable Playing XI:
Pakistan – Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali, Abrar Ahmed
New Zealand – Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Will Young, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee (c), Ajaz Patel, Neil Wagner
PAK vs NZ 1st Test: Live Streaming & Broadcast
In India, Pakistan vs New Zealand Test series will be broadcast on the Sony Sports Network. Live streaming of the matches will be available on the SonyLIV app and website.
In Pakistan, PTV Sports will live broadcast the Pakistan vs New Zealand Test series. Live streaming of the matches will be available on the ARY ZAP app and website.